So after listening to the Gamespot guys talk about it, it seems that the incredibly divisive opinions on the game stem from the fact that the game's kinda like FF12 where the story is kinda meh and forgetable and the world and exploration is the actual star of the game. So depending on what you want out of a Final Fantasy this might be just your thing or a massive disappointment.
Shitty stories have become a given for Squenix original games. If you buy new ones desperately hoping they'll finally break the cycle you're essentially an an abused spouse. But the gameplay and character interactions do look pretty enjoyable.
I've got about 41 hours played right now and I'm only on chapter 8. World is huge, but fairly empty and there are large portions that are just blocked off by fences. Environments look nice so I've taken a lot of time just going everywhere and doing all the sidequests. Combat is kind of bad and the dodge just refuses to trigger sometimes, and even enemies much lower level than you are damage sponges I ended up at level 67 from all the exploration and double xp hotels, and some level 30ish mobs still take forever. It would be better if Ignis' analyze would always be triggered at the start of a fight to show elemental weaknesses since turning on wait mode just for that is pretty annoying. Characters so far are a lot more likable than I thought they would be, and I was pleasantly surprised that Noctis isn't an edgelord like his design would indicate. So far the Kingsglaive movie has been more interesting story-wise, and you pretty much need to watch it before playing the game. If you've already got a PS4 and like open world stuff I'd suggest buying it.
>>201416 Me again. Finished with 53 hours clocked. Enjoyed the rest of the story, with the glaring exception of chapter 13, because it's a lightweight horrorish stealthish section with jumpscares that lasts for like an hour with the boss taunting you the whole time. Absolutely killed the pacing from chapters 9-12. Definitely want to watch Kingsglaive before playing because even with the patch they did to add some scenes from the movie they leave a lot of information out that's fairly important. Bought this knowing the major spoilers and expecting only to like the exploration bits, but my problems with the combat aside, it ended up being a really decent game.
I feel like the frustrating thing about the game's story is despite all the usual modern Squenix cruft, it could've been pretty decent, but they hacked it up in the process of making Kingsglaive and whatever constant changes they were making in the 10 year developmental process that the characterization and plot of the second half got murdered in the process. Thankfully Noctis himself comes out fine but it could've been so much more with a little more tweaking and that's the part that hurts. The lost potential.
I really want to play it. But 70 bucks is just so goddamn much in the Christmas month. I already have to spend a small fortune on gifts for all my nephews and nieces and the trip back home to my parents is gonna cost me, too.
>>201428 Apparently there's going to be a bunch of big free DLC patches to fix up the story in the pipeline. Which makes it seem like despite all the time they spent on it the game still ended up being rushed for Christmas.
It's actually shocking to me that the game ended up as decent as it did given how screwy its development was. Like, there's a lot of really cool stuff in the worldbuilding actual. Compare it to FFXIII which somehow managed to stretch three games and a huge cosmology but couldn't get me to actually care for a single part of it at any point.
>>201418 He deserves a spot in the top 5 for sure. Though you're right it's that it's not hard because half the games' leads are blank slates or close to it and of the remainder a lot of them are really annoying.
>>201444 >Locke was the designated lead in the same sense Vaan in FFXII was No he wasn't, what gave you that impression?
The big thing about FFVI was that "everyone is the main character of their own story," but Terra was clearly the game's emotional core from the very beginning. She's on the cover, she's the macguffin of the first half of the game, and she's the character Square chose to represent FFVI in Dissidia.
>>201444 What? Locke does get some of the spotlight but Terra is not only the protagonist but also the viewpoint character for much of the game. Locke is more like Barret or Snowe than Vaan. Also I liked him him quite a lot, probably more than Terra (who kinda does fall into the "boring lead" trap) though not as much as Celes.
>>201597 Man if only Lightning was this adorably awkward.
Noctis is actually a really charming protagonist, way different from how I expected even knowing he probably wasn't actually going to be like Sasuke. It's a shame that the ending, while surprisingly strong in spite of everything, basically eliminated any chances of us getting more games with him that aren't prequels.
So apparently at GDC the director of the game confirmed they weren't going to make any more Final Fantasy games if XV didn't do well, and that the FF7 Remake was an attempt at recouping costs in case XV bombed.
>>202488 It's a free demo, you can just try it yourself. And there's also a benchmark http://benchmark.finalfantasyxv.com/na/ , which is a much smaller download. Both run pretty smoothly on my low-mid tier rig, but don't look too fancy.
So, what wasn't in the demo or benchmark was Denuvo which can downright kill your performance. That means the benchmark and demo are pretty worthless at giving you a preview of how the game will run on your PC. And also something that happens on every PC: Summoning breaks the game and it's stuck on 10-15 FPS until you restart it. Goddammit Squeenix.