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MY THOUGHTS ON THE GAME:
It's been 10 years since this game has been first announced, and for a while there it seemed like a game destined to be lost in the ether. There is a lot of anxiety amongst fans that this game will never live up to the hype; that it can't possibly climb the mountain of expectations that comes along with 10 years of build up. Make no mistake, Final Fantasy 15 not only lives up to the hype, but exceeds every expectation imaginable
COMBAT: For those of you who played the demo, you have a good idea about how the combat works. On the surface, it's a fairly simple action RPG. Hold the attack button, and Noctis does all the work. But of course, at its core, it is a deeply complex system deeply rooted in RPG elements. You'll have to master different tactics for different enemies. You can craft spells, upgrade certain weapons, use different team tactics etc. Every enemy has different weapons/elements that they are strong and weak against. Against low level enemies, it's fairly easy to just hold the attack button and dodge every now and again. But against stronger enemies, you'll have to make sure to use the right weapons, parry, and use your team wisely. It's a brilliant system that is fun against both low and high level enemies. It helps that it looks amazing, and the animation always makes you feel powerful. That was one of the biggest issues with Final Fantasy XIII. The combat system was actually fun, but only once you got to higher level enemies. Against low levels it was downright boring. FF15 puts the power back in the players hands.
STORY AND CHARACTERS: Final Fantasy stories tend to be pretty heavy handed on the melodrama. I'm happy to say that this game is light on that. It's still there for sure, but most of the story and characters felt natural to me. There is nice chemistry between the 4 companions, and genuinely amusing banter. I finished the main story in 25 hours. I was going at break neck speed, for the purposes of what we do on this channel, and I was definitely under level for much of the campaign. I can see a normal playthrough taking up to 35-40 hours if you take the time to be at proper level. The story is immensely satisfying, and is filled with humor, raw emotion, and has a real weight that makes you feel invested in the outcome.
OPEN-WORLD: There are TONS of things to do in the open world. There are mini-games like an arena wager game, arcade games, Chocobo races, fishing and much more. There are innumerable sidequest, hunts, dungeons and secrets throughout the map. At this point, as a group we've put in over 60 hours in the game, and there is still so much to do. I feel like you can get a minimum of 200 hours out of the game if you wanted to find everything. Maybe even 300. There is always something to do to change the pace from what you're currently doing.
OVERALL: There is no such thing as a perfect game. Every game has its flaws. Final Fantasy XV is not an exception. While the gameplay is much more fluid than it was in the demo, it can still feel sluggish at times. It helps if you have a PS4 PRO to make it smoother. Your teammates sometimes do dumb things that put you in danger like not reviving you when they're right next to you. Or Prompto rushing the enemy when he's a distance character. The camera can be wonky in tight spaces. I can see long time fans not enjoy the new battle system. The car can be really frustrating at first, until you start upgrading it. I have never been a hardcore RPG player, so I personally enjoy a more action oriented system compared to a turn based style. They definitely reached for a wider audience here.
There are many flaws, BUT for this game, the sum is greater than its parts. To me, its not a question of whether this is the game of the year or not; that's a given. The question is, is this the game of the decade? Where does it rank along side the all time greats? I haven't had this much fun enjoying a game since Ocarina of Time. You get that same feeling when you first walk out on Hyrule Field. The boss battles are majestic. You feel that same awe you did when you first saw the Hydra in God of War. The story left me stunned and emotional at times. This game reminds you why you play games at all. Why you play through all the disappointments, why you keep playing even as you grow older. The sense of exploration and mystery always keeps you going. If you take anything away from reading this it's this: DON'T WATCH THIS VIDEO YET, PLAY THE GAME. EXPERIENCE THIS GAME, THEN COME BACK!
To give this game anything less than a 10 would be an insult. At least for me, this is a masterpiece.