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Final Fantasy XV Review By Erren Van Duine on December 12, 2016 at 8:14 PM

A lot’s happened in 10 years but we’re finally here. Final Fantasy XV is real, it’s in our hands and we’ve played it to completion. It’s kind of hard to believe.

Armed with a wonderful soundtrack, a big open world and an action-based battle system, Final Fantasy XV represents a big step for the series. After years of expectations, troubled development, a generational leap and staff changes along with a host of other difficulties and delays the game has shaped up to be an emotional roller coaster of sorts. There’s certainly a lot to say here so let’s get to it.

Shedding the Active Time Battle and turn-based traditions of the series’ past, Final Fantasy XV takes on an action battle system performed in real time. Dubbed “Active Cross Battle,” this system relies on the speed of the player through one-button command presses – attacking, blocking and then parrying as the game sees fit. It’s a system that takes some getting used to – along with its camera – but once you do it becomes a fun romp.

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Placed in the shoes of Noctis Lucis Caelum, you’ll solely control Final Fantasy‘s latest hero throughout the entirety of your journey. Your other party members – Ignis, Prompto and Gladiolus – act on AI, though you can issue partner commands during the course of battle to perform special moves and the like. Noctis himself can equip up to four weapon types and switch between them in real time. There’s a ton of freedom here, with each weapon and piece of equipment allowed to be switched out mid-battle.

Along with weapons Noctis can use Magic – though its execution is clunky at best. Venture inside the game’s menu to the crafting screen where you’ll select one of three main elements and combine them alone or together with various items to create powerful spells. Magic itself works in an unconventional way – your characters throw out grenade-type items through unwieldy aiming. Unlike previous games, however, magic operates on a cool-down so you’ll have to wait a short while before casting again.

FFXV‘s systems are rounded out with a Western-style skill tree. This ability, or Ascension system as its called, allows you to build your characters as you see fit. There’s certainly a decent amount of options here whether you’re interested in physical combat, more of a magic setup and other abilities such as Libra and Ability Point gain lending to a deeper game experience as you progress.

For those reluctant or overwhelmed by the action-based nature of this game Square Enix has implemented an optional Wait Mode, accessible through the main menus. Here, instead of performing actions in real time, the game pauses for a bit to let you choose a more tactical plan of attack. It’s certainly welcome when combat gets a little dicey – and it does. Waves of enemies can be really overwhelming in this game if you’re not prepared for them.

Wait Mode also lessens the strain presented by the game’s camera, which can be truly cumbersome in most situations. The camera can be particularly terrible when dealing with multiple large enemies. It basically shoots into the ground with lock-on so you can’t see any incoming attacks and becomes a hindrance in most indoor battle locations.

XV_01In-between all of this lies FFXV‘s experience and leveling systems – tied to a rather lavish camping system we’ve known since the beginnings of Episode Duscae. Ignis is your go-to here, collecting recipes throughout that give different buffs depending on the food item you choose. It loses its magic after the first few hours but you’ll still need to use rest areas to level up and camp sites in particular exist to help you prepare for long treks through dungeons, big boss battles and other mob hunts.

Taking notes from popular Western games such as Skyrim and The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy XV delves deep into the cuttings and map design found in a typical open world game – for at least half of it anyway. You see, the game is actually divided up into two major parts: an open world section and a more linear, story-focused segment that follows through to the end of the narrative. It’s here things start to get a little muddled; it’s here FFXV starts to feel like it’s trying to be an amalgamation of everything AAA without seeing the greater plot.

Final Fantasy XV‘s first half takes place in an open world area known as Lucis. It’s here you’ll be doing the majority of exploration and side-quests – menial as they may be. Lucis is a massive place and it’s truly beautiful. The art direction certainly shines through here, though for all its looks and amount of time you’ll be spending here it’s ultimately empty land. Side-quests will keep you busy for a time but the variety and world-building of said quests are often threadbare. The majority of them amount to basic fetch quests – go here, kill enemy there; find a rare stone, bring it back and so on and so forth. Occasionally you’ll hit one of the game’s masterfully designed dungeons, which does help to break up the monotonous pace a bit.

As you play through the first part of the game you’ll notice the narrative presence is largely lacking. This seems to be done somewhat intentionally – as if they focused first on creating an open world segment and all the side quests that went in it before looking at the story they had. Right from the outset of the game, the narrative that’s there is often stilted, feeling more like pieced together footnotes rather than something coherently told. Traditional cutscenes are shed in part for real-time dialogue scenes where animation and framing takes a step back to create a more seamless experience.

Square Enix has billed the bulk of Final Fantasy XV as a “road trip” experience and I think they succeeded with that for the most part. From driving the car around, refueling it, taking in sights and discovering locations and listening to conversations – there’s something nostalgic about what they’ve created here. For a time, at least, there is simply a sense of wonder about just sitting in the back of a car as stretches of landscape roll past to the tune of your favorite Final Fantasy classics. It’s a calming experience, if anything.

Regardless, the open world parts left me wanting. It’s here the story happens outside of the main characters and it’s here things feel disjointed in a sense. Cut off from the over-arching narrative for the most part, Noctis and friends seem content taking their time, driving around in their car, taking on random fetch quests… but for what? In effect it really hurts the sense of urgency established by the game’s opening hours that there isn’t enough narrative in-between these moments of downtime. Of course, Square Enix issued a band-aid fix that doesn’t quite work – slapped on scenes from Kingsglaive and the “Omen” trailer come across as a critical response rather than coherent narrative planning. It’s a mess that only serves to highlight how weak the story actually is.

XV_02Again, it’s not until the latter parts of Final Fantasy XV, once you begin the linear sections, that the story begins to come into full view. Unfortunately, the disappointing aspects of the story never seem to recover. While the core of the narrative turns back to Noctis and crew much of it feels rushed along right up to the ending. It becomes painfully obvious things that are supposed to be there just aren’t – between large amounts of plot, character motivations and DLC hooks happening off-screen it’s a case of missed opportunities on the highest level. When big events do eventually happen, many of them feel unearned because the viewer was never given that sense of agency or time to develop any sort of meaningful connection.

The core group of friends, however – Noctis, Ignis, Prompto and Gladiolus – are a fine cast. They’re likeable for the most part and help carry the game where the main scenario falls flat. You’ll be spending most of your time with these four so it makes sense a lot was put into their relationships, their conversations and struggles. Their relationship really outshines the dark spots in the story.

