Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Admirable mix of RPG and fighting creates complex game.
  • PSP
  • $39.99
  • 2009

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message is that peace can be accomplished through war, tempered by ethics and morals. But war, even the one-on-one variety, is hell.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While some of the godly and heroic characters are complex regarding morals, they all work together to form a team that defeats evil.

Ease of Play

Medium. This is a complex game with role-playing elements, card trading, and fighting aspects that is made easier through tutorials.

Violence

Fantasy violence abounds here with fireworks-like magic used to hit your foes. Players participate in battles during which they can summon magical creatures, cast their own magic, or use swords, axes, or boomerangs. The Final Blow -- the end of the battle -- is particularly over-the-top because it is shown in slow motion. But there is never any blood or guts.

Sex

There is a handful of female playable characters and a couple of these are dressed in teen dream video game staples: tight corsets and short pants, partially displaying breasts and buttocks.

Language

Mild language includes "damn," "hell," and "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game combines role-playing and combat elements to create a complex gaming experience. But there is a thorough tutorial to help newbies out. The violence is mostly magical with some sword play, and it is never bloody. Scantily clad female characters can be seen. And light cussing is part of the dialogue.The message is positive, going beyond the usual save-the-world pablum. If you don't like the RPG element, you can just play the game as a fighter.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKitsune87 December 20, 2009
Parent of a 13 year old Written bychrrr October 10, 2009
Kid, 12 years old November 2, 2010
love it
Teen, 14 years old Written bygolder October 28, 2009

What's it about?

There may never have been a more powerful battle of the gods for Sony’s PSP. In DISSIDIA: FINAL FANTASY, goddess of harmony Cosmos and god of destruction Chaos have come to tragic blows. Brutal Chaos seemingly has won over the peaceful Cosmos. In this role-playing game with gigantic, over-the-top battles on earth, in the sky, and in space, you fight so that your character can become stonger or \"level-up.\" You can play as about two dozen characters, who all try to save the universe and restore peace to a very troubled planet.

Is it any good?

Dissidia sports one of the most awesome, most stunning opening movies ever seen. That’s saying a lot since the game’s presented on the smaller PSP screen and made by Square/Enix, a gaming company known for its detailed, film-like sequences.

But once you get into the gameplay, there’s a feeling of repetitiveness as you fight to try to level-up and become more powerful. While there’s no blood, the fighting is tough, glorious, and ego-filled, full of hubris at the end of each battle. The oft thin dialogue is godly, full of talk about ethics and morality, and has you thinking about what’s right and wrong. While the fighting can be banal if you don’t try new moves, the amount of things you can do with powerups and collected treasures is impressive. Overall, this is an admirable, though not perfect, addition to the ever-broadening Final Fantasy series.

Online interaction: You can fight others and trade cards online. You might have to wait a while before you can find a partner to play with.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • After playing Dissidia, would you like to play other Final Fantasy games? Would you rather play a new unique game or a sequel involving a familar world?

  • Would you like to live in a world of ruled by gods? Why or why not? Which of the godly characters would you like to be?

  • Do the opening movie and the cut scenes add or detract from the gameplay? How so?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Partial Nudity

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