Here’s another awesome Squaresoft game that gets overlooked by a lot of people.
The gameplay is very different from other FF’s, because instead of using the traditional menu selection on an dynamic battlefield and so on, it uses a turn based system on a grid environment. Final Fantasy Tactics introduces the job system, meaning you can create your own army of whatever class you want them to be.
Combining good gameplay, great characters, and a plot you won’t ever forget, this is one of the best Final Fantasy games ever made.
This game requires a bit of backround information on what’s happening and why. It explains it in the game but it’s kind of confusing. First off, everything up to the ending of FFT is explained in the beginning of the game. Alazam the scholar tells a tale of a young man, who stops this big war referred to as “The Lion War”. It also mixes in tales from the “Zodiac Brave Story”, which is basically a tale of 12 legendary knights that each carried a Zodiac stone and they sealed this great demon a long time ago. It also mentions about the “Fifty Year War”, which happened right before the beginning of the game.
Alazam’s tale tells us that Delita is the hero written in history that stops the war, but it hints at the fact that there might have been someone else who is the “real” hero. The story begins as history is retold in the view of this “real hero”.
Ramza Beoulve – The main hero, Ramza, is the son of the Fifty Year War hero (Balbanes Beoulve). Half brother to Dycedarg Beoulve, Zalbag Beoulve, and full brother to Alma Beoulve, Ramza believes in justice and honor. Best friends with Delita since childhood, Ramza journeys for truth and answers.
Agrias Oaks – The personal bodyguard of Princess Ovelia, Agrias is a Holy Knight from Lesalia. Her main goal is to keep Ovelia safe, and to protect her whenever necessary. A strong believer in honor, Agrias hardly trusts anybody except her own knights and the princess.
Delita Hyral – The legendary commoner who became king and stopped The Lion War as written in the scriptures, Delita has not always been ambitious and power hungry. A horrible experience and a tragic loss made him snap and go nuts. Best friends with Ramza, is Delita really the true hero?
Alma Beoulve – The younger sister to Ramza, Alma is one of the only people besides Delita that supports Ramza. A very powerful priest, Alma wishes for Ramza’s safety as he journeys for answers.
Ovelia – The princess that Agrias guards with her life, she spends her time atoning for all the sins that she has committed. Being that of a generous and kind person, Ovelia has spent her whole life believing that her life had meaning in the world.