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Final Fantasy XV – Platinum Demo – Playthrough Thoughts

Hands On - First Impressions

Yesterday (30th March) the second playable demo for Final Fantasy XV dropped, as well as a release date for  the full game on September 30th. I’ve played through the demo and written up my experiences below, because my thoughts are that important and everyone should read them.

Opening Cinematic

So the opening cinematic has these two angry looking but handsome guys fight each other with swords that are also guns. One of them has a leather jacket on and dark hair, the other has a big grey trenchcoat and blonde hair. They both look legit.

There’s also some other shots interspersed into the fight, one of a mysterious lass in a blue dress, and another, older, mysterious lass in purple and some kind of crown. There’s other stuff going on as well, but the fight between the two angry, handsome guys is the main thing.

Anyway, the cinematic ends when the leather jacket angry handsome man getting cut in the head.


So it turns out, the player IS the angry, handsome guy with dark hair and a leather jacket and sword that is also a gun. How cool is that? And it looks like we’re in a hospital, bit of an MGSV rip off if you ask me. There’s a brief, cryptic conversation with a mysterious lass in a blue dress, but not the same one from the opening cinematic. Then the angry, handsome guy falls asleep again.

When the angry, handsome man wakes up. The third mysterious lass has disappeared. In her place there’s this doctor. She doesn’t know anything about the mysterious lass! What a game.

Anyway, she asks you your name, and get this, you get to pick your own name. It suggests Squall, but who in the world would want to be called Squall? I was tempted to for DingusBellsprout, or Shitewank, but I settled on Jack because I wanted to get invested in the character.

So after more conversation with the Doctor, where you got to pick your own conversation choices. I wonder how much that will affect the game later, we’ll never know. A fourth mysterious lass comes in, but this one has ginger hair, and wears an orange dress. She is my favourite of the mysterious lasses thus far, but apparently her name is Quistis. Those guys at SquareEnix are crazy.

It turns out we’re at a school, but it’s a school for  super cool mercenaries. Which is the school we all wanted to go to really, isn’t it? So anyway, Jack the super cool teenage mercenary-in-training with a sword that’s also a gun, is a student at this school, and Quistis is his teacher. But she also fancies him. Best game ever.

You run around the school for a bit, having conversations with people, and there’s a cool card game you can play with theme music that’s really catchy that goes:

Duh- duhduh -duhduh- dahduh-duh- duhduh -duhduh- dahduh-duh- duhduh -duhduh- dahduh-duh- duhduh -duhduh- dahduh-DUH-DUH DUH!

It’s really catchy.

Quistis takes Jack to this weird cave where you fight the first boss, who’s this massive fire demon called Ifrit. He looks really cool as well. When you beat Ifrit, which is easy to do because you have a summon that’s a sexy blue ice lady called Shiva, he joins your team. The demo ends here, but I’m definitely sold on the game story wise, can’t wait to see where it goes next in September.


The gameplay is really good! A lot of the time you’re running around, but then at other times you’re in a battle. When you’re running around everything happens in real time, and your 3D character runs around on a pre-rendered background. The art on these backgrounds is GORGEOUS though. In a battle it’s kind-of-turn based, but looks like it isn’t because the characters have a time that fills up. This gives the battles a real sense of urgency, but also rewards planning ahead. Definitely looking forward to diving into this system more deeply when the full game is released.

Speaking of cool systems, there’s also really unique stats system called Junctioning. I literally didn’t understand any of it, but it was really cool.

Overall Thoughts

I’m really looking forward to Final Fantasy XV coming out.

Subterfuge – Live Blog

Hello there, welcome to the Subterfuge live blog. Please make yourself comfortable, this could be a long one.

Subterfuge is a game of strategy, diplomacy and war that takes place over a week or so. I’m going to try and keep this updated over that time.

I’m keeping this post private while the game is in play to stop anyone scouting me, but once the game is over, I’ll release the beast to the world…


Thu Nov 16th - 9:26:29

We’re on the tram to the airport!

Jack and Sam on the tram to Manchester Airport.

Fairly leisurely start to the day, and an early ish night last night. Played a couple of games so Sam could choose which deck he was playing in the joust: Lannister – Rains of Castamere or Greyjoy – Banner of the Dragon.


Thu Nov 16th - 9:39:31

On a different tram!

Jack and Sam on a different tram.

Cheeky swap at Cornbrook, and we’re actually going to the airport this time.

Sam is questioning how long I will keep this going before binning it off, I reckon it’s about three more posts.

Thu Nov 16th - 11:22:48

Had some vastly over priced breakfast and now there’s only really one option:

Jack holding a beer in Manchester Airport.Warm airport beer…

Thu Nov 16th - 12:29:07

And we’re on the plane!On the airplane .

Cannot wait to play some boardgames tonight.

Thu Nov 16th - 14:14:12

Just touched down in Frankfurt and it is very cold.

Time to dash through security and hopefully meet up with Scots before we get the train to Bacharach.

Thu Nov 16th - 14:58:28

Found some Scottish people!

