Final Fantasy Type-0 HD review – The Final Fantasy game you’ve been waiting for

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It’s been a long time waiting for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in North America. It was originally announced as Final Fantasy Agito XIII but then went through a small identity crisis as Square Enix changed its focus to the Final Fantasy XIII series (FF XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns).

While the game does have many flaws, it’s still hard not to enjoy it even with a very difficult story to follow. The game itself seems pretty straightforward, but you’ll learn it’s kind of hard to keep up with it since so many things are being thrown at you within the first few hours.

The game is focused on Orience, a land comprised of four nations, each controlling a crystal of its land. For a long time all the nations have been peaceful, until the Milites nation, lead by High Commander Cid Aulstyne, launches an all out war against the others starting with Rubrum. This causes the elite squad known as Class Zero to enter the battle.

final-fantasy-type-0-hd_PS4-7866What Final Fantasy Type-0 does right where many of the newer Final Fantasy games have failed was giving players full control of how the game progresses. Players are free to choose the flow of the game; for example, chatting with students or faculty at school between missions, taking on quests or making new acquaintances, breeding chocobos or leaving school, having some fun mowing down enemies or exploring caves for loot. The best thing of all is that you have 14 characters to play as (not all at once).

Handling the 14 members of Class Zero was pretty enjoyable. Each one has their own fighting style and while some have similar weapons, no two character are alike. Ace uses his cards to fight short range and long range, and he also has a secondary ability where he can cut his cards to inflict different stats to his enemy or even heal his HP or MP. King uses dual guns to attack long range enemies. If an enemy gets too close he can kick them back or even shoot them point blank. You may like close range characters or maybe even a lancer with the infamous jump ability. It all comes down to how you like to fight.

I loved the battle system of the game. It’s complex yet simple and after a few battles you can quickly understand it to the point you aren’t thinking anymore just fighting. It has a command system similar to the Kingdom Hearts series with an attack button, secondary skill button, magic and dodge button. You can also access a separate menu which allows you to switch characters you control, and in battle you can only have three members on screen which may seem odd, and you can also summon Eidolons in battle by sacrificing a character, but very quickly you learn why you have so many characters especially in long battles.

Final-Fantasy-Type-0-HD-12Characters can fall in battle very easily if you aren’t careful. If they do you can replace them with another member on the fly before you get swarmed. You have no Phoenix Downs to revive your fallen comrades, and instead you have to switch out and keep fighting. While the CPU may control the other two character, they may still fall and need to be replaced. If you are in a main mission and return to school, you have to start all over again. You do get to keep all the EXP you earned, and with 14 characters to level up, it all counts.

Final-Fantasy-Type-0-HD-18There is so much to this game including different difficulties, menus, upgrades and a large map to explore. The game looks great with new visuals and improved lighting; however, certain cutscenes do have some problems which comes from porting the game to the PS4, but the in-game graphics really looks great.

A lot of the soundtrack will sound familiar, especially since you do spend a lot of time on the school ground hearing a wonderful version of the Final Fantasy Overture. I could listen to it all day. The world map plays a version of the Chocobo theme, an even improved remix when you ride a Chocobo. So overall you can expect a great soundtrack.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the Final Fantasy game fans have been waiting for. And while it’s not perfect, it still does a great job at being fun. Once you can get past the camera issues and learn to just hold the lock-on button in battle, things get easier to deal with. You’ll be able to replay missions on different modes, level up and improve your score, giving you hours of gameplay.

Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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Title: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Developer: HexaDrive
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Rated: M
Release Date: March 15th 2015

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.