Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy’

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EU Release Date: Nov 29, 2016 (for XONE and PS4)
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix

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EDIT: I previously rated this game 7/8, but the end of the game has vastly altered my opinion. See Review Part II for more details.

ORIGINAL: POSTED 14/12/16

This is the game I’ve been waiting for.

If you’ve not played Final Fantasy before, XV is a great place to start. It even describes itself as “A Final Fantasy for fans and first-timers”. I absolutely love the Final Fantasy series and this is definitely one of the best. It combines the best aspects of FFXII, in particular the vast, open map and the real time battles and combines it with something similar to the battle controls found in Nier or perhaps Lightning Returns.

The game focuses on Prince Noctis and his companions as they try to retake their homeland Lucis from the world-dominating empire Niflheim. The plot is really that simple – a return to the basic narrative of the older games in the series where the characters are what matter. Prince Noctis and his buddies are definitely a strength of the game and a welcome change from some of the irritating and miserable protagonists of the series’ last few releases. Rather than just being a bunch of dudes you got lumbered with on a coach trip, they feel like your friends – people you might actually want to know.

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Worldwide Release Date: August 3, 2016 (for Android)

Screenshot EDIT (14.8.16): Seeing a lot of connectivity issues at the moment. An update had been released, but is it going to fix the problem for anyone? It didn’t work for me. (Review follows)

I’m not a big mobile gamer. This is probably something to do with my dislike of smartphones. But I’m a sucker for Final Fantasy games and so when I got the email about Mobius Final Fantasy, I had to return to my phone to give it a go.

The story seems somewhat similar to the first Final Fantasy game – at least what I remember of it. Your character is the Warrior of Light and it’s your job to save the world, called Palamecia in this game. Along the way, we meet some familiar characters – Princess Sara of Cornelia, who I suspect we’ll have to save at some point; Mog, the lovable moogle; a whole bunch of recognisable enemies and some shifty looking guy in armour called Garland… Now, why do I have a bad feeling about him?

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As I have mentioned, 2016 has so far been a rubbish year, but it is predicting bright things for the future. Not only was there an announcement of a new Nier game, but there are signs of a remastered Final Fantasy XII, in my eyes, the best game of that series so far.

This remastered version will introduce the Zodiac Job System, which the European and North American versions never had, a newly recorded soundtrack and a way better save system (my word, those save crystals were the bane of my life!). I’m expecting great things.

On a separate note, does anyone want to buy me a PS4? It looks like I am going to need one.

Happy Tuesday! This week’s track is Snow’s Theme from 2010’s Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack, composed by Masashi Hamauzu.


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One of my favourite games that I’ve never played is now available on iOS, I device that I don’t have. Costing £11.99, it will only work on the latest versions of the Apple devices and will cost you 4GB of your storage space.

It’s basically no different from the version you can get on Steam aside from an option that lets you disable enemy encounters that play no part in the story.

Still, if you’re a fan with an Apple device that can cope, you’ll be able to keep it in your pocket at all times.

“Initial Thoughts” isn’t really appropriate for this review, but I’ve not finished the game yet. However, I have clocked up over 120 hours so far.

It’s a grid-based, turn-based battle system where the focus is on exploiting the weaknesses in your enemies without breaking randomly assigned rules. There are a few storylines and mission strings to follow, but for the most part, you just take on battles as you like, fighting a variety of opponents in a range of settings. Almost guaranteed to keep you going for a very long time!

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EU Release Date: Mar 9, 2010 (for Xbox 360)
Total play time: 48:14:05 (story mode)

FFXIII Cover ArtI’m fairly certain that everyone knows my views on this game. I did once say that I wasn’t going to play it, but after a fairly boring week, I changed my mind.

I do, however, stick by my other comments on the game. The gameplay is very dull. Most of the battles are either easy or rely on you levelling further. There is no problem solving and the free roam element is lacklustre. The fact that I like the story doesn’t outweigh these downsides. It’s a brilliant Final Fantasy movie, but a poor Final Fantasy game.

The story follows Lightning and the inhabitants of a world called Cocoon, terrified by forces from a world they call Pulse. The worlds are run by gods called Fal’cie, who use the humans to serve their tasks. These chosen humans are known as L’Cie. When a Pulse Fal’cie appears in Cocoon, the people demand that anyone who has been in contact with it are sent to Pulse.

Lightning, a former soldier, is among them, along with a man named Sazh and two kids, Hope and Vanille. Lightning busts out of the detention train, freeing all of the deportees. Sazh stays with Lightning to fight the other soldiers while another man, named Snow takes care of the kids. Although they take different routes and for different reasons, they all end up confronting the Pulse Fal’cie – united by Lightning’s sister and Snow’s fiancée, Serah. The Fal’cie then turns them into L’cie – setting them on a journey that makes them re-evaluate everything they’ve even known.

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