Scottish people.

Thu Nov 16th - 16:02:22

Final stretch of the journey now, the lovely train to Bacharach. Last year it stopped for like an hour outside the station, hope that doesn’t happen again…

Planning a quick five minute drop off of stuff at the flat when I get there and then it’s time for the first walk up the hill of the weekend.

EU data roaming is excellent.

Thu Nov 16th - 17:02:21

Made it to the top! And Dave Bamford is here:

Dave Bamford.

Thu Nov 16th - 18:43:58

Just finished my first board game of the weekend condottiere with Dutch Tom, the Dutch national champion Franke and nice Ian.


i didn’t listen to the rules but managed to wing myself into almost winning twice. Decent game would play again.


Phone battery is low and signal at the castle is terrible so this could be the last post tonight…


Fri Nov 17th - 8:23:05

It’s Friday morning, woke up with a banging headache. But made it through, currently waiting for the melee to start.

It’s this time every year when I realise not everyone does fancy dress and I am perhaps over/under dressed.

Fri Nov 17th - 10:34:24

Round one of melee done, managed to squeak out second place despite my Late Summer Feast getting hit by naval superiority turn one.


Played against Nice Samuel from Sweden and two Brits. It was a good game but I was never in the running to win it after that start, just had to try and creep on power to keep second place.

Fri Nov 17th - 13:42:54

Round two of melee done, another second place…

I got to 14 power this time, which is pretty legit but not quite there. I also had a superior claim pulled for intrigue claim which pretty much killed the game for me. Handsome Kostas won, obviously.

I like playing against Kostas though, he does a lot of thinking and planning which is the opposite of how o play and I think that infuriates him.

Fri Nov 17th - 16:20:01

I won a round! Crazy business. Silly stuff really because Tony was on the table with me, which guarantees nonsense. I felt sorry for the Filipino lad Jerry getting dropped into a fake feud.

Also the naval superiority lad from earlier was on the table as well, which massively tipped the scales in my favour because I knew what was coming. A cheap win, but they all count.


A Funny Version of the Big Bang Theory? AH HA HA HA HA!

As is my want on a Tuesday lunch time, I was doing some reading online about the realistic portrayal of nerds on television (I’m still reeling from a colleague comparing me to a Big Bang Theory ‘character’ last week). A while ago I found a blog post that said Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) is the most realistic nerd on TV, and I’m inclined to agree. Ben has nerdy interests, even fairly mainstream ones like Batman or Game of Thrones, but isn’t defined by them.  The geeky aspects of his personality, are natural and loving touches (his ebay username is TallTyrionLannister for example) as opposed to Big Bang’s cardboard cut out let’s laugh at these guys nerds.

Anyway, I found the above video, which takes the abominable laugh track removed video of BBT and intersperses it with the similarly awful Tidus’ laugh from FFX. The result is, unsurprisingly, deeply unsettling, but also raises a chuckle, making it infinitely funnier than any episode of BBT.

A Few Thoughts On Lego Marvel Superheroes

So Lego Marvel Superheroes looks pretty great! And I’m self hosted now, welcome to!

First of all, it’s good to see there’s a wide range of characters that a playable. That’s to be expected with TT Lego games, but sometimes the characters you unlocked would all basically be the same grunts with a slightly different outfit. The Marvel heroes/villains look to be pretty well represented and will hopefully have enough unique abilities to keep the game interesting.

On this note, you can’t help but feel that a lot of mechanics are going to be the same thing we’ve seen before, but this time Marvel! Hulk will obviously have the super strength that a lot of the villians in Lego Batman had and you wouldn’t be at all surprised if Loki has the power to temporarily take over a NPC to open a door.

The prominence of Spiderman/Iron Man/Magneto makes me curious about flying characters. Will they replace the (usually tedious) vehicle levels in the game? Or will they be able to swing/ fly/hover round the same environments ground based minifigs are running around? Because that would be awesome.

Disappointingly it looks like there aren’t that many women in the game. I spotted Black Widow, and that was just a token shot. I know they want to attract as much of the MCU/X-MEN audience in as possible so only really want to show more recognisable characters, but that doesn’t mean excluding the women. Where was Rogue, she’s surely worth building a new gameplay mechanic around where she can temporarily take another characters power? How come we saw all of the Fantastic Four except Sue Richards?

And the talking! The charm of the early Lego games came from the gestures, facial expressions and grunts of the minifigs. They told the story perfectly fine without having to go all Hollywood, which was ironic because they were taking from blockbuster IPs. I’ll still play the game, obviously, but the fact the characters couldn’t speak, wasn’t a problem that needed to be fixed.

3 minutes of lunch left, one last thing. Lego Deadpool, never not awesome.

*EDIT – I watched the video again and counted six female characters (Black Widow, Storm, Sue Richards, Jane Grey, Mystique and an unfortunate woman getting slashed by Deadpool for a split second at 1.21. Anyone got an idea who she is?

But none of them get to speak, I think only Storm and Black Widow are allowed to get involved with any action. Sort it out TT and Lego.