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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a polarizing game, much like Marmite - you either adore it or despise it. In my case, I fell in love with FFTA. This title brings a refreshing spin to the beloved Final Fantasy series by introducing an entirely new gameplay style. Rather than sticking to the traditional turn-based combat, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance incorporates a strategy-based battle system akin to Fire Emblem (also available on Gameboy Advance).

The engaging narrative takes players from the humble town of St Ivalice to the mystical realm of Ivalice, all thanks to a magical book. Marche, the protagonist, finds himself in this unfamiliar world, separated from his friends Mewt and Ritz. Determined to return home, Marche faces countless battles, only to discover that things are far more complex than they initially appeared.

Battles are the core component of the game, and your enjoyment of FFTA largely hinges on your affinity for this aspect. As you traverse Ivalice, you'll assemble a clan of diverse individuals, each possessing their own distinct Job. Together, you'll engage in strategic battles, carefully maneuvering your characters across the grid.

I found the battles thrilling and, as a result, I wholeheartedly adored this game.

Gameplay 3.5 / 5
Soundtrack 4 / 5
Replay Value 4 / 5
Storyline 3 / 5
3.5 / 5 Average