One of Final Fantasy’s strengths is how each game is different from the last. You may not care for Final Fantasy XIII, but it does try to have its own identity, one different from Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics, or Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon.
Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS is unlike any other game in the Japanese role-playing franchise’s 29-year history. It may be unique among its relatives, but it’s certainly not one-of-a-kind: It’s a take on Monster Hunter, where you accept quests to take on giant monsters, using their choicest bits to create better gear.
And while this works, the Final Fantasy aspect feels more like a skin thrown on top, not an inherent part of this game.