The reason it took so long is that I don’t have a PS4 so I had to borrow someone else’s just so I could get my hands on this demo. And man, I tell you guys, it is worth all that hassle!
If there was one thing about Final Fantasy XV I could say, just the ONE thing? Hands down, this game is gorgeous. Square Enix totally outdid themselves with how this game looks. That’s the major draw for me. Everything, from the opening screen to every single frame played in a high-resolution screen, simply made me cry tears of joy. It’s that beautiful. Huhu. And I cannot imagine just what kind of eye candy the full game will look like.
The play of lights, the textures, even the shadows and highlights, it’s all just wondrous to look at. (I MEAN LOOK AT THESE SCREENSHOTS, YES?)
But let’s get right down to what you can expect from the demo in terms of plot and gameplay. It’s simple, easy, and relatively short. Actually, it took me just 59 minutes to finish the demo but that’s about 80-90% completion of exploration and gathering.
If you haven’t played the demo or seen a video of the gameplay of it, I recommend not reading further below because I’m going to go a little bit more in-depth. 🙂
The plot is straightforward. None of that typical Square Enix psycho plot twists we’re used to. At least not yet. But it allows the opportunity for you to form your own assumptions and speculations with regards to the full game.
You take control of a young Noctics who seems to be caught under a sleeping spell that has taken him into a dreamscape. He wakes up and is guided around by a white magical creature that kinda looks like an arctic fox. (Spoiler, we all know who this little guy is, LOL)
The little guy communicates with you through a smart phone. IMHO, this an awesome little plot item and shows that modern technology is now integrated into the imaginary worlds of Final Fantasy. I LOVE IT OKAY. I’M SO SIMPLE-MINDED, HAHA.
There are four stages in the demo. The first one is where you start out in. Here you are guided through basic movement.
And you’re given your first set of weapons. Toy weapons, that is. :))
You also get to see some iconic Final Fantasy summons like Titan and Leviathan.
And each stage you venture forth on has different factors that let you accomplish the area and move on to the next stage. These factors mainly involve stepping on these plates…
These plates actually change the weather, summon more enemies, gift you with items, or transform Noctis into some strange creature or vehicle. LOL. You can tell depending on the images embossed on the plates. 🙂
The second stage is a little more Alice in Wonderland-esque. This time you’re introduced to how magic works in the game, in the form of fireworks. Eventually, you’re given a few more variants, which is a cute sneak preview of the capabilities, effects, and range of different magic attacks.
The third stage reminds me of Venice, with the canals and architecture. This stage allows you to hone your basic attack and magic skills in preparation of the fourth and last stage. If you play things right, you can get nifty items and fireworks even before getting to the last area.
The final stage is, of course, what all players have been waiting for.
Here you’re given the chance to control a full-grown Noctis who previews the full attacks that you can probably employ later on in Final Fantasy XV. (AKA WARP STRIKING THAT GIANT BOSS MONSTER, OH YEAH!)
Now okay, I know you guys are probably wondering about the gameplay. In my opinion, it’s action-based and reactionary.
Ever play Kingdom Hearts? It’s not that far off from there. Reaction buttons appear when you execute skills at the right moment. Depending on your timing, you can execute a high-damage attack, dodge an incoming offensive action from the enemy, and even parry.
In the end, we find out that the little white creature is one of the summons in the main game. And his name is, you guessed it, Carbuncle! 🙂
Of course, this is all just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure there are other amazing things that we can expect like, you know, riding them awesome Chocobos and something as simple as fishing, LOL. :))
All in all, the demo provides good prep for the main game. Square Enix is a crafty one, I tell you. They really know how to reel in their players and ask them to emotionally invest in their games. And what’s a better way than through giving them a chance to see things through the eyes of a young Noctis, who is still very innocent, pure, and unaware of what the future holds before him?
And I specifically mean that part with his father’s car. All my feels, ya’ll. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about, right? If not, what the hell are you waiting for? You should totally try the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo out! You won’t regret it. 🙂
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