For all the strength that’s had in the main cast, however, FFXV‘s supporting cast comes out disappointing. This disappointment doesn’t revolve around what they do but rather what they don’t. Most of what happens to these characters occurs off-screen and the full of the Niflheim Empire save Ardyn is unfortunately wasted. Too much was shoveled off onto notes scattered about the world, outside media such as Kingsglaive and Brotherhood and the game’s lengthy load screens. What’s worse is much of the promotional material really didn’t reflect the story that ended up being.

One particular example of this rests with the main heroine Lunafreya. Described as a “very strong character” meant to pull the weight of the story, Luna falls into the same trappings she did in Kingsglaive where she exists as a plot point serving only to further the main character Noctis. Not much is explained about her own thoughts on her motivations and destiny. We needed more time to get to know Luna and why her relationship with Noctis is what it is.

Final Fantasy XV‘s story represents a mountain of missed potential. At an outward glance the concepts they had were great despite the changeover from Final Fantasy Versus XIII. If they had just fleshed things out a bit more – the Niflheim Empire, the world building and put in more actual cutscenes for the big moments we could have had something amazing here, perhaps one of the best entries out of the mainline games. As it stands though, the execution of FFXV‘s story is one of the biggest missteps in the series. Whether that comes down to the development issues, time crunch or what have you, it’s clear the foundation for greatness was toppled before it could even begin.

VERDICT

I’ve put a lot of thought into Final Fantasy XV, the emotional roller coaster as it were. The games shines the most during its smaller moments between friends, when you’re out gazing at the open world and discovering new things through battles, photography, Ignis’ cooking and finding that perfect fishing spot. These human moments give FFXV its own identity in a sense – an identity the game can claim assuredly above all else that says yes, these guys are worth spending time with.

Noctis and his friends, along with the main villain are admirable; it’s just a shame the rest of the cast wasn’t treated with as much care. The rest of the game is hit or miss including its big set-piece moments against the Astral beasts and challenging mob hunts. Later on the game decides to throw a stealth chapter at you, which while interesting at first, ends up overstaying its welcome. Other clunky inclusions such as the much-requested airship leave me scratching my head. At times it’s a confusing game.

On the visual front FFXV does indeed look great for most of it, others not. There’s a mix of quality going on at times and those elements really rear their head when the occasional bug does pop up. That’s Final Fantasy XV in a nutshell: for every brilliant idea or element there’s one equally baffling. The end result is still a good game, though it remains disappointing knowing it could have been all that and more if it just had a little more time in the oven.

Disclaimer: A PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XV was provided to Nova Crystallis by Square Enix for review.

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  • NoctLightCloud

    “These human moments give FFXV its own identity in a sense – an identity the game can claim assuredly above all else that says yes, these guys are worth spending time with.” I like that sentence!

  • Hasuki

    R.I.P Versus XIII. Should of kept Nomura at the helm. Now he doesn’t even want any part of this project, given that his name fails to appear in any of the game’s credits besides the title screen. Hope KH III and FF VII Remake renew the company’s status. These are just my opinions anyways. I still very much support Square and wish them the best in the future.

  • Nick Greeley

    Though it’s a little late now, just FYI you don’t actually have to aim the magic; just lock onto an enemy with the magic selected and tap O

  • Rowe

    The story was so bad it gave me cancer.

  • TheRealOne

    Well the story aspects will probably be fixed to some extent in the story patches that will come out later on. But the game did reslly feel rushed in thr 2nd half since apparently, the development team didnt have much time to finish the game properly, according to the recent 4chan leaks. But given that, its still a pretty good game.

  • Rybosome

    I agree with this review (as of chapter 10, where I’m at now).

    Immersive touches like the banter between the guys or how they envision classic Final Fantasy monsters are impeccable, but the disconnect between the unhurried open world and the tense, linear narrative doesn’t work. They don’t do a great job explaining why some things are happening; in particular, beginning the journey to meet the Astrals was so confusingly lead to that I still have no clue why I’m doing it.

    I can ignore little bugs (monsters disappearing, finicky camera) because the core gameplay is really, really fun. Combat feels great once you get used to it, and the joy of seeing new monsters, discovering new areas and finding the incredibly tense and exciting dungeons is absolutely wonderful. Ignoring plot and NPCs, I would call this the best FF ever made…but those elements are so poorly executed that they drag it down.

    These are really strong and opposing views, so my overall impression is that the game is worth playing as a Final Fantasy fan if you walk into it with your expectations set correctly. Prepare to be very impressed by the gameplay, the feel, the world and the main characters, but confused and uninspired by the events that unfold within it.

    I’d be happy to play sequels set in this world that do a better job focusing on one or the other of the open-world style or the linear style. The DLC might provide some of that too, and if so I think it would be worth the cost.

  • Randy Marsh

    Excellent review. More or less, these are my exact feelings of FFXV. It feels a bit saddening wondering on what this game could’ve been with the Versus XIII elements we were originally still promised three and a half years ago, but it is what it is. However this is indeed a good game, just has a lot of flaws when it came to the story and some execution in the gameplay at times. I do think that Final Fantasy XV is a good stepping stone and a good place to starting point for the next gen FFs. That’s all I have to say, I’m taking my leave before the comments here go to “Grrr Garr!”

  • Aulix Indragonz

    i won’t give it more than 7,5
    the gameplay was awesome but the story and overall game feels half baked imo
    only the first half of the game is complete meanwhile the other half is pretty clear that they’re only doing a half assed effort and scrapping content here and there so the game won’t take much more of their time, like they’re doing all they can to get rid of XV as fast as possible instead of giving all of their effort to make the best possible
    tenebrae,niflheim and altissia not being fully accessible is the other reason that supports this. and the fact that they try to add more cutscene in the game explaining the story

  • Somnus92

    Great review, I’m more interested about what’s next for the Final Fantasy series now. It’s a shame that FFXV went through development hell since its conception as Versus XIII and we all wished it would’ve a smoother transition, but as someone who waited a long time, I’m just glad I had closure and already moved on.

    Final Fantasy 7: Remake looks pretty good, and I can’t wait to see any future announcement of the next mainline title or remakes.

  • Jesus Christ

    Is there a quantitative score?

  • Zerox20

    NC does not do review scores. =)

  • Luke Watts

    GRRR GAARRRRR!!!!! NOT NEGATIVE ENOUGH!!!!
    Just kidding! :), but not really.

  • Luke Watts

    “Unfortunately, the disappointing aspects of the story never seem to recover”
    This should be the heading of the review. If all else fails, if ALL. ELSE. FAILS. Final Fantasy’s stories should not.
    Sadly, this one did.

