Final Fantasy Origin’s Normie Fuckboy Scores More Stylish Gear As You Play

Final Fantasy Origin’s Normie Fuckboy Scores More Stylish Gear As You Play
Screenshot: Square Enix

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin’s main character looks completely out of place, but here’s some good news from the newly fixed demo: His wardrobe quickly expands to include clothes and accessories that better fit the setting.

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is a Team Ninja-developed Souls-like that takes place in the world of the original Final Fantasy. Sounds really freaking cool, right? Well, the excitement of this E3 2021 announcement was dampened considerably by the game’s ostensible heroes, a casually dressed group led by a boring, Chaos-obsessed dude named Jack who looks more like a Paul Walker stunt double than a Final Fantasy protagonist.

After getting a chance to play Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, however, I’m happy to report that Jack, as the playable character, eventually begins to look like he belongs in the world of Final Fantasy. While he starts out in a pretty basic shirt, jeans, and boots ensemble — Kotaku editor-in-chief Patricia Hernandez called it “about as normie as a 7/11 parking lot” — he soon loots a wide variety of clothing from the game’s monsters and treasure chests.

Like, look at this guy. That’s a Final Fantasy-arse Final Fantasy character! At the very least, it matches the aesthetic direction of modern games like Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake, which mix real-world fashion with the more fantastical elements for which the series is known.

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I’m also a big fan of the facemask look, though that’s probably more about lingering trauma from the last year than a true fashion opinion.

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Optimising my gear for the Lancer job ended up turning Jack into some sort of edgelord hermit. I think the halberd is doing most of the work in making this outfit work, honestly.

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This final assemblage of equipment is probably what folks were most expecting to see upon hearing the phrase “Final Fantasy Souls-like.” If you just ignore Jack’s stupid face, I think it would be easy to mistake him for a low-level Final Fantasy XIV player.

Screenshot: Square Enix / KotakuScreenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

Look, I’m not saying any of these outfits are particularly good. Many of the clothing options I’ve seen so far lean way too heavily into Final Fantasy veteran Tetsuya Nomura’s tendency to festoon every character in his games with superfluous straps and buckles.

But I also believe Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin would have enjoyed a much better reception from fans had Square Enix revealed the game with the lead looking maybe 30 per cent less fuckboy. No one wants to play a Final Fantasy game as their sister’s first scumbag boyfriend after she left for college.

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin launches sometime next year for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. The demo is playable until June 24.


  • A bit of swearing is okay, but I’m getting a bit tired of the course language in Kotaku’s titles and preview text (there was the article about Harley that mentioned ‘ass eating’ yesterday).

    I open this site hoping for gaming and pop culture news, not really an unfiltered gaming discord chat.

    • Agree. I’m not precious, but the writers on this site more and more mistake it for their social media.

    • I had to wonder about the author’s knowledge of anatomy and sexual practices if they think that Batman not going down on Catwoman had to do with ass eating.

      And yeah, the language that they’re using in the titles and articles to refer to this character have gone far past the offensive line. Imagine if they were using the same kind of language for a female character.

      I’m sure theres a place to lodge a formal complaint with the website’s owner about language used. Which I know is in no way brought about by the Australian site, but by the US side’s editorial staff after we had some rewritten headlines from Alex’s articles.

      • Yeah, I’m usually all for swearing like a seasoned sailor, but having it in a headline like this feels like it’s overstepped the mark. And having a go at Paul Walker (who’s brother acted as his stunt double after he died) is in such poor taste that I recoiled reading the article. In might be all fun and games to Ian, but this entire article was uncalled for, almost to the point of requiring an apology to Paul Walker’s brother for the tone.

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