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    I really don't like Final Fantasy XV, and it's definitely about time everyone stops pretending it is a good game. I don't think I'd have liked it better if it wasn't a Final Fantasy game either. It's just... boring. I said this last summer when the demo came out, and was attacked for not liking it. "It's early days, how can you say it's bad from a demo?" Well, nothing has improved since last year, so here I go.

    Combat is clunky and not as smooth as I'd like. Bosses are boring. Side quests are boring. There's far too much running backwards and forwards. Travel is tiresome. Magic is annoying to use. The level system needs too much work for so little rewards. The actual story isn't that long if you cut out all the bullshit travelling. For an open world game, there's not much going on - the map is too big, but seems smaller because nothing is going on. I don't even find the characters all that likeable. Gladdy maybe, but only because he's a hottie, but Noctis can go suck a lemon, the miserable, spoiled little brat.

    I get they've tried to appeal to a new audience, but damn. It's not a Final Fantasy game to me. I hope this isn't the way Final Fantasy games are going, where combat is dumbed down to pressing one or two buttons without a second thought, distracting you with how pretty it is and not putting worthwhile quests in it. I'm more keen for the remaster of Final Fantasy XII than I ever was for this.

    Do you know how pissed I was, being a collector and all, when the Collector's Editions sold out while I slept? Now I'm just pissed that I spent the extra £70 on the special console. I burnt out in the first thirty hours, and really can't be bothered completing it unless there's a scene in the next hour or two where it turns into a Final Fantasy game OR there's a neked scene with Gladdy.

    Please, tell me where I'm going wrong here? I can't be the only person who's not impressed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown Entity View Post

    Please, tell me where I'm going wrong here? I can't be the only person who's not impressed.
    You're not, its a shit game, blatantly unfinished, boring characters swimming in a beautiful empty world.

    And yes the combat is an absolute mess, I'm stumped why they changed from the turn based battle system. They needed to? no they didnt, just look at persona 5 for example. Bloody amazing!

    By the last couple of chapters in FFXV i couldnt wait for it to end, im over 65 hours into persona 5 and im still a far way off finishing it and i dont want it to end.

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    I liked aspects of it, and was turned off by a lot of it as well.

    The concept was awesome at first, but got tiring and way too big for no good reason. Literally none of this would have happened had they gotten a proper car inspection prior to leaving. I also got tired of hearing the same banter, going on the same quests that literally did nothing to help to tell more of the story. You only learn the backstory through a movie or an anime series, which while cool and kind of informative, should be within the actual game. You don't learn anything until the last third.

    I liked that you could use the royal arms to make your own attack style, and that you could quickly switch weapons to attack weaknesses. But I hated that it wasn't turn based, and that combat was either way too easy or a giant clusterfuck that picked strange boundaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nix View Post
    And yes the combat is an absolute mess, I'm stumped why they changed from the turn based battle system. They needed to? no they didnt, just look at persona 5 for example. Bloody amazing!
    Exactly! Persona 5 came out and proved that turn based combat isn't dead. If the combat is similar to the mess of XV in the VII Remake, I'm not going to be able to buy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    The concept was awesome at first, but got tiring and way too big for no good reason. Literally none of this would have happened had they gotten a proper car inspection prior to leaving. I also got tired of hearing the same banter, going on the same quests that literally did nothing to help to tell more of the story. You only learn the backstory through a movie or an anime series, which while cool and kind of informative, should be within the actual game. You don't learn anything until the last third.
    I can honestly see what they were trying to do, but it's like they gave up before it had even started walking. The first ten hours or less were probably the most enjoyable. Once that world "opened up" and I realised it's just more of the same shit, but I have to actually spend twenty minutes sitting in a car to get there before I can do any more, I was done. Even the summons aren't impressive any more.


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    So...does Noctis have trouble sleeping? Stays up late does he?

    uh....I still haven't spoiled FFXV for myself in any way

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    It was an okay game, but it wasn't a very "final fantasy" game by any means
    One thing I respect about the FF series is that SE tries to shake things up with every new game. It seems like their recent record (13,14 and 15) were a bit mixed in terms of reactions from their core audience; some disgruntled fans of 13 felt like the game was a hallway simulator for most of the game, while others praised the story telling. In 14, most people were so dissatisfied that it caused the whole development team to start from scratch and retry. I think as far as 15 goes, it seems to be the most 'meh' game of the series. Hardly hear any discussion on it anymore, whereas at least people were talking about the previous FFs for years.

    Again I don't think it's a terrible game, but it's nothing memorable. Other games like Nier and Persona 5 have the attention of the RPG fanbase right now, and ff15 will quietly go out.

    I could talk length on how I believe that the hardcore fanbase of FF is a bit spoiled and shouldn't expect masterpiece work from every FF game, or how SE putting an actual FF7 remake into action is spelling out the beginning of the end for the company, or even how Sephiroth is a bad villain and made ff7 worse in comparison, but I'll save it for another thread.
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    I was thinking about making this thread haha.

    I... am not a fan of XV sadly. I gave it an honest try but nothing just pulled me in and kept me hooked. Didn't like the boy band esthetic of the group and the banter consisting of the occasional almost cliche line from each of them put me off from liking the team. Except for Gladius. I find the strong silent characters are the best in Japanese media simply because they aren't spouting generic nonsense as a form of characterisation.