  • Jesus Christ

    Well bless y’all hearts then.

    Not even like grade scores? A-F? XD

  • Buddhafied

    Troll all you want, but using cancer as a joke is distasteful and inconsidering for anyone who are and who knows someone with that illness. Try to learn better sarcasm.

  • Codes McGodes

    Seems to be the general consensus. The best part of the game is the open-world roadtrip. But the story is complete and utter tripe.

  • Breathless

    “if it just had a little more time in the oven” – that is just so sad considering how long it did have in the oven…. Sad because it’s so true.

  • Aulix Indragonz

    he wanted to make versus a game with multiple sequels
    you know how long it will take to complete it?
    it’s a waste of time and money, they would rather bury the chaos that is versus/XV once and for all and just move on from it

  • Aulix Indragonz

    how is it a troll when many reviewer are saying the same thing
    just because he’s not being politically correct when saying it does not make it any less correct
    story wise FF XV is bad, like real bad to the point they need to patch it because many of the players were confused by the inconsistency

  • My only beef with the game is the friendly fire with magic, the narrow spots they sometimes make you fight in, and finally and worst of all: the villains almost never cross Noctis’ path. Iedola, Verstael and Ravus should have been shown off and on thru out the whole game, but instead it’s only Ardyn the entire time.

  • Nomura will just have to put any ideas not used in XV in KH3’s battle system and exploration.

  • Noctis

    My review of this game:

    This game tries to hard being dark. in The end.

    Noctis is dead….so its game over!

  • Well. Look at how he made the comment. Zero constructive criticism. And cancer? WHAT. That’s almost troll. Almost.

    Plus. Buddhafied didn’t call him troll not because he said the story was so bad.

  • Stonespear

    The remake is going to be on my radar constantly from now on. It’s been a while since we saw any footage so I’m very excited to see what’s changed, been added and removed. I truly cannot wait – in such a way that it overshadows my excitement even for FFXV by a huge margin!

  • Codes McGodes

    100%. This game, in my opinion, has the weakest story in the entire series. Which is such a shame because it has the building blocks for what could have been one of the best stories in the series. Tbh, FFXIV has been the only main series entry since FFX to actually have a genuinely good, worthwhile story. It’s the only thing that makes me believe Square-Enix hasn’t completely lost their ability to tell a story.

  • Bobby/Godless

    Spoilers bro..

  • Jesus Christ

    Honest question: Can it be one reason you don’t give scores because it may affect your relationship with Square Enix? As stated above, you got a review copy from the company, right?

    Also, perhaps last week, I saw you retweeted a tweet saying along the line of Square Enix cutting ties with a game review site because they gave a below (consensus) average score for the game.

    So, is NOT giving out an actual score just being safe? Or is there more to the rationale? I mean, you can be in-depth in your writing and still give a score right?

    Just curious, thanks!

  • Ryuke

    Well written, and I agree with the review on pretty much all parts. For me, the game starts off great, and up to Chapter 3 and 4 I was like yeah, I really like this. Then 5, 6, 7, 8 all snowball into a mess and really frustrate me. There’s so much potential there, but the whole narrative is just a complete misfire. I haven’t progressed past 8 yet as I’m cleaning up hunts and side quests in the open world part, but I think even XIII presented and told its story better so far which is something it’s often criticized for as the worst part of the game.
    Remaining spoiler-free, there were a few points were it says “a few days later…” and then I’m just in some other location, with no explanation of whats happened, and the loading screen for the chapter pretty much spoiled what I was about to do anyway. It’s like the story was the half-baked addition to the open world and all the side systems they put in place, which is absurd considering the development time. The game should be built around the story, not fit the story about the game that’s built.

    Initially I’d have given the game a 9/10. Now it’s dropped for about a 7.5/10. Unfortunately, the more I play, the more the game really frustrates me.

  • Aulix Indragonz

    still doesn’t make his comment any less correct
    the story was bad. and

  • John Fabian

    I totally agree. I enjoy the game and the scenery (Im at chapter 8). But the story is the most badly executed one in all the FF’s so far. Very confusing.

  • John Fabian

    Yeah. Even though we know almost nothing about the Versus project it looked so much more compelling than XV. Much darker, better atmosphere, and the small story-bits we saw in trailers are better than anything I’ve witnessed in XV so far.

  • Noctis

    She is to scared she will not give you any answer

  • Miqote

    The gameplay is dreadful. Just dreadful. Either be full fledged action game or not.

  • Invictus

    Despite all the technological upgrades, people still play for the story. An element that game developers seem to sacrifice these days.

  • Randy Marsh

    Haha, then I highly suggest you guys update your review policy, seems a tad bit out of date. It still says you guys give scores for your reviews. If I remember correctly, the last time this site gave a review score was back in the ye olden days of Lightning Returns.

  • Yuntu

    But this is full action …

  • God. We all accept the fact that story is kinda bad. No need to shove it in our face. Thanks.

  • Noctis

    Oh alright please inform me what you think when you beat the game. I`m interested

  • Noctis

    Yeah i feel really bad for him, this should have been his masterpiece instead they just take is nice idea and turned into a mess.

    After we got lightning and now this I lost all my trust in Square.

    They only people I believe in Is Nomura and maybe a few other is Sqaure Enix the rest just wants profit and produce garbage games like this.

    Well guys if you feel like the idea of Versus just sign this petition 😀

    https://www.change.org/p/square-enix-reboot-final-fantasy-versus

  • Noctis

    Well….its just as you said.

    They sacrificed the story LOOOOL

  • Noctis

    Sorry guys…for the people who finished the game. How will you remember FFXV?

  • stevenm281

    Epic journey with a crazy fun battle system, delightful soundtrack, but ultimately underdeveloped story and bad magic system.

  • Invictus

    I wonder why…hmmmm lol

  • Vallen

    My main issues were:
    -The disjointed narrative
    -The removal of most material from previous trailers
    -And the separated world map (all those areas you visit in the latter part of the game, when it’s linear, should not have been separate locations but part of a larger world map – like the Empire’s Capital City, Altissia, Luna’s Kingdom, and Insomnia)

  • Noctis

    alright….

  • Mehmed

    The story under Nomura was great, I believe.

  • Invictus

    A story we’ll never get to see. lol

  • Ryuke

    Scared? Why would she be scared to answer a question?! NC do not do review scores. A lot of places do not do review scores. It’s as simple as that and she doesn’t have to justify NC’s review policy, nor discuss NC’s relationship with Square Enix. Not taking away from the OP’s question, as they are perfectly entitled to ask a question and this comment is in response to your odd comment, but I don’t see how it not being answered immediately equates to the reviewer being “scared”?!

