Final Fantasy XV

by Square Enix | PlayStation 4

Final Fantasy XV is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 33.
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  • Language
  • Mild Blood
  • Partial Nudity
  • Violence
Platform: PlayStation 4
Category: Role-Playing
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 11/29/2016
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Final Fantasy XV

Cruising To Success
by Andrew Reiner
Concept:

A wildly different take on the series that embraces free-form combat, open-world exploration, and vast amounts of time on the open road


Graphics:

Camera tracking is sometimes faulty, but the action is a sight to behold, offering nicely animated characters, huge enemies, and stunning weapon effects


Sound:

Some location-specific melodies (especially at truck stops) are shockingly bad, and fail to capture the essence of the world. The new orchestrated combat pieces fair better, and the long car rides are improved by the collection of old Final Fantasy tracks. Voice work is top notch


Playability:

Combat is a showpiece of twitch gameplay and RPG conventions. Each battle can be a blast and a true test of skill. Driving is abysmal to the point of being nearly unplayable


Entertainment:

Final Fantasy XV struggles mightily with open-world navigation, but succeeds in storytelling, combat, and in empowering the player. Even fishing is good fun


Replay:

Moderately High

Final Fantasy XV is a road trip that comes dangerously close to running out of gas, coasting on fumes long enough to deliver a rich and rewarding open-world experience that embraces the bond of friendship just as much as the thrill of hunting for rare treasure and beasts. The concept of hitting the open road in a convertible with three friends is largely successful, consisting of pit stops at roadside dinners, detours to lakes for a quiet evening of fishing, campfires under the stars, and expeditions through the wilderness to find a landmark for a group photo. Final Fantasy XV captures the atmosphere of cruising down an American interstate, but also the boredom that comes from staring down hundreds of miles of open road, or not having anything more to say to the people in the car. If you can tolerate a baffling amount of time where nothing but travel happens, Final Fantasy XV is a good game that upends series traditions and stands as a uniquely satisfying adventure.

Although much of the focus is on the road trip, this isn't a traditional coming-of-age story for the four young gentlemen in the car. Protagonist Prince Noctis is hitting the road to attend his wedding not by his own will, but the order of his father. Noctis is to wed Lady Lunafreya to bring two kingdoms together and end the threat of war.

The narrative sticks to basic beats and doesn't try to overwhelm the player with lore or branching threads, something Final Fantasy XIII struggled with. The story ends up being a fun and emotional ride. The camaraderie between Noctis and his pals is beautifully told, as is the turmoil plaguing the kingdom. Like a car rolling along the highway, the story doesn't dwell on particular moments for too long, and moves along at a fervent pace. Some big, emotional scenes are hurt by the push to move on, but the political jargon is kept to a minimum, and the focus is instead placed on developing the characters.

I was a big fan of Final Fantasy X's ensemble, but thanks to the smart (and often funny) dialogue, Final Fantasy XV's characters are my favorite in the series. Prompto is loud and full of bad jokes, but he is sweet at heart and easy to root for. Ignis is the father-like voice of reason. Gladiolus is quiet and reserved, but ends up being the perfect wingman. Noctis is a bit of a cipher (which deepens the disconnect in emotional moments), but is a great leader, and an interesting, conflicted character, torn between his duties to the kingdom and wanting a different life.

The characters are made stronger by their interests, which are brilliantly sewn into the story and gameplay. Prompto is a photographer, and he snaps as many photos as he can throughout the trip. Whenever the group of friends rests for the night, the player can view all of the images he's taken, and can even save them. Ignis' love of food is just as fun to follow. Whenever he sees someone eating a new dish, or discovers an ingredient, he has a "eureka" moment, and jots down a recipe, which can benefit the group with significant (albeit temporary) attribute bumps.

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Story

In a matter of days, the Kingdom of Lucis is to sign an armistice, ending a long and bitter conflict with Niflheim. Ahead of the ceremony, Prince Noctis, heir to the Lucian throne, sets forth from his homeland to formalize the union of states through his marriage to the Lady Lunafreya of the imperial province of Tenebrae.

