Published on June 6th, 2012 | by Davis Fan0
[E3 2012] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Preview
Often with music rhythm games starting from the days of Dance Dance Revolution, players have pined for either licensed authentic music from artists ala the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series or tracks from other video games. Alas, the call for the latter has been answered with Square-Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
Aside from having a hard to pronounce name, the game has a simple premise and gameplay. Though early footage shows a game that may resemble the frustratingly difficult yet addictive Elite Beat Agents and Ouendan series, the game is actually quite simple in comparison. Rather than follow intricate patterns, players simply tap the screen along with the music’s rhythm. However, in exchange for that, there are three types of notes in the game: red notes that only require a tap, yellow notes that require a swipe across the screen, and green notes that require the player to hold the stylus against the screen and perhaps end it with a swipe when commanded.
So far, there are some interesting distinctly Final Fantasy elements included in the game. Summons come up during battles, executing an attack at the end if enough notes were hit; field music sections include chocobo segments that speed up the rhythm considerably; FMVs play in the background during event sequences, igniting nostalgic flames even if it painful memories of Aerith’s death (no spoiler alert needed).
Though simple, the Final Fantasy elements in here are enough to have any fan salivating. In addition, its inclusion of tracks from every game in the series so far is unlikely to leave any fans neglected. Look forward to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy’s release on July 3, 2012.