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Final Fantasy Tactics

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Final Fantasy Tactics was a big move for the whole Final Fantasy franchise into different fields. Tactics combines traditional elements of the Final Fantasy series with a completely different game mechanics and battle system. It was the 1st game during Final Fantasy 32-bit era using a 3D, isometric, rotatable playing field, with bitmap sprite characters and a turn based strategy system.

In the game you build up a team by recruiting many available characters you meet during your travels and stocking up plenty of items, to defeat various enemies waiting on your path. The game features a very complex character class(job) system where each character begins his way with a job such as Squire or Chemist. Successfully participating in battles, characters can later select one of more advanced jobs, with a total of 19 to choose from. In addition there are certain monsters and computer controlled "guests" with their own jobs and special abilities available to learn. In total, over 400 abilities are available which leads to ultimate endless combinations!

The PSP version of game are mostly reiterates the original PSOne. For example, the visual presentation is almost a 1:1 copy of the original. It looks like PSOne version with zoomed-in camera to make it fit the PSP screen. However Square adds cel-shaded introduction movies and numerous animation sequences played after each chapter ends. Some maps were completely remade as well, but you still cannot skip event scenes.

Also PSP version features two new playable characters: Balthier, from Final Fantasy XII and Luso from Final Fantasy Tactics A2. Two new job classes also have been added - the completely new Onion Knight and the Dark Knight class which was available on the PSOne only after using a cheat code. There are two wireless multiplayer options available once you reach the world map (just go into a bar in any town). One is Coliseum (Versus Battle Mode), the second is Cooperative Challenge (team-mission).


Final Fantasy Tactics PSP Shot from new cel-shaded introduction movie
Final Fantasy Tactics PSP Selecting where to move character
Final Fantasy Tactics PlayStation Bad news
Final Fantasy Tactics PlayStation Hero's equipment

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイナルファンタジータクティクス 獅子戦争" -- Japanese PSP spelling
  • "Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions" -- PSP / iPhone title
  • "Final Fantasy Tactics: Shishi Sensou" -- Japanese PSP title
  • "FFT" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

A rich, highly replayable game that shows what difference a good story can make PlayStation M. Shaw (5)
This is an experiment done well. Really, really well. PlayStation saikofish (848)
Not perfect, but certainly a very fun game to play PlayStation Alkhanzel (3)
Impressive Strategy-Rpg Hybrid PlayStation Paolo Cumin (14)
The love child of Final Fantasy and Shakespear's Macbeth PlayStation Sam Tinianow (98)

The Press Says

Pocket Gamer UK PSP Oct 08, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Digital Entertainment News (den) PSP Nov 28, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
Atomic Gamer PSP Oct 18, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1998 91 out of 100 91
Thunderbolt Games PSP Apr 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme PSP Nov 24, 2007 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation Jan 27, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution PSP Oct 26, 2007 B+ 83
RPGFan PlayStation Jun 24, 1998 80 out of 100 80
UOL Jogos PSP Oct 16, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy Tactics appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


None of the characters in the game have noses. Not even the main characters or the guest appearance from Cloud.


Cloud Strife and Aeris Gainsborough from Final Fantasy VII make cameos in Final Fantasy Tactics. Cloud is a playable character; Aeris is a flowerseller in Zarghidas Trade City.


The game was re-released as part of the Playstation "Greatest Hits" collection. Unfortunately, the first batch of CDs for the re-release were defective and would not work on the Playstation. Oddly enough, they worked fine on Playstation emulators for the PC, such as Bleem or Virtual Game Station.

Save games

The game counter for number of hours played on a saved game does not display above 99:59:59 (1 second away from 100 hours).


For some unknown reason, perhaps an error in translation, the Glacier Gun shoots Fire spells while the Blaze Gun shoots Ice spells.

Tactics Ogre (Spoiler!)

This game actually bears striking similarities to Tactics Ogre, another tactical RPG that was released for the Super Famicom (the Japanese equivalent of the Super Nintendo) two years before Final Fantasy Tactics was made. This is not surprising, as many members of the Tactics Ogre staff were also programmers of Final Fantasy Tactics.

Both games have a similar menu layout, consist of four chapters, and feature "Zodiac Stones" as a prominent part of their storyline. There's also quite a bit of similarity between the game's main characters, as Ramza, Delita, and Alma are more or less mirrored in personality and role as their Tactics Ogre counterparts. To top it off, in both games the final battle features the resurrection of a long-dead legendary hero (often mentioned in the course of the game) who turns out to actually be a demonic jerk.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #45 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #2 Handheld Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PSP Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PSP Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2007 – PSP Turn-Based Strategy Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Alan Chan, atadota and WildKard

Related Web Sites

  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
  • Final Fantasy Hacktics (A modding community for the game, providing downloads of patches, tools and other resources (English))
  • Final Fantasy Online Strategy Guides (Tips, tricks, walkthroughs, and just really useful information for Final Fantasy VII.)
  • Wikipedia: Final Fantasy Tactics (Information about Final Fantasy Tactics at Wikipedia)
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