Final Fantasy Explorers

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Final Fantasy Explorers
Final Fantasy Explorers Logo.png
Game logo, designed by Yoshitaka Amano. [1]
Developer(s) Racjin [2]
Square Enix [1]
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s) Atsushi Hashimoto [1]
Producer(s) Hiroyuki Miura [1]
Designer(s) Gen Kobayashi [1]
Artist(s) Toshiyuki Itahana [1]
Composer(s) Tsuyoshi Sekito [3]
Series Final Fantasy
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • JP: December 18, 2014
  • NA: January 26, 2016 [4]
  • EU: January 29, 2016 [4]
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Final Fantasy Explorers(ファイナルファンタジー エクスプローラーズ,Fainaru Fantajī Ekusupurōrāzu) is an action role-playing video game for the Nintendo 3DS. It features character job-oriented combat against classic Final Fantasy monsters and summons. It was released in Japan in December 2014, and in North America and Europe in January 2016.

Nintendo 3DS Portable 3D dual-screen handheld by Nintendo

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Gameplay

Final Fantasy Explorers is an action role-playing video game featuring single-player and multiplayer modes. The player starts the game on an island featuring various locations, but can access other areas beyond the island on foot. [5] The main goal of the player is to collect crystals scattered across the world. [6] Unlike other narrative-driven entries in the Final Fantasy series, Explorers follows a quest-driven structure similar to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Capcom's Monster Hunter series. [7] Quest difficulty can be manually adjusted. [8] Unlike previous entries in the series, chocobos, a recurring galliforme bird in the series, will not be available for riding. [8] Player characters engage in fights with classic Final Fantasy enemies and summons including Ifrit and Bahamut. [5]

<i>Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles</i> 2003 video game

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is an action role-playing game developed by The Game Designers Studio and published for the GameCube by Nintendo in 2003 in Japan; and 2004 in North America, Europe and Australia. A remastered version for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 will be released in 2019. A spin-off of the Final Fantasy series, Crystal Chronicles was the first title released for a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI in 1994.

<i>Monster Hunter</i> video game series

The Monster Hunter franchise is a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2, released in 2004. Titles have been released across a variety of platforms, including personal computer, home console, portable consoles, and mobile devices. The series is developed and published by Capcom.

Chocobo

The Chocobo is a fictional species from the Final Fantasy video game series made by Square and Square Enix. The creature is generally a flightless bird, though certain highly specialized breeds in some titles retain the ability to fly. It bears a resemblance to casuariiformes and ratites, capable of being ridden and otherwise used by player characters during gameplay. Chocobos first appeared in Final Fantasy II and have been featured in almost all subsequent Final Fantasy games, as well as making cameo appearances in numerous other games. A spin-off Chocobo series featuring chocobos has also been created.

There are four character slots available; the three ally slots can be filled with other human players or with monsters previously defeated in battle. Characters are assigned character jobs as with early Final Fantasy titles, including the White Mage, Black Mage, Monk, Paladin and Dragoon among others. [5] Aside from these, there are also character jobs exclusive to the title. [8] Players start the game as a Freelancer, able to adapt themselves to various skills before choosing specific jobs. [9] There are over five hundred different pieces of equipment available for creation from material that is either found on the field or won in combat. [8] The characters are given a maximum of eight skills to be used in battle, and can learn skills for certain jobs which can be used with other jobs when mastered. Using abilities costs a certain amount of magic points, but costs less if a character uses a skill linked to a specific job. [5] Skills can also be cancelled in battle. [8] For multiplayer matches, a maximum of four players can use both the Nintendo Network and conventional Wi-Fi to enter a playing session. [5] [7]

The Nintendo Network is Nintendo's online service which provides online functionality for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems and their compatible games. Announced on January 26, 2012 at an investors' conference, it is Nintendo's second online service after Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Former president of Nintendo Satoru Iwata said, "Unlike Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which has been focused upon specific functionalities and concepts, we are aiming to establish a platform where various services available through the network for our consumers shall be connected via Nintendo Network service so that the company can make comprehensive proposals to consumers."

