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