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I honestly don't know if I will review Final Fantasy XV outside of the DLC episodes. I just keep getting lost in this game's world. However, I don't want to leave people without a taste of game. So, crossover review! This is probably going to be really short, but either way rules:
1.Spoilers are abounding, and depending on the game, can spoil the experience.
2. I will not put aside any bias, but will try to be fair for games I do not like. This is my personal opinion. If you want to send your opinion, please do so in the comments below.
3. I am reviewing the PC Version.
So, what does this have in store for us? This is my review of Final Fantasy XV X TERRA WARS.
For a Final Fantasy game, not to mention the CREATOR of Final Fantasy, who was working on this, I was surprised how simple this story was. Noctus wakes up in this mystoris world and meets a girl named Sarah, the protagonist from Terra Battle 2.
As someone who has not played Terra Battle, I do like Sarah's design, it really screams, old school Final Fantasy, while having a place in the modern era.
Anyways, the story from there focuses on the Hiso Aliens. Sarah and Noct have to stop a force called The Eroder, as they are known as the saviors. After some chance encounters, and the Hiso Aliens taking some of Noct's stuff, they meet the Hiso Elder, head to The Eroder, Sarah gets her power coped into The Eroder, they defeat the Eroder, and Noctus and Sarah return to their own worlds.
Overall, the story is very basic and fast, the DLC is no more than 45 minunits. However the interactions between Sarah and Noctus feels very natural, and I do like dealing with the Hiso Aliens. Noct even confuses Sarah for his friends at some points, which is really funny!
So I won't go fully into Final Fantasy XV's mechanics, but for now I can say Noctus handles the same has he does in the regular game, but your weapons are fixed to 3 weapons, with no guns or magic. Sarah has a special attack which has some good artwork, and Noct and Sarah have a special attack which is activated at random. A bit annoying at points.
Speaking of, you are some what railroaded into a set path for this crossover. A big attraction of XV for me, is the open world, going from city to city and doing sidequests. Here, there is not a lot to explore, and makes it feel like a different game. It's not a bad thing for me, but it does take from the experience.
Looks, Sound and Final Thoughts
The World is a sight to behold in Final Fantasy XV, and the world they have made here is no exception. While you are railroaded, it helps give a really grand sense of scope. The soundtrack is a remix of classic Final Fantasy tunes, which is really nice on the ears.
Overall, a really good crossover which combines the feelings NES/SNES Final Fantasy games with the untraditional Final Fantasy game. Go out of way to play it if you have the game, it's really fun.
Well, this was short. Still with the MHA review, and the Final Fantasy XIII review on the way, I am kinda of glad this is short.
In other news, my blog is turning 1 this month. I will be putting on some new Website Graphics on this Friday, and on October 16, I will upload a special blog post.
In any case, Thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if you enjoyed and take care.
Written By Nana Marfo
Final Fantasy XV(C)SQUARE ENIX
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Man, I'm on a Final Fantasy high at the moment. I am playing XIII, which has one of my favourite heroines, finally started XV, which has extreme combat that I adore, watched Advent Children, and have just Started Chrius Core. So when I came across this fan series created by ureshiii, a big name in the MMD community, I thought, why not? She is also making new episodes, so if your interested, click her name, and watch some of her stuff. I recommend the SHIVER MV, it's really good. But enough rambling. This is my first impressions of Project M
Spoilers(Maybe for the VII series of games as well) are here folks, so watch episode 1 right now:
This is the reaction of everybody favorite dead hero, Zack Fair when he sees Sephiroth, the one winged angel before he fell from grace(this takes place around the events of Crisis Core), and newcomer Emily pining for each other during a training exercise. For the record, Emily is a girl who surprisingly isn't a female Cloud. Cloud is in this, just not the first episode. Yes I watched episode 2 of this. This is FIRST IMPRESSIONS though. Anyways, Zack tells Emily that they are to meet in a bar, which Sephiroth was going to do, but forgot. This is what happens when you try to romance your students!
And that's it really. Not much happens in this first episode, but I still enjoyed, even if I haven't played Final Fantasy VII. The characters do seem a bit uninteresting besides Zack, but I put that on my lack of FFVII knowledge and this being the first episode. I do like the dialogue, feels very natural towards, especially Zach. I know enough about him to see the writing is accurate, and so is his voice. Speaking of, the voice acting is also really good, and the animation level is great. Especially if your Emily getting shanked in the ass!
I am looking forward to this series, and where it could go. However, I would recommend playing Crisis Core before watching this, as it will help you understand certain characters.
Either way, thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if it not too much trouble for you, and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Project M(Fan Series)(C)ureshiiii
Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII(C)Square Enix
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So, I have been testing renders with HDR lighting. I did 2 this past week, one of a Custom Tifa Model:
(I copied a pose by Katuya Moonfox). This one I was not too happy with, as the lighting sort of failed in what it was suppose st to do, which was make a realistic setting. The light is over-exposed(though that may be because I had to move the HDR plane behind the focus, meaning it had to show), taking away from the model in focus. The Rig wasn't great either. I forgot to do the thumbs. That is someting you should never, ever do.
Anyway, my big question is what is the best set-up for HDR lighting in Blender? My current setup is this:
I have also been testing some ideas for a fighting game prototypes. I have been using a model of Yuffie from KH1(KH2 models don't like to work with my rigs for some odd reason).
So far a few animation and technical scripting has been done, but it is no where ready to show to you guys yet.
Anyways, that is it for now! I have exams at the start of the month next month, so I will be a little less active for a few days from then!
Either way, thanks for reading, have yourselves a great day/night, share if it's not to much trouble for you, and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Models used from Games:
Lightning Reterns :Final Fantasy XIII
Katyuska Moonfox(She also does game design, check out her other twitter for that)