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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (Nintendo DS)

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Great spin-off but has a few significant flaws Bregalad (916) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
Satisfying long term game Xackery (31) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

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Category Description MobyScore
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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
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Overall MobyScore (12 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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The Review Busters
Get ready for endless gameplay and a fantastic Final Fantasy story. If you own a Nintendo DS then you have to buy this game right now. I really do think my perfect rating is well deserved.
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Cheat Code Central
Overall, I don't think I could have been more pleased with Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. It is a solid title that will please both fans of the Ivalice Alliance as well as those who enjoyed the original Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. It is a great crossover title and has appeal both as an Ivalice adventure and as a full-throttle tactics title. While it may not have the pungent story Ivalice fans have come to expect or the extreme tactics Final Fantasy Tactics fans might have wanted, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift stands on its own as a great blend of these two sub-series and is one of the most lengthy and rewarding tactical RPGs to date. It is definitely a must-buy for fans of Final Fantasy or tactical gameplay, and even regular RPG fans will find some real enjoyment out of this one.
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Game Informer Magazine
A few niggles, like the slow pace of combat and sometimes-annoying menus, don't stop this from being the best tactical RPG I've played since Disgaea.
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GamesCollection
Nota: ho messo un 9 alla grafica, quindi mezzo punto in meno rispetto all'episodio per GBA, perchè mi sembra che nonostante la maggiore potenza hardware del Nintendo DS, i miglioramenti siano stati pochini. Per quanto riguarda strettamente Final Fantasy Tactics A2, che comunque per me rimane costantemente nell'ombra del predecessore scostandosi di poco (con qualche miglioramente e limatura qua e là, tipo la benvenuta scremata degli incontri casuali che a volte rendevano ingiocabile il primo episodio), abbiamo in sostanza un eccellente gioco di ruolo/strategico per Nintendo DS, un gioco tecnicamente ottimo e stilisticamente piacevole, dotato di un gameplay in grado di generare un alto grado di dipendenza nell'utente appassionato e che senza dubbio resterà a lungo nei DS di chi saprà apprezzarlo. Sconsigliato ovviamente a chi non apprezza i giochi "alla Final Fantasy", ma qui, come sempre, abbiamo poco a che fare con la qualità tecnica dei giochi.
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Gamestyle
All these minor faults are soon forgotten once Final Fantasy Tactics A2 starts to slowly take over your life. It's been a while since Gamestyle has found a game that can occupy their time so easily, and like the first game, hours will pass in an instant. It may not be a game that is to everyone's taste, but if you persevere past the initial intimidation of the game's mechanics, you will find one of the best titles that the DS has to offer.
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Gamereactor (Finland)
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift on kevyt strategiapeli, joka seuraa uskollisesti edeltäjiensä jalanjälkiä. Uutukaisen juoni on War of the Lionsin tarinaan tottuneille hyvin kevyttä tavaraa, mutta minua se ei haitannut. Vakavahenkisiä pelejä ovat markkinat jo pullollaan. Mikäli kevyt strategia kiinnostaa, tai aikaisemmista osista ei ole saanut tarpeekseen, ei peliä voi olla suosittelematta. Ei muuta kuin Ivalicen saloihin tutustumaan mars!
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GBase - The Gamer's Base
Grimoire of the Rift zählt zweifellos zu den Spielen, welche ich auf eine einsame Insel mitnehmen würde. Es ist schon sehr beeindruckend, wie viel die Entwickler von Square Enix auf das kleine DS-Modul gepresst haben. Hunderte Missionen, über fünfzig Berufe, sieben Rassen und unzählige Gegenstände sorgen dafür, dass es einem so schnell nicht langweilig wird. Auch wenn die Story zugegebenermassen doch etwas einfallslos ist. Dafür ist das Party-Management unglaublich umfangreich, und die Kämpfe sind, nicht zuletzt aufgrund der abwechslungsreichen Gesetze und Siegbedingungen, sehr motivierend. Seinen Award hat sich das Spiel also redlich verdient. Alleine schon angesichts der erstklassigen Präsentation, welche auf dem Nintendo DS ihresgleichen sucht. Wer mit dem Genre auch nur im Entferntesten etwas anfangen kann, sollte sich den Titel keinesfalls entgehen lassen.
