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