Final Fantasy 16: Story Vs Action

This guide will compare Final Fantasy 16 Story vs Action modes.

Final Fantasy 16 Story vs Action

Final Fantasy 16 offers players a choice between 2 modes at the start of the game. Let’s compare these both, Story Vs. Action in Final Fantasy 16.

Key Takeaways

  • Final Fantasy 16 offers two modes at the beginning of the game. Story mode and Action mode.
  • Story mode is an easier mode that automates combos and dodges with Tmely Accessories that are equipped and make the enemies weaker for the player.
  • Action mode is the normal mode, which has tougher enemies as compared to the Story mode, and the game doesn’t automatically equip the player with Timely Accessories.
  • After ending the game, players unlock a new mode called the Final Fantasy mode, a harder game mode with tougher enemies and better gear.

Story Mode

Final Fantasy 16 has traditionally had simple turn-based combat-type games, and players from the old games might have difficulty adjusting to the new hack-and-slash combat system the franchise has put forward. This mode exists mainly to allow people to transition to the game easily.

The Story mode is, in its essence, simply an easy mode. The enemies have lower strength and smaller HP pools. The most significant difference, however, is the addition of the Timely Accessories, which completely changes the game for the player.

  • The Ring of Timely Strikes allows the player to perform complex combos easily by just pressing one button (square button).
  • The Ring of Timely Evasion makes the player automatically dodge attacks. One thing to note, however, is that this makes counter-attacks impossible.
  • The Ring of Timely Assistance automates the use of Torgal.
  • The Ring of Timely Focus slows time, allowing for a longer duration for a player to be able to dodge or counter.

When you select story mode, the game automatically applies two accessories to the player. However, it is important to note that these accessories are available in normal mode but are not automatically equipped.

If you feel that these Timely Accessories provide too much hand-holding and are up for the challenge, you can remove them from the player.

Action Mode

The Action Mode is just the normal mode in Final Fantasy 16. This mode, compared to the Story mode, has tougher enemies and also only gives you the choice of equipping the Timely Accessories instead of automatically equipping you with them.

This mode caters to players with more experience in fighting and action games and won’t encounter any issues when transitioning to the altered combat experience.

Moreover, this offers a bit more of a challenge to players and can serve as an advancement in difficulty for the players who had a tough time adjusting in the first place and picked story mode to begin with.

How To Change Difficulty

Game settings from Final Fantasy 16.
Game Settings. [Image Captured By Us]

If a player decides mid-run that the game is either too easy or too hard for them, they can switch the difficulty in Final Fantasy 16. This can be done in the game’s settings by pressing the menu button, then select a system, going into game settings, and then going into the gameplay tab. From here, players can switch the two modes.

My Recommendations

One important thing to note in Final Fantasy 16 is that once players beat the game, they’ll unlock the Final Fantasy Mode. This is a harder game mode, essentially like NG+ from games like Dark Souls. This mode includes stronger enemies and better weapons and equipment.

Final Fantasy 16 is a game that offers many accessibility options for its player base. Players who want to only experience the story without having the stress of pulling off combos can easily switch to Story mode and enjoy the game how they want.

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