World of Final Fantasy Hands-on Preview – Like Pokemon But With More Puns

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For those of us that had been living under a rock, Square Enix is coming out with a new side within the series Final Fantasy with their upcoming World of Final Fantasy release.

I’ll be the first to admit that I only gave this game a passing glance when the slow trickle of information came out about this game.

I wasn’t interested in the strange, chibified, art direction this game was going as I was giving it a pass over. Having played a bit of it I’m glad I didn’t because this isn’t like any Final Fantasy game I had played and it feels very interesting, to say the least.

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The game’s story is quite ridiculous, with the majority of it set within the world of Grymoire. In this land, protagonist siblings Lann and Reynn must venture out and capture “Mirages,” which basically equates to catching Pokemon.

Both siblings have lost their memories, however as you explore Grymoire and its factions you’ll recover the siblings’ past, as well as unlock new abilities. This game is an active turn based RPG with a few twists.

The first thing that you should know is that turn order is determined on a bar on the side of the screen showing both your party and your opponents party. As time passes, characters on both sides race towards the top of this bar with the fastest going first.

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This is where things get a tiny bit interesting, there are two methods of imputing commands for your characters to follow.

There is the simple way to do things where all you need to do is press one of the face keys to either; basic attack, defense, use an item, or run, the root of any rpg. At the start of the demo this confused me because this is set up as the default for ease of access.

However, the more complex battle menu allows your characters to fight using everything in their arsenal, from magics that the character could use, to switching weapons mid battle.

While I can understand the former menu as a way to cater to those that don’t really understand RPGs, the latter is probably what I’ll be utilizing the entire game.

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If this were a regular Final Fantasy game Square would have just went with this battle system. The developers, however, wanted a game more in tune with Pokemon, or even Shin Migami Tensei, in my opinion.

So most of the monsters in game are able to be captured and utilized in combat as your team mates. Most of these enemies are designed to look like chibi-fied forms of previous monsters that have appeared throughout the main Final Fantasy series.

At one point in the demo I fought against what looked like a direct copy of the mandrake from Final Fantasy XII. 

After weakening it to the point of near death I used a capture skill that’s only available to the main characters, and made it my own. It became tiny and adorable, and it could fit on top of the main characters head. Need I say more?

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I wish I were exaggerating about the size of many of these capturable monsters, but it turns out this is an actual game mechanic. Size is an important factor in World of Final Fantasy.

Being able to stack creatures and characters on top of one another gives a massive boost to the overall strength of a character.

This works by combining the stats of the two characters and allowing the combined “character” a chance at using both sets of moves. The down side of this though is that the two characters are stacked up and with enough force by the opponents can easily be knocked down.

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Outside of general combat, I got a chance to check out a few other really important factors this game has going for it.

One factor is how the game goes about dealing with annoying characters, as well as the games overall sense of humor. One of the captured monsters turns out to be a main character that has quite a bit to do with the story, and contributes in most cutscenes.

This character happens to have traits that fuel my absolute hate for mascot characters. This mirage character talks in a high whiny pitch, and often repeats words in a sentence to try and pretend to be cutesy.

While this might not be a big problem for most players and they will probably just think the character is annoying, for me it brings back nightmares of Tatsu from Xenoblade Chronicles X.

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The second thing that this game does extremely well in annoying the hell out of me is its use of puns as a source of humor. They’re absolutely everywhere and the game goes out of its way to set them up.

It’s not just regulated to one character though that does this. All three main characters get in on these shenanigans, to my dismay. At one point in my demo I was sitting next to another previewer and his groans were far greater than mine.

That’s not to say that I felt it made this game bad. Character interactions felt very fluid and happened both within cutscenes and in the overworld.

The main characters cracked jokes at each other, talked about the current objectives and what they thought of them, and it felt completely natural. The main male character is as dumb as a box of rocks and it’s played up a few times within the demo to comical effects.

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Honestly, I think World of Final Fantasy could be an interesting introduction to RPG’s for a younger audience that doesn’t have much experience with this type of game. It’s an adorable game with several interesting game mechanics that will please newcomers and old-school fans alike.

