A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (Part 2)

So about a week back I posted at length about finally getting to play A King’s Tale, and how much fun it was. None of what I posted then is untrue, nor has my overall opinion of the game changed now that I’ve finished it.

But. This. Asshole.
This one right here.

I played A King’s Tale for about two hours today, and two thirds of that time was spent on this final battle against Ultros. I griped. I raged. I begged. He just wouldn’t die. Eventually, Brian overheard me yelling for chicken while trying to kill an Iron Giant and started to tease me in my stream’s chat, so I bullied him into helping me instead of cooking the actual chicken we’re having for dinner tonight. A few deaths later, and not even he could get it.

But the time that he played, while I was away from the controller, helped me. It wasn’t a zen… Good god, it was so far from a zen moment. I’m pretty sure I died a few more times after he handed the game back to me, but even then the game was different. Watching him didn’t really help, because he was going through all the same fails as I already had recognized myself. The frustration was gone, though, and that was enough.

And so, I killed that eight-legged little shit. Finally. If you wanna watch, you can always find the vid right here on Twitch or on YouTube.

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A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV

I’m pretty sure most of us know of A King’s Tale already, since it was one of the pre-order bonuses for FFXV–in the U.S. it was the one for GameStop, unfortunately. I don’t like GameStop. So all I’ve had to content myself with was this trailer:

Now then, I’ve had plenty of time since November 29th (lol Squeenix pushed dates again, but what’s a two month delay after 10 years?) where I could have either watched a video of a playthrough, or even tried to Share Play it through a friend (something we’d discussed briefly but never got around to trying) but I didn’t really want to do either of those. I wanted to actually get my hands on the game.

And then? Then Squeenix announced the game would be out March 1st! For free! Until yesterday actually came around, I thought it would be as an add-on for those already with the game, at least in order to get it for free. But nope, everyone can get it for free, and everyone with even the slightest interest in FFXV and/or beat-em-ups really should.

It’s not long, so you don’t have to worry about some huge investment. I played an hour and a half last night (including not only dying a few times but also a few unfortunate distractions; without those the session would probably have been an hour, max), and I think I have one, maybe two maps left. Random YouTube video titles that I’ve seen imply that there might be multiple endings, but I don’t know about that myself and won’t for a while, since I’m only playing through it the once right now.

I’ll be back on Twitch for the second half of the game this afternoon or tonight, but if you want to see last night’s play, you can watch that here. Probably the best “bedtime story” Easter egg I’ve seen pretty much ever can be found near the end of last night’s vid; I don’t know if it triggers on any playthrough or only if you have a habit of dying like I do, but that one scene alone would have been enough for me to spend a few bucks on this quick little game if it wasn’t already free.

TL;DR: I didn’t think a beat-em-up, even an FF one, would be this much fun anymore. If I do have only two maps left, like I think I do, I’m going to be kind of sad that there’s not more to play.