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Final Fantasy Explorers, the Japanese Action-RPG, is finally coming to the US and Europe January 26th and 29th 2016, respectively.
It plays most like a Monster Hunter game where you are able to capture monsters and get them to fight on your side. The game offers a lot in terms of fan service and getting the game into a style that is inviting for those that are new to the Final Fantasy universe, especially those that are younger.
Final Fantasy Explorers offers a lot to those that have been loyal to the franchise and are coming back. The main goal is for you, as a crystal hunter, to gather as many crystals as you can that are scattered around the world. The big change comes in how the story is handled.
The game is not as story-driven as most other Final Fantasy titles. Instead, Final Fantasy Explorers follows a quest-driven style of gameplay in a style that would be most comparable to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Two of the main throwbacks to those that love Final Fantasy is the addition of fighting summons like Ifrit, Shiva, Bahamut, and Odin, as well as having a fully fledged job system.
The job system was one of the biggest points of the older Final Fantasy entries, only appearing in a few later entries in different styles. There will be many classic job roles such as Dragoon, White Mage, Black Mage, and even Ninja. There will also be some classes that are original to the game itself. There will be 8 character slots total, four of which will be dedicated to job characters, the other four of which will be dedicated to monsters that you capture and train along the way.
A final new addition is the Trance mechanic. It allows your character to transform into a character from another Final Fantasy game. So far only Squall, Lightning, and Cloud are confirmed from the reveal trailer.
The last thing added to the game is the ability to play co-op multiplayer with up to four friends through Wi-Fi or the Nintendo Network. The game is set for US release on January 26th, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Are you excited for Final Fantasy Explorers? Or do you think they make too many of these games? Is there a system in the game that excited you, or do you think these games are all just fan service? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
By Cody Dunmire
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