Ultimate Fantasy XVI was considered one of 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 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.
Luckily sufficient, the sport did ship an important job on its boss fights however it was missing in just a few areas.
Right here’s a transient assessment on Ultimate Fantasy XVI and my normal ideas concerning the sport. There might be spoilers on this assessment.
Completely epic boss fights
FFXVI largely revolves round Eikons, that are big 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 essentially the most half, revered by common of us as they’re seen as possessing godly powers. This sport takes place within the land of Valisthea the place there are competing nations preventing for energy, and every of those nations typically have their very own Eikon to combat the large 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 massive boss fights with different Dominants and Eikons.
A number of the boss fights on this sport 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 in all probability be Ifrit and Bahamut. The unimaginable 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 typically not arduous sufficient. Most gamers will be capable of full them with out dying and never everyone seems to be pleased with that. Nevertheless, I see it extra as an important expertise of a narrative moderately than the necessity to combat a Souls-like boss.
Stable characters and voice performing
One other plus level for FFXVI is the voice performing within the sport and a few of the characters are nice; similar to Clive, Gav and Cid.
Ben Starr performed an important position as Clive and Cid was voiced by Ralph Ineson, who can be identified to voice Lorath in Diablo 4. Each of them did a stellar job with their characters. A lot of the characters have been voiced fairly effectively usually.
FFXVI is likely one of the few video games within the Ultimate Fantasy sequence the place you may inform that the sport was made for a extra English-spoken viewers. A lot of the earlier video games have been in all probability 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 in all probability on account of the truth that the sport is from the identical crew behind Ultimate Fantasy XIV which is likely one of the prime MMOs in the mean time.
A lot of the aspect quests on this sport are fetch quests and you’ll in all probability do with much less of them. Aspect quests which might be extra fleshed out with extra memorable interactions can be higher particularly whenever you’ve put the entire effort into the epic boss scenes.
Lots of gamers additionally complained about Mid’s quest that got here after a completely gorgeous Titan combat. It was a most important quest that was just like a fetch quest and the worst half is that there have been just a few of these quests again to again, which took away plenty of the thrill from the sport.
Like many have stated, this sport 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 combat after which transfer on to the following group of enemies. There are additionally particular creatures or enemies which might be beneath the bounty system however that’s just about it. It boils down to only preventing both weaker enemies or stronger enemies.
FFXVI wants some aspect actions like fishing (or different actions you may consider) in lots of RPGs. The sport desperately wants one thing to take your head off simply fight alone as many of the sport is simply fight and critical dialogues. It felt tiring as this sport will not be your traditional linear-action sport the place pure fight works. It’s for much longer so that you’ll want some actions to maintain you curious about enjoying. Clive usually is a really critical character and doesn’t joke round, so some enjoyable sides can be extra balanced.
Wants extra significant loots and crafting
FFXVI might do with loots which might be truly 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 constantly 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 may craft from different elements. All that you must do is to play the primary 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 unimaginable.
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