World of Final Fantasy, or WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY in all capitals as it is known by Square Enix, came as quite a surprise to most gamers due to the expectation that the developer would be busy developing the two already announced Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake. World of Final Fantasy then was quite a surprise simply because it was announced one year, and was out the next, so I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect it to be a full-featured game. Boy was I wrong…
There’s been loads of Final Fantasy spin-offs over the years, but World of Final Fantasy is one of the strangest yet best ones I’ve played. In the most simplest of terms, this is Square Enix’s version of Pokemon. It looks like a lot of effort has been made to to mention ball or monsters, which is a little amusing, but it’s clear that this game is targeted towards younger gamers. However that’s not a problem, the banter between Lann and Reynn, the twins you play as is quite good, although a little tedious at times. The voice acting is not bad, but there are lip sync issues at times, and some of the voices can be a little grating.
In World of Final Fantasy you play as the twins who have lost their memories and have been advised to go to different locations to collect “mirages”. When you get into a random encounter you are fighting against mirages, rather than monsters. These are basically cuter versions of monsters in the existing Final Fantasy universes, and you can “imprism” one of each of them with no restrictions, and then after that you need to have a prism specific to that mirage to collect them. The majority of the Pokemon similarities end there.
Some mirages can talk, such as Tama who guides Lann and Reynn through their journey, or the more powerful mirages such as Ifrit and Shiva. Talking of your guide Tama, she (I’m assuming it’s female) is the most annoying character of the game by far, as she continually puts the word “the” in the middle of other words. It’s amusing at first, but gets annoying very quickly. Mirages and Lann and Reynn can literally be stacked on top of each other, which also stacks your abilities, strengths and HP, but also your weaknesses. So if one of you is weak to fire attacks, it affects the whole stack. The benefit of stacking though is that your health and attacks are shared, but if one of your mirages takes too much damage you can become unstacked, which may cause you to lose a few turns.