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Taking to the field

Sightseein­g across the open wilds of Junon

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There’s an awful lot of ground to cover here – and we mean that literally. Because of that, chocobos, Final Fantasy’s mainstay oversized chickens, come in handy across many open field areas throughout Rebirth. Rest assured the planet hasn’t gone totally open world, but there’s now much more room to explore.

In our hands-on, grey-feathered birds make short work of the terrain, but you’ll need to find special avians if you want to scale the many rocky formations of these plains or glide through the air above. As it stands, our bog-standard ’bos do well enough, even alerting us when they smell treasure under foot. Whenever you see a question mark over your birdie’s head, you can press 2 to scour the ground and see if you’ll dig up something shiny – though it may take a few attempts to find where ‘?’ marks the spot.

In addition to buried goodies, there are plenty of crafting materials to scoop up above ground. Whatever you find can be whacked in the item transmuter and zhuzhed up for potions or even cushions for Cloud Strife’s delicate little backside. Remember all those hard, uncomforta­blelooking benches throughout Remake? Well, wince no more because you can craft something to keep the numb bum at bay! Though somehow there’s still not quite enough room for everyone in your-three person party to take a breather…

Rest stops like this are plentiful throughout the dusty plains around Junon, though many have seen better days. A chocobo chick can lead you to places to put your feet up, though often you’ll need to bust out a bit of elbow grease to repair them. Once you’ve done that, you may find you’ve stumbled upon a fresh fast travel point and a Golden Plume for your trouble. And before you ask, yes, you can pet the chocobo chick. They’re very fluffy.

With enough Golden Plumes, you can head to the local farm’s chocobouti­que and trade them in for some fresh feathered threads. Chocobos can wear three pieces at a time (helmets, breastplat­es, and greaves) all of which come in a range of colours and themes. Our grey birdies are already reliable, but boasting a full set of GuardScorp­ion-inspired armour, they can be fashionabl­e too.

But as tireless as these avians are, combat is not in their job descriptio­n, that’s for you to take care of. The open wilds of Junon are far from peaceful, and World Intel Challenges rewards exploratio­n with sights and fights. As you stumble upon marked fiends across the map, MAI, a personal virtual assistant full of trivia and challenges, will pipe up. When we attract the attention of a Thundercla­w, MAI tells us this is a rare grasslands variant, that the electricit­y coursing through its body is the result of overexposu­re to Mako, and then tasks us with three challenges to navigate as we slaughter the beast. Challenges often include a time limit, but can also entail meeting certain requiremen­ts like staggering or pressuring an enemy, and more besides. These marked areas of interest do not shy away from terrible puns either; when we fell two winged Whymzelett­s, we spot the Fiend Sighting’s groan-worthy name: Zemze Breaks.

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 ?? ?? 1 Specialise­d chocobos can reach less accessible areas. 2 Find a marked beast and you’ll be set additional challenges to complete while taking it down. 3 Do a spot of crafting while out on the road. 4 Kit your chocobo out in the latest armour – the reliable birdie deserves it.
1 Specialise­d chocobos can reach less accessible areas. 2 Find a marked beast and you’ll be set additional challenges to complete while taking it down. 3 Do a spot of crafting while out on the road. 4 Kit your chocobo out in the latest armour – the reliable birdie deserves it.

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