Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
I originally put it off until the price became 1/4 of the original cost and after playing it I wish I'd started it sooner. The game see's you play as Noctis, who is yet another moody teenager, something not uncommon in Final Fantasy (Cloud, Squall, Lightning), the game centres around driving across a huge open world while on your way to get married and on the way take a load of gods powers. The gameplay is centred around a road trip vibe, and as such a lot of environments are similar to areas you might go on a US roadtrip, particularly inspired by Route 66. This part of the game where you explore, slay monsters and complete sidequests is by far the best part of the game. The main quest however, was a bit of a let down, you leave the open world about half way through after which the plot seems rushed, the gameplay isn't as fun and there is an absolutely awful survival horror inspired section which is more boring than scary.
Combat is more fluid, pressing a button makes you attack instantly instead of waiting for a bar to fill like in FF13, and it often relies on teamwork or navigating around enemies to back stab them. However blocking is simply done by just holding a button, you lose mp for every attack dodged in this way but I never lost it all this way. The game relies on item based healing similar to Rogue Galaxy, where you can buy potions cheaply that heal half your hp, these 2 combined means the game is incredibly easy, I was taking down enemies 20 levels higher than me and there is really only 1 enemy I struggled against (because of a time limit), the superbosses are just given insanely high hp and there isn't really any skill needed (Though this is usually the case for FF superbosses). The final boss fight was a big let down, with only 2 phases, the 2nd phase involving just spinning around spamming the attack button, which avoids all damage.
However Character Development was pretty good, which it needs to be when you only have 4 characters in your team, with the exception of 1 character who revealed something about him which doesn't make any sense, is followed by everyone else going "-shrug- who cares?" and they never talk about it again. Of course if you like a huge amount of side quests and exploration than this is a great game, I still prefer 4,6,7,8,10 and Tactics A2 but I did enjoy it enough to fully explore what it had to offer and get all Achievements/
Post edited August 09, 2018 by magejake50