After the long wait, Final Fantasy XV is finally here and believe me it definitely gets the Final Fantasy series back on track as an open world action/adventure game that the series is known for and with a great story, great characters and tons of hours of side quests, XV has definitely earned its place among the legendary series is Final Fantasy.
The story of XV has something so much different than the others. While things at the beginning seem happy and joyous, this game really takes some emotional turns that make you really feel connections with the characters. Best of all, so much of the story was unpredictable which made you want to keep playing to see what would happen next. The only reason I am not giving this game a 10/10 for the story is because the ending was a bit confusing, but once I read some outside information about it, it made perfect sense of what happened.
While the old composer Uematsu, was not in charge of the music, I had my doubts of how the legendary music of Final Fantasy would sound in this new game, but believe me when I tell you that all of my expectations were met and exceeded. The score of XV is one of the most epic and exciting soundtracks I have ever heard. I still find myself listening to several of the tracks in my spare time.
Characters/Character Development: 8.5/10
A lot of the characters are very memorable especially the ones in your party and those that follow you around. Many of the side characters also tend to be playing a recurring role which is nice to get to know them better. The interaction between the four main party characters also feels very real and natural.
The game looks amazing, simply put. Sometimes you’ll want to just stop and look around at everything and take in the world around you. Graphics here are smooth and nothing ever looks spotty or pixelated.
Gameplay here is definitely a double edged sword. While exploring is fun and immerse, it is easy to overlook opportunities for side quests. Also while I do enjoy the combat, it would have been nice to be given more options while fighting to deliver bigger and more devastating attacks. Certain parts of the game also take drastically different approaches. Chapter 9 for example is probably one of the most epic and amazing moments in the history of Final Fantasy or any game in general, but Chapter 13 on the other hand is very limited and restrictive for way, way too long and may even have some people putting the game down for good.
Difficulty: 4/10 (0 being the easiest, 10 being the hardest)
The difficulty here really comes from fighting an enemy that way outclasses your level. As you progress through the story I doubt seeing you having too much trouble with anything, but some side quests can be almost impossible if you’re not yet at the right level.
The world of XV is wonderful. Exploring it feels great and progressing through the story gives you a feeling of wanting more. True this game is not perfect and can take a stumble in certain areas, but the good of this game highly outweighs the bad and I truly believe that this game has taken its rightful place in what is my favorite game series.
- · Final Fantasy Fans
- · Fans of open world games
- · Rpg fans