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Five-Minute Trailer For Final Fantasy Type-0

Type-0: Because it's not a Japanese trailer without frantic shouting over booming music.

Indeed, Square Enix has teased the vast multitudes with a new bit of video goodness which, as you have no doubt gathered from the previous sentence, is not in our mother tongue - save for any Japanese readers that frequent our happy little hovel. The trailer focuses a number of the characters, interspersed bits of gameplay and cutscenes.

Thus far, my only complaint with our protagonists is the outfits. Granted, the Final Fantasy series's concept of style has never quite coincided with proper "saving the world" attire, but the main characters seem to be largely... uniform. By "uniform," I mean a cross between Catholic schoolgirl/boy garb and the Youth League of some nameless Communist country. I'm sure it makes sense in context, but it's just a shame to see that individual flair being lost in this iteration of Final Fantasy. The other characters are a bit more varied, with one in particular looking like a young Cruella De Vil (at 1:17), sporting what one might tastefully described as "a rack for the ages" in keeping with Final Fantasy tradition - looking at you, Lulu and Tifa.

As we've seen with previous videos, Type-0 seems to be taking a page from Crisis Core: favoring an action-rpg approach over the tradition turn-based combat or, as seems to be the thing these days, MMO-style combat. While I'd much rather (very much indeed) have a turn-based system, I do prefer more direct control over the tiresome, "keep hitting enemy A until I tell you to start casting a spell" mechanic. Overall, I'm looking forward to Type-0. Yes, Crisis Core was essentially twelve kinds of fan service, part of Square Enix's plans to squeeze every possible dollar of out gamers' nostalgia for FFVII, but taken on its own merits, I found it rather enjoyable. Perhaps now I'll have an excuse to dust off the old PSP.

Final Fantasy Type-0 will be released in Japan on October 27th. No release date has yet been announced for other regions.

6 Comments

Windgates said:

I guess this is what Agito has become

Kenneth said:

Needs more facial hair.

Kenneth said:

Some racial diversity would be cool too.

Nexus said:

I like the uniforms.
And even if I didn't, the costumes (sometimes rather out there) are not one of the major reasons why I play FF games.

AJ said:

Looks a little bland in my opinion, both characters, costumes and environments.

Sold my PSP a while ago though so nevermind. Crisis Core was awesome though.

WTF is the Bump of Chicken bit at the end about? =S

Kate said:

Bump of Chicken is the band behind the trailer music.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_of_Chicken

Good or not, if they release it here, I'll end up buying it. lol :)

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