Final Fantasy Origin’s E3 trailer tapped into some weird dormant fragment of my teenagehood. It’s the kind of game that would’ve directly appealed to 15-year-old Mollie, who adorned her bedroom with posters cut out of Kerrang! (a popular rock and metal magazine in the UK) and was brimming with teenage angst. Final Fantasy Origin is cheesy, moody and painfully unaware of how cringy it is, just like my younger self.
After playing the demo, has my opinion changed? Admittedly, a bit. On the one hand, I was surprised by how satisfying and often gruelling the combat could be. I’d almost forgotten this was a Team Ninja collaborative effort until I was slapped in the face with the game’s Nioh-esque fighting. I’m a bit shit at parrying in games, which means I didn’t have the best time dealing with an onslaught of bomb monsters lobbing their fire spit in my face and at the grass beneath my feet.
I love the overuse of the word chaos, with a strained emphasis on it every time it’s spoken. I love that the main character looks like he’s wearing clothes that he slept in the night before. Despite Tetsuya Nomura heading up character design, it feels so distinctly unlike Nomura. Where are the belts, the leather straps, the goddamn zippers? He’s such an averagely rugged dude that I can’t help but respect it. More people need to be destroying world-threatening villains in a henley tee and jeans.
But when I managed to break an enemy’s stagger bar, opening them up to a finishing move, I found it a mighty fun time. One particular finisher involves prying a wolf’s jaw open before headbutting its throat.
The Final Fantasy Origin demo is currently exclusive to PlayStation 5 and is available until June 26. The full game is due to release on PC in 2022.
I’m rooting for Final Fantasy Origin to be fantastic. The original Final Fantasy’s plot was of its era, so I’m excited to see its lore expanded upon. Garland is still a badass boss, and I’m looking forward to another reimagining of the Warriors of Light. But right now Origin feels like an early 2010s action game on the PS3—something which endeared me to its trailer but feels a bit off-putting in practice. Plus, the word chaos was somehow said less in the hours-long demo than it was in a two-minute trailer.
- I don’t care what they say, Final Fantasy Origin looks great
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