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Final Fantasy Tactics' secret position as a bestseller

Handheld games rarely burn up the charts. However, in a crowded month of games like Guitar Hero III, Halo 3, and The Orange Box, Square Enix's PSP remake of Final Fantasy Tactics managed to churn out about 100,000 copies sold in the month of October. Certainly, the launch of the redesigned PSP helped sales of the title. But, it managed to beat out other anticipated PSP titles, such as Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, according to GameDaily BIZ.

While The War of the Lions enjoys some success in the States, its true victory was in Japan, where a significant marketing campaign (with television ads) helped propel the game to a number one position, selling over 242,000 copies in the territory. The total sales of the game should provide enough proof that the PSP and Square Enix work perfectly together. It'll be interesting to see if Crisis Core can make a bigger splash when it eventually gets released in the States.

PSP Fanboy review: Final Fantasy Tactics

Let's do some time travel. I'm going to take you back ten years to 1997 when, in Japan, two games were released by Square on an underdog system called the PS1. These titles, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics have since become critically regarded as two of the best games on Sony's fledgling console. And while Final Fantasy VII has enjoyed the sort of commercial success normally attributed to rockstars, sadly Tactics was hideously overshadowed by its prettier brother and so this gem was never received by the consumers as it should've done. Shame on you Americans! (Though because of this, Europeans never even saw the game released on our shelves.) Fast forward to 2007 and, almost by means of apology, Square Enix has allowed Europe access to the PSP version of this game, and a full week before the US at that! That'll teach you.

While it's easy to view Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions as a mere re-release, the game has retained most of the same gameplay elements as its PS1 counterpart, as well as added a completely new translation, gorgeously animated cutscenes, extra classes, characters and even a multiplayer feature. But even with all that, the game is still a 10 year old tactical RPG. Does it still stand up as a great title a decade on?

Gallery: Final Fantasy Tactics

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The heroes and damsels of Final Fantasy Tactics

You should know by now, but Final Fantasy Tactics is coming out next week. If, for some reason, you need a primer of the characters in the game, Games Radar has you covered. They have bios of all the major players in the game, including the bonus characters, like Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII and Balthier from Final Fantasy XII. The details aren't too spoiler-ish, and help satiate us while we wait for the game's impending release.

Final Fantasy Tactics statues being given away

And not by us. We're a little jealous of Games Radar. Somehow, they've secured these awesome statues from Final Fantasy Tactics. But hey, we want the best for you: we're telling you to got Games Radar and enter their contest. Don't worry, we'll still be here, waiting for you.

All that's needed is a bit of creativity. They want you to look at a screenshot and write the most clever caption you can think of. Shouldn't be too hard for you, right? Good luck! (And hopefully, our upcoming giveaways will beat Games Radar's!)

North America's Final Fantasy Tactics website opens

Square Enix has just opened the North American Final Fantasy Tactics website, and it's loaded with all sorts of goodies. Not only can you read all about the game's multitude of jobs, but you can also see the new content Square Enix is throwing our way in this remake. Also, be sure to check out the great artwork of Akihiko Yoshida that fills the website; it's quite a feast for the eyes.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The Brave Zodiac Story trailer

This overly-produced trailer from Square Enix highlights the upcoming English-dubbed cutscenes of Final Fantasy Tactics. Unlike the Japanese original, voice acting adds a lot of depth to the storytelling. But, that's not the only improvement they've made to the US version. A better framerate makes the US version the clearly better choice for FF fans. Who wants to bet that Japan receives yet another "Internation Version" re-release of this game?

The summons of Final Fantasy Tactics

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There's one thing you can always count on from a Final Fantasy game: pretty art. The upcoming Final Fantasy Tactics game for PSP is filled with tons of creatures and summons -- and we have some concept art to share with you. Browse through our gallery and see how some of these creatures come to life in the game.

Gallery: Final Fantasy Tactics: Summons

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