The offer of peace, however, is no more than a ruse to lower the Lucian shield, and the imperial army takes the crown city and its sacred crystal in one fell swoop. En route to his destination, Noctis is shocked to learn that he, his father the king, and his betrothed are believed dead.

Overnight, the dream of peace has faded into a distant memory. His world crumbling around him, Noctis has naught but his resolve and his loyal companions to see him through the trials to come.

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    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great game Great game, loved the story. They allow you to continue playing after the story and have DLC, but... that in itself doesn't warrant me want to max out my character. Imo there's no point to grind 200+ hours to max out your guys, to beat a couple hard bosses. I've done that in FF7. AP is too hard to gather when you need 900 for some max skills. I'll probably sell the game and wait for the FF7 remake.
    Date published: 2017-04-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This is the worst FF game I've played yet, even worse than FFXII. I can't say anything positive about the game, outside of it have great graphics. The characters are unlikable, the story is pretty bland, and the gameplay itself is even simpler than FFXIII.
    Date published: 2017-02-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Middle of the road Very confusing story that unless you look for help online you likely won't understand on your own. Battle system was the biggest let down for me, hoping for major improvement in future FF's as the chess like battles seem to be completely lost. Combat is mostly physical in this game, magic plays a very small role if you even choose to use it. As always FF does push the bar for graphics and music, it didn't disappoint there at all.
    Date published: 2017-01-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tabata Did His Best Just as the title screen says for the game, "A Final Fantasy for Fans and First-Timers." This is game is for both the fans and new casual players. The game is outstanding in its graphics and makes the battle mechanics convenient for everyone, yet the mechanics can be used easily to mash at your leisure or mix weapons for a full arsenal of combat. When it comes to the plot of the game, it leaves you at and end where much of the story feels left out. Unfortunately, Nomura was replaced by Tabata and a lot of what was planned for the game was scrapped. It is still an outstanding game for what it is.
    Date published: 2017-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Final Fantasy 15 anew I thought that Square did a great job with there first true open-world, free roam game. It is set in a more modern type fantasy world that is based on real places. The battle system is a bit hectic at times but I got use to it. I think the story should be longer but the side-quest and monster hunts make the game last longer. I finished it with over 164 hours so if you like to explore and diddle around there is plenty of that. I hope that Square learns from this and makes Final Fantasy 16 even greater.
    Date published: 2017-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Breath of Fresh Air I can't believe i'm saying this, but I hadn't realized how repetitive and almost boring most games have become these days until I played this. For once in a very very long time, I find myself actually hooked and wanting more.
    Date published: 2017-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Final Fantasy Games! This game has amazing potential, the gameplay is one of the best in final fantasy franchise, the open world is quite lovely and exciting. You and your comrades has such a nice feel in it. The story was amazing, but it was rushed from what I felt, but there is dlc coming for this game and the open world and combat makes up for it, also the beginning and the end of the game was fantastic if they just fix some things there and here I would say it was one of the top three best Final Fantasy game I've ever played. Final Fantasy 15 I recommended to first time final fantasy gamers and hardcore fans. The story is great just needs a bit adjustment in the middle that's all. But overall 10/10 game, with some minor things they can improve and will improve on.
    Date published: 2017-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC Story, World, Music Score! FIrst off, I have played most of the franchise and I have recently finished FF15. I am around 50 hours into the game between main story and side quests. This game is exactly what I have been waiting for after the utter disappointments that were FF12 and FF13. The music is Epic, the boss fights are Epic, and the story is an emotional roller coaster. Yoko Shimomura did an amazing job creating a musical score that captures the feelings and intensity of the situations you encounter! The world is beautiful/vast and dreaded at the same time and you have access to ridiculous bosses from the minute you enter "Open World" chapter. This game does not disappoint. Can be set to turn based/Wait mode.
    Date published: 2017-01-07
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