Keeping with Square Enix’s penchant for giving their games unpronounceable and thoroughly off-putting titles, the sequel to Final Fantasy’s original fighting mash-up on the PSP sounds like something you’d find in your digestive tract. Or, indeed, your actual small intestine.
Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy, or Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy for those of a somewhat queasy disposition, is a traditional follow-up in the purest sense. It takes the original concept – in this case pitting the wider cast of the Final Fantasy games against each other in a fight to the (probably not) death – and adds in new characters, new abilities and a bucket of other randomness Japanese kids would undoubtedly eat strange things on a game-show for.
The biggest additions are Lightning, protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII, and Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII. You know, the one Cloud hooked up with that didn’t die. Sorry, his “childhood friend.” Yeah. Sure. How the hell she wasn’t in the first game, we have no idea. Tifa will be voiced, yet again, by Ms. Rachel Leigh Cook in the English version.
The fact that a Dissidia game has made our list at all is a triumph. As a spin-off, Dissidia has performed adequately in the West, probably due to that Final Fantasy marque emblazoned proudly across its cover, but it’s hardly a game people camp out for. Then again, who doesn’t want another chance to reenact the legendary Cloud and Sephiroth face-off? This time without the white-haired pansy’s mother turning up and fighting his battles for him.
Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy on the PSP is confirmed for 2011, though a specific release date is not known at this time.