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Gameswelt
Endlich kann ich auch auf dem DS in die FF-Taktikschlachten ziehen. Obwohl "Schlacht" beim Putzig-Look von 'Final Fantasy Tactics A2' wohl das falsche Wort ist. Und ja, die Story reißt niemand vom Hocker. Ist aber auch völlig nebensächlich, denn die Taktikscharmützel sind herausfordernd wie eh und je, der Umfang ist gigantisch und die Präsentation ist ebenfalls gelungen. Wer auch nur einen Funken Interesse an Titeln dieses Genres aufbringt, muss zugreifen.
90
GameSpy
As it relates to its predecessors, A2 is essentially more of the stuff we loved from the last game with a bit of the bothersome stuff neatly excised. It's not a perfect game by any means, but that shouldn't make it any less welcome in your DS.
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Gamernode
Overall the experience you'll get from this game is like no other on the DS. The deep gameplay, beautiful visuals, customization and hundreds of quests will keep you playing for a long time to come.
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GameZone
In the end, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is one of those Nintendo DS games that are so charming and so utterly engrossing that you can’t help but be swept away by the game. The game is far from serious but its sweetness and cute characters don’t stop it from being a compelling and fun story that makes the game one of those impressive handheld gems you will not want to miss even if you’re not a fan of the Final Fantasy series. Trust me, DS owners; you will not regret spending your summer in Ivalice.
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IGN
It would be nice to get another mature Tactics game like the original, but A2 won me over quickly with its beautiful visuals and deep, strategic gameplay. This is one of those desert island games you'd want with you if you were stranded with nothing to do. Four hundred quests, lots of customization options, and some of the best turn-based strategy around will keep you playing for a long time.
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is an excellent game by all merits. Fans of the series will have much to be pleased about with the refined battle system, new jobs to explore, and a clan system that is downright superb. While the story is meek in terms of engrossing characters and originality, FFTA2 gets by with its charming world to deliver a great experience overall.
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4Players.de
Man hegt und pflegt, taktiert, experimentiert und sagt sich selbst um vier Uhr morgens noch: "Los, eine Mission geht noch!", "Jetzt noch schnell die nächste Clanprüfung", oder "Nur noch diese eine Fähigkeit meistern..." Und ehe man's merkt, wird es draußen schon wieder hell - das haben bei mir bisher nur wenige Spiele geschafft. Dass ich dennoch kein Platin verleihe, liegt neben der ausgelutschten Story und den austauschbaren Protagonisten auch an ärgerlichen Kleinigkeiten wie der aufgrund der starren Perspektive nicht immer optimalen Übersicht und teils völlig abstrusen Kampfgesetzen. Hobbystrategen können dennoch bedenkenlos ihr Ticket nach Ivalice buchen und sich die nächsten Wochen am besten gleich auch noch beurlauben lassen.
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Game Informer Magazine
While the game nails most of the major points, there are still some annoyances to stumble through. The unit limit for most battles is low, the shop’s interface is cumbersome, and the new MP system (starting units at 0 MP for every fight) doesn’t make any sense. But for every one of these problems, something else falls right into place. When it all clicks, Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is a well-oiled adventure combining good design and fun gameplay that any strategy/RPG fan will appreciate.
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Worth Playing
All in all, the gameplay is solid as ever, the visuals and music are well worth a look, and Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is a very solid game for anyone in need of a Final Fantasy or turn-based strategy fix on the go. It even allows for mid-battle saves, so you have no excuse not to whoop some tail on the ride to work. The sometimes-uneven difficulty and unclear objectives, as well as the underwhelming stylus functionality mar it slightly, but as ambitious as it is, it's hard to knock them for it. Taking a lovable loser and building a clan around him, and then staking claim to various territories and developing your mini-army through a deep system of customization and abilities is not for the meek, but for those with the chops and interest, it's a very worthwhile experience. It's not the second coming of the gritty and emotional original FFT, but RPG and TBS fans still have much reason to rejoice with A2.
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Kombo.com
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 offers everything that FFTA offered plus some. Fans waiting for a true sequel to the original Final Fantasy Tactics will have to continue their wait. The game features addicting gameplay, engaging characters, good soundtrack, and an amazing art style. This a winning package for Tactics Advance fans, even though it doesn't really differentiate itself from its predecessor. All in all, this is a great tactical adventure.
