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With any long running series featuring multiple protagonists and antagonists, one main question gets asked among fans: Who is stronger? Would this current hero beat this past villain? Who would win if these two heroes fought? Dissidia: Final Fantasy sought to answer this question; this PSP exclusive title pit past Final Fantasy heroes and villains against each other in a game set in the fighting genre. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, also a PSP exclusive title, takes this concept one step further by expanding the roster of fighters, the number of levels and including a brand new story mode. However, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy is not just a sequel but a remake of the original Dissidia as well.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy includes every character from the original Dissidia along with nine new ones: Lightning, Yuna, Vaan, Kain, Tifa, Laguna, Prishe, Gilgamesh and Feral Chaos. Each character features moves pulled straight from their respective game. For example, Lightning uses her Army of One skill as her ultimate attack, similar to its use in Final Fantasy XIII. Just like the characters, stages are pulled from various Final Fantasy games, such as the Phantom Train stage from Final Fantasy VI. To round out the new features, characters can now summon other characters to assist them in battle, such as Final Fantasy VII’s Aeris.

As you would expect in a sequel, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy features an all-new story mode. Rather than include a separate story for each character like its prequel, there is one grand story that allows you to pick any character you want to complete it. However, as a bonus, the original Dissidia story mode has been recreated for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy allowing you to use all of the sequel’s new features in the previous game’s story.

Fighting game aficionados will not likely enjoy the simplified fight mechanics of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, releasing on March 22nd, 2011, but they work well; newcomers to the series and veterans of the previous game will find the action easy to jump into. Once again, Final Fantasy fans can answer the question of which series’ character is the strongest of them all.

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