After almost a decade-long worth of waiting, the release of "Final Fantasy XV" is finally here.
Having been stuck in the fire pits of development hell for a very long time, fans, gaming enthusiasts and critics were worried that the fifteenth installment in the "Final Fantasy" video game franchise would be a disaster that would blow in epic proportions once launched for the whole world to see. However, if the expert reviews are to be believed, such, as it turns out, is not the case.
The verdict is in and overall, "Final Fantasy XV" is reportedly a great role-playing video game. As reviewed by Time, the newest installment to the game franchise is "the best Final Fantasy in years, and one of the best roleplaying games of 2016."
According to a review from The Verge, "Final Fantasy XV" has deviated from the traditional Japanese role-playing games, which usually have a very linear arrangement. Although the game may not be as dynamic and vast as "Grand Theft Auto" or "Assassin's Creed," "Final Fantasy XV" has created a huge and diverse world to explore at the gamer's leisure.
However, the general opinion of the game is not universally rosy as some reviews have criticized the game's inability to tell a compelling story. The plot of the story, which is the heart of the gaming experience, is reportedly simplistic. None of the characters are nuanced, and there are very few memorable side characters. The dialogue is unsophisticated and melodramatic, and the voiceovers fail to elevate the script.
Playing "Final Fantasy XV" will put the gamer in the role of Noctis, a 20-year-old prince and heir to the throne of a fantasy kingdom, as he sets out to another city to marry his betrothed, the Lady Lunafreya. Although he is equipped with the ability to wield swords and use magic, he is equally unable to come into terms with the responsibilities of an adult and the duties of a future ruler of a kingdom. In this journey, he is accompanied by his three friends, Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto.
"Final Fantasy XV" is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting Nov. 29.