The Starlight Megaphone is pleased to present our Autumn 2010 feature: The Lion Wars Revisisted, a Final Fantasy Tactics playthrough.
Released in Japan in 1997, and America in early 1998, Final Fantasy Tactics was not an overnight success. Many fans of the core games in the Final Fantasy franchise were initially confused by the party members refusing to line up on the right side of the screen with helpful, blue-coloured menus beneath them. Then, there was the strangely chess-like gameplay. And, of course, the translation, so garbled at times that it earned its own name: Daravonese.
The success of Final Fantasy Tactics only came with time, and soon fans around the world began to sing its praises. A PSP release in 2007, subtitled “The War of the Lions” after the game’s historical setting, sought to address the translation issues. In this regard success was immediately to hand. The new translation was universally applauded, as were the new cutscenes, voice acting, and scenarios added to the original game.
Seeking to bring the game to an even wider audience, Square Enix ensured that the original PS1 version of Final Fantasy Tactics was released via the Playstation Network in 2009. At E3 2010, an upcoming iOS release of the PSP version of the game was also announced. Today, Final Fantasy Tactics has spawned several spin-off games on Nintendo portable systems. It marks the first inception of the world of Ivalice, destined to become a cornerstone of core Final Fantasy series games such as Final Fantasy XII. By any estimation, it was a landmark title.
This is the first week our our playthrough, which will wrap up on Halloween. Use the comments thread to discuss where you are, strategies for battles, observations and comparisons between the different versions of the game, and your opinions about how things have changed in strategy RPGs since the original release thirteen years ago.
So, now we invite you to join The Starlight Megaphone on a search for the ‘truth’. Come with us as we revisit The War of the Lions!