Final Fantasy XV Review
It seems like no matter who you ask, everyone’s favorite Final Fantasy game will be VII, an for good reasons to. Mainly being,
No, than probably just mines. Besides that, the storyline with VII is so compelling that it’s considered a masterpiece.
So it goes without saying which game is superior fan base wise. But that doesn’t say XV doesn’t enlighten us to new story with both old an new controversy. Although I’m a raging Square Enix fan, from Just Cause to Tomb Raider. This company just can’t do wrong to me. Though some games are extremely rushed, you can tell this company cares about the actual story, an plot vs just hacking an slashing like you average Dynasty Warriors. (Which 9 sucks) You can get it for about 15 bucks now.
Join Prince Noctis, an his 3 companions (Gladio, Ignis, Prompto) as you set off to save nothing. Yes nothing. Whatever it is he was trying to save, he fails in every aspect. Sorta like Subaru, without the constant dying.
Don’t believe me, than watch Kingsglaive, an watch how fast the Kingdom falls. Speaking of Kingsglaive, if you have not seen it, lore wise I highly recommend it. Lucis literally fell overnight to the Kingdom, this overpowering entity, which makes you wonder, where was this kingdom in the game. Game wise we saw a battered Kingdom by demons, while Noctis is shipped away so he doesn’t become victim. He gets to watch his father, lover, citizens, country, the neighbor country, an even his life slips beyond his grasp without ever fully obtaining it. Yes, there are side stories with good ends, but the main story isn’t a happy end. Even if you win the final battle, when you realize what you sacrifice to get there, you lost the war.
XV set you off at the ending of the conflict as you struggle against Ifrit.
It took me a few days to 100% complete the game, but the main story can be finished with less than a day. Final Fantasy showed glimpse of the real time combat experience in XIII, but it was still limited a turn base mechanic, with us still being force to take blunt attacks. XV do away with all that, adding the feel to do combat with your ai controlled friends, who actually participate in battle. Hopefully you focus on building them up, or your stuck constantly healing them with potions, an warping in an out of battle. Being able to teleport virtually anywhere doesn’t hurt neither. After the second halve of the game, you can kindly kiss the open road adventure bye-bye. As the main story force you to quest that meets it’s agenda. Especially in chapter XIII, which was considered the Dreaded, Loathed, Chapter. For good reasons, this chapter was so bad that Square Enix was forced to redesign it. I personally didn’t mind having a OP death Ring that made everything explode.
Noctis adventure honestly is as dark as it get for a Final Fantasy character. You spend a good majority of your time trying to save your beloved Luna, to make it to a wedding that sort of just get forgotten about. An when you reunite with her finally, it was just meh. So when the leviathan fight took place, you would assume that they would share a heart to heart moment, only for this to happen.
I honestly couldn’t make heads or tails on rather Ardyn was friend or foe, XV does a terrible job at explaining. I can tell you what Gladiolus favorite burger was, but couldn’t tell you what the hell was going on with Ardyn. Even after a beautiful city is submerged under water, it wasn’t until I saw this was when I decided, I’m going to kill this prick.
The scene itself was beautiful, but the usefulness of Noctis was once again staggered. Throughout the story, only thing that he was able to maintain was his bromance. Because Lucis was definitely not on that list. Honestly the story itself is a clusterfuck of WHAT!!!!?!!??? I waited 10 years for this. Just going on about the consistent plot holes, I’m pretty impressed about how many there are. Actually here go a few.
How many people knew Gladio, an Iris father played in Kingsglaive. He was actually a fellow companion to King Regis. Yet, despite how important he is, they were more concerned about the servant. Let’s hope a XV-2 comes out an he’s more prominent.
If my memory is right, Cor was supposed to be a more highlighted character. Who slays demons, with a main enemy in Loki, in fact what the hell happened to Loki. Anyone who knows please comment. It all just get ignored. He even trained Iris to fight demons, thankfully in the DLC we can witness it. But the core game is left without. Which is probably why it’s $10 now. While after your first base conquer, it’s stated that he was supposed to re join you in the final battle. Spoiler alert: He Doesn’t.
Although in the revamp version of the game some things come to light. For the most part these characters background makes absolutely no sense. In fact Glauca who actually fought 2 wearers of the ring was never mentioned again. Anyone knows why Aranea went AWOL an joined us. When you first played the game, did you even know she joined us. Or why the Kingdom went from trying to subdue Lucis, to uh the Astrals. We can assume Arydn, but that’s just taking a guess. Even Ravus who clearly has a disdain for Regis, has a change of heart. Like yeah, let me hate you my whole life, than wake up the next morning wanting to help you. But again, thanks to the DLC that you can pay extra for, flesh out many of these inconsistencies. So let’s pay $60 for a incomplete game at the time. Only to pay another $60, for another version of the same game.