    If you want an rpg with simple yet in-depth combat Bloodborne beats this head over heels. And in terms of story and atmosphere too.
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    I couldn't even be bothered to buy it. Just watching streams and playing the demo were sufficiently disappointing. God damnit Square, you had a formula, and it worked for more than a dozen consecutive games. When did you get this stupid ass idea that we were tired of it and wanted these half-assed action combat systems trying really hard to pretend they were Final Fantasies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nix View Post
    You're not, its a shit game, blatantly unfinished, boring characters swimming in a beautiful empty world.
    XV is bad. Me and Nix beat this to death in the original progress thread lol.

    Completely disappointing, unfinished, boring battle system, no story, filler-crap side quests...etc. etc.

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    The more I see of this game the less I want to play it, it's on my list, but eh, it's crashing down that list rather fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I could talk length on how I believe that the hardcore fanbase of FF is a bit spoiled and shouldn't expect masterpiece work from every FF game, or how SE putting an actual FF7 remake into action is spelling out the beginning of the end for the company, or even how Sephiroth is a bad villain and made ff7 worse in comparison, but I'll save it for another thread.
    This, so much this, people act like every game prior to XII/XIII was a masterpiece or even good.

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    I think it's stubbornness from Squeenix in some regard. It's like, ok we get it, they essentially perfected the rpg as we knew it. However, it seems like they're either trying to emulate what other franchises have done, or change the things that were iconic and done so well.

    It seems like everything they did to become more like a mass effect or Skyrim was done at the expense of something that was great about final fantasy.

    Sometimes less is more, and final fantasy in general has always been more about the spectacular. Unfortunately, it doesn't translate well with things like overdramatic voice acting, or worse, emotionless acting.

    One of my biggest gripes was Nocts little hissing or grunting noises at literally every task. Refilling the car shouldn't be so physically taxing that you make any noise other than complaining that prices went up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown Entity View Post
    Gladdy maybe, but only because he's a hottie,...

    ...and really can't be bothered completing it unless there's a scene in the next hour or two where it turns into a Final Fantasy game OR there's a neked scene with Gladdy.
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    Picking up where I left off in FF Type-0 I realized that they have almost identical targeting systems. Where moving the right analog stick will change "focused targets", this is in no way acceptable for a console game. Granted Type-0 was originally a PSP game, SE did not fix it for the remaster which is understandable. For H. Tabata to not learn from a past experience and create something better is hard to justify. SE needs to remember that they are creating games, and in the aspect of game-play is most important. Does this game play well? What are areas that consumers may not like? What provides a good gaming experience? What doesn't?

    I don't remember if I've said this before here but, Xenoblade Chronicles X (even the first game) allow focused targeting and allowing manual control of the camera to include zooming in and out at a player's desire. There is no unwanted target switching. To be honest I am so use to controlling the camera that it conflicted with FFXV's camera/targeting. Final Fantasy XV is the better looking game than XCX, but I am not watching a movie, I am playing a game and that should be priority one. Also, in those games the foliage never got in the way as is in FFXV. As in most games combat is a means of progression, but the hardest enemy aren't the monsters, but the trees and those green little things on them (plus camera).

    The quote from the old trailers "This is a fantasy based on reality", from the old Versus trailers, seemed to still be a core concept and not just in setting or technological levels. But in game design. Magic was quite op, but it affecting the party as well was not a smart/good decision. I did not like it in Suikoden III or in Final Fantasy XV. But the "reality" part comes into play. Characters will get burned, the clothes will become frosted, or they will get shocked. Those affected will get stunned. Their clothes and faces will change from the effects from magic, from becoming dirty, or from the rain. SE focused on the wrong things, getting side-tracked and too wrapped up in realism. Final Fantasy XV is a game, not a tech demo.

    That is just my take on a few things. There were some good parts of FFXV, but like others have said there are a lot of icky no-no's.


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    Not the Phoenix Down FF needed, hm?

    Things that do not last forever are, in a certain way, beautiful because they are transient, impermanent.

    It isn't enough to say "FF is dead." "This is dead, that's dead."

    Fantasy series are not technically alive (nor are any other works of art), but they live in the spirits of those whom create and happily experience them (i.e. Fans).

    It just seems to me that the generation which first signed up for Square's little 8-bit quest for glory can now safely say that what began with FF1 has reached its natural end in the gaming world. This is it, I think.

    I look around at fans of this stuff...largely they are not basement dwelling degenerates with 0 empathy, only concerned with leveling up. I see careers, I see families, I see adorable pets, fancy cooked meals, I read scads and scads of writing by these people.

    We have grown up...but Final Fantasy (and gaming in general) aren't *refusing* to grow up along with us. That's not what's going on, you see; they are *incapable* of growing up along with us. Gaming is simply not productive enough a pursuit for a career minded person with thoughts of starting or raising a family, or even someone who simply wishes for more of a social life.

    Eventually, the dice had to be put in their case, the pencils and character sheets collected and put away, the rule books put back in their bookshelf, and the figurines put back.

    The game must end eventually, you know. If SE are having this much trouble with FF (a decade of development and this), perhaps consigning it and other rpg series to "Legacy Status" would be the only logical thing at this point.

    It isn't fun to think about or read, I bet. But Final Fantasy began in 1987...30 years ago.

    Thereve been six presidents in my home country since then. I've gone from a toddler who could barely hold still to an ahem, "dried up old geez," as the boy in Sector 7's Weapon Shop put it.

    Final Fantasy, if it wishes to remain relevant, must now finally, fully regard itself, behold what it hath wrought, as it were.

    I predict lots of "Nostalgia" style releases from SE from now on, in the FF vein, anyway. Bravely Default is new and cool. I am setsuna, while people are a little divided about it, seems cool to me at least.

    But the core ideas of FF, itself have withered away. It isn't FF anymore, if you ask me, and it makes me feel like that Era is over, that 15 has turned out the way it has.

    So there we are.

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