Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: A Game That Will Rock Your Chocobo’s Socks
Though the era of Rock Band, Guitar Hero and the like may have petered out, Square Enix has not tired of milking the Final Fantasy franchise with spin-offs. Theatrythm Final Fantasy is a great, nostalgic addition to the hardcore Final Fantasy fan’s collection, and anyone familiar with games like Rhythm Fever and Elite Beat Agents will get the hang of the similarly-styled gameplay quickly.
On the surface, the game looks kiddie, but in an Edward Gorey way: The characters look like a coloring-book interpretation of Limbo’s characters, stripping them of all their original visual appeal and their individuality. This chibi (albeit creepy) graphics ensure that you are always aware this is a spin-off game. But there’s a simple brilliance to Theatrhythm. The player is given the opportunity to choose a party of four from the main characters of Final Fantasy I through XIII (including unlockable characters), and the party is taken through each game’s soundtrack. (Final Fantasy X-2, XIII-2, and XIV are not included in the game.)
Mini Boss Diary: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Today, I fended off a handful of deranged, chibi-looking heroes who tried to steal the crystals we’ve worked so hard to acquire. But—get this—the jerks actually thought they could fell me with music. Ha! Well I made short work of them, just like when I fought that spoony bard with the harp! Boss, have you heard the term, “fight fire with fire”? Well I did exactly that. I threw tunes at them with such speed that they became disoriented and were unable to form a proper attack—beautiful songs too. (My mother always told me I could have been a performer, but alas, I chose a different route.) I finished them off with a complex rendition of “One-Winged Angel.” You should have seen them try to match each note in an effort to deflect my brilliant arrangements. In the end—even having used a potion—I drained the life from them. The weird-looking fools!
The Mini Boss