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If you're a longtime FF series player, then the first thing which comes to your mind will be classic 1995 role playing for Japanese Nintendo Entertainment system. Actually released for Japanese version of Nintendo DS, Final Fantasy III was never translated for audience of North America till present. This interesting role playing game has stunning 3D visuals and tweaking job system gives new life to an old game. It is a well done remake of Square soft RPG with new visuals; renovated job system which adds depth and variety to combats and add personality and names to bland characters of old game. The lengthy missions can keep you busy for several hours and 3D visuals are definitely eye-catching.

The remixed sound track is soaring with poor audio mix. The previous versions of Final fantasy were bold experiments in character development and storytelling with much focus on skill-building and combats. Final fantasy III is very much similar to that category with turn-based combats and the plot is a second thought. FF III does not have any cut scenes or full motion videos during the course of game and magical powers are controlled strictly.

Final Fantasy III is a Role playing game which is meant for dedicated RPG fanciers and most of the players might give up getting exterminated by random encounters in off the beaten track of 2nd track while others might get frustrated after getting wiped out by Herculean bosses after thirty minutes of exploration with no chance to save the game in the middle. Even gamers, who make it till end of each level, will be taken aback by toughness of last dungeon. Final fantasy III does not have an exciting storyline and most of the levels of very tough and exhausting for players. The 4 party members of the older version have been given background, personality and names but there is nothing much to make it up to final boss.

The Job system is the major attraction of Final fantasy III which players shall recognize from games like Tactics and Final fantasy V. The characters could be easily reassigned a dissimilar character class whenever need and it can vary from basic roles like Monk, warrior, White mage to more specific roles like Evoker, Scholar or Geomancer. FF III has the primordial form of Job system which lacks the mix-and-match options and consistency available in later versions of game. Though the job system has been tweaked, it still needs further improvement as it could be limiting in some cases.

The game has impressive sound and amazing visual effects with detailed 3D Computer graphics and remarkable FF musical score. The game does not move as smooth as its two dimensional similitude’s which hinders the combat pace and simple actions like bringing up the menu screen. The top screen of Ninetendo DS is barely used and graphics could have been improved further to add smoother transition effects for 3D visuals. You will get a map when you explore the over world, but you will be left without any help during the various dungeons of the game in which the visuals are not clear.

The plot of Final Fantasy III revolves around Luneth, an orphan who discovers a magical crystal that informs him that he has an important job of saving the world from danger. He is accompanied by a shy friend called Arc, and Ingus, the guardsman along with Refia, the daughter of blacksmith. They join together to unleash the secrets of 4 elemental crystals which are hidden around the world which exposes them to new surprises and dangers. The difference between previous versions is that each character has well-defined roles and personalities.

The story has a dated feel but still has the classic nature of Final Fantasy series with stunning graphics. The orchestral musical score is very sensitive and motivational, though it is not the best of FF series. It provides a suitable mood for the game and at times it could be soaring. The game play is a bit dated and job system is clumsy. The side quests and combats are engaging and entire adventure would take around sixty hours of game play for hard core games It focuses mostly on combat and skill development and casual players would get surprised by finding how addictive basic monster-slaying and level-grinding could be.

To conclude, it can be stated that hardcore RPG gamers will definitely enjoy playing Final fantasy III when compared to traditional gamers who are aficionados of modern Final fantasy titles.

Gameplay 4 / 5
Soundtrack 4.5 / 5
Replay Value 4 / 5
Storyline 4 / 5
4 / 5 Great!