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With FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT, the FINAL FANTASY series is rendered anew as an epic storybook adventure by the creators of the FINAL FANTASY III and FINAL FANTASY IV Nintendo DS remakes. Players will enter a beautiful fairy-tale world featuring illustrations and character designs by acclaimed character designer Akihiko Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY III for DS, FINAL FANTASY XII).

In addition to the vibrant artwork, this title introduces several all-new features to the franchise, including an Action Point Combat System that allows players to unleash their most powerful attacks by saving up their action points during battle. Players will also have over 20 jobs to choose from and dozens of abilities to master with the Crown Job System – a system that also changes the appearance of characters as they are equipped with new weapons and armor.

The game tells the tale of a young boy who sets out on a journey of self-discovery with his friends, only to be tasked with saving the world from an unexpected evil. With both single and multiplayer modes, FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT challenges players to take on the roles of four endearing characters who do not always see eye to eye. The multiplayer mode allows up to four players to work together and become the Heroes of Light as they travel alongside their friends on a journey to save the world.


In the small kingdom of Horne, Brandt awakes on the morning of his 14th birthday. Today is the day he becomes an adult, and the custom of the realm says that he must go to the castle to present himself to the king.

Yet when he arrives at the castle, he finds the king distraught and the youngest princess missing, abducted by the Witch of the North. With no one else to turn to, the king makes a shocking request: will Brandt save the princess?

And thus Brandt's adventure begins...


  • The first original FINAL FANTASY title for Nintendo DS brought to life by the development team behind the Nintendo DS remakes of FINAL FANTASY III and FINAL FANTASY IV.
  • Charming storybook visuals crafted under the guidance of art director and character designer Akihiko Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY III for DS, FINAL FANTASY XII).
  • Combat is fun and intuitive with a battle system that operates on Action Points. Requiring nothing more than a simple selection of commands, players can dive right into a classic turn-based RPG battle experience.
  • The Crown Job System offers a selection of over two dozen jobs to choose from. Players can freely customize a character's abilities and magic skills no matter which crown they have equipped. The possibilities are endless!
  • Help friends advance in their adventure, or join forces to conquer tough dungeons. The multiplayer mode enables cooperative play for up to four players.

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Delving into a series where everybody knows your name (well, the name of the series), Insanity Prevails has won the thirty-sixth round of Articles of Excellence with his review of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. Following some changes to the formula, he describes the title as over-simplified and a cause for some frustrations, seeing it fall in the attempt to bring back some old school ways.

 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light     Score: 1.9/5
 Genre: Fantasy RPG

 Overall I can't help but feel the game tries to simplify too much and hurts the gameplay as a result. Keeping things streamlined for a handheld game is one thing, but when you start taking out things that seem awfully vital then you're kinda going in the wrong direction.

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Final Fantasy is one of those names in the gaming industry that people just "know". While the series has had its fair share of fans and detractors, it nevertheless is commonly used as a sort of baseline by which JRPGs in general get measured by. The DS itself has been home to many games of the series, ranging from remakes, side games and those in the Crystal Chronicles subseries. 4 Heroes of Light takes the series in a more traditional direction in the hopes of showing what made JRPGs of yesteryear so great.

The story, while definitely clinging to classic fantasy, isn't particularly forceful about delivery. The four characters are the only survivors of a curse that sweeps through their village and must now seek refuge and find a way to undo the curse. But while there is enough story to justify the actions you're taking I never really felt particularly involved in it. The characters, while having nice personalities, just lack the depth for any real connection to happen and so ultimately it's really hard to care.
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I need a way to keep this going without keeping a word document going, so enjoy my ultimate dream cast for a Dissidia game. To be honest, I'd rather see the series renamed Square Enix Dissidia and jam packed with as many of their characters as they can. So, here we go (note I'm not done):

Final Fantasy I:

Hero: Warrior of Light
Villain: Garland

Final Fantasy II:

Hero: Firion, Minwu
Villain: Emperor Mateus Palamecia, Leon

Final Fantasy III:

Hero: Onion Knight
Villain: Cloud of Darkness, Xande

Final Fantasy IV:

Hero: Cecil Harvey, Kain Highwind
Villain: Golbez, Zemus


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years:

Hero: Ceodore Harvey
Villain: Maenad

Final Fantasy V:

Hero: Bartz Klauser
Villain: Exdeath, Gilgamesh

Final Fantasy VI:

Hero: Terra Branford, Celes Chere
Villain: Kefka Palazzo, Gestahl

Final Fantasy VII:

Hero: Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart
Villain: Sephiroth


Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core:

Hero: Zack Fair
Villain: Genesis Rhapsodos

Final Fantasy VIII:

Hero: Laguna Loire, Squall Leonhart
Villain: Ultimecia, Seifer Almasy

Final Fantasy IX:

Hero: Zidane
Villain: Kuja

Final Fantasy X:

Hero: Tidus, Yuna
Villain: Jecht, Seymour Guado

Final Fantasy XI:

Hero: Shantotto, Prishe
Villain: Shadow Lord, Eald'narche

Final Fantasy XII:

Hero: Vaan, Basch fon Ronsenburg
Villain: Vayne Solidor, Gabranth

Final Fantasy XIII:

Hero: Lightning
Villain: Galenth Dysley

Final Fantasy XIV:

Hero: Thancred
Villain: Zulvan

Final Fantasy Versus XIII:

Hero: Noctis Lucis Caelum

Final Fantasy Type-0:

Hero: Ace

Final Fantasy Tactics:

Hero: Ramza Beoulve
Villain: Folmarv Tengille

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest:

Hero: Benjamin
Villain: Dark King

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles:

Hero: Layle
Villain: Amidatelion

Final Fantasy Unlimited:

Hero: Kaze, Makenshi
Villain: Earl Tyrant, Oscha

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light:

Hero: Brandt
Villain: None

Kingdom Hearts:

Hero: Sora
Villain: Master Xehanort

Chrono Trigger:

Hero: Crono
Villain: Dalton

Chrono Cross:

Hero: Serge
Villain: Lynx

Parasite Eve:

Hero: Aya Brea
Villain: Eve

Valkyrie Profile:

Hero: Lenneth
Villain: Loki

Star Ocean:

Hero: Roddick Farrence
Villain: Asmodeus

Dragon Quest

Hero: Hero
Villain: Dragonlord


Heroes: 37
Villains: 35

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  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Perspective(s): Third Person
  • Developer: Matrix Software
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Released
    North AmericaOct 5, 2010
    EuropeOct 8, 2010
    JapanOct 29, 2009
    AustraliaOct 7, 2010
  • Player Info:
  • Offline Co-op (2-4)
  • Also known as:
  • Hikari no 4 Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan
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