If you’ve never seen the original version of Final Fantasy Type-0 on the PSP, then you would be hard pressed to believe that it was originally a handheld game. The gorgeous cutscene screenshots in a new batch from Square Enix really show off some high quality art direction, but on a technical level, to think this game was on a device that competed against the original Nintendo DS is insane.
That PSP, man. Shame it never caught on here like it did in Japan.
When looking at the gameplay screenshots, though, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD starts to show a few cracks in its console gaming facade. Levels are blocky and linear, and the buildings and environments don’t have nearly the amount of detail as character models. All of these are clear cut signs of portable game design. Not that I mind, because I like linear games a lot, especially ones with deep RPG mechanics, but I wonder if many will see it the same way.
Final Fantasy XV is a massive, huge, open-world game, and this one is going to be a much tighter package. Why bother comparing the two when you can have one of each style? Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will launch on March 17 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will also come with a demo for Final Fantasy XV, and hopefully those buying it specifically for this demo will also see that this game itself is quite good.
Check out some gameplay footage here, and be sure to read up as to why this is my most anticipated game right now from my hands-on impressions from Tokyo Game Show 2014.