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  • Summary: FF XV's first slice of downloadable content.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 29, 2017
    75
    Episode Gladiolus is worth checking out for its rugged action and blood-pumping music, though its plot points really should've been part of Final Fantasy XV in the first place.
  2. Mar 31, 2017
    70
    The story seems like a missed opportunity and the gameplay, although fun, is far less than perfect. But it's difficult to refuse the opportunity to go back to the world of Final Fantasy XV for that price.
  3. Jun 9, 2017
    70
    If you’re not bothered about extra loot or costumes, then Episode Gladiolus might not be that worthwhile. But if you’re a fan who was invested in Final Fantasy XV‘s main story, finding out what happened to Gladiolus and learning where he got his scar from is a very welcome addition.
  4. Mar 29, 2017
    60
    As someone who absolutely loved every member of the bro-trip party, I was hoping for a little bit more from the first major round of Final Fantasy XV DLC. The game has already received a ton of fantastic free updates, but so far the "Episode" format seems to be something all of us should enjoy in the Game of the Year edition, and not piecemeal.
  5. Mar 29, 2017
    60
    An add-on that completes the main history of the game but does nothing specially new or interesting during its two hours run.
  6. 60
    The foundation of Episode Gladiolus is excellent, which is why it's disappointing when the adventure comes to an end after less than an hour (not including cutscenes).
  7. Mar 31, 2017
    25
    With its focus on lackluster hack&slay fights and an interesting but totally underutilized narrative Gladiolus’ solo adventure doesn’t seem to fit into the big FF15 picture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 30, 2017
    10
    Well worth the $5 price with a lot of value and bang for the buck. Playing as Gladio was much better than I expected and the boss fights feltWell worth the $5 price with a lot of value and bang for the buck. Playing as Gladio was much better than I expected and the boss fights felt challenging. Graphics were top notch and the music was spectacular, especially Okabe's rendition of Battle at the Big Bridge and Gladio's theme "Shield of the King. Learning more about Cor was something I wanted so this delivered for me. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2017
    10
    If you liked XV, Gladio and Cor, trust me, EPISODE GLADIOLUS is worth the money. For $5, it's a great deal! The DLC is action-packed with aIf you liked XV, Gladio and Cor, trust me, EPISODE GLADIOLUS is worth the money. For $5, it's a great deal! The DLC is action-packed with a new and awesome strategic combat system. Story wise, it's straight to the point, where Gladio separates from his crew to seek power in a secret dungeon of the world of XV. This will be content added to the main story of the game but from Gladio's and Cor's perspective. Last but not least, the music is great, it totally fits Gladio's personality and the dark dungeon setting, and the final boss theme is a masterpiece. On my first playthrough, it took me 2-hours to beat the first trial on Normal Mode. The length of the dungeon is perfect. After you complete the first trial, you unlock extras that will add 2 to 4-hours of extra gameplay (depending on your level of skill and chosen difficulty level), making a total of 4 to 6-hours of gameplay for Gladio's $5 DLC. If you do well, you will win prizes that will pass over to the main game. Beware, the optional super boss is very hard to defeat (which is a great thing), I suggest replaying Score Mode until you have mastered Gladio first. I hope Square Enix continues to add more DLC and updates to FFXV, it's a really good game. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2018
    9
    Episode Gladio is a fun DLC. The music is perfectly suited to Gladio's character and the combat - heavy-hitting and thrilling. Story-wise, theEpisode Gladio is a fun DLC. The music is perfectly suited to Gladio's character and the combat - heavy-hitting and thrilling. Story-wise, the DLC delves into Cor's past, while providing slightly more depth to Gladio. You get a stronger feel for the character because of the DLC. My one real criticism is that they could've delved into Gladio's motivations and character a bit more, because there is a lot of room for him to grow, though what they've done is fine. The combat is where this DLC really shines. The developers moved away from Noctis' combat style, but kept it fast-paced and fun even without the use of warp. The DLC has some replay-ability, though not too much. After beating the Episode on normal mode, you unlock a 'Score Attack' mode which offers new achievements and in-game outfits. Episode Gladio is fun and worth the very low entry fee. It provides a fun combat system, interesting lore, great music and the development of Gladio's character. If you enjoyed FFXV, you will enjoy this. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2017
    8
    Episode Gladiolus is worth checking out for its rugged action and blood-pumping music, though its plot points really should've been part ofEpisode Gladiolus is worth checking out for its rugged action and blood-pumping music, though its plot points really should've been part of Final Fantasy XV in the first place. Expand
  5. Mar 30, 2017
    7
    A bit linear and short. Shorter than 2hs how they said it was going to be. The gameplay is interesting but simple. The problem for me is notA bit linear and short. Shorter than 2hs how they said it was going to be. The gameplay is interesting but simple. The problem for me is not the linearity nor the wasted opportunity to introduce new cool bosses but the difficulty. Very same issue with XV main campaign. Love the whole package but I hope next Final Fantasy games to take care a bit more of the no-so casual audience.

    The music from Keiichi Okabe is one of the best things. Let's see what happens with Episodes Prompto and Ignis. I can't review this Episode without acknoledging is a 3 part DLC and without being a bit lenient. 7 is a "decent".
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  6. Dec 8, 2017
    6
    Well the music is awesome, again and it was fun to play FFX combat once again.
    But it took me only 2 hours to complete the story (I took my
    Well the music is awesome, again and it was fun to play FFX combat once again.
    But it took me only 2 hours to complete the story (I took my time). What a joke.
    I also did a second run for some achievements but.... totally not worth the money.
    But I own the pass anyway so....
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  7. Apr 19, 2017
    6
    While interesting to play as Gladio, this DLC was way too short (1.5-2 hour long, single dungeon) and did not add enough new elements to makeWhile interesting to play as Gladio, this DLC was way too short (1.5-2 hour long, single dungeon) and did not add enough new elements to make it very enjoyable (for instance, you would get any new weapons or armor). The combat was slightly different from the main FFXV game, as Noctis, but just barely. Other than that, it added a few nice story elements that FFXV was lacking (but again, not much). I can't imagine playing through this a second time, even to get the trophies. I have also seen a lot of reviews mention the music. I am not sure why. I barely noticed it, and when I did, I didn't like it nearly as much as the main game's music. Future episodes really need to offer more reasons to play them than this episode did. Expand