HoG Review Score: 87%
Final Fantasy XV is an open world action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One home consoles.
Final Fantasy 15 features an open-world environment and action-based battle system similar to the Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy Type-0, incorporating the ability to switch weapons and other elements such as vehicle travel and camping. It is a further step towards real-time combat and away from the turn-based battle Final Fantasy is traditionally known for, evolving the battle systems seen in FF12 and FF13.
The development cycle of Final Fantasy XV began in 2006, when it was a PlayStation 3-exclusive spin-off titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII and lasted approximately ten years. Tetsuya Nomura served as the original director and character designer, creating the characters and original concept.
In 2012, it was rebranded as the next mainline title in the series and shifted development to eighth generation platforms, with Nomura being replaced as director by Hajime Tabata. To expand the story without developing additional video games, a multimedia project called the “Final Fantasy XV Universe” was created: its products included an anime series, a feature film, and future virtual reality-based downloadable content.
Final Fantasy XV received generally favourable reviews from critics, with the game’s combat, soundtrack, visuals, open world design, JRPG elements, lead characters and ending were widely praised by critics, but with some criticism directed towards the plot. The game is widely considered to be a little unpolished but with more character and quirkiness than most modern AAA blockbusters.