  • Ryuke

    That’s something that’s no one other than Nomura knows, nor will ever know unless SE details the original FF Vs XIII story, which is highly unlikely.

  • SuicideSancti

    A huge opportinuty to be among the best FFs, that missed it by not much… But a lot at the same time.

  • Ryuke

    A petition to make a game because people didn’t like the game that was made? Screams of entitlement so bad, and in the unlikely event it reaches enough signatures I do hope SE take no notice of it. All people know of Verses was a few trailers and characters, nothing else. I don’t understand how people are so attached to it, and with no way of knowing if Verses would turn out just as disappointing as they found XV. The sooner people move on and look forward the better!

  • NoctLightCloud

    I like reviews like these much more than scores anyways. Many people don’t even pay attention to scores that much. I for example still don’t know how The Last Guardian was received, and I actually would love to read texts about it, not just judge it by scores. Judgement done wrong: see low scores >> proceed to skip out on a game.

  • Invictus

    You know how corporations work. Deadlines, quotas, sales and the figures alike. Most definitely Tabata and his team were put under extreme pressure to get this game out (Pressure by fans themselves) so they can get revenue. The result was a complete/incomplete game with awesome graphics.

    I still commend Tabata for amazing cooperation with the fans. Now what’s in store for FF7 Remake? lol

  • •december

    All in all it felt short.
    They should have probably left all the extra things in the main game,
    and left the Uncovered Event for another year

  • •december

    It was a mistake to announce the Sept 30th release date lel

  • stevenm281

    The invasion of Insomnia should have been the game’s opening with Noctis escaping with his friends and Luna.

    The DLC episodes focused on each party member are most likely happening during their absence from the main party, so it shouldnt be DLC, it should have been in the main game.

  • Buddhafied

    I didn’t say his comment/opinion is incorrect at all, how can an opinion be incorrect in the first place. Somber said exactly why I think he’s trolling (I didn’t call him a troll either, someone trolling or troll-ish in one instance didn’t make that person a troll; just like if someone make a bad decision in one moment doesn’t make that person a bad person.) Without any constructive criticism, just throwing a “it’s so bad it gave me cancer” is, arguably troll-ish.

    I will retract of using the troll word if that upsets you or anyone, since I guess he might not purposely try to cause discourse (who knows, as there is nothing to base his intention on with little he commented,) but using cancer as a joke? If someone say “the story is so bad I rather die in the nazi concentration camp.” or how about “the story is so bad it is better off getting jump off the twin towers during 9/11”? When a jokes a certain line, we should question the intention of the person, and my conclusion is either this person is ignorant, or a troll.

    PS: I haven’t finished the game yet, but I also agree the story can definitely be told better.

  • Shinobuden

    If they had kept Nomura at the helm we’d have been looking at another 10 years before the game had been released, if not more. Or ever. And we’d be getting it in parts. Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy Versus XIII 2.5, 2.8…you get it. XV’s story was a jumbled mess for sure, but Nomura himself has to release Kingdom Hearts in several parts just to connect the dots and that wasn’t a good sign for Versus XIII.

  • Shinobuden

    Right?! People keep saying things like “The story was so much better in Versus XIII!” and “Stella was so much more interesting than Luna!” etc. Except what information was available was minimal at best. I really don’t get how people got so attached to things when they have little to no information.

  • stevenm281

    the same way you connect to somebody you don’t know, its a feeling, you’re lovestrucked by that particular thing without really knowing why, you just are.

  • That’s not a spoiler. Its bad writing.

  • Fun game. Has its ups and downs. Hope FF16 is more my speed. Action RPG or not they need to fully flesh out villains just as much as they did the heroes.

  • Shinobuden

    I’m gonna address the most important thing here. Older Noctis is the most well designed and handsome FF male character ever. Anyone agree?

    But yeah, this review is pretty much spot on and rings true with my own opinion on the game.
    I’ve said it a million times to my friends and I’ll say it again here. The soundtrack in this game is phenomenal and one of the strongest soundtracks in the FF series to date. Thank you Yoko for composing such masterpieces.

    Despite the game’s shortcomings I’d say I got my money’s worth out of the game. 140 hours clocked and done pretty much all the post-game content. Cautiously optimistic for the VII remake.

  • Mona777

    Agree 101% with everything you wrote basically. I’ve read some other reviews but they don’t mention that the story isn’t complete. Hopefully we get a complete story with future patches and DLC because I really love the characters and game… except the story.

  • Jesus Christ

    “I’m gonna address the most important thing here. Older Noctis is the most well designed and handsome FF male character ever. Anyone agree?”

    I divinely disagree. I divinely censure this notion. And that’s gospel.

    Other than that, yes, soundtrack is divine!

  • Erren Van Duine

    Hey, so we actually haven’t been doing scores for some time now. As a site we decided it’s more productive to let our writing speak for itself because we have a lot to say and we’d like everyone to get a good idea of our feelings here when it comes to talking about a game. Scores are often distracting – sometimes people care more about arbitrary numbers rather than the content of the review itself.

    Hope that helps.

  • •december

    On screen time of hero/heroine characters in XV was terrible.
    And they were actually interesting too!
    Cor Leonis,
    Lunafreya,
    “Demon slayer” Iris,
    Aranea Highwind

    ..Hardly saw ’em.
    then BAM game ended.
    Season Pass DLC please flesh these characters out more!!!!

  • •december

    Episode Prompto,
    Episode Gladiolus
    Episode Ignis

    Bring ’em on, more is yet to come.

  • XenoSilvano

    has hell frozen over?

    I am surprised and revealed after reading this article, I expected he author to offer nothing but praise for this game and to ignore all the glaring flaws but no criticisms where raised, I am not crazy

  • XenoSilvano

    the potential is there, how could they miss it

  • XenoSilvano

    unrealised potential/feeling of emptiness

  • stevenm281

    idk…

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    To save the world? I don’t think the Lucii had a choice in how to do it.

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    This is making me hope the rumors from 4chan by way of reddit that they plan to remake it with the Versus elements re-added are true, despite how unlikely it seems.

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    I approve. Number and letter scores for games are fundamentally arbitrary because the things they’re rating are unquantifiable. Better to state opinions.

  • Luke Watts

    It would probably be worse…..

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    We do know that they condensed a trilogy into a single game, and it shows. There doubtless was more meat planned for the game’s story that still exists as notes out there, we just don’t have it.

  • Mmmmm, Horse!

