More Reviews
REVIEWS Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping S Review
Mario vs. Donkey King: Tipping Stars is the newest Nintendo puzzler that wants to be played for a long, long time to come.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 -- E Review
In this second chapter we see the "survival" part of "survival horror" come charging into the forefront.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Fable Legends Preview
Fable Legends may be an offshoot of the Fable franchise, but it hopes to restore the name to its former glory.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Screamride
Release date: Out Now

Helldivers
Release date: Out Now

BLADESTORM: Nightmare (working title)
Release date: 03/17/15

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
Release date: 04/01/15


LATEST FEATURES 15 Criminally Underappreciated Titles in the PS2 Library
The PlayStation 2 turns 15 today! Better get off the road, everyone, because someone's getting a driving permit!

Biggest Games at PAX East 2015
PAX East features big upcoming releases every year, and 2015 is no exception.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437
A Means to Disseminate Honest-to-God Leaks
By oblivion437
Posted on 02/02/15
Wikileaks, though technically not a wiki, provides an easy means to disseminate information that some find it desirable to share against the wishes of those who find it desirable to keep secret. Aside from the morality of the leaking itself, such a service provides a look into the activities of...

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Preview

danielrbischoff By:
danielrbischoff
05/15/12
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Music Action 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Square Enix 
DEVELOPER Indies Zero 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E10+ Contains Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco

What do these ratings mean?

I was wrong, but I'm too happy to care.


If you had asked me two weeks ago whether or not Theatrhythm was a worthwhile endeavor for Square Enix as a publisher or you as a gamer, I would have performed my patented evil laugh. Who gives a shit about Final Fantasy anymore?

Unfortunately for my ego, I was proven wrong last night when I got to play Theatrhythm at a Pre-E3 judges event. The Nintendo 3DS exclusive that puts the venerable soundtrack of every major Final Fantasy release at your fingertips is actually a lot of fun.


All of the memorable battle and character themes you could hope for are playable in an Elite-Beat-Agents-inspired role-playing adventure. The demo I played featured a ready-for-retail build of Theatrhythm. I went with two favorites in my limited time.

The Final Fantasy VII soundtrack suite allowed me to play through Aeris's Theme and a battle montage. The characters I controlled proceeded to explore the world or fight familiar faces with every tap, dash, and hold.

As confusing as it might look, the gameplay itself is stupidly intuitive, as it switches styles throughout a game's sound suite. In the first section I tapped, dashed, and dragged my stylus up and down the bottom touchscreen as a wave of icons flew by. In the next section, my four party members took turns attacking, as hold notes, taps, and dashes flew down four separate bars. In the final section, I directed the track around the screen as a cinematic played in the background.


Again, how is this fun? This sounds like a complete waste of time, and in a way, that's exactly what it is. Theatrhythm seems like an almost idealistic time waster, providing edible 15 minutes of fun. If Theatrhythm can make me shut out the other games I was surrounded by last night, I think it'll do just fine at the dentist's office or on the bus.

I played the Final Fantasy VI (III, whatever) suite next and tripped hard on nostalgia. What is it about these now classic game soundtracks that can bring a smile to even the most cynical gamer's face? You couldn't pay me to play a Final Fantasy game today, but Theatrhythm has quickly risen to the top of my 3DS preorder list.

Combining tons of memorable tracks, a cute art style, and about as much Final Fantasy my addled brain can handle makes Theatrhythm more enjoyable than I could have imagined. Check it out on the Nintendo 3DS when it lands July 3rd.
Tags:   Square Enix
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Theatrhythm Final Fantasy


More On GameRevolution