Review by Legend 14

Reviewed: 10/04/02 | Updated: 10/04/02

It's a fantastic RPG, and the best in the "Legend" series

The Final Fantasy series has been running strong for years now, but people seem to forget the good old days when Sunsoft developed a couple of side quests, called the Final Fantasy Legends, on the Gameboy. These little quests gave some handheld gamers a chance to play something like the mainstream Final Fantasy series. And they did a good job. However, I'm not here to tell you about the series as a whole, but just the greatest game in the series, Final Fantasy Legend III. The game was long, had great music, and good gameplay. To top that off, it had the best story of all the Legends. It was truly a gem.

A quest for truth...
The last installment in the series centers around a young man named Arthur, who discovers that he was sent back through time as a youngster, along with three others, to save the world from destruction. As the game opens, it shows a great waterfall in the middle of the ocean, on top of a cloud. The waterfall is never-ending, and the world will drown. Arthur and his three companions must find out who started the waterfall, and how to stop it. As our four heroes journey through the vast world, they find out bits and pieces of the story, while traveling in their ship, the ''Talon''. The story gets better and better, and is truly a turnaround from the two other games in the Legend series. Story: 10/10

Brace yourselves!
The gameplay in this game is good, although nothing to original that makes it very different from the other two Legends. Random battles fill this game to the brim, like the other two, and when he screen opens up, monsters will fight you. An options window pops up, displaying what you can do to attack them, or help your party (heal, defend, etc.). At the end of a battle, you sometimes get the choice to give your characters a piece of meat to eat from a monster you have killed (or install a part from a robot). Your character may transform into that type of monster, and carry its attacks with him/her, too. You can buy weapons and magic at various stores scattered across the land. Although it may sound boring, it's actually fun, and it brings a fast paced battle system to the Gameboy. I like it! Gameplay: 9/10

Watch this!
Well, the graphics are a turnoff, especially compared to todays games, but that doesn't hurt the game in a huge way. The main characters look pretty good (The main character, Arthur, has been used in all the Legends), and the buildings and overworld are good enough for me. The monsters, on the other hand, look downright bad at times, and to animated attacks, they just move toward you, either hitting or missing you. There isn't much variety in monster skins, either. But the graphics aren't do bad that they hurt the experience. No worries! Graphics: 5/10

Sounds great
Final Fantasy Legend III has great music that fits most environments in the game well. The town music is soothing at times, the battle music makes you want to battle, etc. The sound effects are fine as well. The sound of a hit to a foe is fine, the sound of a random battle starting is good, the sound of getting hit is okay, and so on. Although the Gameboy's sound card lackluster, the game makes up for it with clever compositions and good effects. Sunsoft did a nice job. Sound: 10/10

''Now what do we do?''
The replay value isn't great, but the length of the game makes up for it. The difficulty is high, the number of items and spells to collect are many...Just the quest itself should take the average gamer 20-30 hours to complete! The game was only meant to be played once, though. Replay: 6/10

''Should I make the commitment?''
Get it! Pick it up at your nearest game store! The supplies are probably limited, so if you're into RPGs, and you like good stories in your games, get it now!

Story: 10/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 5/10
Sound: 10/10
Replay: 6/10

Final Score: 9/10

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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