    I believe that the Bible is never scored and never has to be scored.

  • Mmmmm, Horse!

    Feeling connected and lovestruck to somebody who don’t know you and whom you don’t know is what psychologists called “obsession”, and that’s pretty creepy IRL, regardless of whether the target is a woman or a man… and in this case, an imaginary product, you know.

  • XenoSilvano

    I had to look this up

    the Wikia for FINAL FANTASY says:

    “After sitting on the throne, he called the spirits of the Kings of Lucii. Each spirit “attacks” Noctis to be absorbed into the Ring of Lucii, each one progressively weakening Noctis ‘and nearly killing him’ (so he is not dead, I thought he died) before the ritual was complete. Noctis was able to muster all his strength to stay alive for the final spirit to ‘seemingly’ finish him off”

  • XenoSilvano

    Did Luna even die(?) that ending suggests that they are either both in the afterlife or are both Still alive

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    In the afterlife/ascended to a higher plane or godhood.

  • Noctis

    Its called Versus dude.

  • Noctis

    Well, Ok…here ya go…doesn`t this sound far more interesting as the shit we got?

    he game centered about death, ghosts and hallucination/dreams. Noctis killed the female protagonist before the game started but he didn’t remember. Ardyn was Noctis ancestor and he was responsible of the crystals disappearing over time (the only one left was Lucis crystal). Regis died in front of Noctis because his bodyguards betrayed him. The protagonists had to leave the capital because their nation lost the war.

    The game didn’t focus on summons that much (they still existed) and instead there were actual gods which didn’t appear physically. One of the gods was the main antagonist of the first FF game. Each nation was inspired by a different capital of the world. The empire was using ghosts as weapons. Ravus wanted to kill Noctis for having killed her sister. The game ended in another dimension which was supposed to be their version of the after-life.

    I’m probably wrong about this since I’m not that familiar to plot terms and stuff from the 13 universe but I think more than one crystal existed in the game and that each crystal had a family which acted as bodyguards. Noctis was part of the Lucis family and the heroine was part of the other family. And the game had a lot to do with death so Noctis was continously using the weapons of dead family members.

    There’s also another leaker which says that some of the stuffs he say are wrong especially about stella. Here’s what he said:

    I worked on the game. OP is full of shit though he did get lucky on the Shiva area being cut. Most of the stuff on that entire continent was cut. The stuff about Stella is complete bullshit; She was going to be a rival character you fought multiple times in the first game before joining the party in Gladio’s place for the final boss fight.

    None of that shit about Ravus and Stella was ever in the script.

    Ravus was supposed to be a villain 100% up until rewrites at the beginning of this year.

    In V13 he was supposed to be the penultimate boss of the first game. He was a mage and the guy in the hood. After the switch to XV he remained a villain who was supposed to have been a mid-boss a few times before showing up corrupted in the imperial capital. His sole motive in both versions was revenge against Insomnia, Regis and Noctis for his mother’s death.

    He also said some things about the development from versus to xv:

    the “daemons are dead people” twist was always there from the beginning. It was originally supposed to tie into the Etros but wasn’t actually entirely worked out (the third game only had a vague outline).

    To elaborate: V13’s script for the first game was entirely complete start to finish. The whole plot. Second game was half done, third was only a vague outline with the general direction that the game was to go in. Empire was to remain until the end of the second game which was why the big cast of empire bosses which got cut to just Ravus (not even a mage anymore) and Aranea in XV. Some work on the first game was done before switching to XV but no work was done on the second and third though some of the stuff from them (everything on the second continent for example) was brought into XV anyway.

    The first game is completely different from XV and incomplete as a story (it’s an “end of disc 1” moment), plus half of that script was rewritten into Kingsglaive.

  • Noctis

    Versus Original script, was changed a thousand of times, Tabta tought changing the whole sript and making a movie with Nyx that none wanted from the beginning would please us lol. Here ya go all

    The game centered about death, ghosts and hallucination/dreams. Noctis killed the female protagonist before the game started but he didn’t remember. Ardyn was Noctis ancestor and he was responsible of the crystals disappearing over time (the only one left was Lucis crystal). Regis died in front of Noctis because his bodyguards betrayed him. The protagonists had to leave the capital because their nation lost the war.

    The game didn’t focus on summons that much (they still existed) and instead there were actual gods which didn’t appear physically. One of the gods was the main antagonist of the first FF game. Each nation was inspired by a different capital of the world. The empire was using ghosts as weapons. Ravus wanted to kill Noctis for having killed her sister. The game ended in another dimension which was supposed to be their version of the after-life.

    I’m probably wrong about this since I’m not that familiar to plot terms and stuff from the 13 universe but I think more than one crystal existed in the game and that each crystal had a family which acted as bodyguards. Noctis was part of the Lucis family and the heroine was part of the other family. And the game had a lot to do with death so Noctis was continously using the weapons of dead family members.

    There’s also another leaker which says that some of the stuffs he say are wrong especially about stella. Here’s what he said:

    I worked on the game. OP is full of shit though he did get lucky on the Shiva area being cut. Most of the stuff on that entire continent was cut. The stuff about Stella is complete bullshit; She was going to be a rival character you fought multiple times in the first game before joining the party in Gladio’s place for the final boss fight.

    None of that shit about Ravus and Stella was ever in the script.

    Ravus was supposed to be a villain 100% up until rewrites at the beginning of this year.

    In V13 he was supposed to be the penultimate boss of the first game. He was a mage and the guy in the hood. After the switch to XV he remained a villain who was supposed to have been a mid-boss a few times before showing up corrupted in the imperial capital. His sole motive in both versions was revenge against Insomnia, Regis and Noctis for his mother’s death.

    He also said some things about the development from versus to xv:

    the “daemons are dead people” twist was always there from the beginning. It was originally supposed to tie into the Etros but wasn’t actually entirely worked out (the third game only had a vague outline).

    To elaborate: V13’s script for the first game was entirely complete start to finish. The whole plot. Second game was half done, third was only a vague outline with the general direction that the game was to go in. Empire was to remain until the end of the second game which was why the big cast of empire bosses which got cut to just Ravus (not even a mage anymore) and Aranea in XV. Some work on the first game was done before switching to XV but no work was done on the second and third though some of the stuff from them (everything on the second continent for example) was brought into XV anyway.

    The first game is completely different from XV and incomplete as a story (it’s an “end of disc 1” moment), plus half of that script was rewritten into Kingsglaive.