Wi-Fi wireless local area network technology based on IEEEs 802.11 standards

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Premise

Explorers revolves around the titular group of explorers from the rural town of Libertas who hunt the world for crystals, objects which are the source of life and civilization for the world. The most major source of crystals is the new island of Amostra, but they are guarded by fearsome beasts that the Explorers must fight. [10]

Development

The original concept for Final Fantasy Explorers was the brainchild of director Atsushi Hashimoto, who had previously worked on the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy Legend II . Hashimito's original concept was for a multiplayer Final Fantasy role-playing game. One of the earliest design choices was the need for players to fight classic summoned monsters, as he felt that their presence would add an air of nostalgic familiarity to the game. The game's job system was developed at a later stage, when Hashimoto felt it would be a good fit with the multiplayer function. [11] The music is composed by Tsuyoshi Sekito. [3] When he began composing music for the title, he only had some pieces of key and concept art to go on, so was worried that he would not create the right kind of music. When he did meet the team, they were pleased with the results. The game's main theme was designed around the idea of the title characters, while also including darker elements such as "the suffering of the land". [12] Explorers was first revealed in early June 2014 in Shonen Jump . [13] The official website opened on June 16. [14] Hashimoto's main goal was to create a game that was accessible for newcomers to the genre. [8] Square Enix is making the game with the idea of turning it into a new action role-playing subseries. [5]

Nintendo DS Nintendo handheld game console

The Nintendo DS, or simply DS, is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and released by Nintendo. The device released globally across 2004 and 2005. The DS, short for "Developers' System" or "Dual Screen", introduced distinctive new features to handheld gaming: two LCD screens working in tandem, a built-in microphone, and support for wireless connectivity. Both screens are encompassed within a clamshell design similar to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS also features the ability for multiple DS consoles to directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range without the need to connect to an existing wireless network. Alternatively, they could interact online using the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. Its main competitor was Sony's PlayStation Portable during the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was likened to the Nintendo 64 from the 1990s, which led to several N64 ports such as Super Mario 64 DS and Diddy Kong Racing DS, among others.

<i>Final Fantasy Legend II</i> video game

Final Fantasy Legend II, originally released in Japan as Sa・Ga2: Hihō Densetsu, is a role-playing video game developed by Square Co. for the Game Boy handheld console as the second game of their SaGa series. Initially released in December 1990 for Japanese audiences, the game was translated and released in North America in November 1991 by Square America Co, and again in 1998 by Sunsoft. Like its predecessor, the English version was re-branded as a Final Fantasy title due to the series' popularity in the Western territories. The game's development was headed by lead designer Akitoshi Kawazu, who had worked on the previous title, with a music staff consisting of Kenji Ito and Nobuo Uematsu. In 2009, an enhanced remake of the game was announced for the Nintendo DS titled SaGa 2 Hihō Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny, featuring three-dimensional graphics, new story elements, and an arranged soundtrack.

Tsuyoshi Sekito is a Japanese video game composer, arranger, and musician who has been employed at Square Enix since 1995. As a composer, he is best known for scoring Brave Fencer Musashi (1998), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) and The Last Remnant (2008). He also plays the guitar in the rock bands The Black Mages and The Star Onions; both groups arrange and perform compositions from the Final Fantasy series.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic 69/100 [15]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid 7/10 [16]
Famitsu 32/40 [17]
Game Informer 7.75/10 [18]
GameSpot 7/10 [19]
IGN 6.8/10 [20]
Nintendo Life 7/10 [21]
Nintendo World Report7/10 [22]
Polygon 8/10 [23]
Hardcore Gamer3.5/5 [24]

Final Fantasy Explorers received mixed to positive reviews. It received an aggregated score of 69/100 based on 57 reviews on Metacritic. [15]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Final Fantasy Explorers sold over 265,000 copies in Japan by the end of 2015. [25]

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