Review FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper
Relive all your favorite Final Fantasy moments
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 30 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great looking retro pixel artwork, features all of your favorite characters throughout the franchise, interesting story
Dumbed down turn-based combat system, uses a stamina system
Oddly enough there was another huge franchise release that uses the exact same storyline as the one you see in Final Fantasy Record Keeper for Android. In the story you play as a record keeper who is supposed to keep track of all the history throughout the Final Fantasy franchise. I guess if you’ve got a series that spans across several console generations then this is only a logical progression, though.
It’s a turn-based JRPG that relies heavily on the fact that it incorporates every major character from the series to try and breath some life into this otherwise dull game. The story isn’t bad, but like I said, it’s literally exactly what Dragonball Xenoverse did with their story.
Gameplay plays out like a very typical mobile RPG, which is to say that you can automate the entire thing and every mission plays out virtually the exact same. As you play through every encounter you’ll level up your characters and upgrade their gear. The most notable part of the game is collecting characters like Cloud, Lightning and things like that. One cool game mechanic they decided to introduce was synergy. So if you use a character from Final Fantasy VII while you’re battling through Final Fantasy VII levels then those characters will get stat boosts. The same thing goes with equipment.
Unfortunately, characters join your party with absolutely no fanfare and they are only there for looks. Don’t expect them to pop into the story with dialogue or anything like that.
I like the novelty that Final Fantasy Record Keeper brings to the table, but I honestly found myself just hitting the auto button and setting my phone down until the encounter was over. The battle system hardly exists although it’s slightly more intricate than some other RPG’s I can think of. The story is decently written but is only there to serve as a web to haphazardly string moments from past games together.