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Final Fantasy XV Review

By Julio Franco
Nov 28, 2016
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  1. Let’s get this out of the way: Final Fantasy XV is a great video game. It steers the series in a promising new direction, reveals a spectacular new world, and introduces a combat system as satisfying as any I’ve played. For all of its warts and wrinkles—and there are quite a few warts and wrinkles—Final Fantasy XV is often a thing of beauty.

    It’s also a drastic departure from previous games in the series. Longtime fans may wonder whether Final Fantasy XV truly feels like a Final Fantasy game. Well. Sure. FFXV has chocobos, Phoenix Downs, and two guys called Wedge and Biggs. It’s got crystals, summons, a fantastic soundtrack, a great villain, and loads of references to its predecessors. As for the rest of it? The only constant in Final Fantasy has always been that there are no constants, so the fifteenth game fits right in.

    Read the complete review.

     
  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,317   +647

    Those graphics are awful...
     
  3. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Booster Posts: 106   +55

    Those graphics are superb!
     
  4. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Enthusiast Posts: 97   +38

    I was on the fence about this game before I read this review. I'm still on the fence.
     
  5. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Booster Posts: 106   +55

    You should read a couple more reviews. I highly suggest usgamer.net they had a good review and destructoid.com also had a great review.
     
  6. meric

    meric TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +30

    Is there going to be a pc port?
     
  7. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Booster Posts: 106   +55

    At this time no but they have been porting a lot of the FF's to PC lately so never say never.
     
  8. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 450   +396

    So the storytelling is poor and the mechanics are half baked, in a single player RPG?

    That sounds like a good $10 bargain game.
     
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  9. Silvernine

    Silvernine TS Rookie Posts: 17   +11

    So the combat is top-notch, the characters are fantastic, some of the best dungeons in JRPGs, and excellent music and graphics, in a single player RPG?

    That sounds like a good full price game.
     
  10. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 228   +136

    Nice, definitely getting the PC version when it comes.
     
  11. Das Pooch

    Das Pooch TS Rookie

    Great write-up! I'm glad they gave it to someone with such a long-running attachment to the series. I'm also glad that said attachment didn't turn into fanboyism, and you could be appropriately critical.
     
  12. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,317   +647

    I've never heard of that website, I'm guessing it's message is along the lines of your other comments. Bias and obviously not going to give a valid critique of the game.
     
  13. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,317   +647

    The devs have showed interest in a port.

    Final fantasy games haven't been RPGs ever since 13 released. They are more action first and maybe RPG as a sub genre, maybe. The RPG elements are only as deep as most phones games. FYI only the main group of guys are well fleshed out, many of the other character just aren't given the time they need.

    And no, the graphics are most certainly not good.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcJx2EBJuUk

    Things I would expect from Bethesda, like shadow flickering are obvious. Poor quality SSAO really hurts the lighting quality. The color palate is disappointingly shallow. It's about on par with FFX 13 on the consoles. The PS4 Pro version actually introduces more graphical issues.

    The one thing you are right on is the soundtrack. Thank god FF almost always has a good soundtrack.
     

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