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  • Summary: FINAL FANTASY XV is a fantasy based on reality. Escaping the flames of war, Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, embarks on an epic journey with his best friends through a world of larger-than-life beasts, amazing wonders to behold, and dungeons filled with danger in hopes ofFINAL FANTASY XV is a fantasy based on reality. Escaping the flames of war, Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, embarks on an epic journey with his best friends through a world of larger-than-life beasts, amazing wonders to behold, and dungeons filled with danger in hopes of finding the strength to take back his homeland and end the battle. [Square-Enix] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 89 out of 109
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  1. 100
    This is one of my favourite games of the year and it's one I'd encourage any previous Final Fantasy fan to consider. Besides the brilliant nods to the series past — adorable retro touches like pixel art character menus and classic game soundtracks you can buy in servos and listen to in the Regalia — this is a game that's doing something new and great with what's come before. It's the fondest I've felt about the series since VIII.
  2. Nov 28, 2016
    90
    Final Fantasy XV hides a convoluted, 10 year-long development behind every corner and desperately struggles with its own identity. Fans of the franchise might find the new open world structure a bit disappointing especially because it hurts a narrative that finds some coherence in the second half of the game and goes straight to an emotional and very divisive ending.
  3. Dec 9, 2016
    90
    While it occasionally buckles under its own ambition and the game falters somewhat as the plot ramps up, overall Final Fantasy XV is a beautiful, exciting game that I dearly loved. It may not be the best game I've played this year, but it is almost certainly my favorite, and Square Enix has built an incredible, extremely unique open-world.
  4. Nov 28, 2016
    82
    There is so much good here, so much heart - especially in the relationships between Noctis and his sworn brothers. It just comes with some changes and compromises that were, at times, difficult for this long-time Final Fantasy fan to come to grips with.
  5. Dec 6, 2016
    80
    Final Fantasy XV is a unique offering, both for the franchise and RPGs in general. Placing the onus on the relationships of your party, rather than the narrative, has meant that this is a game that strikes not just an emotional chord, but a personal one. While Final Fantasy stalwarts will likely balk at the action-heavy combat, the spirit of the franchise remains, and is better served here than it has been in many years.
  6. Nov 30, 2016
    79
    This isn't probably the Final Fantasy you were expecting, nevertheless it's one worth your time. it is far from being a perfect game, mainly because of a terrible second half, but it succeeds where other Final Fantasy have failed: bringing the saga into the modern era.
  7. Jan 17, 2017
    59
    Final Fantasy XV is definitely a memorable tale told with impressive production values. However, it's plagued by gameplay that basically plays itself, insufferable wait times, and a story that fails to establish itself before thrusting you into its world.

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  1. Dec 6, 2016
    10
    At the time of writing this, I have invested 68 hours into the game. My actual number is a 9.5/10

    Going into the game I had consumed the
    At the time of writing this, I have invested 68 hours into the game. My actual number is a 9.5/10

    Going into the game I had consumed the media SE wanted me to consume; Kingsglaive and Brotherhood. These did add to the world and backstory of the characters. I was able to look past some perceived character flaws because of them. Brotherhood showed me who these men were and what to expect. I never went into the game thinking something coming out of Japan wouldn't have some of their weak character tropes. I do think watching these extra pieces helped immerse me in the story.

    My main little gripes were about controlling vehicles like turning the chocobo while rotating the camera or the stiffness of driving the regalia in general. The camera on bigger foes was not my favorite, but I never found myself losing because of it. I still got the job done. My third little annoyance was the repetitive dialogue in certain parts... "Talk about backseat fishing" after most casts for hours. The story pacing does change after chapter 9, sure, but you have to realize the gravity of the situation. What had just happened in Altissia. I believe it was made to send your reality crashing down around you and create a dismal view on the world in the process. As a whole I enjoyed the story and the story arc. I liked the end. The jump in time took a small leap of faith, but who knows how those crystals work?

    The pros list is almost everything else in the game to me. I just came off of beating Xenoblade Chronicles, and besides the story, this game did everything better. (XC had a really fresh story that made you reconsider where you stand morally).The combat in FFXV is sublime, the world feels as big as it is, but not too big, the main fights are not difficult enough to discourage you, but are wonderful spectacles. The list goes on. From the outset of watching Brotherhood, I knew they were forging something special with these relationships. They even broke out of their respective tropes by the end. You get to see the genesis and evolution of each of them. What they say or don't say in some cases lets you in on the real information of who they are.

