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Reclaiming The Throne! Final Fantasy XV Review

Before I start this review I would just like to clarify that this is indeed the first full foray into the Final Fantasy universe for me, so please forgive any lore/story elements I get wrong, it wasn’t done deliberately.

All screencaps are made by super talented Veronica, check out her Blog and Patreon!

So as many of you might know, I’m a Twitch streamer. While streaming one night I was talking with my viewers about what game to play through next. One of my newer viewers suggested this game; I was a little unsure, I’ve never played through an entire FF game until now, my only experience in the series boils down to a few goes on FF 7 back in the day and FF: Crystal Chronicles on the Gamecube (which I never finished).

Anyway, I didn’t think much more of it until one day, out in town shopping, I saw a pre-owned copy of Final Fantasy XV for pretty cheap and thought “ah, what the heck” and picked it up.

So the first stream came for me to play this game and I have to say, from just the opening I was pretty impressed! The cut scenes are beautifully animated and the whole world looked amazing!

You play as Crown Prince Noctis along with companions Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis. You journey across the world of Eos in order for Noctis to marry Lady Lunafreya Nox Fleuret (what a mouthful!) as a gesture of peace to unite the warring nations of Lucis and Niflheim.

On the eve of peace talks in the Lucian capital of Insomnia, the Imperial Nation of Niflheim attacks the capital, killing the King and stealing the magical crystal that is guarded therein.

Following the attack, it is also (falsely) reported that Prince Noctis and Lady Lunafreya are also among the dead in Insomnia. The rest of the game sees you journeying over Eos to search for the Royal Arms, the magical weapons wielded by past Lucian Kings, in order to reclaim both the Crystal and the Throne.

I won’t go into any further plot points, there may be those of you out there who, like me, want to play this game and remain fairly spoiler free.

One of the first elements that really caught my attention was the amazing soundtrack, the three heroes set off on their journey to a beautiful rendition of Stand By Me (sung by Florence and the Machine) that really kind of caught me off guard but also perfectly set up the theme of journeying across a vast world with your companions by your side.

The music used in cut scenes and during the many battles is also amazing, it’s true that a soundtrack can make or break a game, and in this case they nailed it, big epic numbers during battles, emotional pieces played during the sadder moments of the game, all come together beautifully to help immerse you in the world.

The battle system in this game also surprised me, from my past (limited) experience with Final Fantasy games I was ready for it to be a turn based system. That’s not the case – it’s an open system where you can issue commands to your comrades as well as get stuck into the fight yourself, very easy to get to grips with (at least from my experience) and very fluid.

I got through the game in about 5 or 6 streams to get through the game, but that was just following the main storyline, there are hundreds of different side quests that you can partake in. I have since started a play through for myself so that I can better immerse myself in the full experience!

I was lucky to have a couple of viewers/friends in my stream who knew their way around the game and were able to give me little pointers here and there when I got stuck, but these moments were few and far between.

My only negative point is purely a personal one, I wish I’d played more FF games. I felt like there were a few things story/lore wise that I didn’t fully understand, despite my friends telling me that each game kind of has its own storyline so it wasn’t a problem.

I played this game on my Xbox One X but it is available on PlayStation 4 and more recently now on Windows PC.

All in all a great gaming experience for me, the story, sound, and graphics are all amazingly put together to create a solid adventuring experience that fans of the series, and even noobs like me, can enjoy! Highly Recommended!

Final rating: 9/10 – Purely because I wish I knew more about the series.

All screencaps were made by super talented Veronica, check out her Blog and Patreon!


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