Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS review)

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Rhythm games have never been high on my personal list of favorite gaming genres. Sure, I’ve played the occasional guitar solo on Rock Band and drummed my heart out on Donkey Conga, but for some reason games of this type do not typically hold my interest very long. But throw in the incomparable music of Final Fantasy into the mix, and now you’ve got my attention. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for the 3DS does more than simply keep my attention. Its elegant mixture of light RPG elements with traditional rhythm game mechanics (and of course, THE MUSIC!) make for a unique, and wholly engrossing title.

Curtain Call is a sequel to the original Theatrhythm Final Fantasy game, and for the most part, it doesn’t try too much to mess with what was working in its predecessor. The game keeps its three main battle modes: Field Music Sequences, Battle Music Sequences, and Event Music Sequences as well as its RPG-ish Quest Medley Mode. But it also adds a few new tweaks, such as a Versus Mode. There are also new critical hit trigger types that grant special bonuses if the player hits the note perfectly.

Expanding further on the original, Curtain Call includes over 200 songs in the base game, with an additional 50 available as downloadable content. Going through the music library, I found most games were well represented. And in fact, most of my old favorites through the years (Celes Theme, Zanarkand, One Winged Angel, and Waltz to the Moon to name just a few) are included in the game. Of course, given the extensive catalog of Final Fantasy songs, there were definitely a few omissions that are worth calling out (Seriously, no Opera House Theme?)  But these are minor (and really, the only) quibbles of an otherwise excellently made game.

Sure, for those without an affinity for rhythm games or Final Fantasy, Curtain Call isn’t necessarily going to turn you onto the genre. But if you have even the slightest interest in this type of game, or a nostalgia for the music of your RPG playing youth, then this game is the perfect antidote. Or maybe even a Phoenix Down.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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