Dissidia: Final Fantasy - PSP

Also known as: Dissidia: Final Fantasy Limited Collector's Edition

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Custom optical disc Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Enix Soft. Co.: Square Enix
Publishers: Square Enix (GB/GB/GB)
Released: 2 Dec 2011 (GB)
4 Sept 2009 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Wireless Compatible


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Dissidia is the latest Square Enix game set in the FInal Fantasy universe for the PlayStation Portable. Released as part of the FInal Fantasy 20th anniversary, the game features characters from all of the previous Final Fantasy games, a new character, Cosmos, Goddess of Harmony, and two secret characters.

The game centres around a great conflict between heroes and villains. Chaos, the god of Discord, tries to wrest control of their worlds from the forces of good. The last remaining heroes band together to resist him. Each of the ten heroes has their own story, their Destiny Odyssey, each of which reflects the story of their original game.

Unlike most FInal Fantasy games, which are role playing games, Dissidia is a combat action game. But as one would expect from a FF game, players gain experience and gil (the currency of the Final Fantasy universe) from winning battles, and these can be used to level up their capabilities and equip new weapons.

As with all fighting games, the aim is to reduce your opponent’s health to zero. Your attacking power is shown in numerical form called BP or "Brave Points". Both characters start out with a set amount of BP, and each must reduce their opponent's BP by attacking them. Using a "BP attack" will reduce your opponents BP and increase yours. The "HP attack" causes direct damage to their opponent. Health Point damage equals your current amount of BP, but, when you make an HP attack your BP meter is temporarily reduced to zero, and slowly recovers. A character whose BP is reduced to less than zero is forced into "Break mode". In this mode, they cannot cause any damage to an opponent's HP or BP but any attacks against them will cause critical damage, and the opponent gets all of the BP in the "Brave Pool" (a number that can be seen at the bottom of the screen) massively boosting their BP amount.

Combat also increases a players EX Guage. Once this is full, the character may enter "EX Mode", which increases their strength and enables the "EX Burst", a high power assault like the Limit Break seen in many Final Fantasy games' combat sections. Dissidia is sure to appeal to those who like the combat aspects of FInal Fantasy more then the exploring and puzzle solving.