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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – First Impressions

Final Fantasy Type 0 HD

I finally recently picked up Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, one of the first games I was actually interested in for the X-Box One. Well, mostly… it’s a port of a PSP game, with cranked-up graphics. There’s some really solid parts, from fantastic cutscenes, to pretty good third-person action sequences, to a pretty fuzzy world map where you go zipping into active time battles.

One of the first things that I should mention is that this game is rated Mature. That would be an easy fact to miss because, come on, it’s a Final Fantasy game… those are usually rated Teen. However, the decision on this one apparently was that they needed blood. Lots and lots of blood.

However, the blood does a good job of underscoring the serious nature of the story. Four kingdoms, where one decides to invade the others. It actually feels very Avatar: The Last Airbender. Except instead of the fun of that series, you take the more serious tone of Legend of Korra and add in bloody violence to really send the message home…

I’m a couple missions in, so I’ll say a few things about the story, and then about the two aspects to this RPG: action combat, and strategy.

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Replaying Final Fantasy V… again

I have played a lot of the Final Fantasy games. Like, a lot. I haven’t played or II yet (have them on my phone), but I’ve beaten III and IVVIX-2played a ton of XIXII and even the DS sequel, the whole XIII trilogy (that one is probably our most blogged, as it’s most recent)… Haven’t played XIV, but might on the PS3 at some point. I’ve been eyeing Type 0-HD as well… add in other assorted games, like DissidiaDimensions, Chocobo’s Dungeon, some Tactics… seriously a lot of Final Fantasy games.

All of which is to say… did you notice that big gaping hole? Final Fantasy V, one of my most-played Final Fantasy games – but I’ve never beaten it.

Final Fantasy V

I’m working on fixing that. I have it on mobile, and have even figured out the Cloud saves – so I can potentially move from playing on my tablet to my phone. It’s mostly been on my tablet, which has been great, since they updated the graphics some too. The names of things have been updated too, although that’s made following along in the strategy guide I have a little harder…

Of course, that’s had me peeking at things online, and I’ve finally figured out the end-goal of the game’s system, something that the strategy guide doesn’t explain, and that the game doesn’t explain. It’s a great system in this game too, the first of the Final Fantasy job systems I encountered. When you master a job, you get those stats – and passive abilities – when you play without a job equipped, or when you play as a Mimic. So your goal, for late-game play, is to have mastered some jobs, and play without a job so that you effectively play as an amalgamation of many jobs…

I’m getting close to the end of world 2, and I’m getting close on mastering some jobs, so it’s nearly time to figure out what this whole game is all about! Plus I’m close to where I’ve gotten in the plot before, so there’s two worlds still to save…

Also, stuff like this!

Also, stuff like this!

The Grand Combined Game

The game Lego Dimensions just came out, and they have already listed their first six waves of Lego sets and characters that will be coming out for the next several months. And the list is amazing. Here’s some, between characters and levels:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Back to the Future
  • Jurassic World
  • Portal
  • Doctor Who
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby Doo
  • The DC Universe
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Lego Movie

Some of these we’ve already gotten to play as Lego games – and loved. Some of these, meanwhile, were our favorite guesses for which intellectual property would become a Lego game next. And then there’s Portal, which effectively makes for Portal 3… It’s tempting. Now that it’s out and all announced, we can see the prices, and yeah… it’s a lot of a commitment.

All the things! Actually, probably not even all... From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

All the things! Actually, probably not even all…
From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

There’re other games like this, games where you pay for a toy that unlocks things in the game. One of the others is Disney’s Infinity. It just released wave 3 – this time, Star Wars characters. Wave 2 was Marvel characters. Wave 1 was Pixar characters. So that’s another game that’s a huge crossover of properties and worlds.

And it makes me wonder: is the best way to see something like this to pay a whole bunch for it? To pay for each of the elements, to help pay for the licensing? Or is it that we love and want to see these sorts of crossovers – and they’ve realized it, and are making money off of us for it?

There’s another big crossover coming, without having to pay for it in parts. Kingdom Hearts 3. That’ll be Disney again, but also Square Enix – Final Fantasy characters. And we’ve been playing the previous Kingdom Hearts games – in their great remastered and gathered up Final Mix form, with all the additional games (6 games on 2 discs!). And they’re great, but there’s so much more they could do. More Disney stuff, like new things (Big Hero 6 is confirmed).

But then – there’s so much more Disney owns, as their Infinity games prove. So much more they could shove in – and that we would love to play. And maybe the game we should be playing is just Infinity – or Lego Dimensions. And really, of all these games, Kingdom Hearts 3 would actually be the most expensive – it’ll require that we buy one of the new consoles.

We loved Wreck-It Ralph. We loved Ready Player One (and we’re highly curious about the movie – how many real references will they have?). We loved Kingdom Hearts. We loved The Lego Movie. Clearly, combining pop culture references and intellectual properties is fun and entertaining. What do you think – will there be more of this to come? Is it too expensive? And more importantly – which worlds do you want to see collide? Let us know in the comments below!

Never Really Shared This – My AMV’s

Before I forget: check back this Saturday for my Avengers: Age of Ultron LitFlix, and Sunday for a special Mother’s Day Guest Post by Patrick Sponaugle!

Many years ago, I dipped my toes into the world of video editing, and made a couple of Anime Music Videos or AMV’s. It took a lot of work, editing in clips from videos to match with the lyrics and music. However, I also found it really rewarding, as I got to re-tell the story of the events portrayed, with the addition of the music.

The main one I made is probably something for the really big Final Fantasy fan. It includes clips from videos from Final Fantasy VI, VII and Advent ChildrenVIIIIXX and X-2. A lot of the scenes from really spoiler-heavy moments, as well. So unfortunately, I’ve never really felt able to share it with many people, as I didn’t want to spoil them. So in many ways, I made it for me. But with the addition of our YouTube, I did put it up, and it is out there if you are interested in watching.

The music is also from a really epic sub-genre of techno: British Hardcore. I was obsessed with this music for a few years, and this is probably the best song I found from it, so hopefully you can enjoy it too! It’s All About You by Scott Brown.

Oh, and I’m sorry about the text at the end. Regretted that almost immediately…

One more AMV after the break!

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Top Five Favorite Final Fantasy Moments

David and I were discussing the release of Final Fantasy XV and it got us thinking about the other Final Fantasy games that we have played. Now I have not played all of the Final Fantasy games, so obviously this is not going to be a comprehensive list. Also, I do have to point out that I love Final Fantasy VII and there are a lot of things that I love about that game, but I had trouble thinking of a specific moment to me versus a lot of it is the overall story and the characters that make that game so good.

You will also notice that none of these are endings because to me the ending is always so huge and this list is more about those singular moments within the story that stand out for us. Another Final Fantasy that is not on the list is Final Fantasy XIII-2 and that is another game that I fell in love with. The story is so compelling, but I cannot think of a single moment that stands out versus the overall story.

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