Brandon Orselli’s second take: I think Cody is a bit grumpy when it comes to puns, and I don’t think this game comes anywhere near as close to the level of Yo-Kai Watch. Overall it was a very fun monster-catching RPG spinoff within the series, and I’m excited to see the final product.

World of Final Fantasy is launching on October 25th in North America, October 27th in Japan, and October 28th in Europe, for both PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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Cody Gulley

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I am a research student with a history in psychology. I am a fan of tactical rpgs and I love to travel. I hope to one day be a clinical psychologist.

  • Montrillian

    No, I haven’t played Yokai Watch, I have no interest in subjecting myself to that type of torture, but even you have to admit their use of puns was far greater than average. I will also make no apologies for the emphasis I put on the mascot character, I found her annoyance level up their with TATSU.

    All kidding aside, this game was a lot of fun, the stacking mechanic seems really neat and could lead to a lot of fun battles, and I really enjoyed the reimagined looks for the FFVII summons.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Any censorship we need to worry about?

  • Bitrip

    Hmmm, sounds like a pass. These days I avoid Pokemon like the plague. A re-skin is no exception.

  • Vcom7418

    Y?

  • Bitrip

    Because Pokemon is a garbage franchise with zero inspiration. Their games are so derivative it’s not even funny. How they make so much in sales is beyond me. If you’ve played one, you’ve played them all. Granted, I don’t think they truly outdid themselves until Black 2/White 2 but I’ve learned my lesson after ORAS. I won’t be buying another. The only video game series I can think of with less inspiration than Pokemon is Dynasty Warriors, but at least Koei Tecmo is capable of making other types of games.

  • AT-LOW

    I mean, the game sounds sorta cool, but I don’t wanna let my self get drawn in and sucker-punched by some bad localisation (I doubt anyone forgot the SJW pronouns in Type0)

  • Vcom7418

    So you just got bored? Doesn’t sound like you are calling the game bad from your description. The little things change around. It’s enough to keep me going. Maybe not you sadly.
    Thing is, changing the franchise too much will cause sales to plumet. So I think playing it safe is the best way to go. I think the gameplay is pretty much timeless at this point.
    As per “Zero Inspiration”? Every creature is based on something in mythology/history/science/etc.

  • Vcom7418

    No Nintendo – no worry.
    But just in case, keep an eye out for the game on censored gaming’s channel.

  • Montrillian

    I didn’t notice anything that bad. The script seemed a little off in the humor department, but it was a good game and it looks like it’ll be worth it at least on the vita.

  • Montrillian

    Japanese voice track comes as a part of all three special edition packages: the Collector’s Edition, the Day One Edition, and the Limited Edition.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “Like Pokemon But With More Puns”
    So an Ascended Turd.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    There’s changing the franchise and building upon it. All they really need to do is make the world less linear, work on the story, add more extra stuff to do on the side like all other RPGs, and have a post game. Game seriously needs two more attack slots.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    You’re right, this is Square; better make sure to check your privilege at the store.

  • Vcom7418

    1) Agreed. Honestly, with the size of the cities, it seems like it’s happening
    2) I’d argue story in Pokemon isn’t that important. Simple story is enough, but I feel like they should focus more on Pokemon-to-player interaction, like Walking Pokemon from HG/SS, created enough stories as is.
    3) You mean bring back slot machine and/or Voltorb Flip? Agreed.
    4) AGREED. Seriously, 50% of the reason why I bought Alpha Sapphire is because I hoped Battle Frontier was back. You can imagine my dissapoitment when it turned out that they just copy/pasted Battle Mansion.
    5) Disagree. I feel like 4 is an optimal number of moves. Though Z-Moves do feel like an interesting idea.

  • AT-LOW

    Ahh nice! Original voice acting suits me just fine :) I guess I’ll keep an eye on this one in the usual channels.!

  • Shigeru031

    Did you encounter any characters from XII in the demo? Do you think there’ll be any?

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    SE has been known to censor. They censored the PS4 HD version of FF: Type Zero.

