Neilie Johnson reports:
''Whooo! Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is here and it's time to party! Combat party that is. Get ready because if there's any handheld title on the shelves this summer that's likely to give you a serious case of DS elbow, this is it.
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift has a lot in common with previous FF titles with a few new-player-friendly innovations. The story will be familiar to Square Enix aficionados, involving the adventures of a young hero battling evil with the aid of his talented group of multi-racial friends. Yeah, it's not the most inventive idea but no matter how many times a hero walks through fire and learns the value of loyalty and friendship, it gets me right here.
For turn-based tactics veterans, the game is pretty straightforward; for those new to gaming or new to the genre, it's extremely complex, even off-putting. The objectives are simple enough-it's preparing to meet those objectives that's a little hairy. Fortunately, along with adding new races, new jobs and a new Clan system, FFA2 has made some marked improvements in the interest of helping new players get their game on.''