First Impression FFXV Review
I haven't played video games in thirteen years. In high school, around the same time MySpace came out, I lost interest. (I did get really into watching movies on my console, though.) The last game I remember being super into was Final Fantasy X. I played that game so much and was so into it that I cried at the end and cried when I played the sequel X-2 also. I even downloaded the soundtrack and drew fan art. Being the loner that I was, this game *like so many other games* was a way for me escape to another world and not have to stress about all the things that were going on in my life at the time.
This past summer my boyfriend went to E3 and told me Final Fantasy XV would be releasing this fall. I started seeing the giant chocobo statue in photos and the trailer and I was so excited. I told him how bad I wish I could play it but I didn't want to buy a PS4 because money has been tight and then I eventually forgot about it. Well, he didn't and he surprised me this past week with a PS4 and the game as my early Christmas gift. I'm super lucky.
So far, I've played about eight hours throughout the past few days. Since seeing the trailer, I kind of figured I wasn't going to be as into the storyline as I was with FFX. The characters didn't seem to interest me originally. With time, they grew on me. Even their extremely generic lookin' anime outfits. Actually, I kind of think that some of them, like Ignis, look like they shop at Diesel regularly. Hell, I'm going to pretend like does. As you play, you'll notice all of the cool new features the game has to offer. Various side quests, interesting details. For example, you can prepare food for your characters. You rest at night. And one of your characters takes photos of your crew randomly which you can view when you find a resting point. There is also a car! Which is cool because you don't have to run around for 2382197189 hours. The car is still kind of slow. The most striking thing about the game are the graphics. It's an incredibly beautiful game. I have never seen anything like it. I'm not surprised that it took ten years to develop. Honestly, I recommend it based off of that alone. Combat is a lot more fun than previous Final Fantasy games. There are also tutorial modes and difficulty levels which I can't remember if they were available for FFX or not.
Overall, I think you should play it. If you're into jrpgs, rpgs, anime, or just Final Fantasy in general, you're going love it. It definitely brings all the qualities you want in the series and I can't wait to get back to playing when I have time.