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Fans begged for it and Square finally delivered... just not in the way most people expected. Final Fantasy Type-0 has always been highly requested by the gaming community when it was only available in Japan and on the PSP. Square did one better by having the whole game overhauled for the Xbox One and PS4 and released it in the West, and then they tossed in a demo, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, for extra brownie points.
March 17th, 2015 probably looked really far away for a lot of gamers, but it came quick enough and with a lot of pizzazz. The launch of Type-0 HD has already created tons of buzz due to having the Final Fantasy XV demo packed in, but before we get to that you have to check out the launch trailer.
The trailer is jam packed with content, showcasing the game's combat, mini-games and the story. As you can see, the game's characters and world are a lot darker and a bit more visceral than some of the recently released Final Fantasy games where all the “heroes” seem practically invincible. Death, loss and traumatic war experiences are all part of the order in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.
The slightly darker story and larger cast of characters is a nice departure from the typical hero archetype that Square usually relies on in their Final Fantasy titles. I was also kind of worried about how well the English voice acting would make the cut for the Western release of the game, since one of the really big highlights from the Japanese version was the extremely high quality voice acting. One of the more poignant scenes was kind of cut short in the launch trailer, but hopefully it doesn't come out sounding too bad in the final thing with the English voice-overs.
The trailer wouldn't be complete without a little throwback music from Final Fantasy VII and a look at the demo gameplay from Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. The demo is already garnering quite the attention for some of its features, especially the summon attacks.
Square plopped demo access into the full version of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, so anyone who buys the full game will gain access to Episode Duscae. Gamers are already entranced by the demo's expansive gameplay and unique combat system. Instead of standard attacking, defending and countering, Final Fantasy XV has a system setup where you can switch the role of five phantom weapons in your inventory. Each weapon has its own attacking animations, countering capabilities and blocking strength. Mixing and matching what happens go where determine how Noctis fights in battle. I've never seen a combat system quite like the one in Final Fantasy XV and I'm glad Square took the liberty of expanding and experimenting with something new.
In a way, the combat in Final Fantasy XV looks to be an evolved version of the combat from Final Fantasy Type-0, and you get to see it in action in the trailer above or if you decide to pick up a copy for yourself.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available right now for the Xbox One and PS4 in North America along with the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo. The game will launch in Europe along with the demo starting March 20th at the end of the week. You can learn more by visiting the game's official website.