Monday, January 03, 2011

I really like Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, but ...

I've played Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for a few hours now (I have no idea how many hours exactly, as the game doesn't seem to keep track of such things), and thus far I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I haven't even been bothered by two of the issues that other owners of this Matrix Software-developed game have complained about on line--one of which involves auto-aiming during battles (basically, you can't choose who your characters target with weapons, spells or items) and one of which involves item management (each of the game's eponymous heroes is limited to carrying 15 items--including spells--at any given time).

So, where does the "but" mentioned in the headline come into play? Well, it comes into play while dealing with the game's propensity to pull characters--and all of their weapons and armor--from your party without warning.

This first happened to me after defeating a boss. Once the battle was over, a key member of my party walked away without so much as an "adios"--and took a lot of my hard-earned loot with him.

Thankfully I had saved just before I confronted said baddie, so I restarted the game, stripped that party member of all noteworthy armor, weapons and spells and fought the boss again. In the end, it wasn't a big deal--but it was rather annoying. (The moral of this story: Save as often as possible while playing The 4 Heroes of Light.)

Don't let that (admittedly annoying) detail keep you from giving this game a go, though, as I think it'll be well worth your while if you're any kind of Final Fantasy fan.

Buy: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light


Viewtiful_Justin said...

That's what annoyed the piss out of me with FFIV.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I thought of you as I wrote this, Justin. It is definitely manageable, although still a bit annoying...

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I just feel like the characters that are leaving would be courteous enough to give back all the crap I bought them before they scrammed. Jerks.

But it's nice to know that you're enjoying it!

Bryan Ochalla said...

My thoughts exactly! I'm hoping this means they'll return to my party at some point, but I'm not betting on it.

Oh, and it just happened again. This time, though, there was no way I was going back to beat the boss again with a stripped character (as I wouldn't have been able to beat him that way). Oh, well.

The good thing about this being a FF game is that there's always new weapons and armor around the corner, right?