You get a huge taste in combat during the boss fight when you fight Aranea.
If you utilize the parry an warping mechanics, the fight takes you airborne with her. Which is truly a sight to behold. After watching several YouTube videos, I realize no one really realize what you can really do in combat. Which is why I enjoy Square Enix games, they drop easter egg combos everywhere. Like when fighting Adamantoise.
This boss fight takes literally days to complete, if you have an outside life. Thankfully this behemoth does little damage, but so does you. To his endless supply, your a tick trying to draw enough blood to kill a Dinosaur.
If you utilize the parry, warping skill you can unleash hidden team attacks.
An marvel at the beauty of the scenery at the same time. Each boss has it hidden easter egg attack, rather it’s a team attack or a single pile drive from midair, it become highly addicting an non repetitive. Unlike it’s predecessors for the new gen folks. But, like it’s predecessors, XV keeps the summons with a even more graphic feeling. Seriously, the 4k graphics looks astonishing.
Make me feel like I can summon Ramuh myself. And if you didn’t get goosebumps summoning Bahamut, than please reevaluate your life choices, an seek counseling. In XV you focus less on summons, an magic unfortunately, an more on actual combat skills. Which makes sense, Noctis isn’t a magician, he’s a knight. So XV does a decent job at keep up with Relevancy. Where the game lacks in linear story progression patched with DLC’s an constant updates, it makes up for it through combat.
Final Verdict (3/5) Shop Below
Although the game itself is enjoyable, you can’t ignore the fact that storyline wise the game was a hot mess. When it comes to video games, I need a consistent plot, or I’m just button mashing. Which is why I love anime, you get to enjoy a story behind intense fight you can’t get with movies. How many movie’s can replicate the Obito vs Kakashi fight. The meaning behind the fight is what makes it desirable. Without the patch the game left no real meaning behind your endless combat, an tiresome car rides. But let’s be honest the flying car look sick.
Thankfully unlike most games, this is pretty obtainable, that even I was able to quickly get it, and I suck at puzzles. This wouldn’t be my first recommended Final Fantasy game to newcomers. But it is one I would suggest trying out. Especially now since most of the things I ranted about was patched. Square Enix, a company that cares. With the review coming to a end here are 3 of my favorite Games + Anime of the week. (Not subjected to new releases.)
With the release of 4, which I haven’t fully completed yet, this game still is my favorite. Like if GTA, and Saints Row had a kid. That kid would be Just Cause. With nothing but explosions, gliding, an leading the resistance to victory. Just Cause 3 is as addicting as it comes. Obtain the Eden Spark, an control the world. Which the entire map is insanely massive, from land, air, an even sea. The war never ends.
Want to know what type of games are my favorite, just play Monster Hunter an find out. As you cut down an endless beast amount of beast. It’s just something about building my own character an making the impossible possible that excites me. Even better that this game price is dropping constantly.
Ever wrote a story, an wondered how the characters in your story actually felt. I don’t mean felt as in how you made them feel, I’m talking actually free will feel. In your stories you are God, an as a God, we tend to get pretty violent in our stories. We get vengeful, wrathful, an as a writer myself, with my personality, I tend to make my characters go through some deep torment. Now imagine what them characters would say to you if they met their God. What would you say if you got to meet your God. Re: Creators takes a jab at that situation, as a world of God’s have their stories come to life. Join the Mc, as a mysterious vengeful women, brings authors creation to life’s.
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God bless Monty Oum an his brilliance. It was truly unfortunate to see him pass before he realized his dream. An that dream would be Dead Fantasy. This epic movie is as hardcore as it comes when it comes to cross mixing characters. The Avengers of game characters. These characters would be drafted from Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, and even Kingdom Hearts. Makes you wish these creators would actually think about coming together. As much as I love seeing Tifa punch Honoka off a collapsing building. Throughout the series, it’s impossible to really which side is winning. So I’m going to let the readers be the judge. I hope you all enjoy Monty final production.
Stare Into The Abyss
What if I told you that staring at someone so intensely could kill them. Go head an give it a try, no, didn’t work, you have to squint really hard. Like a kid eyeing an adult with a piece of candy. Or like Sasuke.
When your skin become a curse mark, and your eyes turn red by killing your most beloved. Still don’t believe me, than maybe after this list you might. I consider myself a neutral anime watcher. Other than hardcore political anime, that shoves agendas down your throat, I typically watch 3 Episodes before I make my mind up. (OCD) But that doesn’t say I also don’t have my pick of preferred genre’s, which is around 7 main genre’s I’ll go to watch before any other’s. I rarely ever find a anime that rate “Perfect,” but that doesn’t stop these 5 anime’s from making that perfect moment that I desperately crave.
