Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review - Theatrhythm Curtain Call

Released - 9|16|14
Platform - 3DS
Rhythmia Score - 40239
Playtime - 31:41

Join together heroes of Cosmos and defeat your enemies with the power of music. Purify the crystal and fend off Chaos once more as you listen to the music that made the Final Fantasy series what it is today.

Now not only am I a huge Final Fantasy fan, but I also really enjoy music games. With as many memorable tracks as the FF series has churned out over the years, a music game based off of it seems like a no brainer. As the sequel to the original Theatrhythm, this game pretty much does everything right. Literally, everything that I could have complained about in the original has been fixed and bettered in this one.

You start the game picking four heroes from the fourteen main games and unlock the series songs for those heroes. After completing a few, you unlock the rest of the series music. This is the first change I really appreciate. In the last game you would have to play the 3-5 songs in a series in every difficulty to unlock in quickplay. Now this is eliminated, allowing you to play any songs you want. Summons/Chocobos are also given to you regardless of how you do in feature zones, making it easier to fill up your total critical bar at the end. Curtain Call also introduces a competitive mulitplayer mode, with four classes of AI you can play against.

My favorite addition to the game, however, is the Quest Medley upgrade. Originally introduced in the iOS version of the original, Quest Medley gives you random scores to play in varying length and difficulty quests. The bosses in these quests offer up crystal shards, used to unlock characters, and is infinitely better than the monotonous Chaos Shrine from the previous installment.

Final Thoughts
With 221 songs from various titles in the Final Fantasy series, any fan of the series' music should definitely pick this one up. If it's not enough for you, there are an additional 50 songs and a few characters available through DLC. Really, any Final Fantasy or music fan should give it a go.

Score - 9/10

~ Zephyr ♥

All of the DLC from the original game is in the base game for Curtain Call except for one song - Somnus. Somnus was originally a trailer song for XIII Versus, but since that's now XV I'm guessing that's why it wasn't included. It's really shame in my opinion. It wasn't the greatest song, but I quite enjoyed it.

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