Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition

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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s)
  • Takahito Ebato
  • Takahiro Murakami
Producer(s)
Composer(s) Yoko Shimomura
Platform(s) Android, iOS, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release
  • Android, iOS
  • February 8, 2018
  • Windows
  • June 6, 2018
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • September 7, 2018
  • Nintendo Switch
  • September 13, 2018
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition [lower-alpha 1] is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. It is an abridged version of Final Fantasy XV , and was released for iOS, Android, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2018.

A role-playing video game is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character immersed in some well-defined world. Many role-playing video games have origins in tabletop role-playing games and use much of the same terminology, settings and game mechanics. Other major similarities with pen-and-paper games include developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion. The electronic medium removes the necessity for a gamemaster and increases combat resolution speed. RPGs have evolved from simple text-based console-window games into visually rich 3D experiences.

Square Enix Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others. Several of them have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the Final Fantasy franchise alone selling 144 million, the Dragon Quest franchise selling 78 million and the Kingdom Hearts franchise selling 30 million. The Square Enix headquarters are in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The company employs over 4300 employees worldwide.

<i>Final Fantasy XV</i> action role-playing video game

Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix as part of the long-running Final Fantasy series. It was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016, and for Microsoft Windows in 2018, with a version for Google Stadia scheduled at later date. The game features an open world environment and action-based battle system, incorporating quick-switching weapons, elemental magic, and other features such as vehicle travel and camping. The base campaign was later expanded with downloadable content (DLC), adding further gameplay options such as additional playable characters and multiplayer.

Contents

Gameplay

Pocket Edition plays as an abridged version of Final Fantasy XV , which was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016. [1] The game is played from a fixed camera angle, and similar to other touch screen role playing games, the character can be moved by selecting the location for the character to walk to, rather than with a D-pad control scheme. [1] Additional sidequests unique to the game were added, including treasure hunting and fetch quests. [2]

PlayStation 4 Sonys eighth-generation home video game console

The PlayStation 4 is an eighth-generation home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced as the successor to the PlayStation 3 in February 2013, it was launched on November 15 in North America, November 29 in Europe, South America and Australia, and on February 22, 2014, in Japan. It competes with Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch.

Xbox One Microsofts eighth-generation and third video game console

The Xbox One is an eighth-generation home video game console that was developed by Microsoft. Announced in May 2013, it is the successor to Xbox 360 and the third console in the Xbox brand. It was first released in North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and South America in November 2013, and in Japan, China, and other European countries in September 2014. It is the first Xbox game console to be released in China, specifically in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone. Microsoft marketed the device as an "all-in-one entertainment system", hence the name 'Xbox One'. The Xbox One mainly competes against Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch.

D-pad Thumb-operated video game control

A D-pad is a flat, usually thumb-operated four-way directional control with one button on each point, found on nearly all modern video game console gamepads, game controllers, on the remote control units of some television and DVD players, and smart phones. Like early video game joysticks, the vast majority of D-pads are digital; in other words, only the directions provided on the D-pad buttons can be used, with no intermediate values. However, combinations of two directions do provide diagonals and many modern D-pads can be used to provide eight-directional input if appropriate.

The game follows the same plot as the original game, although it eliminates the open world of the original, in addition to many sidequests in favor of a more focused experience. [3] Exploration and combat shifted from a behind the back view to an overhead perspective with simplified controls more suitable for playing on a touchscreen. Music and voice acting was mostly kept intact, while the graphics were given a makeover with "chibified" character designs. [2] [4]

In video games, an open world is a virtual world in which the player can explore and approach objectives freely, as opposed to a world with more linear gameplay. While games have used open-world designs since the 1980s, the implementation in Grand Theft Auto III (2001) set a standard that has been used since.

Chibi (slang) kind of version in designing

Chibi is a Japanese slang word describing something short. It comes from the verb 禿びる (chibiru), which means 'to wear out and become shorter'. The term is widely used in Japan to describe a specific style of caricature where characters are drawn in an exaggerated way. Typically these characters are small and chubby, with stubby limbs and oversized heads to make them resemble children. This style of artwork, also known as super deformed, has since found its way into anime and manga fandom through its usage in manga works. Chibi can be translated as 'little', but it is not used the same way as chiisana [小さな] and chiisai [小さい], but rather 'cute'.

The game is divided into ten chapters; the first chapter is available for free, with the remaining nine being able to be purchased individually or as a whole with discounted pricing. [4] [5] [6]

Development and release

Pocket Edition was co-developed by Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square Enix, XPEC Entertainment and Osaka-based SummerTimeStudio. [7] [8] Development began in 2015 following the release of Episode Duscae, the first game demo of Final Fantasy XV. [9] The game was announced at Gamescom in August 2017, originally set to be released later that year. [10] The game was released for Android and iOS devices on February 8, 2018, and for Windows 10 on June 6, 2018. [11] [6] [12] The game is divided into ten chapters; the first chapter is available for free, with the remaining nine being able to be purchased individually or as a whole with discounted pricing. [4] [13] The game was later released as Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 7, 2018, and for the Nintendo Switch on September 13. [14] [15]

XPEC Entertainment

XPEC Entertainment is a Taiwanese video game developer and publisher based in Taipei. It was founded in 2000.

A game demo is a (usually) freely distributed piece of an upcoming or recently released video game. Demos are typically released by the game's publisher to help consumers get a feel of the game before deciding whether to buy the full version and/or keep it.

Gamescom trade fair for video games

Gamescom is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Since 2018, it has been organised by game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche; and before that, by the Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (BIU). Until 2008, it was held in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Gamescom is used by many video game developers to exhibit upcoming games and game-related hardware.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic iOS: 79/100 [16]
PS4: 68/100 [17]
NS: 69/100 [18]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid iOS: 6.5/10 [19]
Gamezebo iOS: Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [20]
Pocket Gamer iOS: 8/10 [21]
TouchArcade iOS: Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [22]

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition received "generally favorable reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic. [16] Mike Fahey of Kotaku called it an "outstanding" abridgment of the original, praising it for allowing players to experience the story without much time commitment. [2] Shaun Musgrave from TouchArcade scored the game at five stars (out of five), commenting on the game's faithful recreation of the game's abridged narrative; with the "voice acting, sound effects, and music" being retained from the console version of Final Fantasy XV being of particular merit. [22]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Kotaku is a video game website and blog that was originally launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network. Univision Communications bought Gawker Media in August 2016 and rebranded it as Gizmodo Media Group.

By February 2018, the game had exceeded three million downloads worldwide. [23]

The game was nominated for the A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game at the New York Game Awards. [24]

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