Yes like the depraved soul I am, I take keen pleasure in watching others suffer. I’ll rewatch a despair scene over so many times, the anime ended 20 minutes ago. Take your favorite porn star, put them in your favorite clothes, than imagine them in your favorite position, while they pay you afterwards. An you have the sum of my depraved soul. Now multiply that by the love Issei Hyoudou have for oppai, an congratulations, you just calculated my life. I tend to go off topic alot, but look at these eyes.
You might’ve already guessed it, but my taste involves the highly focused on death stare. I always wondered how much time studios spent designing each frame. Though animators get paid bat shit, they are highly unappreciated. So welcome to Animania Land, an my personal Utopia Of Dystopia. “See what I did there.” When you stare at the Abyss, it stares back.
You see me staring as your more prepared to read this than you should be proud to.
Confuse on what the Abyss is, than Yumeko Jabai is the glaring bottomless pit. As a transfer student, of Hyakkaou Private School, a den for rich high rollers. Yumeko just want’s some excitement in her life, like any other teen. Rather it’s getting her fingers cut off, Russian roulette, or finding pleasure in taking a nose dive from a 10 story building, her lust knows no bound. Turning one of the richest kids in the academy from this,
Ever loved something so much, you just couldn’t control yourself. Jabami would be one of those people that you would always see in the top rankings. Screw school, let’s do everything but study. But got to say the moment she makes someone bankrupt. That feeling each character gives off, will always send shiver downs. Makes you wonder who is actually the villain in here.
Absolutely can not have a post about the Abyss, an not mention Yuna Gasai. This was the anime that actually made me realize my love for Yandere’s. You explore the world as Yuki, a pointless, useless, and just ugh mc. Just stare at the screen the whole time screaming, do something! With no goals, ambitions, an spends his time writing every single detail of his life down. Only thing that makes this anime bearable was the incredible amount of plot twist. Which is easily overshadowed by Yuno’s temper, an stalker like obsession.
Imagine having someone that love you this much. It’s like she’s looking directly into my soul.
Future Diary is guaranteed to leave you wanting more, more of Yuno just being Yuno. Her intense demeanor scares Yuki on multiple occasions. But with the secret she harbors, she honestly could care less. So she’ll keep killing, killing, killing, an repeating the same love scene over an over until she’s blue in the face. I can’t even convince someone to run to the store for me. Yuno oozes “Shut up an kiss me,” aura.
An if you don’t.
Aside from my personal taste, this anime really does a good job at highlighting action scenes. While the Mc is off somewhere hiding watching the girl do all the killing. Good times.
Everything has a beginning, and a end. Question is where does this begin an when does it end. This anime takes you on a train ride of mind jerks. In fact, I’m willing to bet my left toe that when you first watched this, it left you clueless, an just thinking that you was just different arcs unfold in one. When nope, couldn’t be far from the truth. It would make sense that we were just Keiichi die multiple gruesome deaths. But each story ties together like a puzzle. One screwed up, they’re not even teens yet sort of puzzle.
“Si-Sister, u-u-uh, um is it your turn to die this time. I died last time.”
“Shut up an get in the cave,”
“B-bu-but, the caves smell like grandma,”
“Than you can join Satoko sister,”
Satoko is like 7, I never saw a anime cross that line on punishing kids, intense. So here’s some fan service to lighten the mood.
Even by my standard this scene was a hard watch. Just look at this.
I recently just finished this one due by recommendation, an it was just uh, every bit as she explained. As you travel with Riko, who just wants to explore the Abyss. Which is an enormous dive pit filled with dangers at every corner. Only the best of the best can raid this vast treasure house an return. Riko mother disappears inside this pit, an for some reason the daughter decides she wants to be just like her. Note to self, never follow behind my parents. As it sometimes leads to this.
Wanna know if Riko make it, better watch this series, so you can see my favorite scene.
Look at them eyes, I totally believe her. Come enjoy this human + android gloomy romance.
Let’s be clear, if you’ve made it this far I want it to be said this list is entirely random. With a few personal. I like to focus on the non mainstream side of anime. Since there are countless amounts of shows yet to be watched, that’s sometimes even better than the one’s with big publicity. I’ve seen several great popular shows, with just terrible marketing. So getting back into the limelight, cause who haven’t heard of these anime’s. I had to make the decision between either Koro-Sensei or UBW. In the end Fate/Night Series just have a special place in my heart. Join Shiro as he make heads, an tails of true strength. With his long lost sister.
Or do you prefer:
The detail that this anime paves with each character really sets the imagination off. Although this anime doesn’t really go with the horror intense theme as the other anime. But with the amount of the world being destroyed, it doesn’t really matter. Oddly enough, Heaven Feel Route, takes the carnage up a notch. Didn’t think it was possible. The Holy Grail War is the War of War’s. Explore the Rin route as Shiro struggle against his cruel fate with the Unlimited Abyss.
Which Route did you Prefer?