When you are introduced to combat in the demo, it is pretty basic but grows throughout the process. The demo as a whole serves as a tutorial for the upcoming title, showing off driving in addition to the aforementioned combat. You even get to test out some magic. If you watch the above video, its a much different style than any Final Fantasy title I am accustomed to. As opposed to having set buttons and weapons, players equip items to slots on the D-pad, which is a smoother option in my opinion. This combat style is one that I prefer in a JRPG, as it is both engaging and strategic. In addition to a dodge/block button, your character Noct can also dash by throwing his sword ahead of him. This can even be used to transport to set locations like the tops of pillars.
After getting this hands on time, I am curious to see where it will go as a whole. The graphics were impressive, and the soundtrack alone was enough to make me want more. In another addition I am not accustomed to from the series, Noct would actually move slower and unable be unable to attack under certain battle conditions. When playing with the full cast in the final version of the game, I am eager to see how this incorporates into the overall strategy. Come this fall players will finally get the Final Fantasy game that has been teased for years. To check out the combat in full effect, skip to the 23:00 mark above! Comment and let us know if you are excited! Final Fantasy XV is in stores September 30th this year.