Final Fantasy XV’s gameplay trailer has left us none the wiser

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If it feels like a long time since you first heard about Final Fantasy XV, that’s because it has been. It was eight years ago that Final Fantasy versus XIII was first announced and the game has only recently resurfaced as Final Fantasy XV.

To put this into a personal context, that’s two years longer than my brother has been alive and I hadn’t even started university yet. That’s a hell of a long time.

But, things are finally beginning to heat up, and it looks like we are going to get to see the most reclusive of Final Fantasies at last. Most importantly, we have a trailer to help with the hype and to give us a glimpse at how the game will play.

Unfortunately after watching this trailer I still have no idea how Final Fantasy XV will actually work. Is Square Enix going for a Devil May Cry (DMC) style action game or is this just some really awesome-looking Active Time Battle (ATB); the system we saw in Final Fantasy XIII and its successors? I just don’t know.

Look at the section where they are fighting the massive sword wielding beast. That looks too choreographed to be free for all action, but it is obviously part of the “gameplay” section. What about the battle with the police? It looks too action-packed to be ATB but too clunky to be free flowing DMC style combat. Honestly, I am stumped.

I still don’t really know what to expect from this title but I am intrigued because I love the setting and I love the plot. You are a prince in a crime family that controls the city, oh and you have a big sword and use magic. Sold!

Oh, and before anyone gets excited about the 2.22 date at the end, that is the date the PS4 is launched in Japan, not the date that the game is released.

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