First released in Japan for the PSP on October 2011 Type-0 is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries of Final Fantasy’s Mythos which includes the games Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XV. Now Final Fantasy Type-0 has made its way to western shores in the HD Remaster for consoles.
The story is a war setting which means the game is noticeably darker with many of the characters dealing with the koss of their friends. This is one of the things which really sets Type-0 apart from the more well known Final Fantasy games and is one of the things which really gripped me and at times left me feeling quite emotional. However the English voice acting unfortunately is pretty awful and at times just ruins the moment.
You play as the students of class 0 who are part of an elite group of kids trained in all varieties of combat for war to fight back against the forces of the Militesi and to uncover the deeper plot surrounding the war.
The combat here is excellent and reminded me very much of Final Fantasy 7:Crisis Core – instead of one character you take control of a party of three, one of these three you take direct control of but you can freely change between the party. Any of the class 0 squad can be in the party and with a large selection of characters to choose from, each with their own move sets and weapons, you have plenty of variety to keep combat interesting.
Magic is interesting which has now been changed into bullets, bombs and missiles. This helps fit the war theme and in my mind is a good choice.
Now one thing that you have to keep in mind when playing this game is that this game was originally released on a portable console and while the game is by no means ugly, there are parts of the game that have had great care when they have been remastered and then there are parts that look blurred and jagged which is a shame considering how pretty the majority of the game is but once these small issues are noticed you can help but see them.
While Final Fantasy Type-0 has great combat and there are moments when the game really pulls on your heart strings and is a nice change from the normal kind of Final Fantasy games story, there is a few presentation issues that really do bring the game down and is a shame but still Final Fantasy Type-0 is a great game and is worth picking up.