Well, as the title says... I finally played Final Fantasy XV! - Not played the DLC episodes yet, so no spoilers for those please! Need to buy the season pass, lol.
I started my playthrough earlier this month, and finished it last night, clocking in at a 67:30 completion time... which does include side quests and exploring too, there's no way I can avoid those in a game!
Right, so I haven't really thought the structure of this through, just sort of winging it and gonna' talk about things as they come to me, but I'm gonna' start with... Chapter 13!
What the fuck...
What. The. Fuck.
Like, before I got to it, I thought to myself "Nah, it can't be as odd as people say it is", but man, it really fucks with the pace of the game and just seems... weird. Like if they just cut all that gameplay out and made a cutscene that covers it, people wouldn't be missing out whatsoever, and the fact that it lasts as long as it does was rather annoying too.
The whole chapter itself seems rather redundant and unnecessary, although it does end with a surprise revelation I suppose, so meh... oh well, it's over with now.
Right... the story itself, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it, it was a little thin in areas, actually very thin and almost nonexistent at times, and the pacing can go fuck right off because some things took FOREVER to happen whereas other things were done with so quickly, but overall I enjoyed what I played, even if I had to question it a few times, lol.
I finally get the box art now, with those faces in the sky or whatever, they're the kings of Lucis! I quite enjoyed using the Lucii ring, the spell effects are great!
Ardyn is a pretty cool character although I wish they did more with him during the story and not all at the end... gotta' say too that in terms of design he sort of reminds me of Kefka, not sure if anyone else gets that? He's not exactly the crazy type though, he'd an odd character to say the least, but there's something about him I liked... maybe his whole backstory and motive.
As for the four main dude bros, well what can I say, I actually thought it was literally gonna' be some cheesy dude bro thing going on, but turns out they were all their own characters and of the four I thought I'd find Prompto the most annoying, but turns out I really liked him, which was a surprise lol, I felt sorry for the guy multiple times throughout the story, whereas originally I just thought he'd be the annoying cocky kid all the way through... I mean, he is both of those things to some extent, but at least they built on his character... still not sure how I feel about Ignis, he just seems too calm throughout EVERYTHING and it was weird.
Got to say I'm a bit pissed off about what happened with Luna, I'm like "Yay, we finally get to meet her!" and then minutes later "... Oh, nevermind I suppose", it was a bit sad really, and throughout the story with the flashbacks happening, I was like "Aww, sucks they couldn't be together!"... but then WAIT! The ending happens, and even the logo changes! And I was like "Yay it's a happy ending!... sort of", I don't know, it was just satisfying to see them finally together at the end, lol.
The music of the game, oh man there's some fucking AMAZING songs on there! Somnus, Hellfire, and Apocalypsis Noctis to name a few, all so amazing! although it's a shame driving around the map etc. relies on listening to music from other games (And even the film) with very few original tracks... although I really like the chocobo theme of this game, it's great! There's a lot of emotion in the songs, which I really like, and they're very fitting for the game, I'm gonna' have a proper full listen to the soundtrack at some point, but some songs I heard throughout the game will easily be among some of my favourite of the entire series!
Graphically, the game is gorgeous, there's no other way to say it really... the last big open world game I played was The Witcher 3 earlier this year, and I thought it looked great, it was, if not, one of the best looking games I've played on PS4, but honestly, Final Fantasy XV just looks so much better to me, maybe it's the colours, the lighting, the sense of scale, the extra variety, but honestly, it just looks so fucking good to me!
When I first saw the world map with the roads I thought "Wow this map isn't really that big", but trying to run from end to the other would probably take a while, and not only that, but it's just so nice to walk/run/drive around in, there's so much detail put into everything, and even though at first I was a bit iffy, I really came to enjoy the more "realistic" approach of the world, like aside from a few things (The fucking HUGE arches for starters, they didn't seem too big when I saw them in the disance, then I got up to them and... wow) it feels like a place that could actually exist somewhere.
The sense of scale in the world is great, it nothing really seems too close or too far away, things that are big actually feel big, like with enemies, on other Final Fantasy games, I've fought enemies, and in the battle I've thought "Hmm, I wonder how big these would REALLY be", and now here we are with BIG enemies, that don't seem out of place and are really fun to fight against, especially enemies with breakable appendages, that's cool.
Now for gameplay, something that really surprised me, the battle system actually works really well... I mean, it's easy to use, incredibly easy actually, but the way it all flows together so well is very satisfying to watch. When I bought Final Fantay Type-0 and got the Episode Duscae demo, I was actually against it, it was so strange because I'd never thought of a mainline Final Fantasy game playing as it did, but as it turns out, it's really fun to use, and I really wouldn't mind if they decided to use something like it in their next game(s). The only thing I'd change is to bring back proper magic, since I went throughout the whole game without using magic flasks properly... I mean, I made some and tried them out just to see the spell effects, but I'd never get rid of a weapon to equip some flasks and use them as a primary means of attack, especially when Ignis can add elements to your weapons during fights anyway.
Overall I'm happy that I played it now instead of waiting even longer, I mean, I could have waited and maybe Chapter 13 wouldn't be a problem, maybe they'd fix every little thing that was wrong with it, but I've had the game for a year, it's one of the games that sold me on a PS4 Pro, and I'm a HUGE Final Fantasy fan, so the wait was getting more annoying the longer it carried on, lol. I had a great time with the game, and through completing it and doing side quests I have all the trophies except a few, I just need to find all the Royal Arms, max my skills (Fishing, Cooking and Survival), and kill the Adamantoise. Seems easy enough, just not looking forward to fishing since I suck at it and find it boring anyway, lol.
So yeah... I finally played Final Fantasy XV, and as you can probably tell from reading this (If you did)... I liked it.
What did YOU think of the game? Did you play it at launch, or like me did you wait a while before playing it? If you HAVEN'T played it, what are you doing in here?! Get out!