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->''It was their destiny, and theirs alone to decide. Free from fear of fate, gazing undaunted into the eye of death.''

A game in the [[RunningGag dumbfoundingly popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series and second entry of the ''Franchise/FabulaNovaCrystallisFinalFantasy'' sub-series, '''''Final Fantasy Type-0''''' (known as ''Final Fantasy Agito XIII'' until late January 2011) is an {{Eastern RPG}} for the PlaystationPortable. According to an interview with Famitsu it is still a part of the (newly renamed) ''Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy'', which is a [[PretentiousLatinMotto Pretentious Latin Title]] meaning "The New Tale Of The Crystal", the name change done solely to prevent the assumption that Type-0 was dropped from the ''Fabula'' project. Nevertheless, this game contains similar mythologies with the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 other]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII games]], but is not directly related to them.

In the land of Oriense, there are four regions: Rubrum, Milites, Concordia and Lorica. Each of those regions has a crystal, and this crystal powers their military forces which are trained at four Peristylia (a combination of military academy and WizardingSchool), each represented by one of TheFourGods. The countries have been at peace, honoring the Pax Codex between them.

However, the expansionist [[EvilEmpire Empire]] of [[MeaningfulName Milites]], led by High Commander [[MythologyGag Cid]], has found a way to shatter the crystals and has set their sights on Rubrum and the Peristylium of Suzaku. Twelve students somehow retain their powers from the crystal pact, and it's up to them save their homeland and become Agito, the savior of the world.

''Type-0'' was originally slated to be a cellphone game, but this was changed early in development. It was released in Japan on October 27th, 2011. [[http://www.skybladecloud.net/projects/final-fantasy-type-0-psp-english-translation A fan translation is available for download at the project's website]].

Playing the game again after completing it unlocks additional scenes and missions and a secret ending.

A prequel called ''Final Fantasy Agito'' has been released for iOS and Android.

