"Dude, where's my car?"
ďThis is a fantasy based on realityĒ
In 2006 a trailer for a game called Final Fantasy versus XIII showed a young man dressed in modern clothes fighting against some soldiers outside a building, doing all the gravity defying jumps that Square-Enix canít get enough of. Itís ten years later, and that game has finally been released, wisely distancing itself from the Final Fantasy XIII games to become the fifteenth entry in this never-ending series. This is a Final Fantasy game where the fantasy clashes with the mundane to create something different.
The story is straightforward Ė a prince is trying to reclaim his stolen kingdom from an evil empire that is doing evil things. Most of this takes place in the background. Thereís a movie called Kingsglaive that spends a couple of hours setting everything in motion. Prince Noctis leaves the capital city with his three friends and protectors, and goes on a road trip filled with camping and cooking and fishing and side questsÖ and occasionally coming into contact with the main plot.
Some criticism has been levelled at Final Fantasy XV regarding its lack of story (or the simplicity of said story), and I feel these people may be missing the point. The point is that itís the story of four friends, who go on a long journey together. They face hardships and suffer losses, both as a group and individually. They grow as people, and they become more interesting and more familiar as the hours on the game clock click over. Noctis, Prompto, Gladiolus and Ignis are quite possibly the four most realised, fleshed out characters this series has produced. There are a few supporting characters who have limited screen time and development, but this isnít about them. Final Fantasy usually takes a more epic view of a world and its issues, and often with a much larger party. XV keeps its focus on the four lead characters and their journey.
Community review by jerec (January 01, 2017)
On very rare occasions, Jerec finds a game that inspires him to write stuff about. The rest of the time he just hangs around being sarcastic.
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