Square Enix’s last entry of its iconic RPG saga is out, and the game has made its way to the top of rankings. Final Fantasy XV is already a solid title according to the major gaming critics, holding an 8.2 score on IGN and 8.0 on GameSpot.
Final Fantasy XV is the first open-world installment of the 29-year-old action role-playing series. It released on November 29 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, and it has a price tag of $34.99 on Microsoft Store or $59.99 on Amazon.
The game is ditching the turn-based combat altogether for a Kingdom Hearts –style approach. The studio dubbed it the Active Cross Battle system: it has no menu interface, so the players select commands from mapped buttons on the controller.
What are the fans saying about Final Fantasy XV?
While game critics are boosting the open-word and all the big and little things giving live to the world of Eos, fans are feeling the characters are not interesting enough to feel invested in the story.
The plot follows Noctis Lucius Caelum, heir to the Lucian throne. He goes on a quest to retake his homeland against the rivaling nation of Niflheim, and his merry band of companions all fails to capture the attention of the players.
Long the before the game was out and the first trailers were rolling on the web; fans were already complaining about the “Boy-Band” thematic of the main characters.
The combat is fast, fun but sluggish
Fans did receive the ‘hack&slash’ style with open arms and were happy to say goodbye to the turn-based classic combat.
Fans believe that the skill build-up and the Active Combat System were also excellent additions to the game and that Final Fantasy XV probably the fastest and one of the most fun combat gameplay of the franchise.
However, some fans are pointing out that the game is not handling the battle graphics very well as they play out in only 30 fps, so gameplay is not as smooth as it could be.
Final Fantasy’s story may be as generic as it gets
One thing both fans and reviewers agree is that the story is a generic anime tale. The value of the game is not in its storytelling but the vast scope of its adventures.
On that regard, the playthrough of Final Fantasy XV is around 40 hours long only on its main camping. Adding the side missions, hidden weapons, and outfits and visiting all of the places makes up for 130 hours plus game experience.