Although some of you lucky devils have already received your copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and as a result, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, for those who haven't there are some pretty serious question to be answered. For one, why should you buy this game? And if you are planning to, should you play the Final Fantasy XV demo first or Type-0 HD?
Many fans spoke in the past on various social media sites and continue to do so about how they're more excited to play the XV demo first. Some have even said they will return their copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD once they've obtained the demo which leaves me both confused and slightly upset.
Here are two games that we've been waiting for; one notably longer, and somehow Type-0 HD is playing second fiddle to a demo that in all honesty offers a weak experience by comparison. That's not to disrespect Episode Duscae by any means, but the fact is we won't be getting much story and we won't even get that much as far as gameplay goes as the developers are keeping the demo very basic.
On the other hand you have Type-0 HD, a by director Hajime Tabata that has been reviewing rather well. It's also a game that many fans have been waiting for and have even campaigned for. Granted everyone's entitled to their opinions, but for those of you who are on the fence, here are a few reasons I believe we should be excited for the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD just as much as, if not more than the Final Fantasy XV - Episode Duscae demo.
1. We've Waited 4 Years For This Game
While Final Fantasy XV has been stuck in development hell for nearly a decade, Final Fantasy Type-0 was a game that was completed 4 years ago. Granted it wasn't easy sailing as this game either, having gone through some major name changes and such, but overall it's a game that's had next to no major development hiccups other than it taking forever for us to get it localized. In short, it's a complete, fully realised game.
2. It's A Game By Hajime Tabata
You remember him right? Of course you do, he's directing Final Fantasy XV and has also been responsible for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII which is a favorite for many fans of the series. It even became Square Enix's bestselling PSP game of 2008 with high scores from notable publications like Famitsu (39/40) and an overall Metacritic score of 82%. What better way to get a feel of what Final Fantasy XV's story and style might be like, than by playing a Final Fantasy game that's directed by the same guy?
3. Final Fantasy Type-0 was the Best Selling Game in Japan of 2012
Selling over 700,000 copies in Japan in 2012, Final Fantasy Type-0 beat out the likes of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Final Fantasy XIII-2. Most importantly, this game wasn't even a mainline Final Fantasy. Type-0, although it's a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis, is for the most part a completely new spin-off for Final Fantasy, hence its release on a handheld system.
4. The Original Received a 39/40 By Famitsu
Bear in mind that the way Famitsu rates games is by taking 4 separate people's scores and then totalling them up which means that this game is nearly perfect according to 4 different people. Dengeki PlayStation has a similar review system and gave Type-0 an average score of 91.25/100. So that's about 8 skilled reviewers right there that believe this game is nearly perfect. Not mediocre, perfect.
5. This Is An Upgraded Version of The Original Game
For everyone stating that Type-0 HD is a glorified port, Square Enix is giving us a game with some new music and updated graphics. Not only that, they're giving us it on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One which means more people can play it. Granted, I would've prefered a PlayStation Vita version, myself, but you can't ignore that the PS Vita has sold much fewer units than PlayStation 4. Also we might not have received the Final Fantasy XV demo.
6. You're Supporting Square Enix and Helping to Change The Face of JRPGs
From the reviews around for the original Type-0 and those that have arrived for Type-0 HD, this game has originality in spades and that's going to keep Final Fantasy going. Square Enix is not perfect, but it's these sort of risky games that will keep the series relevant and push it even further. Not only that, it's telling Square Enix to localize games like this in the future. Telling them that the Japanese RPGs are part of the reason we've loved Square for so long and why we want them to continue supporting us.
So, with all that in mind, all I ask is that you all keep an open mind. You may still choose to play Final Fantasy XV demo first, but please do not disregard Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. You may love it or you may hate it, that's fine, but please just give it a chance first.