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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] Expand
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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. Aug 11, 2020
    10
    The storyline, voice acting and fun battle system made this game a pleasure to play. The bond between the characters and emotional ending wasThe storyline, voice acting and fun battle system made this game a pleasure to play. The bond between the characters and emotional ending was great. Well done. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2016
    10
    Fantastic game with great characters and a beautiful open world with so much to do. The combat is simple to understand but has enough depthFantastic game with great characters and a beautiful open world with so much to do. The combat is simple to understand but has enough depth to keep it fun throughout the game. But no game is perfect so I will say that the car rides can be boring but you can fast travel most of the time and chocobos are very fun to ride. Some people are upset the you can't use summons whenever you want but when they do show up it feels more special and epic. Overall Final Fantasy XV is amazing and it only gets better if you take your time and enjoy all the love and care that was clearly put into this game. Expand
  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. Dec 11, 2016
    8
    This is a game of vast potential which is mostly hampered by the atrocious side quests which lead to an inconsistent storyline.

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    This is a game of vast potential which is mostly hampered by the atrocious side quests which lead to an inconsistent storyline.

    For starters this game has among the best graphics and breathtaking landscapes I have ever seen, alongside The Witcher 3. The special effects in combat also work extremely well and don't seem to cause any major fps drops (atleast with PS4). The combat system of this game is also one of the most addicting ones I have witnessed, it starts out slowly and adds up to be quite diverse with link strikes, short term god mode, spells, summons and a wide variety of weapons to choose from. The only disadvantages I found in combat are the camera which can sometimes be annoying and the fact that the flow of combat must often be interrupted (changing gear through menus mid-combat, changing from Active to Wait mode in combat etc.).

    Now for the story elements. The main story itself is quite engaging but the best part are your travelling companions who are truly the backbone of this game. Roaming the world with them really feels like a trip with your friends (with some touching insight into their psyche sometimes involved -I'm looking at you Prompto) and ultimately ends up absolving this game of its vices. The biggest problem with the game however are the side-quests.

    They are completely uninspired and completely disconnected from the game's events. Some really tragic stuff is going down in the main line and you are running around catching frogs. In addition, the quests are extremely repetitive (find gem, bring gem, get another quest to bring another gem) and the rewards are somewhat mediocre themselves, so you will mostly run around doing repetitive and boring side quests to accumulate experience. One partial solution around this would have been if they had adjusted the main storyline a bit beforehand to offer some purpose to the future king running around playing everyone's doormat (Like they did with the soul-saving mechanism in Lightning Returns)

    Overall, if you can overlook the issue with the side quests (seriously, who thought of them?), this game is totally worth diving into and will reward you with some memorable moments.
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  5. Jul 17, 2020
    7
    Great game, but there are better out there. The open world section and the linear section are like 2 vastly different games glued together.Great game, but there are better out there. The open world section and the linear section are like 2 vastly different games glued together. However, the story isn't as satisfying as the beginning hyped it up to be. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2017
    5
    In one word, I'd call this game incomplete. Story makes little sense. It's just not fleshed out enough due to obviously missing chunks ofIn one word, I'd call this game incomplete. Story makes little sense. It's just not fleshed out enough due to obviously missing chunks of the game that were cut. The world is wonderful, except there isn't much reason to actually explore the open world. The side activities are fun, like fishing, but there is no real point to them. The gameplay is fun though. Sadly, if this wasn't a FF title, I'd actually give it a higher score despite it's flaws.

    As for a FF title, it checks some boxes. That's it. There are chocobos but they are less useful since you have a car. Moogles are mentioned. They don't actually seem to exist in the world. Magic exists, but the use of it is not like in any previous game. There is no cure/cura/curaga spell. Hope you like spamming pots. There is a way to make a healing spell but your spells have a cooldown timer. Playing a mage isn't possible. Having a mage in your party isn't possible. The regular spell casting system of FF could have been in the game even with realtime combat because of the RTwP function. It would have worked wonderfully to issue commands to your casters. The AI is strong enough that that may not have even been necessary.

    Summons are there but have been stripped of their coolness due to lack of ability to use them like in previous games. Most of the summons aren't in the game.

    Side characters are very limited. Don't expect to have a dozen different characters come and go and come again from your party like in previous games. The additional characters that join your party are few and for very, very short periods.

    I probably could go on and on. The combat and gameplay is overall fun, but it's a craptastic FF game. They gave up too much to make this realtime and open world, and I don't think they needed to.
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  7. Apr 22, 2022
    0
    Boring, gameplay don't exist ,push o and stop, sad and no sense story . Don't buy this game

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