Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon for the Wii





What is there to say about the name Final Fantasy? It’s one of the biggest franchises in the gaming universe. They seem to make some pretty good-looking games and ones that are pretty deep in story. They seem to have 100’s of games at their disposal, but only a few seem to be pretty much buyable. This kind of issue comes into play with some of their spin-offs. The one I will be reviewing today is Final Fantasy Fable: Chocobo’s Dungeon for the Nintendo Wii. So, is this famous fantasy bird a good idea? Or should he just be fried up and thrown into a bucket of chicken?

The main story settles around our yellow bird the Chocobo and his friend the treasure hunter Cid. While looking for a certain treasure hunt, they get warped into a mysterious town where people have lost their memories each time the tower bell goes off. A little bit after you get to the town, you meet a green-haired boy who has the ability to go into the person’s mind and find their memories. It is up to you as Chocobo to team up with the kid and get everyone’s memories back.

The game play is in the form of a rpg dungeon crawler-like game. The town itself is very small, with only four areas to explore, with the exception of the minds of the people you explore. The main game play takes place in the person’s mind in multi-floored dungeons, filled with monsters, and a boss at the end of each dungeon. The fighting comes in the form of a turn-based fighting system, where you move to a square, and then it’s the enemy’s turn and etc. You also have the ability to change job classes, like a knight, white mage, dragoon, black mage, and etc. You also can go into the forging store and make new items and weapons.

The music is definitely one of the high points. They always make great music for the Final Fantasy games. Even if you don’t like their game, you’ve got to admit that the music is very enjoyable to listen to. The other high point is the character designs. I especially like Cid’s looks since he actually looks like a treasure hunter. For the Wii, the movie cut scenes are impressive and nice to look at.

Let’s put on our talons and track down the bad parts. The dungeon levels themselves are bland and boring-looking. They also get really repetitious. The voice acting is over the top and horrible. The memories you return to the villagers are just boring and uninteresting. The game play is overly tedious since you also have to keep Chocobo energized. and it’s stupid how they put this in. the overall difficulty is all over the place. The monsters are hard, but the bosses are pushovers. I just think they could have spent more time on this game and actually made some smart moves.

All and all, Square Enix could have done a way better job. Without the graphics that are just decent enough to be on the Wii, repetitious game play, boring dungeon layout, and unneeded difficulty, they could have made this one of the best games for the Wii. Sadly, it’s just a decent game that won’t keep you interested long. I only played it for like a day and a half, and I got bored with it. I would say don’t even bother with this game, and go out and get Zack and Wiki instead. It would be more worth your time than this game.

This game gets a 5 out of 10

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