First Departure is a few things. It's fan service for the original players of over a decade ago. It's yet another resurrected classic rpg for a new generation of grinders. But it's also an innovative take for those a little burned on yet another Final Fantasy. The party dynamics, item creation tools, massive skill trees and fast paced battle are not to be missed by fans of the genre. There is a ton of replay value if you can take the drawn out story scenes and it's not too stingy with the save points either, always a good thing considering this is a portable game.
Fun Factor: B