On June 10, 2014, Square-Enix announced that Type-0 will be getting an HD remastered version, to be released internationally on the PS4 and XboxOne. Interestingly, the announcement of the English localization was made within TWO DAYS of the fan translation being finished.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: All ''seven'' of them.
* AlternateCharacterReading: The character for "Light" is read as "Hope", where they refer to TheFourGods of Oriense.
* AnyoneCanDie
* ArtEvolution: Being a cellphone game at first, it's not avoidable. Note that in early trailers, Ace has snow white hair [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:XIIIAgitoChara01.jpg and younger facial features]]. Other characters that appeared in the trailers also underwent the same evolution, like how Seven still wore Class Zero's red cape and didn't have her unique shoulder guards as can be seen [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Agito-Flail.jpg here]]
* [[ArtifactTitle Artifact]] TitleDrop: At some point, a Class Zero student is deemed to be the world's "Agito," or "[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Savior]]." It's not exactly a TitleDrop, due to the game's name changed to ''Type-0'' instead.
* {{BFS}}: Gilgamesh is back with one, and [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/d/d4/FFType0-GilgameshRender.png he seems to have picked up weapon ideas]] from [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Garland]] since his last appearance.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Machina and Rem are de-crystallized by Arecia, but all their classmates (and Kurasame) are dead and their country is devastated by war.]]
** EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:On the other hand, completing certain criteria convinces Arecia to perform a CosmicRetcon where the crystals [[RetGone were removed from Oriense's existence]], sparing Class Zero and Kurasame and giving them a happy ending reminiscent of an ordinary school day, sort of.]]
* BloodierAndGorier: Surprisingly enough, as the ''Final Fantasy'' theme of swords and guns usually hit bluntly or without effect. People are set on fire, maiming and bloodletting are prevalent, death is shown a lot more onscreen, and even the magic system requires magically pulling a life force known as Phantoma out of their enemies' bodies through ''forcibly exploding them'' into a messy pulp.
* CallBack: In the opening movie the twelve protagonists stand in a group ready to take on Milites under a flag of Rubrum flying freely. [[spoiler:In the ending they lie dead, huddled together next to a pile of their weapons and with a torn flag of Rubrum made from their capes defiantly flying from its flagpole.]]
* CastFromHitPoints: Summoning in this game requires you to sacrifice a party member.
* ChildSoldiers: Maybe not children, but Suzaku's idea of specialized warfare seems to be sending young teenagers into violent and bloody battle to fend for themselves. It gets even worse when their Crystal only bestows the height of magical ability in one's youth, and further diminishes as they get older, which doesn't leave much choice for youth born in the country.
* CoolSword: Seven, Jack, Queen, and Machina.
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler:In the secret ending, Arecia, intrigued by Class Zero's actions which [[ScrewDestiny broke Oriense's]] [[StableTimeLoop cycle of war and destruction]], decides to change history such that [[RetGone the crystals would cease to exist]] and all of Class Zero (including Kurasame) [[EarnYourHappyEnding would live together as a happy, if somewhat ordinary, class]].]]
* CrapsackWorld: War is commonplace, people are resigning themselves to dying as though it's an unfortunate chore that's coming up, and when someone dies all their friends and family forget about them with barely their name remaining.
* CriticalHit[=/=]OneHitKill: A very important part of the gameplay. There are lots of enemies in the game where the player has to attack at the right time in order to score a critical hit on them. Sometimes, this is the only way to damage them at all.
* DarkReprise: The second segment of the final boss theme features a remix of the game's main theme, this time with OminousLatinChanting.
* DecoyProtagonist: Viewpoint characters Rem and Machina are made out in publicity as the main characters, despite WordOfGod saying that they are only outside observers to the story's events.
** Except [[spoiler: this turned out to be a lie, as Rem and Machina's actions in this cycle of the world are what end up breaking the ViciousCycle that has plagued Oriense, and while they don't succeed in saving Class Zero, they do manage to make sure to rebuild the world for them. Thus making them the most important characters in the story.]]
* DragonRider: Concordia relies on the dragoons of the Souryu Peristylium for offensive and defensive combat.
* DualWielding: Machina, Rem, and King.
* EldritchAbomination: The creature simply dubbed "the Darkness of Suzaku" by in-game characters, which appears in your introductory mission. No one knows what it is or where it comes from, but it's a gigantic three-headed bird-like beast that appears in a shroud of darkness obscuring its features.
* TheEmpire: The [[MeaningfulName aptly-named]] Milites seems bent on conquering everything in their path.
* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:In the secret ending, it is implied that Arecia's CosmicRetcon negated the possibility of a Milites invasion, and thus its accompanying fatalities (such as Class Zero). This is evidenced by a ShipTease between Emina and a very much alive and well Izana (at poor [[HotForTeacher Nine's]] [[AllLoveIsUnrequited expense]]).]]
