The first installment in the Final Fantasy series released in Japan in 1987, made its way West with a little help from Nintendo in 1990, and spawned a franchise that’s still going strong worldwide. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is an aural celebration of that accomplishment, packed with hundreds of compositions from the various games, along with an extensive collection of artwork and even video. While Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is as ideal a birthday blowout as most fans might ask for, its delivery feels a bit uneven.
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Players who purchase the standard version of Theatrhythm Final Bar Line will receive an impressive 385 tracks pulled from games in that series, and an additional 27 tracks are available to those who spring for the Digital Deluxe version. That costlier bundle also comes with the first of three season pass installments, which boasts 30 additional tracks pulled from other popular franchises such as SaGa and Nier. A Premium Digital Deluxe Edition includes all of the above, plus second and third installments of the season pass to add 60 tracks. Once everything becomes available, the final track total will be 502 for those who spend most eagerly. It’s an impressive number, but not as exciting in practice as it is on paper.
Theatrhythm Final Bar Line takes place across multiple modes: Series Quests, Music Stages, and Multi Battle. Its main attraction is the single-player Series Quests mode, which nudges players through an assortment of songs divided according to the games in which they appeared. There are 29 options, with examples being each of the numbered Final Fantasy installments, along with a few individual offshoot games such as Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Final Fantasy Tactics, and even the short-lived Mobius Final Fantasy (Square Enix shut down Mobius Final Fantasy in 2020). Some of those options also collect multiple…