Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Final Fantasy returns to greatness with this non-Final Fantasy game

Most agree that Final Fantasy franchise started to get a little weird when Square merged with Enix.

With Enix firmly at the helm of an established fantasy brand (Dragon Quest), it was decided that Final Fantasy would step away from the medieval fantasy world of its past and push the boundaries of what a fantasy game can be.

The results have been successful - if a bit crass - but with the exception of its two great MMOs (XI and XIV), Square Enix has been pushing its Final Fantasy games in a direction that few would have expected a few years ago.

But one game is going to change all of that - and it doesn't even have the words Final Fantasy in the title.

Above is the latest English trailer for Bravely Default, Square Enix's soon-to-be-localized RPG for the 3DS, and it's bringing back everything that's made the Final Fantasy franchise sparkle in the past.

Gone are frenetic cutscenes and amazeballs graphics.  Missing are giant, planet-destroying lasers, machine guns, and esper motorcycles.  In their place are turn-based combat, high-fantasy adventure, a party of plucky youths out to protect some big 'ol crystals, and a job system ripped right out of Final Fantasys III, V, and XI.

Admittedly, there are a few conventions to the modern gamer's taste such as voice acting and the ability to switch into an auto-battle mode to make the inevitable XP grinding a bit less painful... but there are airships and some incredible music to compliment the action.

So what are you waiting for?  Ah yes, the first quarter of 2014 when the game finally makes its way to the US.

Well, if you're a fan of traditional turn-based RPGs and you own a 3DS, you owe it to yourself to pick up this game when it comes out in the first part of 2014.  If you don't own a 3DS, you owe it to yourself to pick one up if only for Bravely Default (and Fire Emblem: Awakening).