A small portiom of Final Fantasy XV’s Duscae region was shown in FFXV’s 2-3 hour glorified demo entitled Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. This will be included in first day editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD when it arrives on the 17th of March.
The demo starts with a scene featuring the main central character, Noctis, and his three friends, Gladiolus, Ingis, and Prompto. They woke up in a tent in the Duscae wilderness from what seemed to be a long night. They needed cash to get the broken car, in which they were traveling in, fixed. They walk around and they see a sign posted showing a bounty for Behemoth, a local monster.
Gladiolus offer to teach Noctis how to fight before they embark on that mission. This part is actually an optional tutorial. FFXV has that action open world RPG feel brought about by its direct control in real time combat. Also, this is different from other FF games where you get to control other party members and determine their actions, as this time, you can only control the character of Noctis and party members control themselves.
If you play the game on PS4, holding down the square button will give Noctis a continuous attack. The L1 button allows Noctis to dodge attacks, and sometimes to parry and counterattack. However, you should remember that defending uses MP. You can allow Noctis to regenerate his MP and HP by having him warp or teleport away from harm. Also, remember to manage your MP use efficiently as warping also uses them up. It is an important part of game, especially during the early stages of the game. You can’t defend yourself, and you slow yourself down when you run out of MP.
Pressing right on the D-pad will allow Noctis to carry several weapons and switch between weapons when in combat. A different attack comes with each weapon, for example a dragoon leap or a lunge attack. You can focus on one enemy by pressing R1. You can use a warp attack by pressing X.
The journey to kill the Behemoth start after the Gladiolus training session. It is only in a small part of the Duscae region, but the journey gives the impression of Ducae being far bigger than imagined. The journey consists of traveling through a beautiful mix of green forests, swampy marshlands, rocky terrain, and grasslands.
You will encounter creatures and soldiers that you need to fight off when you run around the map. This earns you XP. You can have food to cook later by hunting some of the local wildlife. You can also have some stuff to sell or use later by picking up items around.
In order to find the Behemoth, you need to track his movements thru footprints, leftover animal carcasses, or claw marks. You have to do that as quietly and as invisible as possible. Staying out of sight is made easier with the thick fog. You have to follow the Behemoth back to his lair. That is where the excitement of the game is. The hiding and the sneaking around.
Arriving in the Behemoth’s lair, a plan will be devised on how to kill him. It involves an exhilarating part where Noctis, your character, has to lead the Behemoth into a series of traps.
However, remember that you won’t be able to carry over any XP, buffs or items acquired in Episode Duscae into the final game.
There is no official date as to the release of Final Fantasy XV, but Episode Duscae will be your best bet on getting a taste of what the game will bring.