Square Enix has been known to take many liberties with their franchise, Final Fantasy. From the spinoffs to the crossovers, each game had a unique flare that made it stand out from the main games. Many fans have expressed their distain for these games in one way or another, but that doesn’t stop Square from releasing seemingly more spinoffs than main games.
World of Final Fantasy is a perfect example of exploiting the name in a game that could have stood on its own.
The game follows the story of Lann and Reynn, twins that have lost their memories. They meet a young woman named Enna Kros who says she can help the twins regain their memories by collecting small creatures called mirages. They can use these creatures to fight in battle and save the Lilikin people from the evil Federation. The twins even have the power to awaken Champions of the land, which are well-known characters from the Final Fantasy series. Along the way, there are some typical twists and turns as the twins learn about their past and who exactly their enemies are. Through it all, they need to stick together and not allow themselves to be driven apart by these enemies and secrets.
While the story is rather run of the mill, the gameplay is what makes World of Final Fantasy worth a look. Lann and Reynn have the ability to switch between being Lilikin and Jiants. Each form can have its own team of mirages, which are used as either as a team or by stacking the mirages and the twins into a totem. The advantage is that when they’re stacked, they can produce stronger attacks. While unstacked, the group has more chances to attack but are more vulnerable to the enemy. It’s satisfying to capture different mirages and see how the teams work together.
However, it seems like the name Final Fantasy doesn’t belong in this game.
The characters from the main franchise play secondary to the twins, who are good and bad in their own way. For the most part, the characters of Final Fantasy are used as one time summons. They don’t even stay in the party as companions. It’s a little frustrating to see them not working as a team with the characters, but support that do little more than a single attack and sometimes a stat boost. It makes the Final Fantasy name attached in such an arbitrary way.
It’s difficult to pinpoint if this is a fun Square game or a disappointing Final Fantasy game.
There are definitely good things about the game, but having the Final Fantasy name attached to it makes it seem like a terrible game. An interesting battle system with a fun and dynamic aspect to it will leave fans disappointed if they are expecting the typical party formation of the franchise. While it’s not a perfect game from Square, there is still fun to be had if fans go in with essentially no expectations. Enjoy the game for being a laid back RPG, but don’t expect a journey alongside your favorite Final Fantasy characters.
World of Final Fantasy is available for PS4 and PSVita.