BY DEAN MOSES
Final Fantasy: one of the most beloved and instantly recognizable franchises in all of video games. Beginning life in 1987, this highly regarded name has spawned 14 games in its main series, countless spinoff titles, and a few CGI feature length movies. The release date has, at last, been set for the hotly anticipated Final Fantasy XV. Set your calendars for the worldwide release on September 30th!
Final Fantasy takes gamers on long adventures with many interesting characters and deep storylines that take place in a new world in nearly every sequel. If you ask a gamer to pick their favorite number in this vast library of games, you will hear a great many answers since it all depends on the relationship that particular person built with that game’s characters and world. You may be speculating on who, and what, awaits you in this new game, let’s find out.
Final Fantasy XV takes us to Eos, a gorgeous land filled with green pastures, dirt trails, sweltering deserts, and large cities. You will travel this magnificent place as four friends, most prominently Noctis Lucis Caelum, a prince who sets out to take his rightful place as heir to the kingdom. It is clear that developer Square Enix wishes to explore the bond between these friends to an exceptional depth. The trailer shows the group driving a car, (a new feature) setting up camp, eating together, and defending one another, which brings us to the combat system.
As many gamers already know, the conventional Final Fantasy combat system is turn based, meaning you must select an action (like heal, attack, or defend) for your party members to then carry out. This method has been the time-honored tradition for decades, until now. Final Fantasy XV is updating what many see as an out-of-date way to play. Battles now take place in real time, allowing players to perform fast paced and rather impressive combos. This will bring a whole new dimension to an old series. The visuals are perhaps the most impressive aspect of this new game, though. Characters look simply jaw dropping. Akin to what you may see in a Pixar animation, expressions pop, clothing flutter, hair sway, and the color pallet is vibrant.
Final Fantasy XV looks to be a game of the year contender. Stay with the Spring Creek Sun for more about Final Fantasy XV when it releases this fall. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on Final Fantasy XV, here are some Final Fantasy recommendations to hold you over until September.
Final Fantasy X and X2 remaster for the Ps4 and Xbox
This high definition repackaging of two classic titles from the PlayStation 2 holds up remarkable well. The tale follows Tidus, a star Blitzball player (the game’s version of football) who gets sucked a thousand years into the future. Meeting many new friends along the way, Tidus must help save the world from a monster known as Sin. The story engages even now, and the in-game models look great, too. If you are new to the franchise, this is a great starting point.
Final Fantasy VII on PS4’s PSN
Available to download from the PlayStation store, this PS1 game is highly regarded as one of the best on the console, and one of the greatest in the series. This chapter follows Cloud, a mercenary who joins a group of rebels. What the game lacks in the looks department, it makes up for in charm, gameplay, and storytelling. There is even a remake in the works. Final Fantasy VII is a staple of gaming history.