  • Are the battles more like in older FF games /round based?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    2) They should at least make the NPCs not seem like such soulless idiots.

    3) I’d kill for some gambling but that’s likely never gonna happen again since they don’t want a higher rating from EUs ratings board. I was just hoping for something that’s at least fun.

    4) That would’ve been enough for me to buy a copy of ORAS since I already played Ruby a dozen times from people repeatedly deleting my files. It would’ve been hugely more preferable than the Battle Maison which blows.

    5) I object; you can only have one of each type of move if that much. One attack with good accuracy, one strong attack, a status move, and a stat move. You could end up with a Pokemon that’s useful in the two types of attacks or with a gimmick of changing its stats so that the attacks you have will be made weaker. I just want to be able to have my stat/status moves and still be able to have at least one elemental attack that’s super effective against my Pokemons weakness. Zmoves are a copout.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Why wouldn’t they when they’re rereleasing XII?

  • Vcom7418

    5) But that’s the point. You are supposed to have roles on your team, like sweeper, lead, tank, or buffer/debuffer (Baton Passer). Some Pokemon are supposed to be better at attack while others are better at buffing/debuffing. That’s what makes Pokemon an RPG.
    And yeah, while Z-Moves are interesting, I don’t see them being used past the main game competitevly (as opposed to megas). But Eevee’s separate z-move looks amazing.

  • Wannabe_Baby

    That still doesn’t seem like an explanation of why you’d skip World of Final Fantasy though. It’s not Pokemon. It’s a different developer, so it can’t be a reskin. That’s like saying that Ni No Kuni is a reskin of Pokemon (and Ni No Kuni was a great game).

  • Cael

    I’m way more hyped for this game than XV.

    Hell, I’m not really hyped for XV at all.

  • Nagato

    Hopefully Sonyfags will finally vote with their wallets properly and send a message to Square that they prefer actual JRPGs over muh cinematic big budget boyband nonsense.

    Ditto goes for us Steamfags and possibly the Nintendroids on NX later on when we get our respective ports as well.

    Honestly would love nothing more than for Vanity Project XV to be such a massive failure after all these years, that Square finally goes back to making actual games again for a change.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    That’s not what makes an RPG and it would be viable if most peoples teams didn’t hit like trains from Mega Evol if it’s not just suped up pseudo legendary.

  • Montrillian

    I’d describe the battles in a similar vein as FFX. Each character gets a turn based on their individual speed. The faster the character is the more turns they’ll have in battle.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    The games are balanced around the 4-move system though, and its not just pseudo legends you have to worry about.

    There are plenty of Pokemon that suffer from “4-move syndrome”, that is to say they have very wide move-pools and would be kinda over powered if they weren’t limited in choice.

  • Nope, I’m gonna give Sony $380 for their Luna edition PS4 Slim plus FFXV Deluxe edition. Even though I have a PS4 already. But XV is worth it since it’s a great game.

    Have fun being a crybaby stuck in the 90’s…

  • Uncle Slick

    Looks cute.

    Need to mod my Vita already.

  • Nagato

    Not like I expected your kind to suddenly start making better decisions. Enjoy wasting your money again, I guess?

  • VOCALOID2

    Mah yaoi shit!

  • Joel Leonheart

    Those pun’s might annoy the hell out of me aswell but…the original voices might help(Sadly behind pre order/day one DLC) I might give this a chance or atleast keep a close look I just hope there’s very little “localization”alteration’s(or even censoring) bullshit just very close/good translation :/

  • “better decisions”? yeah, cause there are a lot of better games out there…

  • NeoTruth

    There are alot of games out there, lmao. What are you on man? Your in denial.

  • Sadistic Pervert King

    Square has always sucked. FFXV is one of the few times I’ve actually liked one of their games.

    I legitimately pity you and your poor taste for baby-games. Honestly would love if everyone involved with Square-Enix would hang themselves~

  • Sadistic Pervert King

    Aren’t we high and mighty? Your shitty little pre-built rig from Best Buy doesn’t make you cool, loser.