    When I finished the story, I immediately wanted more. I dove back in and am now 23+ hours into the after-game. I want to do everything I can. I want the best weapons. I want to explore everything. I want to do every side quest (they are better and more varied in this game than most). While I was playing through this game I felt like I was playing something enormously important. I still feel that way in the after game. I can't get enough. Nothing besides the cup noodle ad took me out of it like all of these complaints I'm seeing. I went in with high expectations and somehow the game delivered to ME and exceeded them. I really hope people try this for themselves and don't just take number reviews, because it IS worth your time.

    Thank you for reading.
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  2. Nov 29, 2016
    10
    You are going to see a lot of negative reviews because people are either 1. Hardcore JRPG turn based enthusiasts. 2. Are trolling you becauseYou are going to see a lot of negative reviews because people are either 1. Hardcore JRPG turn based enthusiasts. 2. Are trolling you because we waited so long and think it would be funny to kill it's score.

    The combat system is amazing with it's quick speed and fluidity, the characters are amazing (please watch the anime Brotherhood and Kingsglaive) and the vibrant world is gigantic. Don't blaze through the story. Try to explore and enjoy Eos and all it's majesty. This game is competing with FF7 as my all time favorite.
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  3. Nov 29, 2016
    10
    FINAL FANTASY XV is a game that has everything to make you happy. It has a open world, but also, has many linear moments due to story, and theFINAL FANTASY XV is a game that has everything to make you happy. It has a open world, but also, has many linear moments due to story, and the story is VERY good at all. Escaping the flames of war, Noctis epic journey with his best friends is very real and deep. The battle system is so good and the game has the best dungeons in all FF series. I loved Princess Luna, she is so cute and strong. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2017
    8
    I agree that there is a obvious problem with the story focus, sometimes i felt like i was playing a game i didn't understand. But for me it'sI agree that there is a obvious problem with the story focus, sometimes i felt like i was playing a game i didn't understand. But for me it's a PS4 problem. The creators focus too much on technicality but no more on the storyline ( the division , metal gear solid for example).
    Being said even with that pb i found the overall experience very enjoyable.
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  5. Jan 11, 2017
    7
    I’ve been a fan of Final Fantasy since part VII on the PSOne, but because of the abysmal FF XIII, my trust in the series had been severelyI’ve been a fan of Final Fantasy since part VII on the PSOne, but because of the abysmal FF XIII, my trust in the series had been severely damaged.
    I went back for FF XV, but even though they had made some improvements over the disastrous piece of crap they shat out last time (of course I didn’t even bother with the two sequels), it’s still a far cry from the days when Hironobu Sakaguchi was at the helm.
    I wouldn’t say FF XV is a bad game, but it certainly is not up to the standards that made me a fan in the first place.

    STORY: the thing that struck me the most while playing this game was the almost complete lack of a storyline. In previous games there was always this epic story and you controlled a group of characters that were adequately fleshed out for us to be able to feel an emotional connection to.
    We get none to very little of that here. In fact, you are given a few bits of story and before you even realize it, you are guided towards the conclusion, to fight an antagonist of whom we know too little.
    The story feels rushed, it’s much too short and at the end of it I simply didn’t care, no matter how many violins they throw against it. It’s amateur time when compared to previous installments.

    FIGHT SYSTEM: it’s kind of a mess to be honest. The biggest problem I have with it is that the camera jumps all over the place which creates confusion and this is especially a problem when you are fighting in tight areas or when surrounded by bushes for instance. The battle music gets me pumped up, but the awful camera is a source of annoyance. When they decide to do away with a turn based system, a system that had proven its value in the past, in favor of a new action oriented one, they had better make sure the new fight system kicks ass and it just doesn’t. It's an improvement over FF XIII, but it's not satisfactory yet.

    SIDE QUESTS: this comes down to hunts and mainly fetch quests. Whereas the hunts do a standard job of adding playtime to a game in a way that is enjoyable, unfortunately the same cannot be said of the latter. It’s just all very uninspired and downright lazy on the part of the developers. More could have been done here, but again you get the feeling that things have been rushed, a pity after 10 years of development.

