Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (Nintendo DS)

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2007, 12:00am

The last 12 months have seen a number of Final Fantasy titles released, including Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings for the Nintendo DS.

In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, we catch up with Vaan and his friends in the skies above Ivalice. The story picks up a year after the events of FFXII and Vaan has realised his dream of becoming a sky pirate.

On one of his treasure hunts, Vaan discovers the Cache of Glabados: a mystical crystal that will lead him to the once-secret sky continent Lemures. There he has to help save the winged inhabitants of Lemures from the evil being known as the Judge of Wings.

Revenant Wings is a real time strategy (RTS) game. Command of your army is done through the touchscreen, while the battlefield action takes place on the top screen. Each character in your party becomes a leader of a small band of Espers (mystical monsters) that will help fight for you.

There are three types of fighters: melee, who are good at close combat; ranged fighters, who are normally spell casters who attack from afar; and aerial fighters, who are good close-range fighters.

The three types of fighters are like rock, paper, scissors - each one can out-fight one type of fighter and be beaten by the second. This helps to balance the fighting and makes the player more conscious of how to plan his battle strategy.

Top-notch graphics added to an engrossing story make this another great Final Fantasy game that will keep you occupied for 20-plus hours - and that's without starting optional side quests. A great game for established Final Fantasy fans, and for newcomers to the story.