  • Shinobuden

    I’d find it disconcerting if people are so obsessed with a concept that they can’t explain why they are. In which case it’s even worse than I thought. Not only are they obsessed with something imaginary, but they can’t even argue why it’s supposedly so much better because they have nothing objective or concrete to base their argument on.

    sigh

  • Ryuke

    And it’s all just hearsay, “leaks”, and rumors. Half of which is still in the game, just told badly, glossed over or not shown in the game itself. The plot devices about daemons being dead people, and everything tying into Etro, is all too similar to the XIII trilogy which people seemed to hate, so they obviously scrapped that to distance the game from a series people didn’t like. Who knows what it would’ve ended up like, and with Nomura at the helm it still wouldn’t have been released yet and would have come in all these multi-part chapters that end up being far too convoluted, similar to Kingdom Hearts. I think the fact that XV even made it to release, let alone ended up being a good game, is a miracle in itself. It’s clear that in the end they wanted to just draw a line under the whole mess and just release XV so they could move on and start work on a new story, new characters, new lore, everything fresh without being weighed down by this Versus XIII / XV stuff. I can’t blame them for that one bit!

  • Shinobuden

    There’s no ‘seemingly’ about it. He’s dead. He had to die in order to bring the previous kings of Lucis to the heart of the Crystal in order to finish Ardyn off for good as they were the only ones capable of purifying his soul of the daemons he had within. If they hadn’t done that Ardyn would have just resurrected again eventually due to his immortality and inability to ascend. After that, Noctis himself perishes as well due to the blood price of such a feat.

    Bahamut literally explains this at the end of chapter 13. Were you not paying attention? 😛
    When picking “What is Providence?”: “It is the sole means to ending the immortal Accursed (Ardyn). A power greater than even that of the Six, purifying all by the Light of the Crystal and the glaives of rulers past (the previous kings of Lucis). Only at the throne can the Chosen (Noctis) receive it, and only at the cost of a life: his own. The King of Kings (again, Noctis) shall be granted the power to banish the darkness, but the blood price must be paid. To cast out the Usurper and usher in dawn’s light will cost the life of the Chosen. Many sacrificed all for the King; so must the King sacrifice himself for all.”

    Hope that clears up why the Lucii killed their last heir.

  • Ryuke

    Yes, that I can agree with. It is obvious there is much more there, which is why a lot of reviews, critics and players say they can see the potential there but it never really gets realised. I have no problem with them condensing it down into a single game really, I mean name a Final Fantasy direct sequel game that wasn’t awful or completely unnecessary, but the WAY that they’ve done it has butchered the story. It’s cut in all the wrong places and misses out far too much important stuff. It’s a shame,but maybe the planned DLC and patches to the story will help (even though it’s completely wrong to rely on DLC and post-release patches to help tell the original game’s story!)

  • Shinobuden

    That’s blasphemy, Jesus. SIT DOWN!

    Jokes aside, I personally hope they’ll make a DLC where you can play as Older Noctis in the open world. I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

    Divine is actually a very fitting word to describe the soundtrack. I think I’ll use that from now whenever anyone says the music in XV is crap.

  • Noctis

    yeah they just wanted this game out….sadly

  • Jesus Christ

    LOL. I really don’t like Noctis looks. Way too skinny. He barely passable for Asian representation in that game.

    But, of course, if you like him you like him! Any other characters you like?

  • XenoSilvano

    Ahhh ha, I see

    it’s been awhile since I last touched it but you wrote in the second paragraph sounds familiar to what I have heard before

  • Ryuke

    But but but… Gladio!

    Yes, the soundtrack is among the best, it’s up there as one of my favourites (I love the soundtracks for XIV, Type-0, XIII, X and VIII).

  • Jesus Christ

    Thanks.

    I also ask that because I do recall (maybe I’m wrong) you gave FFXIII trilogy scores so I want to see how this one compares.
    I appreciate you reviewing the game through a critical lens cause this game aint perfect.

  • Shinobuden

    No sweat man. Just glad I could help. Even if it hadn’t been a while since you last touched it it’s easy to get confused in this game. It took me a while to process it all.

  • Shinobuden

    Yeah he’s kinda skinny. I was mostly thinking about his facial design post-timeskip. He looks (and acts) a lot more mature as opposed to pre-timeskip where he had a baby face and acted like a 13 year old sometimes.

    It’s kinda hard to decide since not a lot of characters were properly developed in the game. But off the top of my head? Aranea and Ardyn.

    Aranea’s badass, I like her design and fighting style, and she’s got an intriguing personality. It’s too bad she wasn’t around more. Although I liked how she sometimes came to your aid when fighting daemons at night in the open world.

    Ardyn because I like his design too, and I really like how tragic of a villain he is. He was given a power and he utilized it do good as much good in the world as he could by absorbing daemons only to be demonized and ostracized. As if that wasn’t enough, he couldn’t even die or ascend. All he ever wanted was to do good things and live a fulfilling life and then die. He literally had everything taken from him. I also like how everything went exactly how he had planned. If Noctis was able to defeat him he’d finally get the death he had sought for so long while also ending the line he despised (the Izunias, which he hints to being Noctis’s line’s true name and the ones who demonized and ostracized him). If he had won he’d have gotten rid of the line he despised while also succeeding at destroying the world he had come to view with bitterness and hate. It was really a win-win situation for him either way it went.
    Probably the best villain in a FF in a long time for me.

    This is all just my opinion though. Sorry for the long comment.

  • Shinobuden

    Gladio is a handsome man too! Not to mention he actually does well in combat compared to Ignis and Prompto. I pretty much only ever used Gladio’s L1 skills. I just like how Older Noctis is so much more different in contrast to his younger self post-timeskip. He looks and acts more mature and carries himself with grace befitting of a king.

    Agreed! It’s way up there in my favorites too. A lot of people were worried about the fact that Yoko was composing the music and from what they had heard in the trailers, but I’d say she more than delivered!

  • Shinobuden

    You do realize that she has a life outside this site, right? We all do. Just because someone doesn’t answer immediately doesn’t mean they’re too “scared” to answer or that they have nothing to say.

