Ultimate Fantasy XVI was one among my extremely anticipated video games of 2023 after watching the sequence of trailers that got here out previous to the launch. The primary trailer was a little bit shaky however the ones that got here a lot later undoubtedly created far more hype than earlier than, as they have been effectively constructed with a few of the epic OSTs from the legendary composer Soken.
Happily sufficient, the sport did ship an incredible job on its boss fights nevertheless it was missing in a couple of areas.
Right here’s a transient evaluate on Ultimate Fantasy XVI and my normal ideas in regards to the recreation. There can be spoilers on this evaluate.
Completely epic boss fights
FFXVI largely revolves round Eikons, that are large summons just like earlier Ultimate Fantasy video games. The principle distinction is that there are a small group of individuals known as Dominants who’re able to remodeling into Eikons.
These individuals are, for probably the most half, revered by common people as they’re seen as possessing godly powers. This recreation takes place within the land of Valisthea the place there are competing nations preventing for energy, and every of those nations usually have their very own Eikon to struggle the massive battles.
You’ll play as Clive who’s the protagonist of the story (who can be the Dominant of Ifrit) and naturally, you’ll face a few huge boss fights with different Dominants and Eikons.
Among the boss fights on this recreation have been a few of the most epic I’ve seen in my lifetime and I’ve performed so many video games over twenty years. If I had to decide on the 2 greatest fights, it’ll most likely be Ifrit and Bahamut. The unbelievable fights have been accompanied by a few of the greatest soundtracks by Soken who is thought for composing Ultimate Fantasy music.
The one gripe some gamers have is that boss fights are usually not onerous sufficient. Most gamers will be capable to full them with out dying and never everyone seems to be pleased with that. Nonetheless, I see it extra as an incredible expertise of a narrative reasonably than the necessity to struggle a Souls-like boss.
Stable characters and voice performing
One other plus level for FFXVI is the voice performing within the recreation and a few of the characters are nice; reminiscent of Clive, Gav and Cid.
Ben Starr performed an incredible position as Clive and Cid was voiced by Ralph Ineson, who can be recognized to voice Lorath in Diablo 4. Each of them did a stellar job with their characters. Many of the characters have been voiced fairly effectively generally.
FFXVI is without doubt one of the few video games within the Ultimate Fantasy sequence the place you’ll be able to inform that the sport was made for a extra English-spoken viewers. Many of the earlier video games have been most likely voiced in Japanese first after which translated to English, which is why they may sound awkward.
MMO aspect quests
Though FFXVI excels within the boss fights, the aspect quests felt very MMO-ish. It’s most likely attributable to the truth that the sport is from the identical crew behind Ultimate Fantasy XIV which is without doubt one of the prime MMOs for the time being.
Many of the aspect quests on this recreation are fetch quests and you’ll most likely do with much less of them. Aspect quests which can be extra fleshed out with extra memorable interactions could be higher particularly once you’ve put all the effort into the epic boss scenes.
Numerous gamers additionally complained about Mid’s quest that got here after a fully beautiful Titan struggle. It was a principal quest that was just like a fetch quest and the worst half is that there have been a couple of of these quests again to again, which took away numerous the joy from the sport.
Like many have stated, this recreation has excessive highs adopted by excessive lows.
Giant zones with nothing a lot to do
One other gripe with the sport is that they’ve made some giant zones so that you can discover however they’re just about void of actions.
All you are able to do in these zones is use some creatures or enemies to struggle after which transfer on to the following group of enemies. There are additionally particular creatures or enemies which can be below the bounty system however that’s just about it. It boils down to simply preventing both weaker enemies or stronger enemies.
FFXVI wants some aspect actions like fishing (or different actions you’ll be able to consider) in lots of RPGs. The sport desperately wants one thing to take your head off simply fight alone as many of the recreation is simply fight and critical dialogues. It felt tiring as this recreation is just not your common linear-action recreation the place pure fight works. It’s for much longer so that you’ll want some actions to maintain you curious about enjoying. Clive generally is a really critical character and doesn’t joke round, so some enjoyable sides could be extra balanced.
Wants extra significant loots and crafting
FFXVI may do with loots which can be really helpful and a extra numerous crafting system.
More often than not you’ll discover chests in new areas, open them and discover completely nothing helpful. Do that repeatedly all through the sport and also you’ll surprise why you bothered to loot in any respect.
The pointless loots presumably stem from the weak crafting system. What gamers usually do in FFXVI is defeat a significant boss, get a crafting ingredient from that boss and craft a sword that’s higher than the earlier. Rinse and repeat.
There’s no must loot something because the swords you craft from boss drops are higher than those you’ll be able to craft from different components. All you’ll want to do is to play the principle story and never discover different areas to get higher weapons and armor.
In a nutshell
Ultimate Fantasy 16 is a type of roller-coaster video games with extraordinarily good moments adopted by a lot decrease lows.
They’ve a few of the epic boss fights in a online game however suffers from different weak RPG areas. That stated, nearly everybody can agree that the music is unbelievable.
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