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Scheduled release date:

March 17, 2015

Publisher:

Square Enix

Developer:

Square Enix

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action/RPG

Release Date:

March 17, 2015

Okay, so we never got Final Fantasy Type-0 for the PSP here in North America. But that just means we can appreciate a greatly updated version when it drops next year for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Revamped with brilliant high-definition visuals and a few other tweaks and improvements, it’ll come with a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV. Perhaps that’s reason enough to grab it but really, Type-0 has a lot going for it. It’s not the traditional FF style in terms of gameplay but it offers fast, furious, in-depth action that should keep you playing for many hours.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the story is significantly darker (and bloodier) than any previous Final Fantasy iteration. Battles are rapid and violent and when someone (or something dies), you’ll know it. Perhaps this grittier visage isn’t what the old-school fans want but at least it’s something different. Another twist: There are actually 14 protagonists in the game, and you meet them all right at the start of the adventure. How you utilize each is critical to your success, as each has distinct traits on the battlefield. Having the freedom to select your party from this grouping of 14 immediately gives the game a deeper, more customizable feel.

The gameplay is essentially an extension of the mechanic in Crisis Core, the excellent PSP entry that made us look at FF in a very different way. And Type-0 is no walk in the park; reportedly, the enemies are so powerful that many have the capability to eliminate allies in only one strike. Unfortunately, in checking some import reviews of the game, it seems the AI can be problematic, as they don’t always respond to being hammered. I suppose we could hope that Square Enix has improved the AI for the new version but I wouldn’t hold my breath. It’s an outdated issue that could drag the entire experience down, but I’m hoping it’s not such a severe problem.

On the plus side, you won’t be spending countless hours grinding due to the game’s difficulty. The developers ask you to attack this game differently; rather than fighting battle after battle to get stronger, success will rely more on your timing and strategy in battle. Remember, this is a real-time system that rewards reflexes and thinking-on-the-fly. While your character level is certainly important, it’s not the only factor that’s going to come into play when facing down a tough boss. Now, for some, this may not sound all that appealing. After all, a Final Fantasy game shouldn’t be about reflexes and dexterity, right?

Still, this spin-off got pretty solid reviews when it launched in Japan back in 2011 and despite the challenge, hardcore franchise followers seemed to enjoy it. It’ll certainly look a lot better on the new consoles, and perhaps the most crucial upgrade will involve control. The PSP was a great little unit but when it came to fast-action gameplay, you could end up with serious hand cramps. Having a regular gamepad in your hand will probably work wonders, and you won’t have to worry so much about a frustrating button layout. This way, you can take the time to focus on the intricacies of combat and evidently, you’ll definitely need that time.

Final Fantasy Type-0 is finally on its way and yeah, that FFXV demo makes it infinitely more attractive. Maybe it would’ve been more logical to put Type-0 on the Vita (and Vita owners would’ve had reason to cheer), but I’m not about to complain that it’s coming to PS4. We’ll just have to see how the Western audience responds to it.

12/5/2014 Ben Dutka

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xenris
Friday, December 05, 2014 @ 10:09:33 PM
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Im really looking forward to this game. Crisis Core was an excellent game and I really enjoyed the combat in that game.

I like my twitch games so this should be fine for me. I also like the darker storyline, it looks to be quite interesting.

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kraygen
Saturday, December 06, 2014 @ 1:58:29 AM
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I was so excited for this game when 13, versus 13, and agito were all supposed to be linked in the same FF universe. Now, I don't really know what to think considering how poor the games have been recently.

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Mdash0009
Saturday, December 06, 2014 @ 10:37:02 AM

The games were never going to be in the same universe, just the same mythology. They still are, there are crystals, l'cie, etc etc but slightly different way of working. This is a good game, not one of the best, but I enjoy it.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, December 06, 2014 @ 8:10:36 AM
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It's gorier... but I wouldn't say it looks as mature as previous Final Fantasy games. I think the problem I still have with this game is that it falls into the stereotype of Japanese Anime with it's boarding school setting. Granted Final Fantasy VIII set this up too, with soon after you break out of that mold as a missionary for the Garden and then the story progresses and it gets further away from that notion. I'll certainly be trying this out, as I wanted it originally for the PSP way back when... but I don't know I'm just not hyped for the game much, certainly not as much as Final Fantasy XV. But your looking early 2016 at best for a release.

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Mdash0009
Saturday, December 06, 2014 @ 10:35:43 AM
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I'm currently playing the PSP English patch of this game and I have to say it's pretty good. The Story has just started getting interesting, finally (first 3 chapters were slow). Once I'm done with finals I'm going to be playing it non-stop >=)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 06, 2014 @ 1:14:15 PM
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I'll get it, give it a try. Loved Crisis Core. Still, FF action games...

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