The concept sounds great: Final Fantasy meets Monster Hunter. Yet, as your progress through Square Enix's Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS, the joy of combat, item collecting and equipment upgrading quickly becomes stale and routine.
Explorers has all of the long-running RPG series' trademarks, including Moogles, Chocobos and familiar enemies and summons, but crucially lacks its engaging storylines.
You start the game on an island and are almost immediately sent on a litany of quests to collect crystals scattered across the world. It never evolves beyond busy-work even with its numerous character jobs to equip, including Mages, Dragoons and others.
The graphics are good but unremarkable and unfortunately aren't rendered in stereoscopic 3D.
Multiplayer amps up the gameplay if you have up to four friends with a copy of the game.
Unfortunately, the core of the game is ultimately underwhelming for both Final Fantasy fans and those looking for an entertaining variation on the Monster Hunter series.