Seemingly, Final Fantasy XV ended up costing a lot extra cash than publishers Square Enix have been expecting. A game some ten years (!!) in the creating, even though it may well have very first released on the PS4/Xbox One particular and Computer having on for two years ago, the corporation have been coming up with all sorts of weird and superb strategies of having the absolute max bang for their buck out of the game, its globe, and its characters ever considering that. Just off the top rated of our heads, there is been an anime series, a function film, a myriad of downloadable expansions, and, most relevantly, even a “simplified”, Chibi-styled spin-off of the game, titled Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, made to bring the game to smartphones. Now, in a slightly uncommon move, the game’s in fact come complete circle, as Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD sees the mobile version of the console game launch on consoles.
Nonetheless with us? Superior. In spite of not specifically at the top rated of our list of ‘Final Fantasy games which actually have to have a remake’ list (Final Fantasy VIII has to be at the top rated of that now, correct? – Ed), Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD follows an abridged version of the exact same story, only with cutesy graphics, a extra streamlined battle method, and a common bit of trimming of excesses about the edges. And oddly adequate, it is in fact all the much better for it.
Following the exact same story as the original Final Fantasy XV, Pocket Edition sees you stepping into the footwear of Noctis, a prince with a stereotypically emo-ish demeanour and spiky haircut to match. Vaguely reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet, the two most important kingdoms of Final Fantasy XV have been engaged in a extended-operating conflict, and childhood mates Noctis and Lunafreya, the royal kids of the opposing sides, have been betrothed to marry, hoping to bring an finish to the conflict in the course of action. Nevertheless, even though en-route to meet his fiance, a totally-fledged war breaks out, killing Noctis’ father, laying waste to the city and commonly taking more than his homeland. The prince, now assumed dead, need to set out on a journey to reclaim his throne, avenge his father and ultimately bring peace to the troubled lands.
Nevertheless, this tends to make it all sound a lot heavier than it is. In spite of the backdrop of death and destruction, Final Fantasy XV is extra of a ‘lads on tour’ epic road trip-come-stag do, with a side of fighting terrible guys. Focussing substantially extra on the story of Noctis and his mates than it does the tale of revenge, it is a game with a surprising quantity of humour and banter. With each Noctis and his bride-to-be assumed dead, he’s in no true hurry to head residence and choose up the pieces, deciding as an alternative to invest the trip increasing stronger, discovering himself and recovering a bunch of legendary swords, so that when he does return, he’s 100% prepared for his new duties. Of course, no man is an island, and so Noctis has some aid along the way from his motley crew of mates come royal assistants, from the level-headed logical Ignis, to the buff bodyguard Gladiolus and the light-hearted joker, Prompto.
Like the original game, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition has the exact same road-trip really feel, with the quartet having about in their flashy Regalia sports automobile. You are going to move from town to town, dungeon to dungeon and boss battle to boss battle virtually on autopilot, as, in contrast to the original game, it is substantially extra of a linear, story-driven affair – there is no open globe to discover, no quick way to return to locations you visited prior to and not a excellent deal of freedom. As such, most of your time is spent moving from A to B, watching cutscenes, and then exploring caves and dungeons, taking out the enemies you come across inside. It really is all a extremely common function-playing game affair, and if the story and characters of Final Fantasy XV weren’t rather as engaging as they are, potentially a bit dull.
There are of course side quests to get stuck into also, even though these have a tendency to be a bit lacklustre and largely involve dispatching a nearby enemy or two, or hunting down a lost item – such as assisting a ‘hunter’ with the disconcertingly typical name of Dave track down his fallen comrades’ lost dog tags, in locations heavily populated by enemies. One particular of the extra involved quests requires location in Lestallum, and sees you going more than the town with a fine tooth comb, hunting hidden Cactuar figurines for a kid who’s the world’s largest Cactuar fan. There is also some exciting treasure hunt-style quests exactly where you have to have to come across landmarks as drawn on a map, and dig for buried products exactly where X marks the spot. Sadly, as there is no quick way to return to locations you have been to prior to, you will want to make confident you clear up all the side quests in a place prior to you move on, as you can not just drive/ride back later – in contrast to Final Fantasy XV right.
