Longtime Final Fantasy fans, and gamers in general, know that the series brings the heat when it comes to cutting-edge visual fidelity, especially on new hardware. We all marvelled at the PS1 FMVs in Final Fantasy VII, and gaped open-mouthed at that metal AF opening cutscene in Final Fantasy X on PS2. Normally, we do our best to forget that the whole Fabula Nova Crystallis detour on PS3 ever happened (but even those games were pretty), and XV was a showcase title for PS4 and still looks decent today.
Final Fantasy XVI will continue this tradition, managing to ratchet things up still further, even since they first announced the game. Check out the quality on display in the below comparison images, helpfully compiled by LegionzGaming over on Twitter:
It's a pretty impressive glow-up, and it's probably safe to say Final Fantasy XVI will blow our minds when it launches on 22nd June, regardless of whether you are newer to the series or a lifelong veteran. How are you feeling about it now as we get closer to launch? Let us know in the comments section below.
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I prefer the look of the old Shiva and IFrit, but some of the human models are better in the new version. I don't think the graphics have improved much but the lighting they're using seems to have been overhauled a bit. Either way my caveman brain says game look good!
I dunno actually, a lot of it looks like they’ve put that PS3 realism filter over it that was used in MGS4, Fallout 3 etc.
@Max_the_German Because it sells
Love that we are past the age of downgrading graphics for games
Wow. The subtle details in Clive's face that they changed really gives him a more forlorn and grim look. Unlike others commenting here I think every screenshot is better... upgrades across the board.
@Max_the_German Huh? There are tons of jrpgs with a cutesy cartoon look, or anime, or whatever else. This game doesn't look run of the mill jrpg at all, it looks like a western rpg instead.
"How are you feeling about it now as we get closer to launch?"
You really want an answer to that?
@ILikeStake If it was a western RPG they'd all either look like potatoes or would be walking into a tree while talking about mudcrabs. There's a distinct Japanese look to it, things like their take on western style armour, elaborate very well groomed hair, kind of realistic but still stylised faces (RE, DMC and MGS do this too).
No one would have any trouble knowing which of the below is a WRPG or a JRPG.
Potentially the most visually stunning game of the console generation to date.
Hmmm majority of them just look the same just made darker
@StylesT exactly what I noticed. A few detail differences and background detail filled in. But much of it looks mostly like a color filter change. For the better, mind you.
I wouldn't say drastically but definitely noticable improvements. Altho I still prefer Clive's face in the older pic. It looked a lot softer and more of a 'mind wandering off, lost in thought' look vs the new one gazing at the fire a little more intensely. Also I kinda liked how much more blue Shiva looks in the older pic
@Max_the_German That's my problem with some of these jrpgs, everybody is a pretty boy and they all look the same.
Already looked great now it looks even more gorgeous
But I thought graphics were the first thing finished on a game /s
@Judal27 Yes also prefer Clive's face in the old pic, it's different lighting more than anything, but mostly these are an upgrade.
@TheArt I'll take that over western where they make the character look ugly.
Wow. They... turned up the contrast?
Am I the only one who thinks FF7 remake character model( especially the facial expressions) and visuals look better than FF16?
Or maybe it's just the character design that I think looks better in FF7 remake?
@Ralizah not impressed that much. Rift Apart and Forbidden West look better in my opinion. But still need to check FF16 myself to justify the statement.
@rachetmarvel Character models yes but for the main cast only. Everything else no
I'm looking forward to this, going to get the Pixel Collection then have a massive FF blowout
Final fantasy 16 does look amazing.the old graphics and new graphics looks cool.word up son
@Nepp67 They're believable not ugly. Imagine GTA characters all being pretty boys...at least characters of GoT are believable. I mean Geralt of Rivia, Arthur Morgan, Bayek, Alexios, Eivor are all good looking and you can easily the them apart. It's hard to tell these FF characters apart.
@Max_the_German You're confusing "So many" for possibly a handful. Also, " hyper-realistic, overly melodramatic look" is a sentence so redundant, so far removed from the confines of reality, so imbued with a general sense of self loathing, it makes me laugh a little.
I haven't... Nay, I shant say you are missing the forest for the trees. But I will say, lacking focual dichotomy skills is curse. A curse you should... Nay, must ameliorate immediately. I suggest Salt Baths, and Sage burning. I hope all is well, and your criticism skills become at the least serviceable, once this curse be gone.
@OnceaThief What an impersonal response
It looks superb ,im glad they've gone the fighting monsters route ,and an actual fantasy setting with castles ,I'm done with action rpgs where im fighting robots.
