Final Fantasy XV Reviews

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MrHCher
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MrHCher
TA Score for this game: 1,647
Posted on 12 August 17 at 12:42
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Oh boyyy, this game.

If I had to give it a ranking I would say its around 8/10. Why 8 you may ask? Well, let start with the problems with the game before we start with the best bits. Also, spoilers just in case.

Problemo numbero uno, travelling via car. This feature is great and all don't get me wrong but its kinda useless when Ignis can literally drive you everywhere on Auto-Pilot. I'm not talking about fast-travel by the way, that is also a great feature which every open-world game should have but Auto-Pilot is kinda lazy mode driving also you autotrack the roads when you drive. So the question I got for this is why do you, Noctis, drive as well as Ignis and what difference does it make? And before you say Ignis will start to drive at night as well, which is another thing I'm confused about, what's the point? Just hold right trigger and move the stick left or right when you need to. That's it.

Problemo numbero dos, combat. Not gonna say the combat is fantastic or horribly bad but its inbetween and the weapon selection isn't great either but that's off topic. Let's say you are in a combo of hits from holding B but you notice that you are about to get hit. You cannot press X to dodge it no matter what. Everytime I see an enemy about to strike me during my combos I get to X as fast as possible but nope you are denied. Also, trying to activate Armiger sometimes is a bit tricky but that might be controller error. Also one more thing about combat, if you "die" you can just revive your self with a Phoenix Downs with literally no consequences and no interruptions, unlike the other FF games, which kinda makes normal mode pointless. That and Phoenix Downs cost like 1000gils so pretty easy to get 99 of those. Same with other items by the way, all pretty cheap.

Problemo numbero tres, story, sort of. Its the main big bad guy. I don't get who he is or why he is evil. I've watched the cutscenes from the game but not seen the movies, Brotherhood and Kingsgaive, so when the bad guy announced his full name I still had no idea who he was. Unlike the other FF games, you learn about the villains background slowly as well as what their motives are. In this one you only know his name and his motives, well sort of. But during the last boss fight, not within dialogue but in the fight, you learn who the big bad is with his "forms". Soooo its not that hard to figure out but it would have been nice if they told you.

Now the best bits of the game.
A: The graphics. HAVE YOU SEEN THE LANDSCAPE, IT'S PRETTY AS F************.
B: The conversations between your companions are fantastic and from my point of view, it reminds me of a great group of friends hanging out and well being friends with the banter.
C: The music is a great soundtrack. You need tension in a boss fight? Got it. You need calm smoothing moment? Got it. You want a song to represent friends? Redo Ben King's Stand By Me and make it done by a great Pop group.
D: Whistles. This mechanic is great literally. I need a chocobo? No need to run into a forest to find one just call for it. Oh I want to fight the same group of monsters again? *Whistle*. Its just great to have something so simple.
E: Wouldn't say this is a best bit but good for Achievement Hunters, the achievements (base game). If you play this like a normal RPG you would get 80% of achievements. Nothing too taxing, not too much grinding. That and the chapters aren't too long to complete for you achievement streakers. The only tricky one is probably the superboss mountain tortoise. Level 99 and has over 5 Million HP. Yeah thats gonna be a while but it is a superboss.
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v CARRNAGE
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v CARRNAGE
TA Score for this game: 1,259
Posted on 13 January 17 at 22:09, Edited on 13 January 17 at 22:23
This review has 5 positive votes and 8 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Let me just start off by saying I have played and completed ever main Final Fantasy (1-15) ever made, with the exception of 13. I played 13 but never complete it because eww.

Now with that out of the way welcome to my review of a truly unique experience on next gen consoles. So mount your chocobos and turn your radio to your favorite Final Fantasy game as we travel throughout the brand new world of Eos.

Speaking of your favorite Final Fantasy soundtrack it's in the game. One of the best things implemented into this game is the ability to listen to all the old soundtracks from previous games. Now you can't listen to these all the time. The exceptions being in certain areas, on a chocobo (but that's ok it has a awesome chocobo song), and in combat. Can't complain about that though they want you to hear their soundtrack as well.

The number one complaint you will hear is about side-missions and hunts. They are mostly, I would say 90%, fetch and kill quests with one here and there that really stands out. When they do stand out though its memorable even though most of those memorable quests are after the game.

These characters feel so real. For example the book Gladious is reading changes every so often, Prompto will ask you who to take pictures of ( Creepy...), Ignis will ask you to help him cook, they will do and say certain things based on what you do, and sometimes they sit in the car and say nothing. They feel and act like normal people, its truly an amazing job Square has done.

