Platform: Playstation 4, XBOX One
Genre: Japanese Role-Playing Game
First Released: November 29, 2016
Part of a Series? Yes and No. You don’t need to play any previous Final Fantasies to understand anything in FFXV, but all the others are super fun, and you will be able to catch some throwbacks to previous games (creatures such as moogles and chocobos).
There is also an anime (which can be found on crunchyroll for free), Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, and a movie: Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive. The anime gives some insight into the backstories of the four main characters: Noctis, Prompto, Gladiolus, and Ignis. The movie (which we own!) is a prequel to the game and gives you further backstory on what’s happening.
None of these things are necessary, they only further enhance your enjoyment of the game!
“Out on the road with his closest friends, Prince Noctis hears unsettling news: his homeland has fallen to the empire, with his father, his fiancee, and he himself reported dead. Unsure of what to believe, he knows only one thing-he must make his way home and take back what is rightfully his.”
As of writing this, I’m about an hour or so into the game and oh man is it fun! Unlike most Final Fantasy games, it is not turn-based! It’s a real time battle system where you can attack enemies at will without having to wait for turns and such (think Kingdom Hearts). One of my favorite things to do is a “warp strike” where you throw your weapon, and Noctis immediately warps to where your dagger landed. It’s great to use for dodging to higher ground, or dealing serious damage to foes.
The world is also GINORMOUS, without the in-game map, it would be super easy to lose your way while exploring. Luckily, there is always an arrow on the HUD (heads up display) reminding where you need to go next when you’re ready to move on for some story.
If you need help figuring out any of the new mechanics and want tips and tricks, click here!