THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE was crafted to combine RPG and rhythm game elements, which proved to be an immense challenge during early development stages. A variety of proposals were considered, such as making input detection for triggers more forgiving, increasing player scores or aligning slide triggers – however ultimately it was decided to keep its core – scoring rhythm game skills directly related to player success – at its center, remaining an integral component of today’s series.
FINAL BAR LINE’s RPG elements were further expanded for an even deeper experience, with key changes such as elemental affinity abilities like fire or ice being added for abilities, enabling players to select party members based on an enemy’s weaknesses or resistances for specific elements like fire or ice. Players could encounter enemies using battle abilities within Field Music Stages while monster attacks could inflict negative status ailments on them; accordingly they needed to prepare to effectively deal with such attacks from monsters that appeared.
Damage inflicted on enemies and the total amount inflicted during each song are displayed to the player, giving an intuitive feel of directly levelling up characters more directly than previous games. Players could see differences in power between different abilities more readily while remaining focused solely on rhythm game prompts rather than reading numbers on screen; an innovative “replay” function helped address this problem effectively.
The party mechanics in FINAL BAR LINE were also improved, giving players more ways to enjoy experimenting with various characters. There were 104 characters available for use and up to five separate parties could be created at any one time for switching purposes. The party selection screen was altered so that players could switch characters, set all their abilities, and change any relevant settings easily from a central location. Reduced from four abilities per character to three; abandoning the CP system from previous games while keeping its level of tactical depth; this allowed much greater variation among parties crafted even though there were less elements than before.
Players unsure which characters to pick could find assistance by reading up on each character profile and reading its one-line description, which indicated what sort of situations their best performance could be seen in. This was an invaluable source of advice when choosing a character!
THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE was an endlessly playable platformer featuring powerful bosses and an Endless World mode designed for experienced players, offering challenging gameplay to those who had leveled up sufficiently. Thanks to passionate developers who put a lot of care and passion into THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE’s design, players were encouraged to enjoy all its systems and features as they attempted to form the strongest party possible in THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE had to offer!
Source: Square Enix