One particular of our most important points of contention with the original Final Fantasy XV was its battle method, as a bit of a confusing, hectic hodge-podge of mashing buttons. Although Pocket Edition HD does not swap them out for extra classic, turn-primarily based battles (boo! – Ed), it does make them a lot easier and extra streamlined. Now all you actually have to do is mash the Square button even though facing vaguely the correct path of an enemy, and you will take them all out. To add a bit of flavour, QTE-style button prompts pop up from time to time, providing you a brief time frame in which to press X to dodge or counter attack, or unleash a single of your celebration members’ specific attacks, even though Noctis also has his trademark ‘warp strike’, which lets him teleport to a far off enemy’s side and give it a taste of his blade also. And, actually, that is it – just mash Square, press X when a prompt pops up and use your warp strike to switch involving targets at lightning rapidly speed, and you will not have any difficulty.
Or at least, Noctis will not have any difficulty. You see, the other lads can be a bit… daft at instances, especially in boss battles. Although most boss battles are a familiar war of attrition, exactly where you are steadily chipping away at a enormous well being bar, your group mates somehow handle to stay blissfully unaware of any incoming attacks. Although the glasses-wearing Ignis may well have a bit of an excuse, all 3 of your celebration members will repeatedly miss the giant glowing red marks that seem on the floor anytime a boss is gearing up for a significant attack, generally managing to stand completely in the centre of it, totally oblivious to the enormous explosions, lasers and electro-balls careening towards their faces. Needless to say, this generally ends in their untimely death. Repeatedly. Thankfully, all you have to do is run up to a ‘dead’ pal and press X to wake them up once more, so it is extra of a minor inconvenience than something, and at least you are not forced to stock up on billions of revival products at every shop you pass.
If you want to get a bit fancier, Noctis does have 3 unique weapons at his disposal, which you can switch involving at any time, every with their personal strengths and weaknesses. Your sword is your common mix of speed and harm the broadsword is substantially heavier, and slower, but offers substantially higher harm and can hit several enemies in a single swing even though his spear is the quickest weapon going, creating it really hard for enemies to get a move in edgewise, but is compromised by a comparatively low harm. As you progress via the game, you will also come across specific ‘Royal Arms’, legendary weapons of kings gone by, which Noctis can wield in battle, albeit temporarily, as a sort of specific attack. As soon as the corresponding meter is charged, you will be capable to switch to the royal weapon for a brief time, boosting Noctis’ attack energy in the course of action – as soon as the meter runs out, you will return to your frequent weapon, till you have charged it up once more.
Nevertheless, even though we do choose the battle method in Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD, it does really feel like you drop out on a lot of other bits and pieces by opting for the mini version more than the complete-fat 2016 release. Pocket Edition is substantially extra linear, basically shuttling you from story section to town to dungeon and back once more, with no sprawling open worlds to discover. Dungeons themselves provide the most possibility to discover, generally obtaining a couple of additional pathways off the beaten track hiding choose ups and the like, but they are nonetheless largely a single path funnelling you down to a boss fight at the finish. Arguably the largest downside to the entire lack of open globe is that you can not employ a chocobo to go exploring absolutely free-variety, which was a single of the very best bits of the original game – even though you can nonetheless ride them and race them.
In all, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD is a bit of a really hard a single to price actually. In and of itself, it is rather a exciting tiny game that manages to distil the epic Final Fantasy expertise into a smaller sized, Chibi-er and much less intimidating package. Nevertheless, you do miss out on some of the extra grander elements, like the enormous open globe, creating the game one thing of poor man’s version of the original – only with substantially much less frustrating battles. That is not to say it is not worth your time, as we’ve been obtaining a blast with it regardless – but if you are going in pondering you will be having the complete Final Fantasy XV expertise, make confident you temper your expectations a tiny.
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