* ExtranormalInstitute: The Peristylium
* TheFourGods: The symbols of each of the four countries revealed so far, with the protagonists' country being represented by Suzaku, The Vermilion Bird.
* FunWithAcronyms: The Military Operation, Organization, Guidance and Logistics Expert, aka the MOOGLE. Doubles as a MythologyGag.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: The gender split of the 14 playable characters is exactly even: 7 girls and 7 guys.
* HeroicSacrifice: The official goal of all the Class Zero students is to sacrifice themselves to become "Agito", the country's saviour. [[spoiler:They succeed.]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies The Heroes Die]].]]
* HoldingHands: The ending scene contains two instances of this. [[spoiler:Some members of Class Zero held hands as they were dying, and Machina holds Rem's hand to comfort her after they find the bodies.]]
* HotterAndSexier: Compared to the rest of the series anyway. The scenes of Emina in her bikini are '''the''' most gratuitous fanservice to yet come from ''Final Fantasy'', which considering their past instances of such is saying a lot. It's also the first time the developers have been forthcoming with the design process behind the {{Panty Shot}}s of the female characters, and recurring MsFanservice summon Shiva barely even qualifies as a CuteMonsterGirl, just being a buxom human in a bikini top and miniskirt.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Ace uses cards, Deuce uses a [[InstrumentOfMurder flute]], and Machina uses screw-[[ThisIsADrill drill]]-sword-things. And let's be honest, Sice, a scythe isn't the most practical thing, either.
* InTheHood: All the main characters in one cutscene.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Concordia's armies are full of dragons.
* KeystoneArmy: Defeating an enemy commander causes all other enemies to surrender.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia[=/=]WistfulAmnesia: [[spoiler:Oriense's Crystals have a very strange way dealing with the dead -- memories of any recently-deceased Oriensian will disappear from anyone who knew him/her, presumably to spare them the sense of grief and despair. But it doesn't prevent anyone from becoming curious over their missing memory pieces and finding out more. The rest of Class Zero would, in their HeroicSacrifice, ultimately restore Oriense's ability to remember the fallen.]]
* LazyBackup: Averted. You don't get a game over until all the playable characters are ko'd. Whether or not there will be exceptions to that rule remains to be seen.
* LimitBreak: Preforming basic attacks builds up a meter that lets you use your special attacks.
** CombinationAttack: The most powerful of which, Trinity Attacks, must be executed in tandem with the other two party members.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are fourteen ''playable'' characters.
** [[http://psp.rpgsite.net/news/1292-new-final-fantasy-type0-trailer-released And then there is this trailer.]]
* MessianicArchetype: Each of the twelve students is trying to become one as part of Operation Apostle.
* MythologyGag: Several.
** The Kingdom of Concordia employs Dragoons who [[DragonRider ride dragons]] as their military, like the original Dragoons of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''.
** {{Magitek}} Armor similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s appears.
** "Peristylium" comes from the Latin word ''peristyle'', which is a private garden. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s {{military academ|y}}ies were called Gardens.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Mechanical giant]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII scorpions]]
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI There's an airship named ''Setzer'']]
** Chapter 3 involve the infiltration of the imperial capital to explore and shut down their Magitek Armor factory. Bonus points for the party making their escape on a subway train in the next chapter.
** Chapter 5 features a large-scale battle between an airship fleet and a swarm of dragons, similar to the battle at Memoria in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. [[spoiler:Not to mention that Alexander is once again the plot-critical most powerful Eidolon.]]
* NewEraSpeech: Cid of Milites gives one to his armed forces, before they launch an invasion upon the Peristylium of Suzaku.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Most likely, since all the promotional material has shows the playable characters in their school uniforms.
** NonuniformUniform: Let's put it this way to save time; no two characters wear their uniforms the same way.
* PatrioticFervor: The opening movie begins with Cid rallying his troops in a ''Mien Kampf Liebenstraum''-esque speech, and ends with Ace standing tall, driving a pole bearing the flag of Rubrum into the ground before he and his classmates go to war.
* SigilSpam: Anything that remotely Rubrum will have some kind of gear motive on them, whether it's clothes that its people wear, summons, or architectures.
* ShoutOut:
** Rubrum includes towns named [[CthulhuMythos Innsmouth and Arkham]]. Milites has a town named [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Arwen]].
* {{Sidequest}}: The MOOGLE will give them out.
* SliceOfLife: Certain cutscenes revolve on the daily lives of Class Zero and other associated schoolmates between missions.