  • Noctis

    yeah yeah whatever…

  • Ryuke

    I haven’t made it to see older Noctis in game yet, holding up before going to Altissia to clear as many hunts and side quests as I can. It’s good to hear that he is developed as an older character and not just the same but with an old face. Maybe once I see him in action I’ll agree, but just a little bit, he’s still no Gladio! ^^

  • Noctis

    So ardyn wins? Or wait neither of them both wins

  • stevenm281

    interesting

  • Former Soldier

    More like, Stella-fags are so salty that their waifu died early and decided to write another fanfiction as “leaks” so it fits their precious headcannon. lol. Stella-fags are fucking delusional. Ardyn WAS and ALWAYS the main villain right from the start. Ravus WAS and ALWAYS a mid game boss. I call bullshit on that second damage-control “leak”. lol. How coincidential that after a leak about Stella being fucking useless that a new “leak” that sounded all too pretty comes out. Oh my god. These people should consult a mental doctor. Delusion off the roof. Nomura and Tabata, I appreciate your hard work, but both of you are bringing the franchise down. One for being an arrogant autist and for not doing his job, and thank you for KH2.8 that no one asked for, asshole, and one for being a terrible director. Where’s Ito, heck, even Chiba is looking competent at the moment. Fucking bring back The Gooch, aka Hironobu Sakaguchi.

  • Oh….been expecting something like that but hope they do something about it in the future DLCs….
    cuz i don’t wanna talk about it anymore, it hurts!…>_<

  • •december

    Minor correction, FFXIII was heavily criticised for its predictable A to B
    linear gameplay, not the actual story itself. In my opinion I personally
    found the 13 story too non-sensical and difficult to follow.

  • Noctis

    nope…this is reality

  • Shinobuden

    Yeah, Ardyn wins. If he lost he would finally get the death he had sought for so long while also getting revenge on the line that demonized and ostracized him (the Izunias, Noctis’s true family name as this is what he alludes to) as well as the crystal for denying him ascension, and if he had won he’d have gotten his revenge on Noctis’s family while also succeeding at getting rid of the crystal and destroying the world he had come to view with bitterness and hate. Ardyn would’ve won whichever way it went.
    Not to mention literally everything went the way Ardyn planned the entire time.

    Ardyn won in every sense of the word.

  • Bobby/Godless

    you spoiling contents of the game is bad writing?

  • No. What I was talk about was bad writing.

  • Mina-P

    “Most of the stuff on that entire continent was cut. The stuff about
    Stella is complete bullshit; She was going to be a rival character you
    fought multiple times in the first game before joining the party in
    Gladio’s place for the final boss fight.”

    Sorry but I don’t buy the Stella fanfic

    “The first trailers were only conceptual and some of the elements like the opposition of Stella and Noctis in the streets of Insomnia no longer existed in the Versus XIII of 2011, the role of Stella was very FNC-heavy but the Character had in the end that very little screen time, the first game of the three had besides goal as the rescue of a Stella restrained to the skirts of the forces of Nifflheim. The second game focused on the revival of Insomnia and the third game featured Noctis against the Gods.”

    From here:

    http://www.gamekyo.com/blog_article397460.html

    laughing so hard at the ppl who trash on Luna when Stella was literally intended as a damsel in distress who had no role other than to be rescued. Luna > Stella. Deal with it. At least Luna actually exists.

  • Mina-P

    Have you not been following this site for long? Erren has made her hatred for FFXV well known this past year, she’s one of those fans that can’t let go that her Versus fanfic wasn’t ever real. It’s really reflected in this review as she goes on and on about ‘the game it could have been.’ Sorry Erren, but you don’t know what ‘could have been’ anymore than anyone else, otherwise you’re just making up fanfic in your head

  • Mina-P

    Was actually expecting worse from Erren ’14 is the greatest FF ever, gimme mah Versus’ Van Duin. Listen pplz every Final Fantasy (every game really) goes through changes. If you get hung up on whatever trailers show you’re always going to be disappointed.

    I mean damn… just look at ff7. The original game was supposed to be set in New York City in the year 1999, involve time travel, and the main character was going to be a detective named gumshoe joe. They moved this concepts around for Parasite Eve, FFVII & FFVIII. Also Sephiroth was originally supposed to be Aerith’s older sister. FFX was supposed to have online elements like an MMO. FFXII was supposed to have Ashe as the MC. FFXIII showed us action based combat in the first trailer. Go look up any final fantasy game on the wiki, pretty obvious every game changes things up until the last second. You can either enjoy what you get or whine forever pining for a game that never came out. Everything’s better in your imagination vs reality.

  • Mina-P

    Oh I fully agree!!! Noctis ouji has always been my darling husband and he looked even better older!!!! *////* Shirtless Noctis DLC when Square!?!

  • Beamont

    I really appreciate your comment. It shows how much you care about the story and how you gave much thoughts into it despite its meager content. I wouldn’t deny that XV has some flaws as many people have mentioned, but for me, this game touched me deeply as i felt Noctis’s pain of his destiny and also the companionship with the bros that always be by his side throughout this journey. I really love the game for what it is. Let’s just say that XV has brought me back to the series since IX as it has reignited my enthusiasm for the series once again. Lastly, i really have no negativity towards XV. Only a wishful thinking for future DLC that will enrich this great game.

  • Shinobuden

    Thanks. I appreciate it. I do care for this game a lot because there’s so much more to the story than many are capable of seeing. The information is in the game; it’s only a matter of piecing it all together. Something very many are incapable of doing because they’re too used to being spoonfed literally everything in video games nowadays. That’s why this game is getting so much undeserved flak. Of course, that’s not to say SE couldn’t have done a better job of presenting things (like you yourself said it has its flaws), but the fact that some people say that the information isn’t there is simply incorrect.
    Agreed. I’ve seen people say that Noctis seems indifferent about his destiny, but I strongly disagree with them. It’s subtle, but the first hint at it actually being on his mind a lot is when Gladio stops Noctis and asks him whether he’s royalty or not before the fight with Titan. Noctis clearly exclaims “I couldn’t forget even if I wanted to”; hinting that he feels he never asked to be born into royalty and that he’d rather just have been a normal person. Yet he carried on right until the end.
    The companionship between the bros was a sight to behold indeed. I don’t get all the “sausage fest” stuff that people say about the bros. I think the friendship between the bros and the way they support each other is something that isn’t shown enough in video games today. I have to be honest though, I kind of started disliking Gladio during chapter 10 onward. Yes, the king must carry on no matter what but he was way too hard on Noctis. Noctis lost his father, his kingdom, his beloved and his friend ended up blind. I mean, when is Noctis allowed to mourn?

    I couldn’t agree more. XV has definitely reignited my interest in Final Fantasy. I’m very optimistic about the VII Remake as things stand.

    Glad to see someone who shares my love for the game!

  • Liljor

    I suppose I should start off with stating that I still enjoyed XV for the game that it became in the end but I, as many others have already noted, suspect that it has gone through one hell of a troubled development cycle and that it has been cut down significantly from its initial scope. A very large part (if not most) of the narrative and story is happening off-screen, being fed through passing comments from supporting characters (the painfully few times they actually get any sort of screen-time). Characters and entire concepts just literally drop dead during the loading screen.

