Final Fantasy XV

aka: Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XV (Day One Edition), Final Fantasy XV (Digital Day One Edition)
Moby ID: 82135
PlayStation 4 Specs

Description

Final Fantasy XV is the fifteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series. It is an open world role-playing game set in the fictional world of Eos. It is almost entirely ruled by the empire of the militaristic Niflheim, except for the kingdom of Lucis. The Lucians have been able to keep Niflheim at bay, mainly because the capital Insomnia is protected by the Wall, a magical shield powered by a crystal. At the start of the game an armistice is proposed as well as a union of states through the marriage of Prince Noctis of Lucis and Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae, a separate nation with limited political power due to the influence of a priestess called the Oracle. The game opens when Noctis, the only playable character, travels with his friends Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto to Accordo where the wedding is to take place. Along the way it is revealed Niflheim has betrayed Lucis and the crystal has been stolen with many important figures killed. Noctis' main quest becomes to reclaim the throne and rescue the crystal.

The group of characters gets to explore the world, mainly using the car Regalia and later on also use the galliform Chocobo birds. The story focuses significantly on the bond between the characters and presents their journey as a road trip. They can only travel by day as powerful demons roam the world at night, so they always need to find an inn or go camping at a safe spot to spend the night. The car also needs regular refueling. Later on a fast travel option becomes available. The game has many contemporary elements, such as the use of cell phones. There are many cut-scenes and conversations between characters, there are shops to visit, and Ignis uses different ingredients to cook meals. There are several side quests, hunts, optional dungeons and also fishing. The later parts of the game move away from the open world and have a more linear design.

Combat is done through free movement, much like Final Fantasy Type-0 or the Kingdom Hearts series by the same developer. The turn-based and Active Time Battle systems the series is known for are replaced by a real-time combat system known as Active Cross Battle. It allows for attacks and different weapons, blocking and parrying, mana-consuming spells and context related actions such as using cover and the use of heights with complete freedom of movement. The other three characters are controlled by the AI, but commands can be issued along with cooperative Links as battle actions. Elemental magic is based on the elements fire, ice and thunder with lots of customization options for the spells, also combined with items. Ring magic becomes available later on when Noctis possesses the Ring of the Lucii. Optionally combat can be done using a wait mode where the entire environment is paused when Noctis does not move.

There is a global experience level and characters can level up by visiting havens as safe zones. There are also ability points that can be spent on the Ascension Grid skill tree with abilities for combat, magic and passive abilities. The four friends each have a hobby where they can level up. Noctis fishes, Ignis cooks, Prompto takes pictures and Gladiolus has survival skills.

The base version of the game, also called Day One Edition or Digital Day One Edition is the only standard version of the game and comes bundled with the Masamune as a DLC weapon.

Spellings

  • ファイナルファンタジーXV - Japanese spelling
  • 最终幻想15 - Chinese spelling

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Critics

Average score: 80% (based on 22 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 21 ratings with 2 reviews)

A great game with ups and downs.

The Good
The friendship and interactions between the main cast is easily the best part of the game, even if some parts were worse than others, the story is what made me finish it because I wanted to see what would happen to the characters. With that said, even if the ending isn't the best in the world, it was good enough to make me cry watching it. The gameplay was also good, nothing revolutionary, but solid enough for anyone who wants to try, since you have both modes (action and tactical) to choose. Also the soundtrack was magnifique, but that was obvious since it was composed by Yoko Shimomura.

The Bad
The pacing was actualy pretty bad since the game wants you to watch the movie to understand all the plot points, I think, since i didn't watch it, I might be wrong about it. But another thing that was horrific were the last 2/3 chapters before the ending, were the game changes and instead of open environments and exploration, you're put in some corridors and the game turns into a stealth game.

The Bottom Line
I think its a really solid game with a lot of great ideas and a beautiful ending, but in the end fails in some aspects that take some of the fun out of the whole package.

PlayStation 4 · by YuuZu · 2023

A better road trip that the ones I've taken IRL

The Good
Gaming is always about escapism. A good game, regardless of genre, should make you feel like you are part of that world and fill the role that you are supposed to fill. Final Fantasy XV made me feel like an exiled prince, on a road trip with my three best friends, so it succeeded in that goal. One of my bigger complaints about JRPGs in general, is a lack of feeling that people actually live in the world I'm playing in. In FFXV, there are pipelines and abandoned buildings in the wilderness and the towns actually look like people live and work there. It's fleshed out and helps greatly with immersion. The story is really very good, but a bit of a slow burn. It takes a minute to pick up steam, but by the time it does, you have already developed an emotional attachment to the characters. Noctis starts off as a whiny prince, but by end game, has turned into a man and a king. And the sweet, sweet power you have at the end is sooooooo satisfying. Finally, I can't mention the positives without mentioning the music. The score, composed by the wonderful Yoko Shimomura, is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard, right up there with FFVII.

The Bad
So, the game isn't perfect. The first several chapters kinda go by without much happening, as far as plot goes. And you're busy doing lots of fetchquests and hunting monster side missions to level up. Also leveling up is weird, as the exp you earn is only applied when you camp, stay at a hotel, or the end of the chapter. Not a huge deal, but I would rather it apply immediately. So chapters 1-8 are on the slower side, but 1-9 are when the story really picks up, but then it forces you down a mostly linear path towards the end. And it does so quickly. You could go through those chapters in a day, if you put your mind to it. I did it in two days. Speaking of the ending... the game introduces many side characters that you develop an emotional attachment to. And while you find out what happens to them in the end... it's just via a text box. You don't actually see what happened to them, or interact with them, which I can say wouldn't have been too difficult to do. Chapter 13 is annoyingly long, in the bad kind of way. Lastly, the game will occasionally introduce cool new mechanics (like negotiations with foreign counties, as the king) and you do them once, and then never again. I was disappoint.

The Bottom Line
Let's cut to the chase. Is the game better than FFVI or VII? No. What about IX or X? I think so, but not by much. What about VIII or XII or XIII? Yes, yes, and hell yes. (I can only compare to FF games I've played, sorry fans of IV). Are Noct and Ayden better than Terra and Kefka or Cloud and Sephiroth? No. Tidus and Seymour? Yes. See what I'm getting at? I think that, despite its flaws, XV is still a great game. It isn't the best game. It isn't the best Final Fantasy. But it is better than most of them and, if you like the series or JRPGs, you should pick it up without question.

PlayStation 4 · by JKPlisskin (10) · 2018

Trivia

Awards

  • The Dragon Awards
    • 2017 – Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game – Nominated
  • The Game Awards
    • 2017 – Best Role Playing Game – Nominated

Promotion

At the 2015 Paris Game Week, Square Enix set up a food van outside the event which sold Chocobo Burgers as a way to promote the game. These were actually Chicken Burgers under a different name.

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Game added December 30, 2016. Last modified February 26, 2024.