For years, Final Fantasy has been one of the most loved and trusted franchises in the gaming world. Final Fantasy 15 is one of the most recent versions of the game, and many people are curious as to how it stacks up to the other games in the franchise as well as other games in the genre.
Here’s our Final Fantasy 15 review
Final Fantasy 15 came out in November 2016 for Xbox One, PS4, and on March 6th 2018 for PC. There are many pros and cons to this game, but overall, it is an enjoyable play through for anyone who enjoys fantasy and role-playing games. It is fun and draws you in with likable characters and a unique and detailed world. The world contains a variety of design aspects including traditional sci-fi, fantasy, and western elements. The world is rich and fun to just explore and have side adventures. The main characters are a lovable group of friends, and you’ll come to feel like one of the gang as you play through. They have a genuinely funny banter back and forth throughout, which drives the game forward even through long cut scenes. The side tasks and adventures are genuinely satisfying, whereas in other games they might have been annoying, due to the characters’ real depth and humor.
The battle mechanisms in the game are incredibly detailed and fast-paced. As you play, you’ll need to learn how to master the weapons you are using and strategize based on who you are battling. It’s a fun challenge that doesn’t feel overwhelming or frustrating, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to the battles instead of wanting to get them over with, which has been the case in many of the previous Final Fantasy games.
There are some downsides to this version of Final Fantasy that are important to note. The first is that the plot feels haphazard and confusing at times. It jumps from scene to scene without any real cohesiveness, so it’s difficult to feel engaged in the story. At times, it feels more like you’re playing through a random assortment of scenes and tasks. Many of the key characters outside the four friends are shallow, without much depth or clarity in their motivations.
Many of the systems in Final Fantasy 15 are also not well thought out, with unintentional challenges that can be very frustrating. For example, the magic system feels like an afterthought, without many of the details that were present in the previous Final Fantasy games. While you are playing, you are quite limited in the aspects of magic you can use, and there isn’t much detail or subtlety to the magic available. The dungeon scenes can also go on for long periods of time with no save points but difficult bosses, making it difficult to progress without having to go all the way back to the beginning. Overall, the game suffers from almost too many systems and types of challenges, which can make things feel inaccessible, particularly to the casual player.
The PS4 version of the game also has some mild frame rate problems that mitigate the quality of the graphics. While these aren’t overwhelming or so frustrating they get in the way of the game, it’s still an important flaw to note. There’s also a frustrating real time camera system that’s designed to provide you with more detail and control, but instead ends up being distracting and makes it difficult to find what you are actually looking for. It adds an extra element to master, but doesn’t provide any real value.
Overall, despite its flaws, Final Fantasy 15 is a great play, particularly for those who are looking for something slightly different to the traditional RPG. The world is deep and fascinating, so you can get lost in exploring and finding something new in every play session. The side missions and quests are also very enjoyable, which gives them game much-needed depth and replay value. The main group of characters come to feel like your friends throughout the game play, and when you get to the end of the game, you’ll find yourself missing their witty banter and companionship. It’s worth being patient through the clunky camera system and long dungeon scenes, because Final Fantasy 15 provides a rewarding and fun game play experience.