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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. Dec 17, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This might be my favorite game of my entire adult life. As a teenager Final Fantasy 9 changed my thought or what video game story could be and this game did it again. When you finish the game, this story will leave you utterly destroyed,the heartbreak was like watching "the notebook" for the first time. I cried for a solid 15 minutes while I just sat their as the credits rolled. After completing the main game you can return to the entire open world to finish where you left off. I beat the game after playing for about 60 hours, and I just passed the 100 hour mark just completing quest and exploring dungeons and I still see no end in sight. The action game mechanics could not be a more welcome addition to the elemental weakness and tactical attributes of the series. THANK YOU SQUARE, you have finally redeemed yourself in my eyes after FF13 was such a bummer. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2016
    10
    I lived in Hawaii for 20 years I've been a gamer my whole life was around a lot of Asians Japanese Hawaiians and Final Fantasy was alwaysI lived in Hawaii for 20 years I've been a gamer my whole life was around a lot of Asians Japanese Hawaiians and Final Fantasy was always around and I understood the styling of the Japanese games the CM magazine long review is spot on highly recommend this game Japanese games always have a funky feminine styling and if it's done right I always really like it because it takes all the clichés and just turns it upside down keeps it interesting takes you out of the real world haven't beaten the game yet but I see that it can be played as turn-based and fluid game play with upgrades and skills and perks i'm pretty confident the story will be good I've already laughed out loud a couple times in good way 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. Apr 4, 2017
    7
    While I'm happy that the game was finally released after a decade of waiting. It feels underwhelming, the number of characters that you canWhile I'm happy that the game was finally released after a decade of waiting. It feels underwhelming, the number of characters that you can use (and that I can't switch to using any one of them as I please is a great letdown) and the battle system feels like a mess most of the time, I can see that there are similarities with FF12's battle system but somehow this game's version of it is chaotic. The story itself was ok, it's definitely new though you would feel that once you start the game, the story has already "played out" and it's like being trapped on the middle of the story already, like you're supposed to understand everything on hand (I know that there's the movie and the anime but that feels more like damage control since they must've felt that the story could've been told in a much better way).

    While I don't hate everything about the game, I love how they tried to make it seem like an "open world" game though it's clearly not. I still feel like the game's world is way too small and the quests are too repetitive for a game that's been in development for YEARS. Also, I found that this is the easiest FF I've played so far (and i've played almost every FF out there starting from FF3). Though the reason for that is they wanted to be accessible to the newcomers to the series but it feels like a letdown for long time fans.
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  6. Jan 8, 2018
    5
    Pros:
    + Beautiful graphics and views
    + Fun to find "some" phantom weapons Cons: - Uncompleted story - Endless corridor in one of the
    Pros:
    + Beautiful graphics and views
    + Fun to find "some" phantom weapons

    Cons:
    - Uncompleted story
    - Endless corridor in one of the chapter
    - Poor battle system, eg:
    ~~Camera problem especially when fighting with multiple enemies
    ~~No good use of Magic
    ~~Stupid debuff mechanism (Toad: change the players into frogs)
    - Repeat quests (Finding extremely small stuff,...)
    - Annoying skills level (Fishing,...)
    - Extraordinary long loading time
    - Summon basically not controllable
    - All of your partners AI died at start when you trying to fight a boss
    - Pricey (it worths only about 10~20 USD in my eyes)
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  7. Feb 26, 2020
    0
    Mediocre and exceptionally overrated. The brotherhood series and Kingsglaive movie serve to muddle the plot more than support it. HostingMediocre and exceptionally overrated. The brotherhood series and Kingsglaive movie serve to muddle the plot more than support it. Hosting repetitive and uninteresting combat, uneventful dungeons and disappointing bosses. The only good thing about the game is the excellent fishing minigame, while others such as the chocobo racing felt like chores to unlock customization options and failed to be enjoyable. My rating is additionally harsh to counter what I see as it being overrated. Having completed this game twice with several hundred hours put in, I never felt anything besides a despreate desire to like it. Sadly Square has lost it’s touch and i fear I will never get a new game from them I enjoy as much as previous Final Fantasy titles. Expand

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