    Is this why they created such an unusually large pool of accompanying media around the FFXV IP? To support the worldbuilding and story that has been left on the editing floor?

    While it is still a perfectly fine game in my opinion, the missed opportunities will undoubtedly sting in the hearts of fans who have been waiting for 10 years now. It sounds stupid when people write that “it needed more time” but it is absolutely true.

    I’m holding out for the “Final Fantasy XV: The Reimagined and Complete Director’s Edition” PC release that will never happen. Perhaps a remake when I’m 80. ;_______;

  • •december

    FFXV: The Definitive Edition would be grand.
    I’m hoping for something like this too, I would not even be mad.

  • XenoSilvano

    No, I have only been coming here over the last few months, I do not listened to any of the podcast

    To be honest, I lean towards the same sentiments as Erren, I kind of feel the same way

    Please excuse the late reply

  • XenoSilvano

    lol

  • Casper

    Won’t happen, KH3 looks completely different from Versus XIII

  • But with any action segments or reaction commands he can still add choreography any that wasn’t added to xv.

  • XenoSilvano

    sounds much better than what we got

  • TalesRevenant is a known FFXV troll, so you probably don’t have to take anything he say seriously. A known history of his comments:

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74486237 – “Only realistic scores are going to be used in this poll. There is no f***ing way this is scoring less than FFXIII, which has an 84.”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74046785 – “The fire monster from the IGN Documentary isn’t Ifrit. Now please shut up about the leaks.”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74188333 – “They are still hiding a lot. They haven’t shown us anything from Tenebrae or Solheim. They clearly haven’t shown us even 10% of the game. This game is massive. They’re holding back a s*** ton. We have seen 0 of Tenebrae or Solheim. Let’s use common sense here lol…”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74151546 – “Leak is fake – Just called multiple Gamestops across NYC”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74177274 – “4chan leak was fake. He made up the 10 year+ bulls*** too probably since he saw them older and aged so he assumed there was a timeskip. Eat your heart out trolls.”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74243933 – “Aging of Old Noctis is natural. There is no time-skip. It’s natural progression. More specifically, the story of FFXV takes place in a span of 10 years.”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/73784761 – “Lol Fake as s***. Someone should post this on official FFXV forums so a Mod can respond. This is fake. Mark and report.”

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74226623 – “Niflheim is a real threat and pure evil. Aldercapt is the a****** in the movie. He orchestrates everything. So I can’t wait to beat his ass.”

  • stevenm281

    One of my favorite FF gameplay wise, but for sure story-wise, it really needs improvement.

    The battle system is super fun, the graphics are beautiful, as always, the soundtrack is magnificent, the characters are lovely, it definitely has all the elements to make the greatest FF, if only there was more character development overall and a lot more cutscenes for the story.

    Thus, I never felt connected to the story, the story itself is interesting, but the storytelling fall flat, there needs to be more cutscenes in EVERY chapters.

    FF used to have the best approach, you start with the story linear, then you open-up, then back to linear, then back to overworld, then back to linear, then back to overworld, etc. Furthermore, its the story that brought us to various locations and made us discover them, we always felt connected to the story and the whole world.

    SPOILERS

    The villains, more than anything else, needs more presence, everything that happens to them is done off screen, and thats a crime. The only villain that has enough screen time is Ardyn.

    While I did cry when Lunafreya died, it was just because I’m a wimp that cry all the time when something sad happen, but not really because I felt close to the character, she needs more presence in the game, more scenes of her time being a Niflheim prisoner, her journey to awaken the Astrals, etc.

    As for the main companions, during their absence from the main party, leaving their story out of the game to sell as DLC Episodes, bad move for the
    fanbase!

    Concerning Chapter 13, wasted opportunity to let Noctis use martial arts, there is no way he doesn’t know how to fight without a weapon, anyone receiving martial training receives some unarmed training.

    As for the game opening, its the weakest in the series in a long time, FF usually starts with a bang, an epic opening, now we’re just pushing a car…. that’s kinda lame. It could have started with an empire fleet attacking Noctis and co. on the road, which ends up damaging the Regalia, and the team needs to walk to Hammerhead, meet Cindy, and have her tow the damn car.

    But my best opening would have been to escape Insomnia instead of having Kingsglaive, and have Luna with Noctis and his friends, traveling together, watching her talking and awakening the gods for Noctis to obtain their powers, until she meets her fate in Altissia. As for the ring, useless to people other than Noctis, could have been stolen along with the Crystal.

    The ending, on the other hand, is top notch, loved every part of the Insomnia dungeon and the finale.

    As for the exploration, its a bit disappointing that we only get to explore a small part of Lucis, not even Galahd, nothing of Tenebrae or Niflheim. Maybe stories of 4 kingdoms are now too big for what the developers can do, and they should focus on stories that occur inside one continent, one kindgom, etc., so that players don’t feel like they cannot explore the whole world. Furthermore, there are way too many invisible barriers over obstacles we can clearly jump over, like fences, corpses, cars, desks, etc.

    We cannot even explore the World of Ruins, its not like Lucis wasn’t explorable before the 10 year gap, so what happened? Why leaving it out of the possibility? Why couldn’t we meet Cor, Iris, Cindy, and Aranea? It would have been a perfect opportunity to let players hire one of the guest to tag along until the party move on to Insomnia, or until you tell the guest to leave, or you go hire another one of them.

    Maybe it wouldn’t be considered as bad, if it weren’t for the fact that most of us knew XV when it was Versus XIII, and all of the information we knew of the project which are now cut from the game.

    FAVOR TO SQUARE ENIX

    In NG+, make Ifrit summonable!

    Make it so that if I turn off the Regalia’s radio, I can hear the Exploration music, or let us select which songs of the albums we gathered we would like to have playing on the radio like some sort of playlist. At first I liked listening to previous FF titles music, but eventually it took away from XV’s identity.

    Blood DLC?

    RECOMMANDATION TO SQUARE ENIX

    Always make sure that the story is what’s most prominent in the game, not side stuff. FF was never Skyrim and other RPGs of that kind which lack story
    in favor of billions of sidequests.

    The best ratio is 75% story, 25% side activities.

    So if you want to give us over a hundred hours of side stuff, fine, but you better have quite an enormous story to keep us engaged. I’d much rather a long ass story with nothing else to do, than a very short story with endless meaningless activities.

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