Today I want to share with you a story. It was 2002, I was in year 6 and for the first time I played a Playstation 2. The game I played? Final Fantasy X.
I have never been so moved by a video game. I became so invested and enamoured by the characters, the world, the music and the beauty of Spira. I actually can’t count how many times I have played Final Fantasy X game. I have 4 copies of it at my house, put in 100’s of hours and could re-play it again and again and never get bored with the story.
That game started a trend that has ultimately led to this…
When people ask why I love Final Fantasy it’s hard for me to answer. It’s not because the games aren’t good, they are amazing! However I’ve found that for a lot of people it isn’t their style of game. Video Games for me have to have story and they have to make me feel connected to the characters and what is happening in the world and nothing does that more than these games, including the latest edition Final Fantasy XV.
The first thing I want to say about this game is that it is beautiful. It is possible it is the most beautiful game I have played. I am constantly finding myself getting distracted watching the sunset and many other beautiful moments and towns.
The story starts with you and your three friends taking a road trip and you really feel like you are. The characters are great, some of the banter and puns are brilliant and make cruising in the Regalia an enjoyable experience.
The Regalia is the car that you are using whilst you traverse Eos, which is massive. The car moves in real time as well, so sometimes you do get a little bored, but it doesn’t take too long to get anywhere and there are fast travel options as well. The only real bummer about it is I find that when you are driving it’s not that engaging, you can’t drive off road and it’s very difficult to crash the car, I’ve only managed to scrape it. Still the land is beautiful as you drive around and it all adds to the feeling of road tripping.
The battle system is amazing and a new path for the franchise. No longer the strategy game of old or the combat system from xii and xiii, this is wholly real time with no waiting for bars before you can attack etc. It is simple to get the hang of and also uses strategy with your team mates. I find it really engaging and look forward to it. Battle also isn’t as constant as it was in previous games and is relative to the landscape and environment.
I’ve waited 10 years for this game and I am so glad I did. It is everything I anticipated and expected and so much more! The bond between the four main characters is so strong that i can’t wait to see what happens next. The world is huge and beautiful and the story line engaging. This is a certainly a Final Fantasy game for old fans and new players.
“Fools set the rules in this world. Just take a look around. It’s undeniable.” Noctis Final Fantasy XV