RPG Grind Time – My Coolest and Dorkiest Final Fantasy XV Comrades Snapshots
Last Wednesday, the multiplayer expansion for Final Fantasy XV called Comrades launched. It made me put this column on hold, so I could you provide you with detailed impressions as quickly as possible. If you want to know what to expect from Comrades, you can find my thoughts right here. Spoiler alert: I'm having a lot more fun with it than I anticipated. I've reveled in creating my own avatar, buying new weapons and clothing, and beating the hell out of iconic monsters from the series, from Malboros to Treants. One feature I'm happy Square Enix brought over from the main game is Prompto's fun photography. After every mission, I go check my photos to see my character's skills in action – for better or worse. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to save some of my best and worst moments in picture form, allowing you more of a glimpse into my journey. Consider this a Grind Time bonus for waiting for my impressions.
This is my avatar. Honestly, nothing feels more awesome than transporting a version of yourself into a Final Fantasy game.
To get my bearings, I had to practice on a giant Cactuar dummy. I've never felt so cool.
I quickly enlisted my friend Nick to help me get in the groove.
As I swapped weapons, I realized the power of the mace and wasn't afraid to use it.
And once I got my magic abilities stronger, I was a force to be reckoned with....
Then I fought Prompto and he cast petrify on me and took this selfie, bringing my ego down a few notches.
I call this my emo shot. I imagine Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is playing as I deal with the fact that Prompto totally punked me.
But then the great Kenny Crow joins me in a mission, lifting my spirits.
I start to feel the fire again, rallying my teammates to carry on with my cheer ability.
Of course, sometimes I look like a big dork doing that, so it earned a Moogle frame.
Turn to the next page to see my rock star moments and epic failures...
I should mention that Comrades has escort missions that remind me of keeping track of Overwatch's payload. Here, we are giving our lives to protect a truck.
Not every day is a picnic and this picture encompasses that. I've had better days, er, play sessions...
I hope the lesson here is don't make me angry.
I'd like to imagine this is my celebrity "I've had it with you" paparazzi moment.
Pretty cool, right?
Now I'll lose your respect by throwing my katana to nowhere.
This probably makes me look a tad cooler. I feel like Fetch from Infamous: Second Son.
This is by far my most rockstar photo.
And lastly, this is a callout to those who watched this year's Replay: Civil War. This captures how I felt in those final moments. I only had the weight of the world on my shoulders.