Here we go Final Fantasy fans. First, it’s worth noting that Episode Duscae, which is a playable demo for Final Fantasy XV, has nothing on the new RPG content in the Niflheim base battle teased at the Active Time Report recently.
For those who had the $60 bones to shell out for Final Fantasy Type-O HD (you know you did), you’ll notice that the customizable characters’ combat moves, the embodiment of magic blasts, warp ability, and kills are out of this world. Hands down, it’s no comparison, and the Final Fantasy XV new release leaves the “seconding coming” footage in the dust, period.
SquareEnix posted new direct screens Niflheim art for Final Fantasy XV
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Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the UI has undergone a drastic change. Savvy game developers coded a feature that allows a visual choice of Noctis’ weapons cadre. Additionally, the weapons are integrated into the pad on the controller. Nice!
Apparently, Noctis has been eating his Wheaties. In the Niflheim scene, he and his ride-or-die companions go stealth and use an impressive mix of combat moves and teleportation to kick some serious butt — until their covers are blown. That’s when things go nuclear very quickly.
After a series of spectacular explosions and spell casting, Noctis and the gang bring out the heavy weapons against a Magitek walker. Before the clip ends, they meet “Dragoon” of Niflheim, Aranea Highwind, and the tease continues.
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The Active Time Report in Tokyo revealed some insight into the main character (only one playable), Noctis Lucis Caelum (Lucis’ Crown Prince). Other supporting Final Fantasy characters are Gladiolus Amicitia, Ignis Stupeo Scientia, and Prompto Argentum. Cor Leonis tags along with the group and acts like and guide/adviser.
In the Final Fantasy XV trailer, we learn Lunafreya Nox Fleure, Noctis “fiancée in a political marriage,” is an Oracle (the youngest ever) and has specials powers to communicate with the gods.
Square Enix’s video game embodies the elements of Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries. For all you RPG crackerjacks, it includes Final Fantasy XIII and Type-0, which debuted on PSP in 2011.
In-game footage shows the group cruising through the FF15 world, which loosely channels Jurassic World, minus the dinosaur blokes. Then, a game teaser also showed some rather benign recreational activity among the group — like, ahem, fishing.
During a recent chat session on the official Japanese forums, Takahiro Noda, Final Fantasy XV UI planner, fielded some questions about new developments.
First, we learned the forums are closing (bummer) to make room for the Final Fantasy XV blog launch. It’s designed to streamline communication to involve a larger discussion and give broader accessibility. Second, Noda announced a new game feature.
“In accordance with your progress, there will be a mode where you can check 3D models of the enemies, characters, weapons, and cuisines. However, I’m sorry to say there are no plans to implement this regarding items.”
At the release date, Final Fantasy XV will be available on PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One platforms. All done now, time to sleep. Sorry, tickets for the event are sold out, but it will be streamed live online.
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