FF16: The Perfect Game for Genre Burnout

FF16: The Perfect Game for Genre Burnout

Final Fantasy 16 – A Linear Gem in a Sea of Open World Games

Oh boy, have you heard about the buzz surrounding Final Fantasy 16? People are loving it, and for good reasons! Sure, there are a few hiccups like the lackluster gear system and the fetch quests that make you feel like a glorified delivery boy, but trust me, the positives far outweigh the negatives. The action combat is absolutely fantastic, especially during those epic boss fights. And let me tell you, the story is so strong that you’ll find yourself getting emotionally attached to characters like Dion, Cid, and Clive. Plus, if you’re tired of those never-ending open world games, Final Fantasy 16 has a surprise in store for you.

Now, open world games have been all the rage lately. Whether you’re a fan of the Ubisoft style with map full of markers to clear, like in Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, or you prefer the Bethesda approach of uncovering landmarks in Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, you’ve got plenty of options. Even critically acclaimed games like Elden Ring and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fall into this category. But let’s face it, with so many gigantic open world games out there, you might be feeling a bit burnt out. And that’s where Final Fantasy 16 comes in, my friend.

Final Fantasy 16: Open Areas Without the Overload

Before we dive into this, let me be clear. Open world games have their strengths. It’s no wonder they’ve become so popular in the last decade. The freedom to roam a massive land, taking on side quests, exploring every nook and cranny, and leveling up your gear is every gamer’s dream. But, and this is a big but, there are downsides. Open world aspects often break up the main story, and boy, those games can go on forever. Not all of us have time for that, you know? And for those who prioritize a strong narrative over endless side content, open world games can sometimes be a buzzkill.

Thankfully, some developers are starting to see the light. They recognize the benefits of open world locations, but they’re careful not to throw players into overwhelming expanses that overshadow the story. Take The Last of Us 2, for example. The open section in Seattle is an absolute blast, giving players the option to explore a large area and tackle memorable side activities before moving on. Another example is God of War Ragnarok’s Crater, a teeny-tiny open world bursting with great side content. These games strike a balance between open world gameplay and narrative focus. And guess what? Final Fantasy 16 follows suit.

Here’s the deal. Final Fantasy 16 doesn’t go all out and make Valisthea a full-blown open world. And thank the gaming gods for that! We don’t need another barren open world experience like Final Fantasy 15, am I right? Instead, Square Enix gives us four decently large zones to explore, each with handy fast travel points scattered around. Think of them as bite-sized open areas, similar to God of War Ragnarok’s Crater, but with a bit less content to get through. They’re like candy, delicious but not enough to spoil your appetite.

Now, here’s the best part. Square Enix isn’t interested in splitting our attention between the story and open world shenanigans. No, sir! They’re going all in on the narrative experience. You won’t find yourself drowning in a sea of markers on the map or spending 100 hours trying to finish the game. Instead, you get a beautifully crafted world with top-notch combat and an epic storyline. This might disappoint those who crave the exploration and endless possibilities of open world games, but for those tired of that style, it’s a breath of fresh air. Fans of classic Final Fantasy games like Final Fantasy 10 will especially appreciate this linear format, where every action you take has a narrative impact.

The level design in Final Fantasy 16 is fascinating, and dare I say, it may even inspire other games, like Marvel’s Wolverine, that wouldn’t work in a fully open world. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you love open areas and feel overwhelmed by massive worlds, this game is a godsend. You’ll have enough room to ride a chocobo and tackle a few optional fights, along with plenty of locations to grind out kills. But for the most part, you’ll be embarking on a thrilling journey full of main quests and side missions, making Final Fantasy 16 stand out in a sea of open world games.

So, folks, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of Final Fantasy 16 and get ready for an adventure like no other.

Final Fantasy 16 is available now exclusively on PS5.

To read more about Final Fantasy 16, check out our article about Dion’s relationship with his father and other interesting details!