Right before Square Enix released Final Fantasy XV, World of Final Fantasy made a quiet appearance in-game store. Had Final Fantasy XV released in September, this game would have never gotten its full due.
It looked like a really cute game. Everything looked cute. But why are they giving each other those eyes? Oh, they’re siblings!? That’s gross. I found out you have to collect monsters and have them battle with you. So, like Final Fantasy XIII-2?
But this game was more than a cute throwaway game to sate our appetite for Final Fantasy XV. It was a source of nostalgia. Dissidia Final Fantasy gave us this in the form of a fighting game. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius gave us this in the form of a mobile game. But World of Final Fantasy gave us nostalgia in the form of an old-school console RPG.
You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Then you want it back. I can’t say I miss chibis with overly large heads. The graphics were crisp and colorful. The art models were simple. I liked the huggable characters, and even the behemoths were adorable. But the ATB system was refreshing. Fans have been telling Square Enix to keep to this system. At least do a variation of it for your next game. But Square Enix may hold strong to the real-time action. So World of Final Fantasy is what we needed at the time. Especially before Final Fantasy XV.
It’s fan service. You get to meet all your favorite characters. Only this time, they aren’t beating the crap out of each other. They’re just small stubs with big heads helping you in battle. Hearing a remix of their music was like a breath of fresh air.
All of the references were a nice touch. The game was also surprisingly funny. Well, in a cringe type of way. You roll your eyes and breathe a sigh of relief. But this game is for kids right? Even if it is, go ahead and play it. This is the game for the little kids in you. The kid who grew up with these games, and wanted something special. You wanted something before the series got gritty and overly serious. And maybe you still wanted to enjoy the games of the past. You start here at this cute game, and you might want to play Final Fantasy IV and VI.
This is the type of Final Fantasy we need in the future. ATB systems. On time. In a completed form.