Last Fantasy XVI was one in every of my extremely anticipated video games of 2023 after watching the sequence of trailers that got here out previous to the launch. The primary trailer was a bit of shaky however the ones that got here a lot later positively created far more hype than earlier than, as they have been properly constructed with a few of the epic OSTs from the legendary composer Soken.
Happily sufficient, the sport did ship an amazing job on its boss fights nevertheless it was missing in a number of areas.
Right here’s a transient assessment on Last Fantasy XVI and my normal ideas concerning the recreation. There will probably be spoilers on this assessment.
Completely epic boss fights
FFXVI largely revolves round Eikons, that are large summons much like earlier Last Fantasy video games. The principle distinction is that there are a small group of individuals referred to as Dominants who’re able to reworking into Eikons.
These persons are, for probably the most half, revered by common people as they’re seen as possessing godly powers. This recreation takes place within the land of Valisthea the place there are competing nations combating 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.
Among the boss fights on this recreation have been a few of the most epic I’ve seen in my lifetime and I’ve performed so many video games over 20 years. If I had to decide on the 2 greatest fights, it’ll in all probability be Ifrit and Bahamut. The unimaginable fights have been accompanied by a few of the greatest soundtracks by Soken who is thought for composing Last Fantasy music.
The one gripe some gamers have is that boss fights are usually not exhausting sufficient. Most gamers will be capable of full them with out dying and never everyone seems to be proud of that. Nevertheless, I see it extra as an amazing expertise of a narrative somewhat than the necessity to struggle a Souls-like boss.
Stable characters and voice appearing
One other plus level for FFXVI is the voice appearing within the recreation and a few of the characters are nice; akin to Clive, Gav and Cid.
Ben Starr performed an amazing function 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 properly normally.
FFXVI is without doubt one of the few video games within the Last Fantasy sequence the place you may inform that the sport was made for a extra English-spoken viewers. Many of the earlier video games have been in all probability 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 in all probability attributable to the truth that the sport is from the identical workforce behind Last Fantasy XIV which is without doubt one of the high MMOs in the meanwhile.
Many of the facet quests on this recreation are fetch quests and you may in all probability do with much less of them. Aspect quests which can be extra fleshed out with extra memorable interactions can be higher particularly once you’ve put all the effort into the epic boss scenes.
Numerous gamers additionally complained about Mid’s quest that got here after a completely gorgeous Titan struggle. It was a predominant quest that was much like a fetch quest and the worst half is that there have been a number of of these quests again to again, which took away a variety of the joy from the sport.
Like many have stated, this recreation has excessive highs adopted by excessive lows.
Giant zones with nothing a lot to do
One other gripe with the sport is that they’ve made some massive zones so that you can discover however they’re just about void of actions.
All you are able to do in these zones is locate some creatures or enemies to struggle after which transfer on to the subsequent group of enemies. There are additionally particular creatures or enemies which can be underneath the bounty system however that’s just about it. It boils down to simply combating 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 severe dialogues. It felt tiring as this recreation just isn’t your regular linear-action recreation the place pure fight works. It’s for much longer so that you’ll want some actions to maintain you curious about taking part in. Clive normally is a really severe character and doesn’t joke round, so some enjoyable sides can be extra balanced.
Wants extra significant loots and crafting
FFXVI may do with loots which can be truly helpful and a extra numerous 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 probably 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 you might want to do is to play the principle story and never discover different areas to get higher weapons and armor.
In a nutshell
Last Fantasy 16 is a kind of roller-coaster video games with extraordinarily good moments adopted by a lot decrease lows.
They’ve a few 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 unimaginable.
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