Back in August of 2011, Square Enix released Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on iPhone. It was originally a Playstation 1 title, and then it was improved and re-released for the PSP. The iPhone version promised better graphic quality, higher framerates, and faster loading times instead of just a simple PSP port and seemed to deliver on those promises. And at a hefty price point of $16, I’d hope so.
Today, Square Enix released a native iPad version, and it also carries a pretty big price tag. At $18, a lot of iOS gamers will probably find this a tough buy. However, early reviews of the game seem to mostly be positive. Rocco DeMaro of SideMission put it very plainly when he wrote about the game today:
[quote]As for pricing… this iPad version will cost you $17.99, which is an awful lot relative to iOS’ other gaming options. Even so, Final Fantasy Tactics is one of those games that, if you consider yourself a serious role-player, you need to experience. Think of it as ‘required playing’ in the same way that The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men was required reading in school.[/quote]
So, if you’re a diehard Final Fantasy fan or just a serious role-player, then it seems like it would be worth the price. For now, I think I’m going to stick with my sub-$10 games.