E3 2012 Hands-On Impressions: Final Fantasy Theatrythm
You know being a huge Elite Beat Agents fan I have been waiting for a sequel to hit US shores one of these days. I have never thought I would get my fill of such a music/rhythm game that I did with EBA. I am not going to lie I thought the whole concept of Final Fantasy Theatrhythm was stupid and just a huge cash in for those die hard Final Fantasy fans. You know what though, I gave it a chance with very low expectations on what it offered.
I can't sit here and go into extreme detail on the gameplay mechanics of this game because it is just not that complex, it is one of those easy to learn hard to master type of experiences. What Theatrhythm lacks in complexity it offers in pure addictive fun. If you enjoyed Elite Beat Agents to any degree you will feel right at home with Theatrhythm. Now EBA had dots sprawled out across the screen, this game the dots move horizontal. You have to tap anywhere on the screen when the dots pop up and you must tap in the way you need to. Some dots want you to tap the screen once, some you have to hold down the stylus on the screen and some even have you flick the stylus up in the direction the arrow is facing. Sometimes when you hold down the stylus you have to drag it in a certain direction be it waves or diagonal lines.
Each level lets you play through one of many Final Fantasy games. It is called Theatrhythm for a reason, it presents a theatre of cutscenes and footage of Final Fantasy games included with the OST that corresponds to it. You must play the game to some of your favorite soundtracks from the series. Make no mistake this game might only appeal to those into rhythm based games or those looking for some Final Fantasy fan service. It is definitely not one to look over though and it was quite a welcomed surprise.