Final Fantasy Type-0 HD was one of my favorite games at Tokyo Game Show 2014 last week, and if my glowing hands-on impressions were not enough, here is the mission I hacked and slashed my way through during my 15 minute demo. For those who can’t tell, yes, Final Fantasy is now officially an action series with all three new games showing up at the show completely scrapping the traditional line-fighting found in earlier games.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the consoles which pushed for this change after being clamped out in the expectations of Final Fantasy XIII, but rather it was the PSP. Both Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and the original version of Final Fantasy Type-0 were instrumental in laying the seeds for this change, and those who never got to experience the latter now have a chance to with this new localization on home consoles.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is not a perfect or totally polished game, but where does it say all games have to be? More often than not, I find flawed, experimental games such as this more fulfilling than the overly glossy God of Wars and Uncharteds of the world. Its halls are linear, its combat can be a little sluggish, its graphics do very little to hide their handheld roots, but all of that is okay because at the end of the day, it’s something new, something exciting we have never seen before.
It’s something you’ll be able to dig your own excitement out of, and most importantly, it’s just a straight up fun game. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD lacks the pretension of other AAA titles, including its big brother Final Fantasy XV, and doesn’t bog itself down in expectations or bloated storytelling or overly flashy backdrops. Lock on to an enemy, use your abilities to take him down, move on to the next. No big whoop.
I might take a while to get used to the teenaged protagonists, but I promise to give a solid attempt to like them. I already do like them more than Final Fantasy XV‘s plucky gang of Metallica rejects.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 17, 2015, and it will come packaged with a demo for Final Fantasy XV.