Kombo writes: "The Final Fantasy series has seen a few diversions and spin-offs in its time, and Crystal Chronicles has been quite a polarizing one. When the series made its debut on the GameCube, many complained that it was too difficult to enjoy the full experience that the game had to offer due to the burden of the need for tons of hardware to make it happen. Well, with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Square-Enix has drastically simplified the process for getting the maximum players involved in the game, and finally the series will get a fair shot. The game takes place thousands of years before the GameCube version and delves deeper into the series' rich history while providing a similar, yet customized for the DS, gameplay.
Despite the dodgy AI, Ring of Fates is easily a big step up from its predecessor. The action is more satisfying, the multiplayer is easier to get into, and the story mode is a huge leap forward. The game has a very strong presentation to go along with a rich overall gameplay experience. Those who enjoyed the GameCube version will undoubtedly find a lot to like in Ring of Fates; and skeptics may be swayed to a more favorable opinion."