* AccidentalInnuendo: An occasional result of the randomization of the pre-battle lines.
* AwesomeMusic: ''[[CaptainObvious Duh.]]'' It's about time that [[AwesomeMusic/FinalFantasy the series' track record]] finally gets used as it deserves. Only this time, given the game's ''based'' on music, the developers aren't really allowed to screw up. Chris Kohler, of ''Wired'' and ''[[labelnote:Power-Up]]full title: "Power-Up - How Japanese Video Games Gave The World An Extra Life"[[/labelnote]]'' fame, put it best:
--> '''Chris Kohler:''' "If it sucks, itíll really suck."
** The remixes of the Kingdom of Baron, Hunter's Chance and Loss of Me/Something to Protect.
** Squeenix seems to have taken advantage of this and saved some of the best tracks as DLC, such as Dark Messenger and (any) of the final battles except some such as II and VI's.
** The final boss theme is a remix of the original Chaos Shrine theme, given much more grandeur and intensity to make it suitable for your final battle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYlMeMmBbc And it is glorious]].
* BaseBreaker: In Curtain Call, either you find Mog's voice in the VS to be a MostAnnoyingSound and very distracting (Though thankfully for those people it does have an off option) or you find it adorable (as well as adding to the atmosphere) and quite useful. Then again Moogles have always been one of the biggest "You love them or hate them" in the fandom.
* BrokenBase:
** Some are happy with Creator/SquareEnix experimenting something new, some would have rather liked a port of ''VideoGame/Dissidia012FinalFantasy'' on the 3DS.
** That the PlayStationPortable has three high-profile ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games (''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', ''VideoGame/Dissidia012FinalFantasy'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'') while the Nintendo3DS has none so far, and that people expected a [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' for the Nintendo3DS doesn't help, either. And Square Enix ''does'' want to do a remake of ''Final Fantasy V'' for the 3DS, but as ''Final Fantasy V'' was never the most popular of the 2D ''Final Fantasy'' games, don't hold your breath. ''Although'' it does have the [[EnsembleDarkhorse obscenely popular]] Gilgamesh and, thanks to his hamminess in the ''Dissidia Final Fantasy'' series, [=ExDeath=] has also seen a significant rise in popularity. So it's really a 50/50.
* EarWorm: If you got rid of any earworms of any Franchise/FinalFantasy game, well, they're here for revenge.
* FanNickname: "Final Fantasy Tip Taps" for the game itself. Another is "Dissidia: The Musical."
* GameBreaker:
** Each of the original 13 base characters has a LimitBreak type ability learned at Level 40. For Warrior of Light, Firion and Terra, it activates when you chain so many notes in BMS, and respectively reduces damage by half, restores HP for every successful note trigger, or triples the damage of offensive Magic. Lightning got an ability to boost Strength and Magic by 75 each, and the other nine got a super-attack that they use against bosses and do heavy damage based on their stats, and they will use it against every boss if you do well enough to meet more than one. If it sounds like these abilities are good, they are. With as little as two of the damaging abilities on the right characters at Level 99, the bosses that are supposed to be the toughest enemies in the stage will die on arrival, Warrior of Light and Firion make stages much easier, and Terra's offensive magic is brutal. The developers apparently took notice how good they are, because these abilities were removed from the iOS port. Every character with one in the first game still has theirs in the sequel, and a large number of the new characters have one as well, although since the Quest Medley boss stages require you to defeat the said boss at least once or you lose even if you finish the song, they're more of a necessity as opposed to something that trivializes bosses.
** The [=CollectaCards=] in the sequel are essentially this: unlike in the first game, where they existed only for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin collecting them]], you can now use them to boost characters' stats far beyond what normal leveling up with allow, especially if you group them together to guarantee higher boosts. With high enough stats, you can basically create a team based entirely around tanking constant enemy attacks from missing every note and using counterattacks to defeat them to gather a huge amount of drops without actively playing the game at all, but doing this is an extremely time-consuming process.
** Terra is even more broken in ''Curtain Call'' thanks to the opportunity to raise max CP to 99. With at least 68 CP she can equip Trance, Dualcast and Ultima, which is cast when a boss appears. With 6x the normal magic damage she can not only one-shot the boss but do enough damage to kill the enemies that appear after it as well!
*** Though it takes a whopping 91 CP to pull off, equipping her with Trance, Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga will guarantee that nothing survives for long in a BMS. Team her up with three characters that have Added Cut and there will rarely be an enemy that lasts for more than a few seconds.
* GoodBadBugs: In Field Music (only), letting go of holds late still results in a Critical, as long the vertical position is good enough and you don't hold it so long as to get a miss.
* InternetBacklash: The [=iOS=] port of the game gives you the base 13 characters and two songs, other characters and songs, some of which weren't available for the original game, cost money for download. When someone sat down and did the math to find out the total cost of all the extra content and found it works out to well over 100 dollars, the fans were not amused.
