This game has much better features than the original game, which is awesome. Also a downloadable content known as Prologus was released prior to the game's release, which begins before the actual game and tells what happens earlier before the beginning of the final conflict between Cosmos and Chaos.
Plot. For ages, the war between the gods has been going on and on without end. Now, six new warriors along with many others are summoned by Cosmos, the goddess of harmony. Cosmos entrusts the warriors to go on a quest and find their crystals to defeat Chaos and bring an end to the eternal conflict that has been going on for eons. But soon, there will be various truths revealed, and how many other warriors go from one faction to the other.
As for the characters, Lighting has three forms of combat "Commando", "Ravager" and "Medic". Commando allows Lighting to attack with Magic, while Ravager permits her to attack with her gunblades, and Medic is for curing her Bravery. Laguna is excellent for long-distance combat, just like Firion was with his "Straightarrow" attack. Lightning's EX Mode performance require button combinations with the joystick as well. The original fighters also have their original attacks, as well as new ones. Prishe and Gilgamesh are playable in the game, in which they can be purchased to the PP Store.
Concept. Dissidia 012 is an action-fighter RPG game, and it features a different concept than the first game. Players can now roam the world map, which is based on the map layout of the original Final Fantasy. First they start with the Main Scenario 012, which they can play as Lightning, Vaan, Laguna, Tifa, Yuna, and Kain. Players can also gain access to side stories through the reports they gain after beating a chapter in the main scenario. When the game is beaten, they can play the updated version of the storyline of the first game.
Design. The graphics remain the same as the original game, however, the CGI sequences such as the intro and the conclusion are so epic that gamers will be jumped from the edge of their seats. Also, the game features new stages such as: Castle Pandemonium, Sky Fortress Bahamut, and so on. And I really liked what the developers did with the details of the stages from the previous games. Square-Enix is like the LucasArts of RPG video games.
1st Impressions. My first impression of the game was the trailer of the game, prior to it's release. The intro was like a revamped version of the original game, featuring the new characters and the original ones as well. More themes from the series were re-arranged by Takeharu Ishimoto (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts II). Ishimoto was smart to re-arrange the themes to their respective characters, which was really good.
Rantings. Now for one thing, the Main Scenario was good, but in my opinion it was very short, and lacked a credits sequence. But what makes up for it, is highlighting scenarios through the reports that are gained when completing each chapter of the 012 sequences. I feel that the game's storyline itself was rushed, despite being a prequel, because I wanted more of the six new fighters.
Good Aspects. The prologus makes up for the rushed storyline, as well as the reports, where scenes and battles are highlighted. Also, I was wowed to see new costumes for each character, such as the Warrior of Light in his sprite rendered costume. The game itself has high replay value, and it is a must play. You can download the prologus for $2.99 on the PlayStation Network, and buy the game at your local game store such as: Best Buy, GameStop, and more.
Overall. Dissidia 012 is a great game, you can still record your fights and upload them to your favorite video streaming website. This game gets a 9 out of 10