When one thinks of a “fan service,” not often does one think of an IP that not only meets the requirements of the term, but also goes beyond expectations and delivers a quality gaming experience. Many fan service offerings undeniably fall short in terms of sheer playability and fun-factor, and it seems to have become general practice that if a developer grants the gaming community with a “fan service,” then gameplay can be overlooked to the point of mediocrity. Yet, this undiclosed “rule,” as all rules do, must have an exception to remain viable.
Square Enix, in an effort to become this very exception, has given us the ultimate RPG fan service, pitting twenty-two of Final Fantasy’s most well known warriors and villains against each other. Dissidia: Final Fantasy hopes to break free of fan-service inadequacy and create a new “rule” for all to abide by. Though, with such high expectations, can Cloud, Kefka, Tidus and the rest of the Final Fantasy party retain their individual splendor while proving to be a formidable IP for all to enjoy? Read more… »