Square Enix released Theatrhythm Final Fantasy yesterday for the Nintendo 3DS, and it features a unique spin on the long time RPG stalwart. Older Final Fantasy fans may get more out of this odd rhythm game than newer fans, as it features classic tracks from all 13 games in the series stretching all the way back to the 80’s with the original. The gameplay is a mix of Guitar Hero and RPG-like qualities, and it features both single and multiplayer modes.
I picked this gimmicky game up yesterday because I fell in love with it at this year’s E3, and I had to give it a try myself. I’m happy to report that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a gem of a game, and any FF fanboy should realize its merits once they get over the odd concept. I’ve never played my 3DS for as long as I did yesterday while chugging through a majority of the game’s levels, which are all set in the 13 major FF games. I couldn’t get enough of the addicting gameplay, and more importantly the amazing music that has accompanied this franchise since day one.
If anything this game is a historical tour of the brilliant music that its developers were able to create way back in the dark days of gaming when all you had were 8-bit and 16-bit tools to create this music. You younger gamers must remember that video games started out very basic, with only a few pixels to use, and simplistic musical tones to create a game’s soundtrack. The fact that these Final Fantasy tunes from the 80’s and 90’s still hold up today, and still cause me to incessantly hum them, is proof enough of their staying power and popularity.
This probably isn’t a Final Fantasy game for everyone, but if you like rhythm based games in the vein of GH on a touch interface, and you’re a FF fanboy, then there’s no reason not to check this game out on your 3DS. Like I mentioned earlier I have yet to find a 3DS game that can keep my interest for more than an hour, and I’ve already sunk close to 4 into Theatrythm. I think that’s proof enough of this game’s potential, and I know it’ll have the same effect on you if you grew up with the Final Fantasy franchise. Let’s put it this way. If you can hum any Final Fantasy musical theme in your head without even thinking about it, then you owe it to your inner gaming child to play this game.
You can check out the launch trailer for Theatrythm Final Fantasy below, and stay tuned for our full review which should be out later this week, or early next. You’ve been thinking that FFVII still has some of the most iconic video game music of all-time…
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