* ItsShortSoItSucks: The most common complaint, though some of the unlocks might suffer the [[FakeLongevity opposite complaint]]:
** Defeating Chaos and seeing the end credits requires you to get 10000 Rhytmia in the first game, which can be done in a few hours. However, unlocking all the content in the game takes much, much longer: you keep getting new stuff every 500 Rhytmia until you reach 99999, and you can only get around 130+ per song if you do well. While you might be able to get all the shards to unlock every character much faster from Dark Notes and silly titles, songs for the sound test and movies for the movie player might not hold much value for you, you still need at least 45000 Rhytmia to unlock the last extra song in Challenge mode.
** In the sequel, this is both improved and made worse: Chaos doesn't challenge you until you reach 20000 Rhytmia and due to the vastly increased number of songs, you probably haven't gone through more than half of them at that point. Furthermore, the first 10 character unlocks are essentially free once you reach the respective Rhytmia amounts, and every Quest Medley you beat for the first time is guaranteed to drop at least 3 shards of any given color. On the other hand, everyone outside of the initial party of 4 needs to be unlocked seperately and Rhytmia goes up to 6 digits, with the last unique unlock gotten at 300000. Thankfully there's a number of ways to get increased amount of Rhytmia per song and the last song unlock has been moved to 40000 Rhytmia.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Some people don't like the fact that the tracks are not remixed except for only a few exceptions such as Mt. Gulg, with this particular example being taken from the various remakes of the first game instead of the original 8-bit version. Given that the game is meant to be a tanker truck of nostalgia fuel though, this is more than likely intentional.
* PlayerPunch: As revealed in the Jump Festa trailer for the game, one of the Event music tracks is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII "Aerith's theme".]] [[ItWasHisSled Guess what the background FMV is about.]]
** Curtain Call has "[[Videogame/FinalFantasyType0 We Have Arrived]]", the background FMV being the opening with Milites's [[WarIsHell rather brutal invasion of Rubrum]] and [[spoiler:Class Zero's death]].
* PortingDisaster: In addition to being laggy, the nominally "free" iOS version only includes 2 songs and 13 characters, and purchasing everything costs '''''more than three times''''' as much as the 3DS version -- which already includes all of this premium content, except for some songs which are either still DLC or just not available as well as some characters that don't have any unique skills available to them.
* ScrappyMechanic:
** ''No one'' likes spinning yellow arrow notes.
** In the first game, the Stoic Bonus is a bit of an odd mechanic. Putting on equipment makes songs a little easier to survive and\or lets you earn more items (depending on what you equip), without affecting your score. Removing all equipment results in a huge score bonus (about 2 letter grade's worth). So the game creates a choice between playing with equipment so you can [[CircularReasoning get more items]], or playing without equipment so you can get a better high score. Playing stoic also removes the special features from the songs. Thankfully, it's been removed in the sequel and you can now get a maximum score on any song right off the bat regardless of equipment if you do well enough.
* SurpriseDifficulty: The game is full of sparkles, cute cartoon characters, brightly colored and rounded icons, and aside from ''maybe'' [[{{Stripperiffic}} Barbariccia]] and some of the more frightening enemies like the Ahriman and Anima, there's nothing a MoralGuardian would object to. The higher difficulty songs will crush your spirit, trample the shards laughing, and invite you back to more. You will ''wish'' for the comparatively simple task of just fighting Omega and Shinryu like normal, rather than getting a perfect 200-Critical chain on Ultimate Difficulty with no abilities and starting over any time your timing is off just enough to miss that one Critical.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Chibi Vivi, especially when he hops and swings his little staff. Add the fact he might appear on the main menu and say his quotes from his game.
* ThatOneLevel:
** If playing the songs in game order on Ultimate, Battle With The Four Fiends will make you cry; and that's not even nearly as hard as Battle at the Big Bridge.
** And those are just among the songs that are part of the main game. Some of the DLC songs on Ultimate continue to reach a new level of evil each week!
* ThatOneSidequest: In the first game, the trophy for defeating Chaos in a Dark Note. First, he only appears in Dark Notes that are at least level 90 (out of 99). Second, he's always Boss No. 3. Third, he doesn't always appear in a Dark Note of that level, so a player may have to clear through dozens of level 90+ Dark Notes to find him. Fourth, presuming you do find him, he has a ton of hit points, which means you need a lot of power and abilities to clear through him. Fifth, the spinning arrows mentioned under ScrappyMechanic are guaranteed to appear during the fight. And, finally, he does a ton of damage, so a couple of missed notes can mean having to start over. It's like combining a MetalSlime with a FinalBoss, and mixing in a Scrappy Mechanic for a garnish. Good luck.
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