What's your favorite part about this game? What's the best part? I hear you cry. My favorite part has to be chapter 13 laugh but we will get to that. I truly think these questions have the same answer. You can play how you want. You want to just play the main story and get some achievements? Yeah sure you can do that. You want to just hunt down monsters terrorizing your world? You can do that. You want to do everything? 100+ hours and you can do that to. This game has something for everyone the Final Fantasy fan boy, the achievement hunter, and the compeltionist will find their hearts desire here.

But my favorite enemy? Tonberry Jedi knights I had to stick this somewhere in this review, because it was awesome. It was original, the right amount of hard, and Tonberry Jedi knights! What more could you ask for. Because there's nothing more original then a small green creature in a brown clock with a 'light saber'. Wait....... Shit. Well its fun all right?

The main story for this game and the gameplay in general are both phenomenal. Don't get me wrong the story is still a coming of age tale staring a spiky haired kid, that hasn't changed. However this time you got your boy band. Wait what? You don't think that's cool? Yeah because none of you wanted to be a backstreet boy right? Moving on.... The main story quickly picks up as you are thrown into this world doing hunts, side missions, and meeting the cast of the game. Like Dave, Cid, Cindy, etc. Cindy helps you customize your car and upgrade it eventually to be able to fly! Awesome flying car is awesome and you can thank those. I mean her!

As you further the story to the last chapters the game story begins to leave you question on why there are all these plot holes? Well all your question can be answered by watching a hour long movie that should have released with the game. It fills everything in, seriously watch the movie. It's an unfortunate set back for a game that was almost perfect up to this point. It is however nothing compared to chapter 13.

Chapter 13 is awful. It's linear, there's no warp striking for most of it, and it so long. Hey Square what's your problem with the number 13? Seriously? Chapter 13 is going to make you mad, it's going to drain you, and it's going to make you question why you are playing this game. I implore you to get through it. Put down the controller for awhile if you have to do whatever it takes to get to the end game is worth it I promise.

Speaking of the end game the final two bosses are so much fun. With the exception of there are the best in the game. The ending is truly heartwarming and rewarding. It's truly an amazing end to an amazing story, everything come together.

After the game is over you can go back to the past using your dog. This opens up those memorable side missions I was talking about. Whether its the secret dungeons, the legendary weapon quests, or the turtle they are all amazing. There is so much to do in this game and it's almost perfect.

At the point of writing this I only have the level 99 dungeon and the turtle left to beat.

Let's whip out the yellow legal pad!
ITS PROS AND CONS TIME

Pros:
Story is told well
Characters feel real
Tonberry jedi knights
Flying car
Lots to do
Old soundtracks ready to be heard

Cons:
Anything involving chapter 13 or the number 13
Most side missions are not unique
Final Fantasy now sponsored by Coleman
Movie explaining story not included with game
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rocking23nf
280,190 (172,686)
rocking23nf
TA Score for this game: 1,259
Posted on 14 February 17 at 15:58
This review has 6 positive votes and 10 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Sweet, the game we have been waiting for, final fantasy is back with a vengance......well more like a whimper.

im not much a writer so im going to list the pros and cons of this game.

Pros
- Graphics are amazing, world looks real, enemies look amazing.
- Seamless fighting, no waiting for a load screen to fight (can be a con to some people)
- its Final Fantasy!

What i only have 3 pros? yes because this is a terrible game.
Cons
- Story, i have no clue what is going on, something about a prince, and a princess, maybe i need to read a book or a movie or something, but as someone who has played most final fantasy games, i have no idea what is going on.
- battle, hold down B to win, repeat for every fight, pop a potion when low on HP.
- There is no armor that i can see, so basically you buy a new weapon every 3-4 hours and thats it.
- no crafting
- theres 100s of quests, and they are all the same, fetch this item.
- all towns/outposts look identical, i cant even tell you the name of one single town after playing for 35 hours because they have no character to them at all.
- you drive everywhere, want to do a quest, sit and wait for 10 minutes while your car drives there, or spend 20 minutes walking there.
- summons, cant figure out how to use them, they only appear to be useable in big boss fights when you cant possibly win the fight.
-Chapter 13, this should be removed the game, nothing screams fun like spending 3 hours, finding access cards without any weapons.
-loading times, some areas take 2+minutes to load, at least it seems that long, i didnt actually time it.
-leveling, you only level up when you sleep, levels didnt seem to matter to me, because the enemies in the open world seem to level with me, the quest line didnt, so you will find if you are level 35-40 when starting the main quests, you will slaughter everything.
AP system, you earn AP for doing things like driving, catching a fish, one hit kills, which you can buy new skills, of which you dont need any of them, since the game is hold down B to win.
- fishing, to complete this game you will have to fish for hours, not sure why this was added.

to conclude, this game looks amazing on the surface, once you get past the first 10 hours, it goes downhill quick, the last 6-7 story quests of the game were terrible.

I would put this game on a rent only list, and hopefully Square gets thier act together to save this franchise.
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