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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Trailer Stretches the Franchise’s Boundaries

by Ron Duwell | December 2, 2014December 2, 2014 9:30 am PDT

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is so far removed from the traditional elements of the franchise that it even stars a villain that looks like M. Bison! He’s even voiced by Steven Blum, so you know he’s got to be one seriously bad dude. Hey Capcom! Why do you have your Street Fighter in my Final Fantasy?!

That being said, I am in love with this trailer. It’s hilarious. The opening narration doesn’t play out at all like a Final Fantasy script, but rather a bad PSOne era Metal Gear Solid knock-off like Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn or some such nonsense. Our narrator’s tone even comes across like he’s narrating Time Crisis, Syphon Filter or, dare I say, the one and only Metal Wolf Chaos.

Seriously, compare these trailers. It’s uncanny!

Can this even be called Final Fantasy anymore? I guess so. His exposition briefs you on every last issue of the known conflict, so when you are dropped in to play, you’ll have no trouble discerning who the bad guys are. Just remember, all robots and characters not wearing red high school uniforms are free game! Kill as you like in this violent, war-ridden action game.

It’s a much more bloodthirsty Final Fantasy than you’ll ever find. Ever wonder why the art and color direction clearly favors red?

Not that I mind. I am still really looking forward to Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and my opinion of it hasn’t changed one bit since I called it my Game of Show at Tokyo Game Show 2014. If there was any shift in my brain, it’s that I am starting to empathize with those upset at the lack of a Vita launch.

With each passing game I shuffle through on my PlayStation 4, the more and more I realize that this console generation might not turn out to be for me. AAA gaming has completely taken over, and I am starting to feel almost dismayed when I put my hands on the DualShock 4.

At the same time, I am in total gaming bliss when I fire up my PlayStation Vita or Nintendo 3DS and teleport back to happier days when platformers, strategy games, and especially JRPGs were the norm. I feel like Final Fantasy needs to be on the front line of this scene, and this is the best nominee to get that done considering it was originally a PSP game.

At any rate, the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox  One on Mar. 17, 2015 with a free demo of Final Fantasy XV.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...