Considered one of the most anticipated adventures, Final Fantasy has a lot to offer but at it’s own way.
This was a review that everyone saw it coming, and we were pretty excited to play this game. Everyone talks about it and a lot of fans have been expecting it for a long time, Final Fantasy XV is finally here and I have the honor to write this review.
Like I always do, this review doesn’t give any spoilers or mess with your game experience. But I will not take responsibility If somehow the point of views I want to show on this review affect your judgment of the game, we all know this was a delivery with many promises and challenges ahead.
To finish the introduction I must state that I’m not a dying-hard fan, meaning I haven’t played the complete saga. I’m that gamer who was looking for something else in all the stories that were made about this game and I had to see for myself what everyone was talking about.
In this delivery, you are Prince Noctis of Lucis who embarks on a journey with his friends/guardians to marry Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae as a treaty of peace and harmony between the nations of Lucis and Niflheim.
Immediately starting the story, you realize the importance of Noctis friends through the journey. Contrary to games like Dragon Age Inquisition, where each one of the characters do its job, in this occasion we have a group of young friends who protect its Prince. Each one with its own personalities to the maximum.
One of them is a photographer and always mantains that adventurous spirit, while the other is the parcen in charge of feeding the guys; also we can’t forget about the really sweet guy but very muscular one who seems to take leadership in some situations. Sincerely this type of character integration motivates you to continue the journey and get interested about each one of them.
At this point is worth mentioning that the progress of each character is homogenous, with the exception that prince Noctis gets different scores, besides in “some” battle modes you use all of them but in others you can only fight with the Prince. This can be very critical in some cases since we could get tired in doing constant movements and perform the same task again and again to advance in the game.
We are facing an open world game but not so “open” as you have more than one alternative to level up with secondary missions that you can repeat over and over again, in addition to all of this you have a great list of tasks and the typical need for Get rewards and miscellaneous to receive money/experience in return. It is a very cliché mechanic for this type of game but it is part of what is really the Final Fantasy saga.
What I really experienced in this delivery was the sensation that it would be a great adventure and, trust me, I was getting more involved as the game was advancing.
Don’t get excited, the secondary content of the story is not very entertaining. You will fall into a vicious circle where the results are minimal rewards; but if we really want to have larger rewards and difficulty levels worthy of the game, there’s some Dungeons that you need to explore, walking through maze looking spaces looking for a way to find sacred temples; in search of additional powers to support you in the main story.
These dungeons have many consumable items available and the ability to help you develop skills, but we can not forget that Square Enix has promised us that these game modes will have a challenging level of difficulty to guarantee the user that competitiveness they are looking for.
Let’s talk about the graphic quality of the game. I was able to play it on the Xbox One which, for the season it’s not “bad at all” but it could be better. Unfortunately this version has some blurry scenes, the game pixels cannot be totally appreciated, even by a 43″ TV. Maybe for other console the graphic performance will be better (like Xbox One S and Playstation 4/Pro).
The framerate was very stable in the whole game but it’s very uncomfortable to know that this game could have more quality and graphic detail but did not take advantage of it or simply suffered a slight drop of graphics for its version in the console of Microsoft. I just have to wait and have the opportunity to try it on the Playstation 4 Pro version in the next couple of days.
Another point to consider, and for me was going to be a big challenge for the developers, was melee combat and to be honest is quite simple, a slight combination of keys and you’re invincible, even though I experienced some delays in the keys. The important thing about all this is that, super fast and excitement when you have total control of your enemies and the professional looking combat mode.
In the part of graphic levels and color combination I have to say, they suceeded the expectations. The lighting concept, light effects and magic makes the game something completely new for a lot of fans and even more for a gamer who’s never had the pleasure of enjoying a Final Fantasy delivery this way.
While you move from one place to another we have the facility to enjoy one of the best soundtracks of the saga, from a repertoire of previous releases and one or another avant-garde music makes the majority of the trips great. This comes in handy because some areas are really far and we don’t have the ability to “fast travel”. The vehicle, is a better alternative because sometimes going on foot is very slow.
On the other hand, the dialogue between characters sometimes exceeds that limit of informationwhile you play, since we do not always have the facility to be listening 100% the dialogues that the characters maintain during the game. In my personal opinion, not all character should be mantaining a conversation when you have to pay attention to more important things.
Something I found very annoying was the loading times between chapter and chapter. They’re super extensive and quiet, sometimes giving the impression that the game froze. Seriously you could take your time to go to the bathroom or a glass of water in the meantime, making the wait a little frustrating.
Final Fantasy XV is an adventure that you need to play, is that story that you must experience, in which some friends support each other (although they talk a lot) you feel that you are in front of a game that Square Enix has dedicated time and effort to create.
From the point of view of the fan of the saga, I do not think this chapter of the saga is so surprising, because it is a mix between the routine of Final Fantasy with something more avant-garde but neither do I think that a person who has never experienced the universe of the game sits uncomfortable. The fights are relatively comfortable and balanced, it is easy to guess what you have to do at the time and most of the attacks are assisted.
Deciding if you should buy it it’s each person choice. But after playing it I think buying the game it’s more than worth it, that way you can enjoy this amazing journey.
Note: This review was done with the Xbox One version of the game. Translated by Angelica Lora
Alejandro Paula – GamersRD