Game Review: Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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RELIVE your favorite FINAL FANTASY moments in FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper!

Fight with your favorite FINAL FANTASY heroes, battle through classic FINAL FANTASY moments, restore the lost memories and save the world once again.

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STORY

In a glorious kingdom that thrives on the harmony between magic and art, epic tales of valor and hope have been passed from one generation to the next.

The records of these great chronicles uphold the peace and prosperity of all civilization. The kingdom sealed these records inside paintings, to safeguard the balance of the world.

That is until, without warning, the records within the paintings began to fade away… Darkness fell upon the world, bringing catastrophe and ruin.

The time has come for you to save the kingdom’s future.

Defend Your Legacy.

NOTE: This game is available on iOS and Andriod but I only have the Android version. This review reflect my experience with the Android app only. 

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Title Screen

I figured I should start writing reviews for all the games I play since I play A LOT of them. I thought FFRK would be the best  to start with since it is the mobile game I have played the longest and still play to this day. I guess I previously signed up for emails from DeNA Corps or something because I received an email promo the day before and of FFRK’s release. Being a long time Final Fantasy fan, I couldn’t pass up the chance to play it.

What I love about this game, is that you don’t have to have played the games to enjoy this one. That being said, there is something special and nostalgic about collecting all your old friends and revisiting the stories you love and hold dear. 

Pros:

  • It’s free to play and you don’t have to pay to enjoy the game.
  • You can friend other players and use their designated character to help you fight. You don’t have to be mutual friends either. They can really come in handy too!
  • There is an auto-fight option so you don’t have to keep you eyes on the screen and micromanage each move the characters makes which is helpful when you are farming or completing low levels. 
  • If you miss a chance to obtain a character, there will more chances in the future.screenshot_20161207-013652
  • They included the MMOs (XI & XIV) as well as Tactics. They also include the classes so there is a black mage, samurai, warrior, etc.
  • There are CONSTANT updates. I have never experienced any bugs, even from day one, but they are fast as lightning at fixing any that do exist. I mean like same day fixes. They will fix bugs before I even know they existed in the first place. They also compensate players for any inconveniences no matter large or small.
  • This means that they are also constantly adding new features and content or improving features that already exist.
  • There is a detailed system of abilities, leveling, weapons, armor, etc. All the abilities, weapons, and armor you see in the actual games are also in this one but are not specific to those games characters. Each character gets their own special attacks, which you will recognize if you have played the games. You can  also obtain certain characters’ alternate outfits such as Yuna’s X-2 Gunner outfit.
  • As you complete levels, you reveals bits of the stories so even if you haven’t played the games before you can read the story bit by bit.
  • The turn based battle system in reminiscent of the older games (think IV -V era).
  • You can link your game account to a google account so you don’t lose your data even from device to device.
  • You receive rewards for logging in daily but are not penalized if you do not log in consecutively.

Cons:

  • This is a game that runs on stamina. Like other stamina games, it increases as you play and obtain stamina shards, but it can still be frustrating when you run out.
  • There is limited room for inventory (weapons, abilities, etc.). You can pay to increase space with the game’s special currency, mythril.
  • To get the good items, you either have to be lucky and spend mythril (which are actually fairly easy to obtain compared to most mobile games) or you have to spend real money. No surprise there.
  • You can only use your ally twice per dungeon, so choose wisely

screenshot_20161207-013943Overall, the game is pretty  enjoyable whether you are a Final Fantasy fan or not.  It is a non-demanding game that doesn’t punish for the player for not playing nor does it require you to pay to enjoy the special features. For those who love games where you collected creatures/characters/what have you, this game is perfect. Not only that but there does not seem to be an end in sight any time soon so there is no worries about the game disappearing, losing maintenance/service, or running out of events to do.

I give it a 5 star rating because I have been playing it since the moment it released. I haven’t lost interest yet and I doubt I will soon.

❧ Arec

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Disclaimer: As always, my reviews are purely my opinion and are not influenced by any outside factors. I am not paid/bribed/etc. to write them. I just enjoy writing reviews.

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