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The Opening Act

Though I nearly caved in on getting Kingdom Come: Deliverance this week, a botched Humble Bundle transaction gave me the opportunity I needed to reconsider and wait for the drop in price and rollout of patches I feel the game needs.  Instead, this has been Final Fantasy XV hype week for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sgb8VvzaFI
Before we get too deep into it, lets weigh the pros and cons of this game and its pending PC release.

Cons:
  • It plays a lot more like a Kingdom Hearts game than a proper Final Fantasy game.  Bouncy, gravity-defying real time action combat, right down to the keyblade summoning, four character party, and streamlined spell list.  Just replace the Disney influence with a contemporary theme that includes boy bands and vestiges of 1950s Americana, give it a spacious open world section, massively up the graphical firepower, and you're about 90% of the way from Sora's aventures to Noct's.
Pros:
  • Literally everything else.
By all accounts, Final Fantasy XV is a top-of-the-line multimedia extravaganza by easily one of the most talented game development teams on the planet, lubed up with PC optimizations, and injected front and center with an open-world focus (at least for the first half of the game).  It will come in both 100GB and 155GB install sizes, because it's literally that epic of a game.
For the love of God, maximize that video frame.
I am usually pretty apprehensive when a console port comes to PC, since that introduces a high potential for consolitus and other technical issues. 

However, in this case, it sounds a lot like Final Fantasy XV's PC release is not a port, but rather a concurrently developed platform of the game.  That is an entirely different situation than a port, with some of the developers saying the PC version is quite possibly the best version.  They are confident enough that they have already released a benchmark and plan to roll out a demo next week.

This Bizarro weekend, I mostly spoiled myself by watching Jessie Cox play the game on the PS4.
At least I'll have a point of reference to compare the PC release to.

As you might have gathered, I am hyped.  It's due out in two weeks, March 6th, 2018.   Time to clear some space off that SSD, my PC is about to become a Final Fantasy XV playing machine for awhile.  Needless to say, I've already pre-ordered, a cardinal sin to some.

In fact, there's even some Final Fantasy XV homework I have been doing.   I saw the short anime series of Brotherhood vignettes, and I plan to watch the (not critically well received) Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie that basically describes the fall of our wayward prince protagonist's kingdom.

How many games have ever been released with a concurrent theatrical release of a major motion picture made by the same company to support the lore of that game?  This is not only the biggest thing to come to PC gaming in awhile, it is among the biggest events in electronic gaming history.  If I were to point out a single feature I like about the game, it's just that it's overwhelmingly cool in everything it does, and that is no single feature at all.   I set myself up for a fall, there's no doubt about that, but we'll soon see what catches me.

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