I do think the world and everything else looks fantastic but the character models? Not so much. XVs looks more detailed and VII Remakes absolutely do. Which is odd given they're on 10 year old consoles
@Max_the_German Justice sometimes appears to under the guise of "impersonal". But I assure you, I have never, will never, and can never own any shares of Square Enix Hldgs, SQUARE CO., LTD, or any of it's subsidiaries. This is a qualm of lingual, and Semantic nature. I'm only acting as an observant third-party, curious of the Arm Chairs, and the ill informed on modern colloquialism.
Well, to be honest:
Old blue colored/themed Shiva looks vastly better. The new one looks too washed out and yellow.
New Titan looks vastly superior, with more defined details.
New Ifrit looks significantly better. The colors are more accurate and he looks smoldering, fuming and burning charcoals and embers.
New Clive looks better with better contrast and detail. The skin tone, hair, eyes and clothes all looks better and more defined.
However his facial hair still looks a bit too flat/smeared, and not detailed enough, with individual hairs or stubble, like modern game.
I kinda like the lighting on Old Joshua more, you can make out more details, but the contrast and blood looks better on the New Joshua.
Overall I think the game locations, lighting, shadows, contrast, colors and different climates - all look richer and better in the new release.
I also like the new direction of the voice acting:
"You all know the target, Shiva's Dominant... And only... The Dominant ..." The Sergeant says that with sorrow and regret in his voice, lacking conviction or excitement about the grim undertaking - because he knows Clive and others are very fond of Shiva's Dominant Jill. Nobody wants to kill or capture her.
This is better than older VA delivery where he said that in a wicked, determined and almost spiteful manner.
Well done Voice Directors and Actors!
Wow, that’s my premiere! First time that one of my comments was removed. Now I can call myself a troll, and just because I said that I find this artstyle very JRPG standard, e. g. disposable and uninspired.
Really? After looking the difference I don't think I can spot any difference besides the contrast and better ice effect on shiva. The game still looks good of course.
@Matroska My biggest shock last gen is when I first played ff7 remake, I'm really surprised that tifa and aerith looks so good, and then I realized I've been playing western AAA games too much, those lowering my standard lol.
But seriously it's getting worse, now with one glance at game characters I immediately know whose games made in usa, and which one "now way this was made in usa".
@Max_the_German it's just Square Enix. Other Japanese range from the hyper stylishness of Atlas, to the cohesive grim of FromSoftware
The lighting and color look more proper now and I like it
@Max_the_German your post history is something else. Negative, negative, negative. I think you should be on Push A as there is a pattern....
@TheArt I really don't know what you expect with a JRPG.
@Andy22385 XV Models don't look any better. You're having a laugh lol
@TheArt You mentioned characters that are all western based. Japanese culture and western culture have two very distinctive different looks overall. Again, I don't know what you're expecting.
@Gilgamax305 I'm expecting something as believable as Ghost of Tsushima characters. FF characters often look western somewhat.
@Immortal_Barnet I am an old man and concerned about the future of video games in general and PlayStation in particular. This focus on endless iterations on well established AAA cinematic action adventure games, and PS live service games in the near future, while PushSquare celebrates many games with ‚incredible‘ or ‚mind-blowing‘. I’d wish PushSquare would rather be critical journalists than fanboys. THIS could help to push SIE back to what they were in the past, more creative and brave. That’s why I‘m so negative.
@Gilgamax305 they're better. XVIs look years behind recent games. Compare the models of GOW and Forbidden West to XVIs, SE used to be at the pinnacle of character models, now they're miles behind.
Don’t worry, happens to the best of us sometimes. Count yourself lucky your comment about the moderation wasn’t also removed, that’s not allowed.
Although I didn’t see your original comment, so don’t know if it was deserved or not honestly.
As to the visuals. As a big JRPG fan, I can say most of the game looks a bit too western (read, dull) to my taste. But some of the lighter outdoor environments look good.
Of course the people are somewhat stylised but not too much. FF since 8 has always shied away from the general JRPG look, and this is no different. Probably why Sony still promotes them after abandoning most Japanese games with stylised characters (women).
Newer screenshots are def better, very much looking forward to the game!
Excited about a FF game for the first time since 12. Got the PS5 specifically for this title, and there will be many others that finally bite the bullet.
FF16 is the mass system seller title. GT7 should have been too (but will definitely help now it's in better shape). I'm playing GT7 while I wait, and there will be many, many others doing the same.
Glad PS5 has finally kicked off.
FF 13 trilogy is the last one that was great. FFuck 15, 16.
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