Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Could Be The Final Fantasy We’ve Been Waiting For
After much fan demand, Final Fantasy Type-O, originally a PSP game, has finally received a western release in HD no less. The original game brings with it a level of critical acclaim and fan appreciation not seen among other Final Fantasy games within the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of games, particularly the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. With this new HD release, Type-O HD brings with it graphical enhancements and an overall level of polish. But is it the Final Fantasy we’ve been waiting for?
Name: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Developers: Square Enix 1st Production Department, HexaDrive
Publishers: Square Enix
Release Date: 20 March 2014
Price: R799 ($59.96)
Oddly with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD we see the game making its way to both the PS4 and Xbox One, instead of both the PS3 and Xbox 360. This on its own is an interesting move by Square Enix. The game itself has seen some visible overhauls. HexaDrive, an independent Japanese studio, known for the work on Okami HD, Zone of the Enders HD Collection and the The Wonderful 101 bring their expertise to the game. With it, they have upgraded the game’s graphics, adjusted gameplay for home consoles with a lower difficulty level, added improved lighting effects, updated character models and used an expanded colour palette for this version of the game.
In the process, HexaDrive have also removed the multiplayer mode from this version and incorporated elements into the singleplayer. In essence, much of the game has been improved for the better it appears, to fit more in line with Final Fantasy XV’s art style. You can see the improvements and enhancements by watching the video below, which gives you an idea of how big the jump was from a portable like the PSP to a powerful home console.
The story of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD follows that the Militesi Empire invaded the Dominion of Rubrum. This was an unprovoked attack of aggression against the Dominion of Rubrum. This is all set within the world of Orience where four nations, the Crystal States, exist. The other two nations, besides the Dominion of Rubrum and the Militesi Empire, are the Kingdom of Concordia and the Lorican Alliance. All the nations have different crystals which essentially give them different powers. With the invastion, wartime looms and you the player takes control of Class Zero, a fourteen students from the Vermillion Peristylium within the Dominion of Rubrum, led by the card wielder Ace. Class Zero must now defend their homeland and shoulder the fate of the world.
There are many characters for the player to utilise including the martial artist Eight, the archer Trey, the flute wielder Deuce, the whip wielder Seven and the swordswoman Queen, to name a few. The game’s battle system is real-time and action-based, comparable to Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. You have access to three characters at the same time from your roster of fourteen party members in total. As stated above, each character has their own weapon and thus their own special abilities for you to use in battle.
Like any Final Fantasy, party members gain experience after every battle. During combat, you lock onto targets and attack them, and can also switch between them. Type-O HD rewards precisely timed attacks, with the ability to deal high damage if you are skilled enough. You can even combine your three active characters attacks to deal even higher damage. After an enemy is defeated, they drop a substance called Phantoma, which depending on its colour, can replenish HP and magic points as is needed. You can also use Phantoma to strengthen characters’ magical abilities. Combat and battles feel very hack-and-slash, reminiscent of the latest Final Fantasy games.
Outside of combat, the world of Orience is explorable via a world map. Everything is essentially mission-based where you can encounter story-based missions and practice missions which are really side quests. By following optional orders during missions your characters can receive a temporary power boost, and even receive rewards in the long run. Type-0 HD offers large scale battles as well, where you have to liberate cities and towns from enemy forces. Alternatively, you can breed Chocobos if you’re into that sort of thing.
There is just so much to do in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The game comes with a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV which may be an incentive for some fans. But this game could shape up to be something fantastic regardless.
Suspected Selling Points
- The game is already a critically acclaimed JRPG and if you are a PS4 or Xbox One owner this could be the JRPG fix you so desperately require.
- Type-O HD brings with it massive visual overhauls, gameplay fixes and general overhauls that any JRPG and Final Fantasy fan may not be able to resist.
- Included with the game is a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV which may be incentive enough for Final Fantasy fans to make a purchase.
- Many fans may see this release as a quick fix solution to the lack of JRPGs and main series Final Fantasy titles on both the Xbox One and PS4.
- It may be questionable how well this game has aged even with the new lick of paint.
- Charging full price for a game, which is in essence just a remaster from Square Enix, may not go down well with fans.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is what many Final Fantasy fans in the west have been waiting for. Fans of the series will possibly see this game as something to tide them over until the eventual release of Final Fantasy XV for both Xbox One and PS4. Previous HD collections such as the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection sold pretty well, and received great public support. We will have to see in March how well Final Fantasy Type-0 HD does.