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  • Summary: Set in modern times but with a touch of medieval influences, Final Fantasy XV focuses on Noctis Lucis Caelum, the prince of a dynasty which rules a city state that has the last remaining crystal. After the crystal is stolen by an invading nation, Niflheim, a global conflict ensues with allSet in modern times but with a touch of medieval influences, Final Fantasy XV focuses on Noctis Lucis Caelum, the prince of a dynasty which rules a city state that has the last remaining crystal. After the crystal is stolen by an invading nation, Niflheim, a global conflict ensues with all other nations wishing to gain it for themselves. Alongside the main protagonist, Noctis is joined by a military tactician Ignis Scienta, who can deftly handle a katana in battle, a melee fighter named Gladiolus Amicitia, gun-wielding Prompto Argentum, and head of the Royal Family Guards Cor Leonis. There's one other character that appears to get close with Noctis, even if her connection with him is still unknown. Her name is Stella Nox Fleuret, she seems to be strong and fight well with her rapier. Against this backdrop of a world at war, Noctis Lucis Caelum and his closest friends embark on an epic journey to try and get the crystal back. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Mar 12, 2018
    100
    The definitive edition of Final Fantasy XV.
  2. Mar 13, 2018
    90
    Ready to save Eos from eternal darkness? Notctis and his comrades await you on this spectacular version of Final Fantasy XV with an improved graphics and 4K support.
  3. Sep 18, 2018
    90
    Final Fantasy XV may not feel like an older game from the franchise, but that doesn't mean it's bad. I grew up with the older Final Fantasy game and while XV is different, that doesn't make it a bad game in the franchise. I enjoyed my time spent in game and look forward to doing more.
  4. Mar 10, 2018
    85
    This version of FFXV does deliver a much more complete experience and fixes many of the issues present in the original. It was a great adventure when it came out, and now it's better than ever.
  5. Mar 19, 2018
    84
    Even with its faults, from the weird two-halves of the story to the often poorly designed and uninteresting side-quests, Final Fantasy XV feels like a triumph. Discovering a new location or seeing a giant monster for the first time, Final Fantasy XV constantly surprises. And thanks to its likeable cast of heroes, provides as memorable an animated adventure of a boy band in a world filled with monsters could possibly be.
  6. Mar 27, 2018
    80
    All in all, Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is the best console-to-pc port that Square Enix has produced to date. On top of that, the Royal Edition is the best version of Final Fantasy XV – so far, and even if only just. The route taken to get here has been a bumpy one, needlessly long with and perhaps without the most efficient direction, but the journey here has left us at a better place than we were at starting out.
  7. 60
    Final Fantasy XV’s beautiful graphics and exciting fights unfortunately come with a confusing story, irritating characters, long and unnecessary cutscenes, and optimization issues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 78
  2. Negative: 19 out of 78
  1. Oct 27, 2018
    10
    Final Fantasy XV is one of the greatest RPGs I've ever played. The story is incredible and the game is both immersive and engaging.Final Fantasy XV is one of the greatest RPGs I've ever played. The story is incredible and the game is both immersive and engaging. Although, I'd like to recommend a few things to you, to improve your experience. First, ignore all the side-content. Leveling up and defeating any or all of the hunts is both not fun and a waste of time. Doing any of the side content removes you from the actual amazing story. You will never be under-leveled. (Sidebar: sometimes a side-quest will come up asking if you want to take a group photo or something like this - go ahead and do this. Just ignore the quest givers.) Second, ignore the magic system, sell all of your items and only purchase new weapons and restorative items. If you do both of these things, you'll complete the game in about 20 hours and have an incredible time. If you do all the side content and other nonsense; you'll probably find the game boring and repetitive. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    10
    I loved this game, when it came out the ending fell short, but they pretty much fixed it with the side stories, and that was the only realI loved this game, when it came out the ending fell short, but they pretty much fixed it with the side stories, and that was the only real downside to me so 10/10 baby. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2018
    10
    Definitely the magnum opus of the FFXV Universe. Compared to the console counterparts, especially XBOX ONE, this game looks lush and fluid andDefinitely the magnum opus of the FFXV Universe. Compared to the console counterparts, especially XBOX ONE, this game looks lush and fluid and actually loads fast. It's understandable that people have the issues they have with the game, but the developers have been honest and upfront with improvements and I admire that. Maybe, FFXV isn't perfect, but if you are going to play this game this is the version to go with! Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2018
    8
    Find it difficult to justify a 10 for this game - there are certain quests that should be time reliant, such as the broken down car on theFind it difficult to justify a 10 for this game - there are certain quests that should be time reliant, such as the broken down car on the highway, took me 5 in game days to get around to clearing that from my journal and he was still there, waiting by his car. That aside, this game is gorgeous. I'm running it on 4790k with 1070 and 16gig of ram and I'm getting 60fps on the highest settings. The story is great, I recommend watching Kingsglaive first as it means you start with the knowledge of the story they expect you to have. Otherwise it can be slightly confusing.

    Overall this is a very strong game. The combat takes some getting used to, unlike other Final Fantasy games, you're not in direct control of all party members so they don't always do as you'd expect, but over time you'll come to rely on their skills and they will save you from yourself when you charge in against 9 enemies. The soundtrack is sublime, listening to old FF games on the road is amazing. The car should offer more freedom, although it's understandable that they've not allowed GTA style freedom in going offroad. The side activities are fantastic, I've enjoyed Chocobo's and Fishing and Cooking and everything around they've left to do. It genuinely feels like a roadtrip with your mates, some side scenes and conversations that aren't essential just add to the game world.

    Overall, brilliant. The second half of the game (where you're on a more linear path) could do with some form of expanding, but overall it's a very, very good game.
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  5. May 18, 2019
    7
    Unfinished game.
    The characters are a delight to watch.
    Openworld is great Combat is just... There. 0 depth, 0 strategy. Have fun holding
    Unfinished game.
    The characters are a delight to watch.
    Openworld is great
    Combat is just... There. 0 depth, 0 strategy. Have fun holding the same button for the whole game.
    Story is ass.
    10/10 ambiance.
    Music is pure bliss.
    If the quality of the first half of the game carried over to the other then this would be an easy 10 overall.
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  6. May 6, 2018
    6
    The expansive world is nice, the story is alright, the graphics are awesome, but the combat really killed the game. I understand thatThe expansive world is nice, the story is alright, the graphics are awesome, but the combat really killed the game. I understand that transitioning from a more menu style system to action system is tough, but it is just so bad I really can't overlook it. You can actually beat the entire game by stocking up on healing items before every "boss" fight and mashing the attack button/just healing any time you go down. This kind of took out alot of the fun since there was basically no challenge, I still finished the main story, but that lack of excitement when fighting an enemy left little reason to continue playing afterwards Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2018
    0
    Played the demo and wasn't impressed. Got the full game cheap for the sake of having it as a FF fan, and literally cannot get to the main menuPlayed the demo and wasn't impressed. Got the full game cheap for the sake of having it as a FF fan, and literally cannot get to the main menu to even start the game, stuck on a loading screen from the main game.

    What I got from the demo was in line with most complaints of the characters and world in being mundane and empty. This is one for the purists, SE have lost their soul with this and XIV. Cant rate a game more than 0 when I can't even play it, and no I can't be bothered or feel I should have to find a solution, it's not worth it to me.
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