Another Final Fantasy outing is heading to PC as we speak, this time within the type of the painfully lovable World of Final Fantasy, which launched on Sony’s consoles simply over a yr in the past. It’s a spin-off that celebrates the long-running JRPG sequence by turning its myriad characters and beasties into tiny chibi summons that the participant can carry of their pocket and produce out throughout battles.
World of Final Fantasy sees siblings Reynn and Lann exploring the magical world of Grymoire to “rediscover their past and save the future”, which seems like an entire bunch of obscure nonsense. It’s easier and extra linear than, say, the open-world of Final Fantasy 15, although there are many monsters and characters to gather, and you’ll journey again to previous areas should you’ve missed one thing. Also simply try how cute little Cloud appears to be like. I simply need to eat him up!
It’s these wee summons that make World of Final Fantasy a bit totally different from the numbered video games and different spin-offs, just like the Tactics sequence. There’s greater than a touch of Pokémon about the best way you’ll be able to seize and evolve the summons, they usually may also be was magicite, granting skill boosts. Also you’ll be able to experience them.
You don’t simply ship Cloud and friends out to battle for you — you’ve received to stack them. By inserting these summons on prime of one another, you’ll be able to create monster towers, utilizing the summons’ measurement, component and order within the tower to take out enemies. It’s a bit weird. These towers also can come in useful if you’re exploring the vertically stacked dungeons peppering the world of Grymoire.
Our friends at Eurogamer received Simon Parkin to review World of Final Fantasy final yr. Here’s what he needed to say:
In a way that has come to outline Square’s post-Sakaguchi output, the sport depends on fan-service in lieu of robust plotting. For the viewers, maybe this shall be sufficient. But regardless of the pleasing intricacies of its battle system, World of Final Fantasy is unable to transcend the realm of tribute.
Oh expensive. I confess that I most likely fall into the class of individuals for whom the fan service and lovable wee summons are sufficient. Maybe wait to see how the PC model stacks up earlier than leaping in as we speak. There’s a Day One model, but it surely simply affords a soundtrack and a few wallpaper, so nothing you’ll be able to’t miss. Both variations embody the additional PC summons, like Sephiroth, White Chocobo and Glow Moogle.
World of Final Fantasy it out as we speak on Steam. As at all times, the unlock time on the shop web page is frustratingly obscure, but it surely ought to be this night.