Story Focused vs Action Focused Differences in Final Fantasy 16

This guide will cover the differences between story-focused and action-focused gameplay in Final Fantasy XVI.

by Christian Bognar
Story-focused vs Action-focused in FFXVI
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There is a good chance you’re wondering whether to choose story-focused or action-focused when starting Final Fantasy XVI. Players are given a choice between the two modes when starting a new game, each providing a unique experience to the playthrough. So what are the differences between the two modes? This guide will cover everything you need to know regarding story-focused and action-focused modes and how they differentiate.

Differences Between Story Focused and Action Focused in Final Fantasy 16

The main difference between story-focused and action-focused in Final Fantasy XVI is that the former is an easier difficulty, while the latter provides a more significant challenge. More specifically, story-focused will equip timely accessories that make the combat more accessible for players. A handful of timely accessories are available in story-focused mode, and players can enable or turn them off whenever they see fit. Below are all the available timely accessories at launch.

  • Ring of Timely Strikes – Complex ability combinations are executed by pressing the controller’s square button.
  • Ring of Timely Focus – Time slows before any incoming evadable attacks, making it easier to dodge.
  • Ring of Timely Evasion – Automatically evades all eligible attacks when equipped.
  • Ring of Timely Healing – Automatically uses potions if health falls below a specific point.
  • Ring of Timely Assistance – Commands for Torgal is automatically executed.

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Should You Pick Story-Focused or Action-Focused?

Players new to action-focused combat that requires quick reflexes might want to try out story-focused before digging into the stricter challenge that action-focus provides. That said, the game does offer a solid tutorial system — giving players a good grip on everything that combat entails. So at the end of the day, picking a difficulty boils down to what you’re comfortable with.

Action-focused is designed to provide the best experience and what Square Enix intended for Final Fantasy XVI, so if you want to get the most out of the game — action-focused should be your go-to. If unsure, try both modes in the demo before diving into an actual playthrough!

- This article was updated on June 22nd, 2023

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Christian has been a writer of Attack of the Fanboy for a year and has covered Shadows of Rose, Wild Hearts, Remnant 2, Lies of P, and more; his favorite genre is Survival Horror. He has a business degree but felt the need to take his love for video games to the gaming community. Outside of writing, you can find him listening to all types of podcasts, especially Always Sunny Podcast and Morbid True Crime.