** [[spoiler:The secret ending shows a much happier day in Class Zero's lives in a world where the crystals no longer exist. Emina remains teacher and is dating Izana, much to poor Nine's grief; Machina drags Ace out of the library to play; Sice accidentally presents to Seven a love letter meant for Kurasame, even as he walks in on them; Trey and King ditch band practice, much to Jack's chagrin; Cater and Eight accidentally knock each other out when the former leaps off a ledge; Deuce, Cinque and Queen talk about a ShipTease between Ace and Mutsuki; and Rem wakes up from a bench, rises, and smiles to the sky.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted. In contrast to the "three females rule" of other ''Final Fantasy'' games, there are 7 girls in the main party.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:Turns out [[PhysicalGod Arecia]] knew all along that Oriense is trapped in one as part of her and the Arbitor of Lulusanth's experiment to see which of them gets to open the gate to the Invisible World -- the latter through [[KillEmAll sacrificing billions of lives]], Arecia through the "mighty souls", which come in the form of the sixteen students of Class Zero. However, within the last ''600,104,971'' iterations of this cycle, [[YouCantFightFate Class Zero has been doomed to fail Operation Apostle each time by becoming l'Cie and dying in battle]], and Oriense to destruction because of Cid's actions, and along the way four such pawns were abandoned, leaving only twelve to try and hold off [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Finis]] long enough for either deity to finish their own experiment, each being apparently an AnthropomorphicPersonification of a given power: Ace represents trust, Deuce to kindness, Trey to knowledge, Cater to courage, Cinque to innocent, Sice to persistence, Seven to understanding, Eight to calmness, Nine to action, Jack to ignorance, Queen to intelligence, and King to resolve. Come the 600,104,972nd cycle, Machina and Rem, two such "abandoned" pawns representing fear and love, respectively, helped the twelve defeat Cid -- [[BittersweetEnding not that this keeps Machina and Rem from crystallizing and their classmates from dying, though]]. Fortunately, their actions, [[ScrewDestiny which changed Oriense's destiny]], convinced Arecia (with some help from Joker and Tiz, the two remaining "abandoned" pawns representing pain and decrepitude, respectively) to revive Machina and Rem and allow them to record their classmates' deeds 50 years later; and at best, she abandons the experiment altogether and [[CosmicRetcon changes history]] such that [[RetGone the crystals would cease to exist]], giving Class Zero and Kurasame [[EarnYourHappyEnding another chance at life as a]] WackyHomeroom of sorts.]]
* SummonMagic: Called Gods of War or War Gods in this game.
* ThemeNaming:
** Twelve of the playable characters are named after playing cards and French dice terms. The low numbers are dice terms, possibly simply for sounding more like names. The other two characters that are playable have Latin and Japanese [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Name]]s.
** The four countries in the world are named for the four Chinese God Beasts. Suzaku (Vermilion Bird) for the heroes and Byakko (White Tiger) for the villains being most prominent in the story thus far.
** The cities of Concordia mostly have names from Hindu mythology.
* TooAwesomeToUse: For once in the series, averted with Elixirs. The game doesn't hand them out like candy, but it does give them to you often enough that you're comfortable using one when you need it. In their place is the Phoenix Down, which you'll treasure like a priceless antique once you realize how rare they are.
* TooManyBelts: Where a normal school uniform would have buttons to close up their shirts and coats, we have buckles here. [[AuthorAppeal Thank]] [[TetsuyaNomura Nomura]] for this.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:Rem, after becoming a Suzaku l'Cie, dies after Machina, made a Byakko l'Cie and clad in Milites armor, accidentally impales her, with neither recognizing each other until it was too late. They soon crystallize after this, but Arecia revives both of them.]]
* {{Vaporware}}: The game was infamous for this for a while; it was announced in 2006 as a cellphone game (that is, something traditionally very easy to put together), and it was 2011 before we got a release date... on the PSP, on two UMD discs. For a long time, people speculated that the project had just been canceled.
** The creators of the game admitted that development on the game didn't even really start until 2008, two years after it was announced, and even then it had to be kept to a minimum for the first year so they could focus on ''VideoGame/The3rdBirthday''.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: At various points in the game you have to play what is basically an RTS wargame, commanding camps dispatching troops to conquer enemy cities and providing them support fire. In a later chapter you have to fight dragons on an airship in a FPS sequence where you commandeer a deck cannon to blast them.
* WarIsHell: So very much. The game makes no attempt to hide the fact that people are dying on both sides, anyone you see in the Academy might not survive the next mission, and the government just sees them as expendable soldiers rather than people. It really sets the tone that the introductory cinematic shows front and center Academy students being gunned down by assault rifle fire.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Remember Nimbus, the Byakko l'Cie that appears during the early chapters of the game? The developers didn't. [[spoiler:That only a l'Cie can enter the Temple at Finis implies he took Cid there, but he never shows up there so presumably he crystallized off-screen.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Sice, Cinque, Rem, Aria and the female Suzaku soldiers score an easy A in this.
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