Final Fantasy XV

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Release Date

November 29, 2016

Developer

Square Enix

Publisher

Square Enix

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Final Fantasy XV is an open world action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One home consoles. The game is the fifteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series, and was released worldwide on November 29, 2016. The game features an open-world environment and action-based battle system similar to the Kingdom Hearts series, incorporating the ability to switch weapons and other elements such as vehicle travel and camping.

It has been many years waiting on a Final Fantasy title and I could only hope it would be a good one. Could it be worth the wait with all the anticipation riding on this hype train? Yes, all the wait was worth it. It has brought justice and faith back to the Final Fantasy I know and loved for so many years.

The game starts you off in the beautiful setting of Eos and among your brothers in arms to go forth and just have a great adventures and you get this great sense of excitement. You can see the map is huge and having transport from the get go just makes you want to travel about to see what is beyond the valleys. Of course the story will uncover the map for you and there are barriers but most of the areas are massive to explore.

With such a massive world you going to be finding yourself going on monster hunts, training at camp, fishing and even taking the odd photo here and there. Travelling with such a diverse group it sure does show that everyone has different tastes in what they enjoy in life.

If the battle system was boring it would have done this game no favors thankfully it is engaging to keep you focus not only on Noctis but the whole team. With the warp action exclusive to Noctis it gives a new edge to how you fight and approach them. It isn’t too groundbreaking but does make a change to the usual standoff.

As the battle can get mad to catch up with the camera has issues catching up too. This is a usual issue when it comes action games but you would think in this day and age this would have been ironed out. But no, the camera can find it hard to follow you and often can get stuck behind walls when battling in tight spaces.

As you go through the story it just tends to go through one ear and out the other, you go to all these places see all these faces but nothing tends to happen until it reaches a peak and hits the fan. But other than that you will be too busy enjoying yourself with the company of your companions taking on the vast enemies that come your way.

 

With bad writing on the story and it’s direction this is also apparent when it comes to the characters and they are forgettable. Apart from Noctis, Gladious, Ignis and Prompto I actually do not remember any other character name. I think because I am with the team so much that I actually remember them or they would have been forgotten too.

Is it worth the platinum?

With all the adventures and past times to do and see in Eos it totally makes it worth the platinum. It is a RPG so you should expect a grind when it comes to leveling up all of the team’s hobbies. Some more fun than others but it comes along with the ride. Completing the story and side quest net you a good amount of the list so this won’t feel like too much of a chore. While reaching the max level for each hobby can take some time a difficut trophy would be “Tortoise Toppler” as this requires you to defeat an Adamantoise. Final Fantasy fans would know of such a creature but to those who don’t…let’s just say it is a tortoise as big as a mountain. Good luck with that.

Could it be worth the wait with all the anticipation riding on this hype train? Yes, all the wait was worth it. It has brought justice and faith back to the Final Fantasy I know and loved for so many years.

To buy or not to buy?

I can recommended this from full price as you can be sinking hours not only to complete the story but to have fun with your brothers in arms. Taking the time out to do some hobbies with the odd monster hunt as well as stumbling upon a side quest. Can you see where I am going with this? The moment you load the game up and press start, that is the moment you become Noctis for the few hours you are there.

Reviewed by Sam

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8

Great

Pros

  • Decent battle system
  • Loads to do other than the story
  • Beautiful world to explore

Cons

  • Vague story
  • Mundane characters
  • Poor camera during combat