Final Fantasy Type-0 HD review – dramatically different adventure

Final Fantasy Type-0 Hd

The first clue that this is unlike any previous Final Fantasy game arrives early, when a military cadet and his chocobo steed – the series’ cheery mascot – bleed out while an entire city is ravaged around them.

Type-0 is far bleaker than its peers, with a story exploring the harsh realities of war. Controlling Class Zero, a group of 12 students at a magic school targeted by the attacking forces from the Militesi Empire, speedy combat sees attacks unleashed with the tap of a button, although using a party system, only one character is directly controlled, with two others supporting. Progression is largely mission-based, many of which are action-oriented, although a few adopt clunky real-time strategy mechanics.

The HD remastering is impressive but still shows signs of Type-0’s PSP roots, with some low-res textures and restrictive level design. Engaging combat and an emotionally challenging story will win players over, however. Matt Kamen

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Matt Kamen, for The Observer on Monday 30th March 2015 07.30 Europe/London

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