Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

released on Mar 18, 2022

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

released on Mar 18, 2022

Jack and his allies, Ash and Jed, burn with resolve to defeat Chaos as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine. Yet doubts remain—are they truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold? Step into a world of dark fantasy and revel in the exhilarating, action-packed battles!


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Pretty fun combat, and genuinely intriguing plot towards the end.

So like when I say I'm a final fantasy hater and that all the fans are retarded this game is excluded ong this shit raw AF but like at the same time like I hate it cus of how its raw and that's it like the story is shit the characters are all godawful (except for jack I love his personality of fuck you punches the boss to death) the inventory system is confusing and convoluted for no reason the while shitty God of war rpg mechanic of like oh 5% more damage against enemies when you bricked up type shit and like the fact that I have to mix and match my fit so I can have the best gear like at some point I stopped auto sorting and just stuck with one fit that made me look like Dante and just kept upgrading it but yeah this games combat is like easier and actually enjoyable elden ring so my ass ate it up like crazy and when I saw it had coop me and my friend went crazy af with the motivation I saw in the different weapon categories there was a gun so like I was hella motivated but this game is 100 gigs and I needed space for a fortnite update so yeah I'll def replay it one day since it's the only final fantasy game left on the ps plus catalogue and I do want to get good with all the weapons since I mostly stuck to my akhiko shit and punching dudes as well as my vergil shit with the katana but yeah one day 8/10 game with everything other than the combat being 4/10

I bought it on discount because of the memes, thinking that made up for what looked to be a mediocre game, but I was wrong, it doesn't. The writing in this game is insufferably bad, idk what Nojima was doing when composing this draft. The dialogue is so stilted, awkward and badly directed, and I know that's not the fault of an actor like Alejandro Saab, he's decent in other roles. The graphics are muddy and boring to look and the game doesn't even run well on PS5, heaven forbid I look up how it runs on PS4. And the actual combat is just... boring. Battles are over either too soon or two late, no in between, and it just feels so awkward to play as any job or class.

Cool plot at the end though, liked how it tied into the original game's plot.

As somebody that's never been a fan of Final Fantasy, I really enjoyed the writing and general mood of SoT, it comes of as some sort of parody with how stiff the dialogue is and how the characters endlessly yap about crystals and whatnot. The story does become increasingly incompressible towards the climax (if you don't know the story of FF1 it'll make absolutely 0 sense) but the ending at least somewhat reels it back in, especially with the final song choice. If anything it's stupid in a charming way.

The combat is the highlight here, great blend of souls like and action games while also weaving in a FF job system and it all works surprisingly well. My only complaint is that some of the final expert jobs feel underwhelming compared to others, why would I want liberator passively healing me for 5 hp every 3 seconds when the boss 2 shots me and mages can instead heal to full with minimal cast time. Magic as a whole can somewhat trivializes the game but I guess that's normal for souls-like.
The party AI is... alright, there aren't any AI commands to make them target certain enemies etc but there's so many mechanics already that there isn't any controller space left anyway. For bosses you can ditch them and go solo but with common enemies the density can be quite high and some of them are just a total pain in the ass to fight. The bosses on the other hand are really good. The first boss, Tiamat and the final boss stood out in particular by being some of the best fights I've seen in this genre and already making this game worth playing. There aren't any truly horrible bosses, just some mediocre ones that are usually total pushovers.

The gearing system flat out sucks, it's quantity over quality with the game endlessly showering you in randomly rolled gear (potentially 100+ pieces of gear in 1 mission) making you check your build and maybe re-gear after every encounter. It's a lot of menuing for little reward and a fixed stat gear system would've been infinitely better.

In standard team ninja/square-enix fashion, the PC port is complete dogshit. It simply does not run well whatsoever, the frame pacing is all over the place and more importantly there's some real heavy slow down making the game run at a snails pace (especially a consistent issue on finishers). In the garden area in Vigilia Court it slows down to a consistent ~5% speed with 80% GPU usage at the lowest possible settings on a 4070, don't think that should happen!!! Even beyond PC issues the game is extremely unoptimized featuring common enemies with hundreds of thousands of triangles and bosses going into the millions, some real yandere dev-esque development.

Despite the game needing a super computer to work, it's certainly not a looker. The lighting is probably the biggest offender with how dark everything is (the brightness slider seemingly doesn't even work). This can become a real nuisance when the at times equally dark enemies blend into the background and you lose half your HP from a guy you couldn't even see. Terra Tortura (a map near the end) looks like one of those images that are meant to simulate the experience of having a stroke, genuinely headache inducing.

Stranger of Paradise has some really neat things going for it but for every 1 good thing there's 2 laughably stupid thing that make you wonder if the developers are playing with a full deck of cards.

Jesus Christ so stupid. You can tell it was made in a hurry. Especially on PS4. But still fun and enjoyable all the same

One of the dumbest and most incoherent games I've ever experienced. It's so dumb it tosses you into a boss battle before the tutorial.