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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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  1. Positive: 77 out of 124
  2. Negative: 21 out of 124
  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. Jun 30, 2019
    10
    A must play for every one and not just hardcore FF players! This game shows all the elements of the new era but at the same time it’s stillA must play for every one and not just hardcore FF players! This game shows all the elements of the new era but at the same time it’s still our dear old Final Fantasy. Heavily recommended. 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. Nov 22, 2018
    8
    La historia consigue engancharte desde el principio y consigue emocionarte. Posiblemente uno de los mejores ports que he visto en PC. En estaLa historia consigue engancharte desde el principio y consigue emocionarte. Posiblemente uno de los mejores ports que he visto en PC. En esta versión de pc viene con varios añadidos y gráficamente cumple de sobra. Otro aspecto positivo a destacar es la banda sonora simplemente épica.

    Como aspectos negativos el sistema de combate me pareció demasiado fácil, el coche se puede hacer tedioso a veces, el sistema de magia no vale para nada, y las invocaciones tampoco tienen gran relevancia.
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  5. Mar 12, 2018
    7
    Graphics: I played this game with an i5 and a radeon 7800. All turned to medium, with shadows and lightning to low. It looked great and ranGraphics: I played this game with an i5 and a radeon 7800. All turned to medium, with shadows and lightning to low. It looked great and ran smoothly. The game is a technical marvel imo, the light effects, the animations, the weather, the impressive summons... Everything looks amazing and seems really nice ported to me, although I didn’t play the original in console. I’m sure it’s not flawless, but I don’t think you will complain of this aspect.

    Setting: the world is as big and beautiful as it is wasted and lifeless. This is not a map worth exploring and most of what you see is simply a decorative element oriented to make your car travels more pleasant. Yes, there are some dungeons here and there, and yes, there are some boss-like monsters to kill, but even with those, the whole thing was just not worth the time for me. My advice: just focus on the main story and if you happen to stumble with one of those funny elements in your way, by all means enjoy. The side quests are no better and seem to be taken from a mmorpg (go here and kill these bugs or collect these objects), lacking any narrative to them, and so I had to pretend they didn’t exist and totaly ignored them from chapter 3 onwards, really. To compensate (a little bit) for this lackluster boring world, the enligsh dubbing was really good and the FF-style music didn’t disappoint.

    Gameplay: likely the best about the game is its combat system which never gets boring and slowly grows more technical and flashy, just at the right peace, if only I’ve always felt everything was a little too easy, despite playing in the maximum difficulty. Sadly, the combat is the only outstanding element of the whole (game)play. Once you finish a battle, things get boring pretty fast and they can be summarized in auto-driving the car, often going over and over to places you have already been, with nothing to do in between this drives, in a world that is so full of barriers (both invisible and physical) that makes you wonder if you can really call it “open world” to begin with.

    Story: now, if the world is not well thought out, the story is even less, which you can imagine is quite a disappointment, knowing that the Final Fantasy franchise is known for its amazing narratives. How to explain. The adventure looks good in the surface and promising at the start (yes, so did the map) and there are some flashy moments here and there that caught my attention, but once you step back a little and ponder, you realize the whole thing is just too shallow (again, like the world), the storyline never gets to take off and honestly, it barely holds together, constantly resorting to far-fetched plot devices to move itself forward, often initiating or ending events without explanation (or with really unconvincing ones) instead of coherently chaining them with elegance just as a Final Fantasy should. Regarding the characters, including the protagonist and his friends, it is sufficient to say that they are surrounded by such an air of frivolousness that it made me difficult, almost impossible, to connect with them emotionally, despite the tons and tons of camera time they get. Things get more climatic in the very last chapter, but one chapter alone can not make up for 40 hours of inconsistencies.

    So, how good it is? Well, as a game: an ok experience. As a Final Fantasy? Certainly lackluster. 7.5/10
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  6. Mar 9, 2018
    6
    As much as I'd love to like this game, I feel it's just not acceptable as a JRPG. It feels like in their effort to make the game moreAs much as I'd love to like this game, I feel it's just not acceptable as a JRPG. It feels like in their effort to make the game more "accessible" they also gutted the major components that make RPGs what they are- namely the complexity of the combat and the progression system. -In FF15, it feels like you're stuck with one character with a warp strike ability and nothing really deeper. If you master the character at lvl 1 you can expect pretty much more of the same as you progress (there is some progression but not enough variety).

    Other things I really don't like: only 4 characters (all emo looking douchebags IMO) and absolutely no hard mode. I'm not sure why any RPG or action game would ship out without some sort of difficulty mode besides normal and easy when the systems in place are so simplistic. Pretty much warp around to win. Why should I have to fight monsters 30+ levels higher than me in order to have any sort of challenge? Why isn't there more varied attacks like allowing my button mashing to be more dynamic and interactive? Why is it that I just hold the attack button? Where's the motivation to get stronger if everything is easy?

    *Please note that I don't buy games for their story, combat is more important to me as that's where I'll be spending 90% of my time. As far as I'm concerned, the combat here is less deep than Bouncer (Square's beat'm up from 2000). Sure, FFXV looks pretty but I don't give a **** about graphics if the complexity of an RPG isn't there. The sad thing is that I think it's not even complex enough as an action game, at least in good action games you usually learn more moves as you progress and the fights become more strategic and complex as you go.
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  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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