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GamingTrend
There's a lot of trepidation from people who absolutely loved the first game. If you're a fan of the first game and are on the fence about this one, think of this game as a mission pack. You'll get a lot of the same, right down to the main character getting drawn into the world via a book. If you look at it that way, you'll have a great time. Also, if this is your first foray into the series, you can do a lot worse than start here. In conclusion, Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is a very good game that could have been a lot more. They could have put more effort into the music and graphics and made it a must-have, but it's still good and worth a play.
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Gaming Age
Overall, I really enjoyed Final Fantasy Tactics A2, and I definitely suggest it to both fans of the series and strategy RPG enthusiasts. It's not the best in the genre, but it's a solid title with a ton of value for someone that's looking for something that'll last a while. The translation is excellent, and while the story isn't on par with War of the Lions, it still manages to engage the player enough to keep them motivated to continue. Definitely check this one out, it shouldn't disappoint.
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GameTrailers
Grimoire of the Rift rewards players with a rich tactical RPG experience, but the lack of a meaningful and well-developed plot will leave many desiring more. Even the inclusion of Penelo and Vaan from Final Fantasy XII feels like a wasted opportunity. Grimoire of the Rift fails to outdo its predecessor, it is still a fun and challenging experience.
80
Legendra
Que conclure de ce FFTA2 ? Qu'il n'est en rien révolutionnaire et qu'il suit directement la voie tracée par le premier du nom, en y ajoutant, il est vrai, quelques innovations. Il contentera les fans du premier, mais pour ceux qui y étaient allergiques, passez clairement votre chemin. Pour les autres, à vous de voir si 40 heures de combats intenses et de graphismes édulcorés sont dans vos goûts !
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Thunderbolt Games
That doesn’t mean that Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is a bad game. Far from it; it’s one of the best single-player games on the DS. Though the story and characters are terrible, it’ll take you several hours to complete the main quest. That aside, you’ll have hundreds of secondary quests, tons of jobs to master, and massive collection of items and abilities to acquire. Fiddling around with your characters’ moves and strategically developing your party can be a rewarding experience. While the law system from the previous game is still around, it is far less annoying. Despite having a ton of stuff to do, the game’s lack of online features or multiplayer options kills much of its potential. The underutilized DS features don’t help matters much, either. But hey, you’ve still got one of the most extensive and long-lasting SRPGs available on the system. That’s got to count for something.
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gameZine (UK)
In all though, Grimoire of the Rift is a great experience and fantastic value for money. It’s a game that many others can learn from, as well as a call for more genre entries of the same calibre.
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JustPressPlay
FFTA2 is fairly easy, and takes almost no time to learn all of the mechanics, rules, and limitations of it. I recommend it to anybody who enjoys the Final Fantasy series and wants a break from the normal storylines. I also think that anybody who just enjoys a simple and fun game will find this climbing to the top of their favorite lists in no time. I know it did for me.
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HardGamers
Il est certain que Final Fantasy Tactics A2 ne révolutionne en rien l’univers des jeux de rôles tactiques. Pourtant, il se laisse facilement jouer, non seulement parce qu’il est très abordable, mais aussi parce qu’il propose une jouabilité adaptée aussi bien au néophyte qu’au joueur plus confirmé. Il s’agit d’un achat sans doute indispensable pour ceux qui possèdent une Nintendo DS.
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Cubed3
While not without its flaws, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is a truly excellent turn-based strategy title. It may not have the involving plot of the original Final Fantasy Tactics, and it does occasionally suffer from overly-long quests that don't really compensate the player for their time investment, but its outstanding production values, deep battle system, and extensive customisation options are more than enough to provide hours and hours of entertainment if you're so inclined.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Grimoire of The Rift se repose trop sur ses aînés mais alors qu'il ne cherche pas à se démarquer, il parvient tout de même à convaincre. Les jobs sont plus nombreux, l'aventure plus longue, l'aire de jeu plus vaste et quelques très bonnes idées, ainsi qu'une utilisation des capacités de la DS, font facilement passer la pilule. Pour autant, FFT A2 n'est pas vraiment l'Alpha et encore mois l'Omega du RPG tactique sur portable, non, c'est juste un très bon jeu, une sorte de copier-coller de luxe de FFTA mais en l'état, c'est déjà bien.
