PAX East 2015 — Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Hands-On Preview (PS4)

March 7, 2015 Written by Mark Labbe

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I got to try out Final Fantasy Type-0 HD at PAX East 2015, and, unfortunately, I can’t say that I’m impressed.

While I can’t say I was expecting much visually from the remastered PlayStation Portable game, I figured it would like at least somewhat comparable to other PS4 remasters. Well, this thinking, I guess, was wrong. Type-0 HD still very much looks like a PSP game with its somewhat blocky particle effects, lack of character shadows and lighting, and overall poor environmental textures.

Many of the areas are bland, blank, and empty, making walking through certain stages fairly boring. Besides enemies, there isn’t really anything to look at besides poorly rendered pieces of ice that the demo showcased. Actually, the enemies are also poor rendered, and their awkward movements and animations make them a little hard to focus on, simply because the player is probably too busy wincing at the enemy’s low quality everything.

All of this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as Type-0 HD is still fun on the PS4 with its fast-paced, RPG gameplay, if it wasn’t for that $60 price tag. This goes along with the theory that the $60 is really for the privilege to play the Final Fantasy XV demo, which comes with a copy of Type-0 HD when it releases on March 17.

It is worth noting that because the RPG has not yet come out, the visuals could actually be improved when the game finally releases. I guess we will just have to find out later this month.