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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates - Play It
I was one of the few people in this world who truly enjoyed Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube. There were two or three sets of friends that I talked into trying it over the years. No one liked it enough to come back for more. Therefore, I never really finished that game. Well the series continues on the DS as Ring of Fates was released earlier this month. I received the review copy over at NWR and I have a review in editing there so this Play It? will be briefer than most. (The review is now up.)

The GameCube original was completely multiplayer focused. It was, after all, one of the main examples of Nintendo's Game Boy / GameCube connectivity feature. Most people expected Ring of Fates to feature a robust online party building experience, not unlike that done in the great Phantasy Star Online. It doesn't. There is a Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo on the box, but all you can do online is trade your homemade moogle textures. Wonderful.

But don't freak out yet. Ring of Fates actually has a story mode. It features good writing (as far as fantasy video games go), cut scenes with voice acting, and computer controlled party members! Sounds great, and the first two are, but the amount of thought that went into programming the AI in the party members was minimal at best. You'll spend the entire game feeling like you are a one man party. The only time your party members will truly be useful is when you switch your control over to them. During boss fights you'll quickly realize that spending the time to raise your comrades when they die will only get you killed. Even with that major problem, the story is still a joy to play through. It has me quite excited for the next installment in the series. It is short though, clocking in at around 12 hours.

Ring of Fates is a tough game to recommend. Do not play it if you are expecting an online multiplayer experience. Go ahead and give it a try if a good, 12 hour, action RPG is worth the price of admission for you.
By Mike on March 26, 2008 at 10:39am EDT Topic(s): final fantasy crystal chronicles: ring of fates square enix ds games play it?

Starfish I really loved the look of Crystal Chronicles and I actually liked playing it too, it was just kind of complicated to get a whole group of us to play it all at once.

I liked it a lot better than FFXI, anyways.
3/26/2008 at 7:21pm EDT
Mike I'm totally still up for trying to finish it. If you are game we need one more person...
3/27/2008 at 11:35am EDT

Actually, I liked it too! You know I always liked the little Celtic intros to each chapter. Everyone else thought they were corny but I thought they were sweet. As longs as I don't always have to carry the bucket! :P
3/27/2008 at 12:51pm EDT
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