    WORLD MAP: I’m glad there is a world again in which you can travel freely instead of having to select your destination from a menu, but perhaps they spent a little too much time on making an open world and not enough effort was put into actually filling this world with enough interesting stuff to do.
    You have a car, the Regalia, but many would criticize the fact that it’s mainly an on-rails experience, but it didn’t really bother me. I often took the opportunity to roll a cigarette or get something from the kitchen or whatnot. However, the flying Regalia does not get my approval. The controls are too clunky and if you don’t manage to land on a road, it’s crash and game over. An airship that can land anywhere like in the old days was too much to ask. Your car is restricted to the roads and so when you land it has to be on a road.
    Then there are also chocobos to ride and luckily all goes well there. When you’re off-road, chocobo is a good way to go, unless you like long treks on foot.

    CONCLUSION: for a game that has been in development for 10 years it can feel pretty empty at times.
    You can almost feel how they cut corners here and there. The story is almost non-existing, unforgiveable for a Final Fantasy game and RPGs in general and this damages the immersion and emotional connection players can have.
    But having said all this, the game is not all bad and fun can be had with it. It’s just a mediocre RPG and a watered down Final Fantasy. 6 out of 10 would be too low and it doesn't deserve an 8.
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  6. Dec 20, 2016
    5
    square and enix made better games before they merged and now too many ideas is a bad thing,
    I hope the new Zelda don't share the same fate
    square and enix made better games before they merged and now too many ideas is a bad thing,
    I hope the new Zelda don't share the same fate with this current trend of open world games.
    If your a fan of turn based be prepared to not like this .

    pros- graphics are nice
    -music is not bad
    -older FF enemies
    -one of the last areas looks like midgar

    neg- don't worry about battling just go do a side quest that will be all the xp you will need.
    -load times are terrible
    -car that has terrible controls
    -storyline is confusing
    -battle system is terrible all you do is hit a button no strategy
    -you have to try to die to die it's way to easy not rewarding one bit
    -you can live on regular potions don't need elixirs etc to make it thru any battle
    -boring filler side quests unrelated to the story

    there was a day when a side quest or two was for something that really helped you beat a game and now you can feed a cat and gain a level.this game is terrible and I could not wait for it to end.wait for persona 5 is you like rpgs or play lufia 2 or chrono trigger....don't waste your life on this .
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  7. Dec 2, 2017
    0
    Iam a long time Final fantasy Fan and waited 10 years for FFvsXIII, i really liked hat ive seen in all the Trailers exept that almost nothingIam a long time Final fantasy Fan and waited 10 years for FFvsXIII, i really liked hat ive seen in all the Trailers exept that almost nothing of it was in the game so i felt like they sold a game to me which they lied about.

    After over a year after the Release with a lot of promises from Square Enix the game wasn't better.
    The Base Game was sold Unfinished in every aspect.
    * Story: So many stuff were cut that its hard to bond with the characters, the story felt partly rushed and had many plot holes which lead me to the 2 of 3 DLCs. The DLCs were obviously made to milk the gamers, All Character DLCs should have been in the Base but instead we were forced to pay for Story relevant content as well as a Movie.

    *Characters: like already said due to cut off content its hard to bond with most characters. Ther are so many characters with a lot of potential but didnt get a chance to shine like Lunafreya which is the most important Character besides Noctis since shes the Heroine and you wont get much to see of her. Some characters were cut off after seeing them once on screen or even never.

    *Open World: Square Enix sure did a number on us here in decieving us having a huge world to explore which is a lie, the world we can explore doesnt have much content, sure if you like a hack and slay like rpg the you get it. All you can do is run around different areas after you unlocked them and kill Monster by just holding a single buttom, all dungeons you will find arent special or have any unique feel to it.

    *Game-play: What iam most furious about is the Magic system, to be honest i tried it once and to see how it all works out and then i never even once used it, i fave no need for Magic which hurts myself and need to be recreated and grind-ed for certain effects after using it 5 times. The battle System is also a joke, simply pressing holding a single button and you get through the entire game.

    In the end the whole game is simply trying to look like a great openworl RPG but the truth is, the game is still unfinished and Square Enix release bad DLC to convince you to working on that part but after over 1 year all i got is a half a**ed Game with a bad story bad game mechanics a hollow World and soon almost 100GB of Final Fantasy XV on my PS4.

    * For all trophy Hunters: this games is a nightmare cause it releases bugged or not proper developed DLC which makes it hard to get all trophies.
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