Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition by Square Enix.
Disclaimer: I purchased the game on PSN while it was on sale so I didn’t receive a review copy of this game.
Final Fantasy XV follows Prince Noctis and his 3 friends, Prompto, Gladiolus and Ignis on a journey to fulfill Noctis’ destiny as the chosen king. Their journey takes them across the world of Eos, a world that’s dominated by the empire of Niffelheim.
The story begins with Noctis and his friends leaving the city of Purgatory to begin their journey. After a brief pit stop at a garage named Hammerhead for vehicle repairs, they set out to take a boat to the island of Altissia to solidify Noctis and Lunafreya’s marriage.
The party soon learns of Niffelheim’s betrayal and assassination of the King, thus abandoning their trip to Altissia. The story takes the 4 friends to many different locations as they battle against the forces of Niffelheim and to ultimately fulfill Noctis’ role as the Chosen King.
I found the story to be quite entertaining. It has a great cast of characters, each one of them is likeable and well portrayed. The ending is very emotional, it’s quite sad and I definitely cried during it.
I also found the game’s main antagonist, Ardyn to be pretty interesting as well. He’s one of the few Final Fantasy antagonists that I actually wound up liking in the end. He’s absolutely crazy but I found it difficult to dislike him.
Unlike previous entries in the Final Fantasy series, this game utilizes the open world format for the first time. You’re free to explore the world of Eos as you see fit, either by vehicle, on a chocobo or on foot. The world is quite large and it can take quite some time to travel across it.
As you travel the world, you’ll meet a wide variety of unique characters, some of which have quests for you to complete. Quests are often the fetch/kill variety but the stories behind each one make them pretty interesting and a lot less repetitive than they should be.
There’s also hunts that you can take on through tipster’s in restaurants. These hunts vary in difficulty based on your current hunt ranking. The higher the rank, the more difficult the hunts become. Hunts often have you taking on groups of animals and they can be pretty challenging. It’s also worth mentioning that some enemies only appear at night or during certain weather conditions, so you’ll need to plan the hunt accordingly.
The vehicle you travel around in (The Regalia) can also be upgraded through a series of side missions. Upgrades range from better gas mileage to a bigger engine. You can even have it upgraded into an off-road vehicle and an airship.
Combat in Final Fantasy XV is much more action oriented than in the previous games as well. Noctis has the ability to warp by throwing his weapon at an enemy or location. This makes combat pretty fast paced and incredibly fun. By hanging from warp points during battles, Noctis will regain HP and MP more quickly. You can also use these points to get a bird’s eye view of the battle and issue commands to your party members.
There are various abilities that your party members can equip and utilize in battle. You unlock new abilities as your party levels up but you can only equip one at a time unfortunately. Each skill is unique and it’s a good idea to experiment with them based on the situation.
Each character also has a unique skill that they’ll level up as the game progresses. Noctis’ skill is fishing, Gladiolus’ is survival, Ignis’ is cooking and Prompto’s is photography. Noctis can fish at any fishing spot in the world to level his skill up. Gladio’s skill levels up as you walk around on foot. Ignis’ skill is leveled up through camping and the preparation of food. Finally, Prompto’s skill levels up as he takes pictures of his friends, this is done automatically as the game is played. Photo’s can be saved upon resting.
Overall, Final Fantasy XV has been a pretty epic experience and I’m glad I decided to finally pick the game up. It’s story may be a bit jumpy at times but it’s an emotional one as the game ends and the time you spend with Noctis and his friends is memorable and enjoyable.
I’ll also admit that the game is easily the best Final Fantasy game that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing since Final Fantasy X. I haven’t been all that impressed with the modern Final Fantasy games for a while but this game has been an impressive journey and one I can’t recommend highly enough.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review for Final Fantasy XV folks! I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!