Originally Published on the Official Blast Away the Game Review Facebook Page
Written by Dustin Murphy
26 Years ago, the world was enlightened by the charming sounds of FINAL FANTASY when the first title released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was at the time was not at the time, as heavily followed as it is now, and that set it into a league of its own. Twenty-six years later, SQUARE ENIX has one of the largest franchises in the gaming industry, and has shared it’s music for many to enjoy in a beat rhythm style game. With the songs being composed by Nobuo Uemtasu, one can only wonder why this masterpiece of a title is exclusive to Nintendo, and the question is simple; it launched where it began. As of today, Players can enjoy new the original play style of FINAL FANTASY THEATRHYTHM and the new game modes that have been launched within this title. With over 221 songs to choose from as well as 60 playable characters, one can only admire this beautiful masterpiece.
Players who purchase the title will be able to tap along to the memorable beats, harmonies, and even chorus’ to some of the most famed songs of all time. The music spans across the full breadth of the FINAL FANTASY franchise and leaves no pages unturned. Each of the characters are stylized around their song, battle, and the quest through their worlds thanks to this music. Thanks to over twenty wonderful titles, THEATRHYTHM allows players to experience the uniqueness of each title while merging them into one beautiful cinematic visual title, that also meshes together their role-play elements.
Unlike before, CURTAIN CALL introduces characters and songs from the recently released FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy, FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, and FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0. Even with those, the game alone does not even begin to touch the fan favorites such as FINAL FANTASY TACTICS and last, but not least, FINAL FANTASY VII: Advent Children. With these newest entries into the score, players can also experience a new way to play each of the newly released title. This time around players will be able to enjoy this games new playable modes such as Versus Mode where players will go head-to-head in a screen-tapping showdown against one another, for those that don’t want to, Quest Medley may be right up your alley. What does this mean? You’ll be able to go here in order to customize their party to their favorite characters and take to the games beautiful fields and dungeons in order to play in music-based battles against bosses from the famed series franchise.
In FINAL FANTASY THEATRHYTHM Curtain Call, players will be able to unlock new characters, songs, and collectible cards, CollectaCard Crystarium to power up character’s stats. How do you do this? By playing levels and earning Rhythmia by completing songs through the game itself!
“With THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL, we wanted to capture the memorable musical elements that have been a huge part of the franchise,” said Ichiro Hazama, producer of THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL. “Our fans are in for a nostalgic rhythmic experience that will have them fall in love with their favorite FINAL FANTASY soundtracks all over again, from the original FINAL FANTASY in 1987 all the way through the recently released LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.”
With having had the game played before it’s release, it has been getting high amounts of positive feedback, and has been called one of the best games released by SQUARE ENIX’s Japan Studio. So lets take a true look at what the companies are saying about it with some scores below.
“…Curtain Call is well worth the encore…” -Gamezone (9.5/10)
“Curtain Call is one of the best releases from Square Enix’s Japanese division in years.” -EGM (9/10)
“An early contender for my favorite handheld title of the year.” –Nintendo World Report (9/10)
With those ratings, one can only wonder, will you pick it up? It is something we highly suggest after having had plenty of time to join the previous entry, which was entitled to plenty of beautifully sculpted pieces of music. Below; SQUARE ENIX has outlined the list of upcoming DLC’s. So take a peek, and see what is in-store for the future of this title!
Check out the official trailer below:
- “Battle 2” (FINAL FANTASY V)*
- “Roses of May” (FINAL FANTASY IX)*
- “Blitz Off!” (FINAL FANTASY X)
- “Library of Ancients” (FINAL FANTASY V)
- “Shuffle or Boogie” (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
- “Tough Battle #2” (FINAL FANTASY XI)
- “KUON: Memories of Waves and Light” (FINAL FANTASY X-2)
- “Crazy Chocobo” (FINAL FANTASY XIII-2)
- Yuffie (FINAL FANTASY VII)
On Sale Thursday, September 25th:
- “Protect the Espers!” (FINAL FANTASY VI)
- “Battle 1 – arrangement – from FINAL FANTASY IX” (DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY)
- “Promised Grace” (FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES)
- “Aerith’s Theme (Piano Version)” (FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN)
- “Battle Theme A” (FINAL FANTASY II)
- “Good King Moggle Mog XII” (FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn)
- “Thunder Plains” (FINAL FANTASY X)
- “Canto Mortis -An Undocumented Battle-“ (DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] FINAL FANTASY)
- Rosa (FINAL FANTASY IV)
*Available for free until Tuesday, September 30th. Otherwise, each track/character is available for $0.99.
THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL is available today for $39.99 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ system. The game is rated T (Teen). Fans can download a demo of the game from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™. Stay tuned for our upcoming review due out soon!
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