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  • Summary: For the first time, players take control of Noctis's greatest foe in this brand-new episode of FINAL FANTASY XV. Delve into the dark tale of scorned saviour Ardyn Lucis Caelum and unravel the secrets surrounding his mysterious past.
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  1. Apr 3, 2019
    70
    Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn tries in every way to satisfy players and fans of the charismatic antagonist, but puts fanservice before narrative coherence, trying in every way to present dramatic and exalting situations, creating new questions and debasing the existing content, especially of the movie Kingsglaive.
  2. Mar 27, 2019
    60
    Square-Enix's fifteenth fantasy will end up condemned to darkness, as the protagonist of his latest DLC.
  3. Apr 8, 2019
    60
    Episode Ardyn is fine, but it’s held back by repetitive gameplay that doesn’t really live up to Episode Ignis or Prompto. Unfortunately, the only thing really worth going in for here is the story and how it expands on FFXV universe lore.
  4. Apr 2, 2019
    50
    You might have think that because Square Enix cancelled all the others planned DLC, Episode Ardyn ought to be the grand conclusion everyone expected. It is not.
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  1. Mar 26, 2019
    XV will likely go down as one of the most divisive games in the series, and not in a 'it was more liked over time' sort of way: I'm fine with that.
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  1. Mar 26, 2019
    6
    It takes roughly 3 hours to do 100% of everything in this DLC. After some linear story segments we are given a small city "open world" toIt takes roughly 3 hours to do 100% of everything in this DLC. After some linear story segments we are given a small city "open world" to explore and destroy. There are pillars where you must break the barrier and destroy the Guardian boss within. There's about 8 or so of these bosses but there's only 2 or 3 types and some accompany other enemies. Speaking of enemies, the city is full of the royal guard so you will be killing (and quite easily too) human enemies here. The combat is impossibly easy even on Normal mode. The city itself is pretty 5 but incredibly devoid of life. There are skyscrapers and the occasional billboard, no day/night cycle to speak of and surely nothing as culturally diverse and dazzling as the Insomnia we saw in the Final Fantasy XV movie Kingsglaive. It's serviceable and it's nice to get the inside scoop on Ardyn but ultimately this DLC would only serve those wanting to get absolutely everything out of FFXV. For most fans it's missable. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2019
    5
    Yet another mindless adition to which is likely the most shallow FF ever made.