Who would win in a fight? Fans have been talking about this concept forever. It doesn’t matter if it’s a comic book hero, celebrity, game hero, or even someone’s dad. And the Final Fantasy franchise is no different. It took Square Enix a long time, but in 2009 nerd prayers were answered in the form of Dissidia: Final Fantasy for the PSP.
Now Square, prior to the merger, was no stranger to fighting games. Tobal No. 1 was an original game that launched close to the launch of the first PlayStation in 1995. The other, Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring, came several years later and featured several Final Fantasy VII characters like Tifa and Cloud. Both of these games weren’t very good, which may have been the reason Square put fighting games on hold. Fast forward about ten years later and Square Enix tried again.
To those unaware, the game is about a Goddess who has summoned the heroes from Final Fantasy in order to combat the evil entity Chaos and the villains from the series. Players chose a character and battled through various clones of heroes and villains until facing up against their nemesis at the end. For example, Terra fought Kefka and Zidane battled against Kuja. Characters leveled up, learned new moves, and could equip gear. And every hero was different. Terra was great at long range while Zidane was great at close combat. It was a little hard to get used to and it may be a bit complex for its own good, but it’s still fun given the time.
More so than a fighting game, Dissidia was a celebration of the Final Fantasy series. It was packed full of treasures from the series, featuring new and remixed beloved tracks from Final Fantasy, art, facts, and more. While it may lie dormant for now, hopefully this 5th anniversary will nudge Square Enix to reboot this franchise for the PS Vita, or perhaps even better the PS4. For now, bust out that old PSP and give these heroes another fight to remember.