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  • Summary: Harmony is realized in this alternate tale of Final Fantasy, developed by Square Enix. Not a sequel nor a prequel to the popular series, Final Fantasy Versus XIII unfolds a wholly independent story in another part of the universe with different characters. Set in a futuristic fantasy worldHarmony is realized in this alternate tale of Final Fantasy, developed by Square Enix. Not a sequel nor a prequel to the popular series, Final Fantasy Versus XIII unfolds a wholly independent story in another part of the universe with different characters. Set in a futuristic fantasy world resembling elements of modern day Japanese cities, Final Fantasy Versus XIII revolves around a prince, the last remaining member of a royal family, which controls the last crystal in existence. With two warring nations battling each other for dominance and the last crystal held by the kingdom, you must ensure it remains in the right hands. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 16, 2016
    90
    It corrects all the missteps the series has taken over the past few iterations and offers an accessible game for fans and newcomers alike.
  2. Dec 31, 2016
    90
    Final Fantasy XV is one of 2016's best games, and definitely a must have. Its story will catch you and make you go through Noctis’s troubles, and it is worth playing till the end to discover how all is ended. The side quests are enriching and interesting too. This ten-years-long wait has been worth it.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Feb 4, 2017
    90
    Its flaws and fun come fro the same tangled history, but the latter easily wins the day. [Feb 2017, p.81]
  4. Dec 12, 2016
    88
    Final Fantasy XV is a tremendous return to the franchise and includes a lot things we love about the series. I experienced a few missteps here and there, but it didn’t deter from an overall great experience.
  5. Dec 9, 2016
    83
    As an open roleplaying world Eos is just in the minor leagues. Beautiful to look at but filled with redundant and basic fetch- and kill-quests, it is too evident, that Square’s open world experience stems from MMOs. Nonetheless, the fresh real-time battle system is a risk that I truly can appreciate, while storytelling and imaginative characters showcase the return of Square’s strengths that have been forgotten during the FF13-trilogy.
  6. Mar 8, 2017
    80
    Final Fantasy XV is not the game Square Enix promised us. It’s not an open world game that everyone would enjoy, and even though it looks like they have done a great deal in making it more accessible to newcomers, it has more improving to do. If you are a die-hard Final Fantasy fan, you will have a great time thanks to a beautiful world, easy to learn and fun combat mechanics and a classic story about friendship and love.
  7. 60
    Only kernels of Final Fantasy’s old style remain in FF XV, which is both liberating and frustrating. The game does indeed chart a new course for the franchise, and it’s a fun new course...It is not a course that every old Final Fantasy fan is destined to love.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 81
  2. Negative: 24 out of 81
  1. Nov 29, 2016
    10
    Great Xbox One version. It is a shame that almost all media outlet reviewed it on PS4 and PS4 Pro. They almost ignores that Xbox has a goodGreat Xbox One version. It is a shame that almost all media outlet reviewed it on PS4 and PS4 Pro. They almost ignores that Xbox has a good FFXV too. About the game, it is very awesome. Great story and everything. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2018
    10
    Currently the best Final Fantasy I've ever played.
    And the only ones I played are just the best.
    FF VI / VII / VIII / IX / X I enjoyed it
    Currently the best Final Fantasy I've ever played.
    And the only ones I played are just the best.
    FF VI / VII / VIII / IX / X

    I enjoyed it a lot, as it has not been for a very long time with a video game in this generation.
    With over 150 hours and more playing time I never get tired of playing with it.
    And for this I highly recommend it to all videogames fans.
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  3. Dec 23, 2016
    9
    This game is a ton of fun, i played over 90 hours of it. The only thing i didn't really like was that the character were annoying at first,This game is a ton of fun, i played over 90 hours of it. The only thing i didn't really like was that the character were annoying at first, but by the end you grow to care about them. If you are a fan of Final Fantasy it will be a change of pace from the previous titles, but there is plenty about this game that IS Final Fantasy.
    P.S. i don't know why people are saying the graphics are bad, i never had any frame rate issues, and the game looks great.
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  4. Dec 16, 2016
    7
    If you are looking for an rpg pass on this game, as you will be severely disappointed. If you want just a fun time killing action game it isIf you are looking for an rpg pass on this game, as you will be severely disappointed. If you want just a fun time killing action game it is quite enjoyable to play. Now I will try to write the rest of this review with no spoilers

    Let's go over what this game does right first. The combat mechanics in this game are a ton of fun, and it gives you options to play different ways. You can find a method that you enjoy that others may not. Even at the end of the game it does a good job of staying interesting.