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G4 TV: X-Play
At every turn Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift presents players with minor, game-changing calls for strategy. And as such, it feels so much more thoughtful than Final Fantasy Tactics, which simply gave players an exceedingly complex set of role-playing tools and forced them to figure it out for themselves. So, yes, there is a little bit of hand-holding going on here. When you're going to play a game for dozens of hours, it’s nice to feel like the game's designers care enough about you to stand by your side. That's a fair change from the original Final Fantasy Tactics a game that was perfectly happy to dump its hapless players in the desert to die.
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Games Radar
But forget the story, because the battles are still the main attraction here. With a whopping 400 quests total, it's amazing that the gameplay never gets stale during the 100+ hours it's going to take you to complete A2. It's difficult to say if it's the best tactical RPG to date on the DS (both Advance Wars, Dual Strike and Days of Ruin are strong contenders), but it's a definite improvement over what was an already great game on GBA.
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GamePro (US)
Okay, I admit that Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift isn't the best installment in the Tactics franchise. However, it's certainly an entertaining and lighthearted title that's worth your time, especially if you liked any of the previous installments. With its deep Clan system and 400 missions worth of downright addictive quests, I can't help but recommend it.
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Game Captain
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 bietet unglaublich viel Spielraum zur Entwicklung und Gestaltung der eigenen Party. Angefangen von zig Berufen über Tonnen von Gegenständen bis hin zu zahlreichen Fähigkeiten ist alles dabei, was sich der Rollenspieler erhofft. Es greift schon fast das Diablo-Prinzip. Hinzu kommt noch das spaßige Auktions-Minigame. Jedoch geht auf dem Weg die Motivation verloren. Was bringt uns eine sorgfältig und zeitintensiv ausgestattete Gruppe, wenn die Story im Spiel eher Nebensache ist und wir nicht mal die Möglichkeit haben uns mit anderen Spielern online oder lokal zu messen? Übrig bleibt spaßige Rundenstrategie mit hübscher, wenn auch dezenter Präsentation und einer Menge Entfaltungspotential, das aber leider nicht ausreichend genutzt wurde. Für Fans des Genres und von Final Fantasy oder Tactics ist dieser Titel aber sicherlich trotzdem zumindest eine Probespiel-Empfehlung.
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Power Unlimited
Als je een vorig deel uit de Tactics serie hebt gespeeld weet je precies wat je te wachten staat: een geslaagde, meeslepende, onderhoudende, strategische RPG.
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Gamer 2.0
The amount depth and expansion in FFTA2 is nothing new to your average strategy game fan. In fact, games such as these are really losing their style due to the fact that they’re sometimes too long—FFTA2 should actually take you 30-40 hours to finish, while taking more than 80 if you intend on finishing every mission and finding every nook and cranny with the job system. The restriction feature really ruins the “keep it simple, stupid” tone the game had going for it, but if you can get by all that, and you probably will, you’ll find a game that’s just as addicting as it is simple. If it's any consolation to FFXII: Revenant Wings fans, Vaan and a few others make an appearance as playable characters. Even without the FFXII characters, the amount of things there are to do in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift still make it a rather valuable edition to the DS libraries of any Ivalice fan--new or old.
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Nintendo Difference
Les vieux briscards ne se feront pas rouler dans la farine, ce Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 ne révolutionne à aucun moment la série. Très proche de la version Game Boy Advance, ce dernier est à réserver en priorité aux fans absolus qui se réjouiront une fois de plus de replonger pendant de très longues heures dans les contrées d’Ivalice. Avis aussi aux néophytes qui pourront ici s’initier au genre avec l'un de ses meilleurs représentants.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Das Spiel ist umfangreich, hat eine interessante Geschichte und die gewohnt hohe Qualität der "Final-Fantasy"-Serie. Allerdings ist der Schwierigkeitsgrad nicht gerade einsteigerfreundlich ausgelegt - das ausgeklügelte Kampfsystem dürfte vor allem fortgeschrittene Taktiker "gut" unterhalten.
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Gamer.nl
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is een strategisch rollenspel dat op vrijwel alle vlakken uitblinkt. Helaas zijn er nauwelijks aanpassingen doorgevoerd ten opzichte van de vorige delen, waardoor het spel aanvoelt als een herhalingsoefening. Echter, door de kwaliteit én kwantiteit van het product is het wel een van de meest vermakelijke herhalingsoefeningen van de afgelopen jaren. Heb je de vorige delen daarentegen niet of nauwelijks gespeeld, dan kun je gerust een extra puntje aan het eindcijfer toekennen.
