Final Fantasy VII came out on the Playstation Store of the PSP and Playstation 3 on June 2nd. After the success of the mainline game, the spin-off title Final Fantasy Tactics is also making its way to the Playstation Store sometime in the near future.
Although Final Fantasy Tactics wasn’t a part of the main Final Fantasy series, it has about as much as an influence as those titles. The Playstation game was released one year later than Final Fantasy VII in North America. Like the aforementioned title, Sony Computer Entertainment once again helped Square publish and translate the game.
Final Fantasy Tactics is an instant classic due to its ultra deep gameplay. Unlike other Final Fantasy games, this spin-off title is a turn-based strategy game where you must move your party members using grids. Final Fantasy Tactics uses a class system where you can combine and equip different types of units. The game has a bottomless amount of depth thanks to its unique classes.
Another big plus for Final Fantasy Tactics is the story. Unfortunately, the poor translation muttered it for the English reading audience in North America. Still, the world of Final Fantasy Tactics was so rich in history and mythology that it was eventually expanded to other games including Final Fantasy XII on the Playstation 2.
The success of Final Fantasy Tactics should come at no surprise as Yasumi Matsuno was the lead designer. Before his masterpiece, the legendary game designer was responsible for the highly underrated Ogre Battle/Tactics Ogre series. He eventually went on to create Vagrant Story in 2000 and Final Fantasy XII in 2006. Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story are all considered to be classic games.
In 2007, the PSP got an enhanced port of Final Fantasy Tactics. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions includes new content such in the form of classes and multiplayer modes. Furthermore, Square (now known as Square Enix) decided to publish and translate the script this time around. As a result, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions features a more comprehensive story than the original Playstation game.
PSP and Playstation 3 gamers will be getting Final Fantasy Tactics, and not Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, on the Playstation Store. Like the original version and many other PSOne Classic games (including Final Fantasy VII), Final Fantasy Tactics will be published by Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Look for Final Fantasy Tactics on the Playstation Store for the PSP and Playstation 3 soon.