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TGS: Stop What You're Doing, Here's a New Final Fantasy XV Trailer

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As a random NPC in Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction once put it, "holy frioli."

Final Fantasy XV is a tricky beast. It pokes its head out once every blue moon and should for all intents and purposes be considered vaporware by now, but Square Enix's insistence that yes guys it's totally still happening please be excited keeps alive the faith that it exists. The snippets we're sporadically blessed with, then, keep alive the hope that it will be great.

This is one of those trailers that makes me pretty sure it's going to be great.

It is exactly what we always cry out for with trailers: no CGI, no marketing BS, almost exclusively gameplay. I'm glad to see that while the combat is clearly rooted in the fast-paced Kingdom Hearts formula, it's not the almost complete replication that it appeared to be in older trailers. What's here is a little more deliberate, a little bit more thoughtful, with punctuations of violence throughout.

It's all undeniably smooth, and I'm loving what we can see of how Noctis' sword-warp maneuver is being used in the environments. I worry this could lead to some frustrating platforming sections, but on the other hand, it's pretty freaking sweet to look at.

And that presentation! The huge monster in the beginning is almost breathtaking in its scale, and knowing it's not pre-rendered is kind of amazing.

Most of all, I love how we're seeing the "road movie" aspect that Nomura has alluded to in his description of the game's plot. It's entirely possible that angle may not be what some people are interested in, but to me, it's just the kind of concept to perfectly play upon the game's balance of reality and fantasy. People in our world wouldn't trek across the land on foot or fly across in an airship. They'd hop in a sweet car with the people they trust and just drive.

No release date, sadly, but with a demo coming this March packed in with the release of Type-0 HD... it's finally becoming easy to believe that we may see this on store shelves before 2015 is up.

Comments

  • overlordbaal 4 years, 12 months ago

    I'm always wary about a game with a development like FFXV but it looks good. I'm definitely interested in seeing more about it.

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  • Absolutely_Daft 4 years, 12 months ago

    I kinda like this approach with the car. Makes me kind of wonder/hope if there will be a scene where they jam out to a song on the radio.

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  • theottomatic91 4 years, 12 months ago

    Hmm I hope I don't get too much hate for this but combat looks kinda too cinematic and less gameplay oriented but I shouldn't get ahead myself and make conclusions from a short trailer. The real reason why I'm worried is because Nomura is out and Tabata is in and Tabata's games are more turn based combat IIRC.

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    • Zack Wheat 4 years, 12 months ago

      ...What's turn-based about the combat in Crisis Core, Type-0, and The 3rd Birthday?

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      • theottomatic91 4 years, 12 months ago

        Er sorry wrong word forgot the proper term, btw have you played any of Type-0? If so how was the combat?

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        • Zack Wheat 4 years, 12 months ago

          The last I touched it was the Japanese demo way back when, but I liked it. Very different from other FF combat systems, definitely leaning more towards Crisis Core but with a few more complexities thrown in.

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  • Big Wazu 4 years, 12 months ago

    That was a really awesome trailer. It really is shaping up nicely and it's definitely in my top 5 most anticipated games. Since it's a Final Fantasy game, I'm expecting the world to be huge because I just wanna drive that car everywhere!

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  • Jessica F 4 years, 11 months ago

    What an epic "bro-trip" lol. Would have been nice if they added at least ONE female. Could have added a good storyline into it but whatever. It still looks totally awesome and I am really looking forward to this... but not as much as KH3. <3 AHHH hurry up!! Combat looks great. I do hope they aren't scripted.

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