    In fact, bragging about owning a PC makes you much more pathetic than any console player, I’d say.

    They are happy with what they have and you need to justify it to yourself.

    Video games are just dumb entertainment and any you buy would also technically be a waste of money. Oh, sorry if it hurts when you fall of your high-horse. Worm.

  • Sadistic Pervert King

    Yeah, the modern generation of gaming is just ~drowning~ in big RPGs. What are you on?

  • Sadistic Pervert King

    I did not play much of 0. What do you mean?

  • NeoTruth

    We are talking about games that are good, not big RPG’s.
    Quote from Alex: ” there are a lot of better games out there”.
    You must be on something stronger. Anyone here using common sense?

    Where did he brag about owning a PC?
    Wtf?

    Video games aren’t “dumb entertainment”. It’s one of the biggest industries in the world. Quote from wiki “International video game revenue is estimated to be $81.5B in 2014.”
    Anyone buying a new game supports the creators that developed it.

    Your making up shit and bringing it our of ass. Your accusing people of things that never even fucking happened.
    The only thing anyone should be sorry for is how you made a fool out of yourself

  • NeoTruth

    We are talking about games that are good, not big RPG’s.
    Quote from Alex: ” there are a lot of better games out there”.
    You must be on something stronger. Anyone here using common sense?

    Where did he brag about owning a PC?
    Wtf.

    Video games aren’t “dumb entertainment”. It’s one of the biggest industries in the world. Quote from wiki “International video game revenue is estimated to be $81.5B in 2014.”
    Anyone buying a new game supports the creators that developed it.

    Your making up shit and bringing it our of ass. Your accusing people of things that never even fucking happened.
    The only thing anyone should be sorry for is how you made a fool out of yourself.

  • Sadistic Pervert King

    ‘Your kind’ obviously means console players. Moron.

    Fine, if not RPGs specifically; you are delusional if you believe we have a ton of good games being released.

    And being financially successful doesn’t mean they aren’t stupid.

    They are basically just crappy movies where you pretend to be the protagonist.

  • Smug

    Certainly not in the PS4

  • I think you sold me .

  • Nagato

    That is indeed my main issue with these sorts of modern “games”: they’re just mere movies written (and designed) by hacks incapable of even meeting the garbage standards of current movies.

    As for “your kind”, I meant Sonyggers specifically; the only group of gamers out there who have embraced that kind of cinematic tripe over actual games en masse.

    And don’t worry, I’m still seated rather securely on top of my high horse~

  • Sadistic Pervert King

    Well, at least you’re a cool-headed jackass instead of a blustering rageaholic idiot.

    I wouldn’t blame them alone. Games on every platform have been heading this way for a long while, in my my opinion.

    If I had to blame anyone, I would blame the industry itself for always favoring cinematic qualities above all else.

    Publishers don’t play the games, they just want to make the most possible profit.

    They also know that nothing is easier to sell than pretty graphics and cutscenes.

    It’s pretty sad.

  • Shigeru031

    I’ve always felt that Square Enix doesn’t like XII very much.

  • SiliconNooB

    I love me some puns!

  • SiliconNooB

    >States that FFXV is worth wasting $380 on.
    >Hasn’t played the game yet.

    At this point I really shouldn’t be disappointed by the terrible decisions made by fanboys, but I still am.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Probably which entries its between that has its attention being stolen.

  • …and yet somehow, everyone here “knows” that “it’ll suck” simply based on the fact that “it’s not ATB” and the party is “a bunch of stereotype boy-band wannabes”.

    I would be disappointed in the state of gaming as well, if it weren’t for the fact that most of you are going to buy it anyway, despite all your claims about it “sucking”. But claiming that something is good seems to be a big no-no if you wanna hang with the cool kids.

  • SiliconNooB

    I don’t know that it will suck because the game is not out yet, and so I have not played the release version of it! That being said, I am concerned that it will suck based on my time with the Duscae and Platinum demos. It won’t suck because it has an action battle system, but rather because that action battle system is not a terribly good one.