Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4
- Publisher: Square Enix, Koei Tecmo
- Developer: Team Ninja
- Release Date: Jan 30, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Fighting, RPG
- Players: 1 (Online up to 6)
- Official Website: https://www.dissidiafinalfantasynt.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
First, we’ll assume that many of you might not have played the original Dissidia titles from a decade ago. In Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the main concept is similar to the past titles: take control of three-man teams and battle against other teams to emerge victorious. There are two main ways to win a battle in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Either players do Core Matches where teams try to eliminate the opposing enemy’s core or Regular Battles where each team has three lives and the first to extinguish the enemy’s lives comes out the winners. These mechanics haven’t changed from the previous Dissidia titles but Dissidia Final Fantasy NT does things slightly different with the Story Mode and the offline mechanics.
The Story Mode for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT can’t be played all in one shot like the other Dissidia games. Now, players must gain Memoria to watch or play parts of the Story Mode. This can be a double-edged sword for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT as it allows players to enjoy the online and offline combat but equally, these Memoria randomly unlock—or at least feel random—before you can enjoy the story of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Honestly, we here at Honey’s Anime would have preferred the Story Mode to be fully unlocked from the gate but we can understand why Team Ninja wanted players to take a break from the story—which can be a bit confusing at times—to enjoy the fighting portions of the game. The Story Mode does have fighting though but its with set teams.
Another similar idea with Dissidia Final Fantasy NT returning from the previous titles is that once more, players in offline modes control 3-man teams. Players can freely switch combatants before battle which will come in handy as you will need to strategize which team combinations work best. Will you control the slow Cloud while you have Ace and the mage Terra rely on magic for a solid singular offense with a magical defense? The choice is yours ultimately in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. However, what is also unfortunately similar to Dissidia 1 and 2, is that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT still has an awkward fighting system that feels stiff at times and other times bareboned. Most heroes fight exactly the same with the only major difference being how they actually do attacks. A better way for us to explain it is that Tidus and Cloud fight very differently—Cloud is slower but hits harder while Tidus is fast and combo focused—but they still use the same button to initiate these combos and don’t ultimately control much differently. It just means that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT doesn’t impress with amazing combo like in most fighting games but it at least works in execution.
One element we really do enjoy about Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is easily the impressive graphics and wide arrangement of songs from the Final Fantasy franchise. You can tell Team Ninja used some idea from their Dead or Alive franchise with characters in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT getting dirty while fighting and having very strong details in the armor, clothes and even hair. The backgrounds are also incredible with some having dynamic shifts that change depending on the fight, for example one field of ice turns into a beautiful green field with flowers that bloom in a stunning fashion—All this while you get to listen to music rearranged from classic songs that fans know all too well!
Now we’ve said mostly positive things about Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, but there is one major issue we saved for last that we need to address. The first major issue with Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is the terrible lag online. We have fought numerous battles online and often some battles become slow and clunky fights causing people to time out or even to quit because a battle becomes unplayable. We pray that Square Enix and Team Ninja do some updates to fix the online latency but for now Dissidia Final Fantasy NT sometimes plays fine online but often doesn’t. Expect to enjoy the single player—which has multiple modes to enjoy thankfully and also gives rewards too—as the online mode at the moment is pretty meh to say the least.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Huge roster of Final Fantasy Heroes and Villains
- Impressive visuals and cutscenes
- Wonderful music arrangement from the Final Fantasy series
- Decent amount to unlock in terms of outfits and weapons
- Plenty of story and game modes to enjoy
- Not the best idea in terms of how story mode works
- Online servers have horrible lag
- Fighting mechanics are still too bareboned