Thursday, April 13, 2017

A King's Tale : Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One) Review

A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV is a beat em up throwback to the 16-bit era. This game is set 30 years before the events in Final Fantasy XV. Originally released as a pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV, it was later released for free on March 1st, 2017.

You are King Regis, an important character in Final Fantasy XV. You are with your son and are telling him a fairy tale type story about actual events that he participated in.

You'll fight many creatures out of Final Fantasy's long history. I haven't played too many Final Fantasy games but even I recognized some of the enemies. As you progress through the game you'll encounter companions, you'll encounter a total of four, that when you get enough hits in a row you can summon them and they'll go on a rampage so try to use them when they will do the most damage.

This game is lots of fun and is a great homage to the classic beat em ups like Streets Of Rage. The music and sound effects fit the game and the 16-bit style graphics looked awesome. One of the enemies, I don't know his name so call him gassy, releases a cloud that if you touch will turn the screen all crazy which I thought was a very cool effect but it was hard to know what was going on.

For the most part, there really isn't a story as it's more of a flimsy excuse to make a game from. This doesn't harm the gameplay at all, I'm just saying don't go into this game looking for a huge Final Fantasy story.

When I finally get to the first big boss I defeat him only to find that the game was over. I know I shouldn't complain about the length of a free game but nevertheless, it is what it is. I was mad because I was having fun playing and wanted more. The creators did try to help pad out the length of the game with Dream Battles. Once the main story is completed you can access Dream Battles which are mini sections of the game with a certain goal as your target. Some examples would be completing a battle without using magic, surviving a battle without taking damage, activate each companion attack three times in a battle, and so on. There are 25 of these to play and some are pretty easy and some are a challenge.

"Stage Freeze" Don't say stage freeze.
In the end, I think this is a pretty good game. The story ended too quickly and there isn't much to do after that gives you limited replay besides the Dream Battles. It's free to play so you have no reason to not try it out. I give A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV a 6 out of 10.

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