Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – First Impressions

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PC, PS4, & XBOX One

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Square Enix

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a game I wish I could have gotten into. I feel it has immense replay value (and not just because the game suggests it by counting how many times you’ve cleared it), a vast array of playable characters, and enough fan-service to the franchise to keep me invested, but it just didn’t click with me.

The traditional Final Fantasy crystal.

The traditional Final Fantasy crystal.

Contrary to the typical Final Fantasy play-style, Type-0 is a semi-tactical hack-and-slash game. After the first chapter, you’re given a total of fourteen characters (the first twelve named after playing cards, for some reason skipping Ten). You’re given the chance to select a party of three out of those, with the option to put the rest in the reserve to occasionally replace your current or fallen members. Each has different weapons, equip-able skills, and unique play-styles. However, they all level up separately. So, many times I would try to go through a mission, have my good character I was playing as die, and then end up scrambling with the remaining characters who were severely under-leveled, only to end up failing the mission, and have to restart. And as much as I love grinding, this game simply does not bring me the same amount of joy as a typical RPG would.

The characters just don’t seem to level up fast enough, dodging seems to be essential (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), and I had a hard time finding certain characters useful in combat regardless of whether I’m playing as them or just have them as support characters.

The vast array of playable characters. Mildly reminiscent of Organization XIII

The vast array of playable characters. Mildly reminiscent of Organization XIII.

I tried to follow the story. I really did, but I just couldn’t get invested in it. It’s a strange mishmash of school kids, secret agent militia, and war-time drama. I just couldn’t comprehend what they were throwing at me. The stark contrast between the kids joking in the classroom, then the same kids in the cutscenes with angsty, blood-covered faces. It’s jarring to say the least.

Final Fantasy has gotten dark.

Final Fantasy has gotten dark.

So, bottom line, I do think this game is worth checking out, but I’d say it’s more of a try-before-you-buy type of game.

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