Final Fantasy XV is the fifteenth installation of the main series of the Final Fantasy franchise not counting spin-offs and ports. The fifteenth title doesn’t mean it’s the fifteenth part of the story as each title has a story and universe of its own. The latest game in a franchise has been in development for years and years and when it was revealed almost 10 years ago at the time of writing. It went through a lot of phases even originally called Final Fantasy VS XIII for a spin-off of the thirteenth title in the series. It was formally rebranded to what it is today when the PS4 and the Xbox One was unveiled.
Final Fantasy XV is no Different From Other Titles in the Franchise, Which Means Greatness Abound
Final Fantasy XV puts you in the boots of Noctis along with three other guys mainly Prompto, Gladiolus, and Ignis. The four comically looks like a boy band with all-the-time perfect hair despite circumstances and all are wearing black. The core of the adventure is a road trip saturated in Final Fantasy style. It’s an open world RPG so the roadtrip mechanic is an excellent choice, like most Final Fantasy titles, the main plot is about a group of people saving the world from a great evil and all set out on a journey to defeat the main antagonist. It’s pretty much the same for this game but the road trip tones down the dread a lot, which introduces another thing; getting attached to the characters. Characters in Final Fantasy games have always been very notable thanks to excellent development, and in the end, despite squeezing out the very last ounce of gameplay time the game has to offer, eventually the main story will end and it’ll be time to say goodbye to the guys you’ve been on this roadtrip.
The way the characters look in this game, it actually bares close resemblance to the title that ascended the franchise into blockbuster status, Final Fantasy VII. Like VII, XV feels like a contradiction of characters but meld together into one cohesive unit when needed, it’s silly and epic at the same time as once the characters have developed in your mind, you get deep emotions when seeing them get together in epic moments. Similarities in character aside, the game plays unlike any other in the series as it offers a huge open world to explore. Gone are the random encounters and instead focus on modern side quests for grinding and the combat is fast paced and set in real time.
There’s a lot to talk about Final Fantasy XV on how much of an excellent game it is but it’s up to you to discover the open world and experience the awe and wonder that the game has to offer.
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