Wednesday, September 16, 2015

World of Final Fantasy - The Pokemon of FF?

If you've been following the Final Fantasy series at all, then you may remember hearing about the game "World of Final Fantasy" at E3 this year. When it was first announced it caught a lot of people off guard with it's chibi style, and when the news came that it was aimed more at the younger audience a lot of people expressed mix feelings about it. So today I'm going to take the time to explain to you guys just what this game is -- or rather, explain to you what it is we currently know.

First of all, World of Final Fantasy isn't your typical FF, but it does barrow a lot of series elements that long time fans will know and love. While Square flat out stated that the game would be more for the younger crowd (or at least, be a game they hope more kids get into), it isn't a game just for them. Considering the game is filled with loads of fan service (including past heroes who act as summons), it has something both newcomers and long time fans will enjoy. But, how does this make it not your typical FF game you might ask? Well, that's where the main gameplay comes in.

Although WoFF is an RPG and uses the Active Time Battle system seen in past entries, it's a game that you might call Square-Enix's answer to the monster collecting genre. Rather than traveling the world, having party members join you, and doing everything else you typically would see in one of these games -- this one has a high focus on monster collecting, and battling. You explore, you fight icon monsters, you recruit the monsters into your party, and then take on more monsters and enemies. Of course we've seen similar systems to this in the past (for example in XIII-2 where your 3rd party member was a summoned monster), but this game takes it to a whole new level with it being the main focus. On top of that, characters can also switch from real life sized versions of themselves, and chibi versions, which can then be stacked on top of other characters to form towers to boost attacks (and gain other types of bonuses). This is where the battle system really differs from the rest of the series, but it does so while remaining true to the series -- at least, according to Square-Enix it does.

While not much is currently known about the story, Square has promised to give us a deep story as well. Sure it may not be as dark as some of the other entries, but at least we know that they won't stray too far away from what makes Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy.

Anyway, for more information, feel free to check out the official trailer from TGS 2015 below.