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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD game review


Final Fantasy Type-0 HD game review

TOP FEATURES

Fast, action-based combat
Epic plot
Final Fantasy XV Demo

Final Fantasy games have been a big part of video game pop culture right from the 8-bit era and are now making their way into next-generation consoles. However, the classic Final Fantasy games are still not forgotten and are now available on your mobile devices. Getting that same remake treatment is the Playstation Portable game Final Fantasy Type-0, released in its new HD avatar on the PS4 and packaged with a nice freebie.

Story and setting
Orience is a world filled with magic, fantasy and technology. Its four nations are at war with each other, with each nation bound a crystal. When the Dominion of Rubrum is attacked and its crystal neutralized, an elite group of fourteen students of Vermillion Peristylium step in to defend. You play the game from the perspective of Class Zero controlling the team of students, each with different powers and control over magic to save your land.

The story is very well paced, with some moments that really get you. Think of it as Harry Potter stuck in a war. In addition to facing the horrors of conflict, you also have the interpersonal struggles between members of Class Zero.

Gameplay



Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's battle system is very much like the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, one of the best games on the PSP. The battle is mostly real time, where you control three characters at a time, swappable instantly with the remaining 11. Battles are engaging affairs of dodging, running and mashing attacks, mapped to different buttons. Different users have different magic and physical attacks that you have to use to your advantage.

Much like Crisis Core, the battle system is addictive, as you have to master timed attacks that cause a limit break or critical attack called Break Sight or a instant kill called Kill Sight. You can also combine your powers for a devastating Triad attack. Overshadowing everything, the fighting is fun and furious, especially with engaging enemies and boss battles.

Graphics and presentation



This is where the game loses out bigtime. Being a remake of a 2011 game, the visuals don't really stand the test of time. Even with HD graphics, the environments look sparse and empty. The characters look great, but in the empty boring areas, the game just looks uninteresting. Maybe if Square Enix had spent in adding a bit more to the HD remake rather than a full port, it would have made sense.

Thankfully the gameplay more than makes up for it and so does the engaging storyline.

Final Fantasy XV Demo quick impression
Of late, Final Fantasy has taken a bit of beating, with the lukewarm Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels, and the lackluster (and sometimes annoying) characters and convoluted plotline. Followed by the disappointing launch of the massively multiplayer Final Fantasy XIV, it's turnaround time now, with lots of hopes pegged on the open world Final Fantasy XV. Here's a quick impression on the demo.

The world of FF XV is massive, though you will get to sample a piece of it called Duscae, which opens in a sort of a present day meets fantasy setting. You play as Noctis, a rich youth who, along with his buddies, tours the countryside in their big car, occasionally hunting down the flora.

XV was reasonably exciting, with very addictive combat. The beasts are huge, and you need teamwork to take them down. The downside though are the environments. After playing games like Skyrim and Fallout, the world of XV got very boring very fast.

Conclusion
If you love the Final Fantasy series and have never played Type-0 on a PSP, now's your chance to play it. As a bonus you do get the XV demo pack, which offers a few hours in the new Final Fantasy game. Though the steep price for a remake may put off some, it is still recommended for Final Fantasy fans.
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