Final Fantasy XV, the 10 Year Wait (Spoilers!)

the media threads that I follow, so many people were bashing it, talking about how it’s just taking too long and it’s probably not going to be any good.  I was influenced by these comments.  I did thought this game wasn’t going to be any good.  I was wrong.  And I am so glad I was wrong.

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Final Fantasy XV Certificate of Completion ________________________________________________

 

I’ll be honest with this one.  I really thought it wasn’t going to be-not even on the same level of Final Fantasy 7.  In fact, in the media threads that I follow, so many people were bashing it, talking about how it’s just taking too long and it’s probably not going to be any good.  I was influenced by these comments.  I did thought this game wasn’t going to be any good.  I was wrong.  And I am so glad I was wrong.

I first started playing the FF series starting with Mystic Quest.  Appropriately, it was deemed the beginners RPG.  Must have been in 3rd or 4th grade at the time and this was a system I was sharing with my uncle and little brother.  This game was vivid for me because, the musical talent that was included was so wonderful; the battle system was simplified; and the open world was easy to navigate because each location was locked, just like Super Mario World was.  I rarely play a videogame nowadays without compaing it to this one game-though I have been told that Final Fantasy3/6 was the best in the series.  I’ve yet to play them, but am trying to locate them in order to judge that for myself.

There were a lot of new things added to FFXV that I enjoyed, specifically Prompto’s camera function.  I think because there have always been a time when I thought, “wow, wish I could havectaken a picture of that” and here it’s offered as an in-battle technique.  It’s awesome!

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Final Fantasy XV- In-Battle Camera Mode _________________________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV- In-Battle Camera Mode _________________________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV- In-Battle Camera Mode _________________________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV- In-Battle Camera Mode _________________________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV- In-Battle Camera Mode _________________________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV, Royal ride, Regalia Camera Mode _______________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV, Regalia-Type F (it flies) Camera Mode ___________________________________

 

I also really enjoyed the Ascension grid, where our Ability Points are gained and used to increase each characters skills.  I think the first time we saw something like this was Final Fantasy X.  The first FF in the series to be on the Playstation 2. The only difficult thing was gaining the AP and EXP, which are the Experience Points which are used to Level Up your characters.  After a while, the AP’s were somewhat easier thanks to the Timed Quests and certain Ascension skills, but the EXP was still something I needed to grind for hours and hours.  EXP Grinding is something I do for almost every RPG I play, in fact, I’m well over 100+ hours in Final Fantasy VII because I’m still trying to Level Up my Knights of the Round Summon, and in Final Fantasy VIII, I’m around 100+ hours as well doing the same thing for the Doom Train and Bahamut.

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Final Fantasy XV- Times Quest Leaderboard Ranking _____________________________________

I absolutely enjoyed touring the locations.  They did an excellent job because I loved being a tourist and being able to take pictures as if I’m really an authentic tourist in a real place.  Altissia was breathtaking and I wish there were more cities like that that I could have visited.

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Final Fantasy XV Altissia __________________________________________________________________

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Final Fantasy XV Altissia __________________________________________________________________

In the end, this game was long.  It was good.  It was emotional.  And it absolutely surpassed Final Fantasy VII for me.  I only wish there was more to explore and since there are DLC’s for this, I guess I am happy with that…for now 🙂  I’m really hoping that a Final Fantasy XV-II is in the works somehow-my wishful thinking, of course.  SquareEnix did a really excellent job of helping the players become emotionally involved as we aren’t just active participants in this RPG, but as well as be one of the brothers (or sister). I wanted to talk about this more, but I’ve spoiled a lot of the game details for some players already.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did 🙂

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