Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades Closed Beta Quick Impressions

As a way to bring hype and attention to the upcoming expansion pack to the popular Final Fantasy XV game and it’s official online mode, I will be talking about my impression to the Closed Beta to Comrades. I am sorry that this is really late and I will try not to waste any time. This impression will be really fast and brief!

In the beginning, in order to get the beta, players must own a copy of Final Fantasy XV, a PS+ or Xbox Live account and got the season pass. Once you get the season pass, players will be gifted to try out the early stages to Comrades. When you first start the game, you are given the choice to be either man or woman; you can later customize your fashion. Once you get done, you will be placed in a server and you will be in a hub where you can interact with the characters and even train your skills. The weapons you get is a fast katana, shuikens, poles and daggers. Once you are ready to play, you go talk to Cor or someone who is there and start the mission. The missions usually involves with either killing a specific Daemon or protecting Cindy on a escort mission.

The Positives

I think it’s pretty cool that Square Enix is adding this new feature to the game. In the past, they have done online games such as Final Fantasy XI and XIV, so they are not new to this. For a beta game, this game wasn’t too difficult to understand. The controls feel exactly like Noctis from the main game and I like being able to still switch weapons. It’s also nice to interact with the side characters like Cindy and Cor and even feel part of the Kingsglaive.

The Negatives

As a beta, I understand things were going to be limited. I didn’t really much of this because the servers in this game wasn’t the best. There was times the game couldn’t find any open lobbies or a strong server and it made me feel like I wasted my time downloading a beta. Like most online complications, the game’s connection with players can have bugs such as lags or delays.

Overall

For being an early stage, this expansion game is pretty well done. The gameplay is no different than playing the main game. I think what’s fun is that you can have players working together and fight as one like game and movie. I also think that once the game is fully finished and polished for the full game, the complications won’t be present as often. I am looking forward to unlocking content for my character and even curious about the story. In my opinion, if you have Final Fantasy XV and you like the game, I would recommend it if you are hyped to play online. I might be jumping into conclusions since this was a beta. Did you play the beta? What is your opinion?

Just a reminder, Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades is expected to be released on November 15th for Xbox One and PS4. If players have the season pass, they will be able to play for free. Based on the recent trailer, the story of online will take place during 10 years where Noctis disappeared into the Crystal. With Noctis sudden disappearance, the rest of the surviving Lucians and Kingsglaive must stand together and fight the Daemons wandering Eos. Along the way, players will be able to encounter Noctis’s friends and they can work together and save Eos in the darkness.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – Closed Beta Impression

A while back in August, Square Enix website opened up a special event where players could sign-up and hopefully gain an access code to the upcoming fighting spin-off brawler Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Originally, the code was easy to get if you participated at EVO 2017 but then they decided to offer limited codes to anyone. I was fortunate enough to get the code via from the website instead. Square Enix happily gave me an email with a code to the game but I had to wait until the official start day to download the game. The email states that the Beta will be open to download from August 25th to September 1st; The game will be playable in this time period up to September 3rd in which the game will no longer be playable. In this time period, I got to experience Dissidia NT in it’s incomplete form and I will share my thoughts on it. There won’t be spoilers since this game doesn’t have a story.

Introduction:

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is the next installment to the Dissidia series. I first started off in the PSP titled Dissidia. The game was a “fighting game” of the Final Fantasy franchise. The success of the game led to sequels and a Japanese arcade game now the recent announced international PS4 game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. The game is set to be released in NA ,January 30th, 2018.

Featured Characters:

In this closed beta, the game offers fourteen playable characters from each series. Here are following characters that could be played and each from their own world:

  • Warrior of Light (I)
  • Firion (II)
  • Onion Knight (III)
  • Cecil Harvey (IV)
  • Bartz Klauser (V)
  • Terra Branford (VI)
  • Cloud Strife (VII)
  • Squall Leonhart (VIII)
  • Zidane Tribal (IX)
  • Tidus (X)
  • Shantotto (XI)
  • Vaan (XII)
  • Lightning (XIII)
  • Y’shtola (XIV)

These are the only playable characters players could only use. Even thought the official website revealed more characters such as the villains, Square Enix wanted to focus on these 14 characters. Just a quick reminder that Amazon revealed that Noctis from Final Fantasy XV will also be playable in this game as well. Also joining the fight is the ability to use Summons; players will be able to use allies such as Shiva or Ifrit or others.

Gameplay Description:

Unlike past Final Fantasy games where players rely on turn-based combat, Dissidia NT fight system involves freedom movement combat which allows players to run and jump freely and interact the environment. You can attack anyone and anywhere and you can even dash in midair for up close combat.  In order to do serious damage to your opponent, you need to rack up point by attacking your opponent. Once you accumulate enough points, players can perform a character’s Brave attack in which takes away either a chunk or bit of health from the enemy.

My Overall Experience:

I enjoyed the PSP game and after I was able to download play the PS4 version, I just had sit down and enjoy every moment of little time I had. At first, I was confused on the game’s set up even after going through the tutorial. One of the biggest annoyances that made it hard to play was the HUD screen, the one that displayed the points, the team’s health bar, summon bar and techniques. I had to just focus on my own health and whoever I am attacking.  Having 3v3 matches made the game feel kind of chaotic since you are trying to focus on who are you attacking or who do you support. This 3v3 matches reminds me of the anime fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs+ because the arenas was either small or big and fighters were blasted everywhere. You can also say it can also resembled Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z since not only you rely on a one button combo but you and your teammates can also work together and share energy each other or use a summon together.

