Combat is a very important piece of the puzzle in Final Fantasy XV. It may look some sort of random button mashing, but the new ATC mechanic established by Square Enix in its latest JRPG has it all to deliver some deep gameplay moments and requires to be handled properly in order to unleash the maximum power.
For example, there’s a rough transition from sword combo into tempest. Strike, pause, switch, strike doesn’t work for swords into tempest – only strike, guard, switch, release guard and tempest will activate. This entire combo is done while holding down strike. In order to get the pause and stop animation you just hold Guard briefly and release it.
In the process, Blink phases you out of any animation, including reloading the pistol. It’s very important, then, that you learn the skill so you can guard and immediately use any weapon in the game including machinery and not get hit.
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