While the title seems like your phone’s autocorrect gone mad, fans know the Dissidia Final Fantasy series is a true fantasy – combining favorite heroes and villains from across the Final Fantasy universe in one game. And now, Opera Omnia packages that experience into a compelling free to play game for iPhone and Android.
In Opera Omnia, you again play with a team of heroes assembled from various Final Fantasy stories in a realm created by the gods to grant heroes of the light rest from the battles and toils in their own worlds. But all is not well in paradise. Mysterious torsions are appearing all throughout the world that threaten to destroy not only this world, but all worlds. You must find other heroes willing to join your quest to stop these torsions and save all of existence.
Free to play?
What’s great about Opera Omnia is that even though it’s free to play with optional loot boxes, heroes themselves are not locked in this loot box reward system. All heroes can be unlocked just by playing the story mode. Also, there’s no energy cost system to limit your ability to play story missions, as is common in other free to play mobile games. There is, however, an energy cost associated with attempting certain optional mission worlds.
Loot boxes in this game provide you with armor and weapons for your characters and are rated on a 5-star scale. While the game does not provide precise odds of earning a given tier of equipment (as Opera Omnia’s competitor Fire Emblem: Fates does), the game does give you the promise of a guaranteed 5-star item if you purchase the 10x draw option.
These loot draws are purchased with gems, which are plentiful so far early in the game. 500 gems gets you one draw, while 5,000 gets you the 10x draw. Until the end of February, Square Enix is offering a bonus 5,000 gems to anyone who downloads and logs into the game.
The game’s turn-based combat system is fun and engaging. Characters and enemies have two meters: Bravery and Health. In order to use attacks that damage HP, you need to have a certain amount of BRV available. This will generate over time or you can use a BRV attack to steal some from an enemy. Get them to zero BRV to initiate a Break where you can inflict massive HP damage. You can also turn on auto-battle to speed through battles if you’re confident that the game’s AI can defeat the enemy.
Overall, the game is a lot of fun to play and definitely one of the best in the free to play mobile genre. But I do have a few minor gripes.
I’m not a huge fan of the visuals. While we’ve been spoiled with beautiful Final Fantasy worlds and characters on consoles and PC, I don’t really love the “chibi” character models they’re using for Opera Omnia. The character models that they used in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy on the PSP were far better. I feel like the processing power of my phone is wasted on beautiful renders of ordinary geometry.
Also, if you intend on playing with the sound on, there are no options to change the dialogue language from Japanese to English. Some people prefer the Japanese audio, but the option would at least be nice.
Lastly, when you first play the game you should definitely be on a WiFi connection. The game that you download from your app store is just a downloader shell that will go online to download all of the game files. And the game will progressively download the files as you continue through the game. If you want to just get it over with, you can navigate to the Options menu and select to Batch Download option to download all the game files at once. Not only will this save you a little on your mobile data plan, but the game runs considerably faster. On my iPhone, the app currently takes up 1.27 Gb.
Even with its flaws, the game is still free fun that Final Fantasy diehards will love. And if you’ve ever been curious about Final Fantasy, Opera Omnia is a great way to dip your toes in the franchise.