Nonetheless, the game is visually beautiful. Thanks to Team Ninja, the characters looks very detailed and they even added battle damage look. Depending how long you fight or how much damage got inflicted, your character could show up looking dirty or having armor cracked. The beta even included English Dubs! Personally, this is a big plus to me since I do like the voices in English but hopefully they will add a Japanese Dub to those who prefer a Japanese feel. The characters feel great and you can learn pretty fast once you get your hands dirty. I always enjoyed using Cloud because he is move easily and perform heavy attacks and the I also like using Zidane whenever I want to do more damage on my opponent midair. I did have trouble adjusting to magic fighters like Shantotto and Y’shlota since I am more of physical fighter than magic user.

I tried online for a little bit and I had my ups and downs. The first time I played, the game feel balanced and I didn’t encounter issues such lag or any other poor connections. Of course the biggest let down is that the load times searching for people. Whenever I waited a long time, I wanted to leave and go to practice mode. The second time I fought online, the game suffered incredible lag where I couldn’t move at all. However, I will let it slide since this game is a beta. I do miss those in-game cinematic ultimate attacks like in the past games. Since the game will be focused on 3v3, the game removed those ultimate attack animations to avoid crashes.

Conclusion

For a beta game, this game was impressive and fun. I enjoyed the online and practice modes as it helped me test out playing the game on the controller as opposed to handheld device. The game does need some work but it was nice to see how far the company worked on this game and I can’t wait to play it when it is 100% finished. The characters were fun as well and I am eager to try out the villains and hopefully Noctis.

Did you play the closed beta? What did you think of it?

Pokemon the Series: Sun & Moon (Season 20) Episode 1 Impression

Pokemon.com synopsis:

What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak. More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions…

(no spoilers)

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NieR: Automata Demo Impression

What do you get when you cross a hack-and-slash video game and a company well known for making game series like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts? In the end, you get NieR: Automata, a video game in which you play as an Android whose duty is to protect the world from evil robot invasion.  According to Wikipedia, this game takes place in the Nier universe, a spin-off story of the Drakengard series. Thanks to Square and Platinum, they recently released a demo for this game on this PS4 called NieR: Automata DEMO 120161128. As a PS4 user and how much I love both Square Enix and Platinum games, I decided to download this demo and see if it’s worth the game.

Story

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where human life form no longer exists and it is overrun by robots. It’s up to the female Android 2B and her bot to fight against these robots and learn how to stop them. She is also accompanied by another android named 9S. Together, it’s up to them fend off these metal foes.

First of all, I never played any of Drakengard games nor know anything of NieR, but this world was breathtaking. The world looked very empty and it fits in with the themes of a world with no humans. Still, it is still a demo and we have yet to know what and where is the story. All we know is that 2B and 9S are fighting these robots.

Characters

In this demo, you only play as the silver-haird female robot named 2B.

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2B

Like most androids, 2B is a serious fighter that focuses on completing the missions and lacks some emotions. 2B is skilled with using her katanas and able to move fast as she slice through her targets. She is partnered up with another android named 9S, a young android boy who is quite the opposite of 2B. 9S has some emotions and he sometimes tries to be proper for 2B, even though it’s unnecessary. 9S is equipped with a robotic jetpack filled with fast jets and guns equipped.

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9S

While playing this demo, I notice that the relationship between these characters were more human even though they were androids. I like how, even though 9S was an android, he showed feelings for 2B and cared about her safety in the mission. My feelings for 2B was pretty neutral; there was nothing I didn’t like but there wasn’t anything I favored. Once I made it to the climax of the demo (the boss fight), I suddenly got interested in 2B. I won’t go into details but you can see what I mean in the videos I uploaded.

Gameplay (the meat of the impression)

Now this the meat of the post: gameplay!

Just like any other Platinum Game, this game relies on hack-and-slash combat with tricky villains and gigantic bosses. Like I said before, 2B is a fighter that can utilize her swords for fast combat and she has her bot to do the shooting, which actually comes in handy for distant foes.

I have played games like Bayonetta and Transformers: Devastation and I knew what to expect but I didn’t expect to play a huge world like this. The combat, with no exaggeration, is pretty fast and even the bad guys are smart. The game relies on the player to fight fast and use any skill to finish enemies. In this game however, the enemies can come in swarms too.

However, as a gamer who is used to playing fast games, this was icing on the cake. I really like using the sword combat to cut through my robot enemies and fighting giant enemies was epic as heck! Platinum Games is well-known for giant enemies and I wasn’t afraid to fight one. The giant bosses really tests you on your reflexes and you have to be ready for avoid taking damage.

Overall Impression

This game is epic and I recommend it if you are into fast games with troublesome foes. However, if games like smart enemies and giant bosses scare you, I wouldn’t recommend it. Personally, this game will probably be something I would buy especially if it’s done by my favorite companies. The world is huge, the characters feel real and combat is serious. This demo is free for PS4.

NieR: Automata will be available for PS4 and PC and it is set to be released on March 7th, 2017.

If you wish to see the gameplay, check out my playlist of myself playing the game. These videos shows me playing the demo and what to expect. There are six parts to this impression. Comment, like and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

SHELTER music video review/reaction

SHELTER, tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. But all is not as it seems…

artist: Porter Robinson, Madeon

Collaborated  with animation studios A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll

(This was first going to be my reaction to this music video but then I changed my mind to a review but in the end, I decided to do hybrid post: my impression to the video and what are my thoughts. No spoilers and it will be brief.)

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