Final Fantasy 15 | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 44 April 2017.

I have to start with a warning. Do not go into Final Fantasy 15 lightly. This is a game that will chew you up and spit you out if you do. It’s massive. It’s a black hole for time. And it’s actually very good.

Final Fantasy has always been a franchise for fans but with Final Fantasy 15 newcomers are welcome. The game’s opening text proclaims exactly that and then proceeds to deliver on the promise. It certainly won’t feel like it at first, but persevering through the early (and at times overwhelming) stages will reward.

The game is an open-world role-playing game. It is big and bold and heavily influenced by Japanese geek culture. Like most games of this genre, you can expect plenty of side quests featuring killing, collection and looting to level up to go with the main quest. The difference with Final Fantasy and other role-playing titles is that it is not a traditional dungeons and dragons experience. Magic, swords and creatures are all present and accounted for but it’s set in a world more modern and equally as retro.

You play as Noctis, the prince of Lucis. Along with your three friends (and resembling a goth band) you set off on a road trip in the build-up to your marriage meant to bring peace between your kingdom and the Niflheim Empire. It doesn’t take long before the peace is destroyed and the band of friends battle to save themselves and their homeland.

The scale of all this needs to be discovered to be appreciated and even suggesting what is in store for you on your adventure will destroy the reason to invest your time in the game. Suffice to say, there is more going on than the simple matter of typical human disagreements. The world is also littered with daemons that come out at night.

At times, the everything feels a little overly bombastic, but for fans of the series, that’s what they are here for. For newcomers, this may be just a little too much. In the end, if you want to explore, battle and level up, then you won’t be disappointed. The combat system offers both real-time combat and the more tactical pause option. Whichever you choose to use, there are plenty of attacking and defensive options, along with weapons and magic. Each of your companions specialises in a weapon class and while you can’t control them directly, you can issue instructions and link for more damaging attacks.

With (well) over 80 hours of gameplay you can expect the conversations between the companions to bore as you cruise (or walk) the world. At times, it is even cringe worthy, but it does build a sense of camaraderie and friendship.

500 words cannot even begin to cover everything the game has to offer. It does have flaws and is not a graphical masterpiece. However, if you want to invest in a game that will return the investment, Final Fantasy 15 is the game for you.

Score: 8/10
Available for: Xbox One and PS4
Distributed by: Megarom Interactive and available at all retailers of games

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.