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Pocket Gamer UK
None of these problems are ruinous to the overall experience but it does ensure this never becomes more than an introduction to the genre, rather than a definitive title within it. The inconsequential story and bland characters are a million miles away from the consistently amusing Disgaea, which also has the advantage of deeper combat. In fact, the only thing the Nippon Ichi game doesn't have over Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is accessibility, so enjoy it as a starter and look forward to the main course that is Disgaea DS later in the year.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift biedt een verbazende hoeveelheid diepte, die is af te leiden uit het indrukwekkende aantal queestes en vaardigheden, real-time gebiedsveilingen, clanbeheer en ontsluitbare extra's, maar de echte Tactics-fan zal teleurgesteld zijn in het goedkope plot en de gevechtstegels. Desondanks zullen liefhebbers van het genre het spel vrijwel zeker waarderen.
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Gamekult
Pas de grosses surprises du côté de Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2, avec une suite qui prend un minimum de risques. Un peu plus de races, un peu plus de jobs, un nouveau système de lois moins contraignant pour ceux qui ont détesté ce principe, on pourrait penser que de l'eau a été mise dans le vin. Heureusement, le jeu reste très long, difficile (grâce à la possibilité de choisir le niveau de difficulté) et toujours autant bourré de petits secrets qui feront la joie de tous les acharnés du 100%. Notons tout de même que la console triche parfois un peu, ce qui aura le don d'énerver les joueurs amateurs de probabilités. Une bonne suite, très longue et riche, mais qui laisse malheureusement entrevoir une exploitation facile de la licence dans les années à venir.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite the negatives FFTA2 is compelling. The side-quests, while mundane, are enjoyable and Square-Enix's usual, fine presentation and solid script work smoothes off the rough edges of the experience. This is, as with most SRPGs, a game for players who love to crunch the numbers, micromanaging team abilities and maximising profits. Approached with this mindset the hours will fly past thanks to the gripping if, in a post-Disgaea world, overly-simplistic battles. With a convincing story and some innovation in the fight system FFTA2 could have been so much more, but it still stands as the best example of the genre currently available for the handheld.
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GameSpot
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift offers a surprising amount of depth, as highlighted by its impressive number of quests and skills, real-time area auctions, clan management, and unlockables, but many a Tactics fan might be put off by its cheapened quest-based plot progression and battle rules. Nevertheless, those enamored with Tactics Advance will likely enjoy it.
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1UP
What's offered here in FFTA2 is by no means a poor excuse for a game. Anyone buying this for strategic role-playing will most definitely get their money's worth -- new players in particular. But based on the series' past legacy of excellence, it's just a shame that Grimoire of the Rift feels more like an expansion pack than a bona fide sequel. With games like the aforementioned Advance Wars offering faster, more attractive tactical handheld fun on the DS, this latest Tactics is a distant second-best in the DS strategy catalog...and more importantly, a notable disappointment compared to its predecessors.
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Play.tm
With a game like FFTA2 it's not really about the why as the how, only it's a bit too simplistic and uninteresting to make a winning formula. There is a certain charm in its isometric glory, however, and a certain delight in progressively unlocking the various rewards that the game has to offer. Ultimately, FFTA2 is a solid yet unspectacular game that fails to live up to its full potential.
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Immoral Gamers
Most games are a waste of time, perhaps by definition, but at least some offer a semblance of closure, finality: call it what you want, because it’s absent here. You spend the whole time perfecting a team, and two-hundred hours later, you have no idea why. It’s like dedicating your life toward training for Olympic sheep-herding; you get to the Olympics, find out sheep-herding isn’t an Olympic sport, and that you’re not even at the Olympics, but stark naked in the children’s section of your local library, covered in rabbit blood and screaming.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
I’m sorry, but I have a hard time recommending this game to anyone except first timers. Everyone else would be disappointed with how the series has progressed. I especially find it hard to recommend this game when another Tactics game - Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion Wars, a remake of one of my top 5 all-time favorite games – is available for $20 on the PlayStation Portable. Even if you had to buy the game and PlayStation Portable for a hundred or more dollars, I’d still think it was a better investment of your money than Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2: Grimoire of the Rift. Consider yourself warned.