Closing Fantasy XVI was one in all my extremely anticipated video games of 2023 after watching the collection of trailers that got here out previous to the launch. The primary trailer was slightly shaky however the ones that got here a lot later positively created far more hype than earlier than, as they have been effectively constructed with a number of the epic OSTs from the legendary composer Soken.
Happily sufficient, the sport did ship an important job on its boss fights however it was missing in a couple of areas.
Right here’s a transient overview on Closing Fantasy XVI and my common ideas in regards to the recreation. There can be spoilers on this overview.
Completely epic boss fights
FFXVI largely revolves round Eikons, that are large summons much like earlier Closing Fantasy video games. The primary distinction is that there are a small group of individuals known as Dominants who’re able to reworking into Eikons.
These persons are, for essentially the most half, revered by common of us as they’re seen as possessing godly powers. This recreation takes place within the land of Valisthea the place there are competing nations preventing for energy, and every of those nations usually have their very own Eikon to struggle the large battles.
You’ll play as Clive who’s the protagonist of the story (who can also be the Dominant of Ifrit) and naturally, you’ll face a few huge boss fights with different Dominants and Eikons.
A few of the boss fights on this recreation have been a number of the most epic I’ve seen in my lifetime and I’ve performed so many video games over twenty years. If I had to decide on the 2 finest fights, it’ll most likely be Ifrit and Bahamut. The unbelievable fights have been accompanied by a number of the finest soundtracks by Soken who is thought for composing Closing Fantasy music.
The one gripe some gamers have is that boss fights are usually not onerous sufficient. Most gamers will be capable to full them with out dying and never everyone seems to be pleased with that. Nevertheless, I see it extra as an important expertise of a narrative slightly than the necessity to struggle a Souls-like boss.
Stable characters and voice performing
One other plus level for FFXVI is the voice performing within the recreation and a number of the characters are nice; reminiscent of Clive, Gav and Cid.
Ben Starr performed an important position as Clive and Cid was voiced by Ralph Ineson, who can also be recognized to voice Lorath in Diablo 4. Each of them did a stellar job with their characters. Many of the characters have been voiced fairly effectively typically.
FFXVI is among the few video games within the Closing Fantasy collection the place you may inform that the sport was made for a extra English-spoken viewers. Many of the earlier video games have been most likely voiced in Japanese first after which translated to English, which is why they may sound awkward.
MMO facet quests
Though FFXVI excels within the boss fights, the facet quests felt very MMO-ish. It’s most likely as a consequence of the truth that the sport is from the identical workforce behind Closing Fantasy XIV which is among the high MMOs in the meanwhile.
Many of the facet quests on this recreation are fetch quests and you may most likely do with much less of them. Aspect quests which are extra fleshed out with extra memorable interactions can be higher particularly whenever you’ve put all the effort into the epic boss scenes.
Lots of gamers additionally complained about Mid’s quest that got here after a completely beautiful Titan struggle. It was a predominant quest that was much like a fetch quest and the worst half is that there have been a couple of of these quests again to again, which took away a variety of the thrill from the sport.
Like many have stated, this recreation has excessive highs adopted by excessive lows.
Massive zones with nothing a lot to do
One other gripe with the sport is that they’ve made some giant zones so that you can discover however they’re just about void of actions.
All you are able to do in these zones is use some creatures or enemies to struggle after which transfer on to the subsequent group of enemies. There are additionally particular creatures or enemies which are underneath the bounty system however that’s just about it. It boils down to simply preventing both weaker enemies or stronger enemies.
FFXVI wants some facet actions like fishing (or different actions you may consider) in lots of RPGs. The sport desperately wants one thing to take your head off simply fight alone as a lot of the recreation is simply fight and critical dialogues. It felt tiring as this recreation just isn’t your typical linear-action recreation the place pure fight works. It’s for much longer so that you’ll want some actions to maintain you interested by enjoying. Clive typically is a really critical character and doesn’t joke round, so some enjoyable sides can be extra balanced.
Wants extra significant loots and crafting
FFXVI might do with loots which are really helpful and a extra various crafting system.
More often than not you’ll discover chests in new areas, open them and discover completely nothing helpful. Do that constantly all through the sport and also you’ll marvel why you bothered to loot in any respect.
The pointless loots presumably stem from the weak crafting system. What gamers usually do in FFXVI is defeat a serious boss, get a crafting ingredient from that boss and craft a sword that’s higher than the earlier. Rinse and repeat.
There’s no have to loot something because the swords you craft from boss drops are higher than those you may craft from different components. All it’s essential do is to play the principle story and never discover different areas to get higher weapons and armor.
In a nutshell
Closing Fantasy 16 is a kind of roller-coaster video games with extraordinarily good moments adopted by a lot decrease lows.
They’ve a number of the epic boss fights in a online game however suffers from different weak RPG areas. That stated, nearly everybody can agree that the music is unbelievable.
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