    As for the cons. This game has practically no story or character development what so ever. They made an attempt with the movie and short anime, but even with that it is severely lacking. Maybe I was spoiled since I played the earlier final fantasy's, but it seems like ever since x they haven't been putting any effort at all into their story or characters.

    The side games that final fantasy became known for after 7 are basically non existent or horrible.

    The fact that the battle mechanics were pretty much the only bright spot and I was willing to give it a 7 shows how enjoyable the battle mechanics actually were. That being said this was the last chance I was willing to give square enix. I have played every final fantasy since 7 and even went back to play 1,2 and 6. There flat out disregard for story or character development since x has made me come to the decision that I will no longer be purchasing any more of their games.
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  5. Dec 25, 2016
    6
    The game is well designed graphically. The world is large and stunning to look at. The massive scope really comes across nicely. Effects areThe game is well designed graphically. The world is large and stunning to look at. The massive scope really comes across nicely. Effects are well done and the monsters are really well designed, especially the bosses.
    The visuals are the main positive aspect of the game, although it is a little blurry and not crystal clear, especially in the distance. The music is beautiful, maybe a bit repetitive if you stay in one spot for some time. The characters you meet are quite interesting, but you never really learn that much about them. The banter between the group members and the dialogue is pretty well done and funny.

    Sadly the game has some weaknesses, many little things especially that seem not to be very well fleshed out.
    The story is not great and progresses painfully slowly. It seems to be unintelligent and just fantasy elements randomly put together. And for even the slightest story progression you have to do a dungeon, or are somehow diverted to do chores first. The pacing is very odd.
    The story seems more like a short story that was put together very quickly, not like some epic journey like the older final fantasy titles. Story and quest direction are fairly poor.
    The sidequests seem to be the worst type of fetch quests without backstory. These type of quests would be unaceptable in mmos today, and even more unaceptable in a single player RPG.
    The car system is really weird, you cannot even drive properly and navigating through the menu to move your car around is just annoying. A simple quicktravel system would have been better. The professions are super weird and dont seem to be intriguing or useful for me.
    The magic system is boring, uninspiring and just again weird.
    There really does not seem to be an obvious reason to explore the huge and beautiful world.

    Overall it is a bizarre exotic game with a stunningly huge and beautiful world but many design weaknesses in the detail. If you like the older final fantasy games you will not necessarily like this one.
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  6. Dec 11, 2016
    4
    I've put nearly 25 hours into Final Fantasy XV and I'm still looking for any semblance of a story. The FFXV idea of storytelling seems to beI've put nearly 25 hours into Final Fantasy XV and I'm still looking for any semblance of a story. The FFXV idea of storytelling seems to be putting the player into an open world to perform MMO-style fetch and kill quests while piecing together a thin narrative through short, unenlightening, or poorly written main quests.

    All of these quests are bound by the travel mechanics of sitting in a car for 2-6 minutes at a time while another character drives (or you can drive! Just hold down the "R" button for that 6 minute ride! There, you're driving, see!) Once you have opened fast travel points it takes the "riding in the car simulator" out of many of the quests, but it never really goes away entirely.

    Couple the bad storytelling with shallow characters that don't invite you to invest as a player and you have a recipe for a bag RPG. The new combat system is interesting and one of the few positive points about the game, but when you're playing an RPG for the story, that isn't enough to save it.

    Spending 25 hours to feel like I've accomplished nothing at all, despite apparently making significant progress in the story, makes this game entirely unfulfilling. I won't be finishing it.
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  7. Jul 21, 2017
    0
    10 years in the making. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of my life. At least it only took 9 months to make my son. .10 years in the making. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of my life. At least it only took 9 months to make my son. . . Expand

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