Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 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]
  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. 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.
  4. Dec 5, 2016
    90
    After a decade of work, Square Enix has succeeded in delivering a Final Fantasy experience that can please long-time fans, while simultaneously luring in a new generation of adventurers. The game isn’t quite perfect, but it is close enough that it will very likely be a game of the year contender on many lists.
  5. 90
    Final Fantasy XV had quite a lot to live up to after so many years, and while it may have taken a decade to get here, the journey was worth the wait with this phenomenal entry in the series.
  6. Nov 30, 2016
    90
    As an RPG, Final Fantasy XV has everything you’d expect: a compelling, emotional story; a tapestry of complimentary mechanics; a significant lifespan; a cast of relatable and well-written characters and a world that’s dense enough to be a character in and of itself. As a Final Fantasy game, it lives up to all the tropes, despite the variations it’s taken from the more ‘classic’ games. Final Fantasy XV is a title that's aimed super high, and although maybe it hasn’t quite hit the targets it set for itself, it certainly doesn’t disappoint, and is a strong enough RPG experience to stand aside The Witcher as one of the best open-world role-playing games of this generation.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Jan 3, 2017
    80
    FFXV mostly delivers. While it takes some getting used to, its combat is infectious and fun. Its artwork is utterly breathtaking, and some of its set pieces are awe-inspiring. Its characters are fun and memorable, and the plot is engaging enough to keep pushing you forward. FFXV trips over its own character lore on occasion, with key details either missing or poorly explained, but it's not enough to hinder the experience as a whole.
  11. Dec 13, 2016
    78
    Even if taking advantage of a solid gameplay and a very satisfying open world structure, Final Fantasy XV suffers from a too patchy design, with an underwhelming second half and an uneven storytelling. It lacks balance and an unified vision, but all in all it's an entertaining game and a first step in the right direction for the franchise.
  12. Dec 9, 2016
    70
    The developer wanted to make a game for fans and newcomers alike and they made many changes to the typical Final Fantasy formula. The result is a game that is not like what you would expect, but for those who want to find something to love here, there's something to find.
  13. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 658 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 29, 2016
    4
    don't believe the trailers or demos - they're quite literally an ad campaign.

    10 years in development and we get a game with - ps3-tier
    don't believe the trailers or demos - they're quite literally an ad campaign.

    10 years in development and we get a game with
    - ps3-tier graphics
    - a story worse than FF13 (which was a mess)
    - an "open world" filled with invisible walls and emptiness
    - every map aside form the overworld is just a straight line
    - probably the worst characters in all of FF-series
    - no real difficulty levels - they're all just as easy
    - the only towns in the game can't even be called towns - there's like 2 streets filled with nothing to "explore"

    the only redeemable feature of this game is the combat - and even that gets boring before you beat the main story, which is only ~20 hours if you take your time.
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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Nov 29, 2016
    4
    The story is lame.... It gets a bit better if you watched the not-in-game stuff like movie and the anime parts.
    The characters .... As some
    The story is lame.... It gets a bit better if you watched the not-in-game stuff like movie and the anime parts.
    The characters .... As some other mentioned, why oh why on earth would they use a similar-to-tokyo-nightclub- gigolo look?

    I have been a long time fan to the series. Starting from FF2 through most of the games. (didn't actually get into FF13-2.. and the lightning-return .... )
    Story just go down hill for the FF-series for a long while. (For reference, I found FF13 story "ok". It's not exceptional, but it's still sort-fun to see it develops, masterpieces being the earlier FF, I personally think FF6 has best story. Closely follow by FF3 / FF7 / FF5 / FF8 / FF9 ... FF4 is ok too...)

    Magic ... wtf.... just wtf... a fantasy game with magic system so washed down. Limited use? gather from crystals ... really?

    Summons ... boy-oh-boy .. one of the worst adoptation of the system. And it doesn't create any awe like knight-of-the-round-table (annoying after the 50 times you trying to kill emerald weapon, but it's still great and instant classic)

    If I want to play a tech game, I go watch-dogs. What's with the car shop? that's just brings a (????).

    No character development. Look at prompto, he's just bad design. NO depth... only there for comic relief.
    Even sephiroth (being in game showing may be 5% of the time of FF7) has better character than Prompto.

    The game feels so incomplete and weird. Not sure why the first day reviews give it so high.
    "amazing story!!" "amazing characters!!" "amazing graphics!!"
    really? how much did those guys got paid?

    That being said, the battle system is a nice try. Certain something new and fun in the series. (I personally like the older system more... being traditional and like to control all the characters' actions but that's a personal preference. I also like the FF6's command enter for action as Sabin. )

    May be they will release luna as playable character in form of DLC. And other stuff like openworld for the 2nd half as DLC (may be? that could be fun) .. May be a DLC to make the summoning more usable? (that there's supposed a super secret action makes it reliable? ) There's no Tifa, Terra, Aerith, Celes, Leo, Vivi....etc. That is diasppointing.

    Leveling and night rest seemed just weird.

    Dungeons are not bad on the ones been found.

    Music - some are amazing. Especially the songs by Florence + the Machine.

    ---- This is my first and only review. I normally don't do reviews, but the f--- with all the paid review and the disappointment of this game from the FF series compelled for the review.
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