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Dissidia Final Fantasy - PSP - Preview

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Dissidia Final Fantasy is one PSP title that fans of the franchise have undoubtedly focused their attentions on. Combining classic heroes and villains from every Final Fantasy game, Dissidia features a compelling mix of action-RPG based gameplay and deep story elements that will keep fans entertained and enthused. Square-Enix had a playable build of the game available at this year’s E3, and the results were what fans would hope for; solid gameplay with great art direction and the characters that we all know and love.

The game offers 22 different characters from the Final Fantasy universe, with one hero and one villain making an appearance from each entry in the series (XI and XII each only get one character, a hero and a villain respectively). The characters from earlier Final Fantasy games have been updated with new art direction to reflect modern graphical enhancements, and are pretty damn cool as a result. The game’s story follows a struggle between forces of Chaos and Cosmos, thrusting the characters into a common fight between good and evil.

Each character in the game will have their own set storyline, including their own antagonists to face off against. The action puts players on a three-dimensional map, with the specific goal of lowering their opponent’s HP gauge to zero. While the game shares many mechanics with the fighting game genre, it really has more to do with an action-RPG like Kingdom Hearts in terms of general feel.

The North American version will feature a bonus Arcade mode, which is a straightforward action mode that lets them take on another Final Fantasy character whenever they want. Additionally, there is an ad-hoc mode that lets players download a friend’s ghost in their copy of the game.

DIssidia Final Fantasy is turning out to be a solid action title that gives players some truly awesome looking battles. Look for it this August.

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