Story, Gameplay, and Development You Should Know Before Playing FFXV

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Final Fantasy XV has been one of the most anticipating games so far in 2016. As the game release is coming in two months, we are going to take a look at 3 things you must know before playing the game related to story, gameplay, and development
Let’s take a look.

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You can read my review here.

Story

Settings

Final Fantasy XV takes place in the world called EOS which is similar to the modern day earth. The game was created with the idea of “a fantasy based on reality”in mind. All of the countries in this world except the kingdom of Lucis are under dominion of Nifhelm. Noctis, heir to the Lucis, is being on a quest to retake his homeland and its magical crystal after they had been recently seized by Nifhelm during the peace treaty agreement between two kingdoms.

Characters

There are 4 main people in Noctis’ party: Noctis, Ignis, who was raised alongside Noctis to be his adviser, Prompto, who is more carefree and from a lower class family, and Gladiolus, Noctis’ personal bodyguard.

Lady Lunafreya, the princess and an oracle of Tenebrae, is also one of the main characters in Final Fantasy XV even though not being a core member of the party. Guest characters such as Cor and Lunafreya, also join and leave the party temporary throughout the game similar to Final Fantasy XII.

The relationship between these Noctis and Lunafreya is a key story of the game. They are childhood friend that are set to marry as a part of peace treaty agreement between Lucis and Niflheim.

Luna character is expected to have a lot of depth, dynamic, and complex. Her relationship with Noctis is actually more complicated than a typical love story.

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Game Scale

In terms of scale, Final Fantasy XV will be one of the biggest JRPG ever. The game support over 200 hours of gameplay across the main story and side quests The main story itself should take around 40-50 hours if you only focus on the main story and ignore all side contents.

Gameplay

Active Cross Battle

Combat in Final Fantasy XV has a significant change from previous generations. Instead of a traditional turn-based, the battle system in FFXV is called the Active Cross Battle. It is a seamless combat system that takes place in real time environment with all locations from a plain field, to forest, building, and even on a street.

Battle against bosses is carried out in the same fashion as a standard battle but requires more party cooperation.

Warping

Noctis can warp around the field by throwing his sword and warp to a specific location. He can warp to any location having a glowing icon telling that it is a warping spot. There’s no limitation in distance as long as the warping spot is seen.

Warping along with special moves and dodging requires MP to perform.

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Magic

Magic, on the other hand, does not cost any MP. It works more like an item by gathering elemental magic from different sources and combine together to create a magic item called magic flask.

Different magic types also have different effects. Fire catches glass on fire, wind will blow out fire, blizzard will freeze water and so on.

Critical State

A party member is in a critical state when their HP reach zero. During the state, they are unable to attack or use abilities with a depleting HP gauge. A character in a critical state must be rescued by other characters before the gauge reach zero. If it happens, that character will be in a knock out stage. In case Noctis is knocked out, the game will be instantly over.

Summons

Summons is a major part of Final Fantasy series without a doubt. In FFXV, they work differently by having specific summon requirements as well as different attacks based on environment.

7 summons are known in the game and can be obtained in a various way from beating them in battle, discovering them, complete specific objectives, and so on. There are also minor summons but details are yet to be revealed.

Wait Mode

The game also has a wait mode which is an option to make the game easier especially in a critical state or those who are not used to a real-time combat system. When it is activated, everything will be stopped allowing a player can freely target an enemy, cast magic spell, select teammate abilities and techniques, and more
Wait mode can be switched on and off at any point of the game.

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Everything turns grey when wait mode is being activated

Technique

All party members have their own skill trees and can learn new techniques for a powerful move. For example, Ignis’ skill “Mark” creating a warp point for Noctis. Prompto “Piercer” can stun enemies while dealing damage at the same time.

Quest Types

Final Fantasy XV quest types can be separated into 4 main categories: main quests, hunting quests, regional quests, and only for fun. Main quests are purely about the main story progression while hunting quests are for hunting a specific monster for rewards.

Regional quests are different between each regions and the only for fun quest are something like a minigame, fishing, chocobo racing, and so on.

Camping

Camping is a main part of Final Fantasy XV gameplay. It can be set up at any camping haven and at any time of the day. Camping will give player levels up from experience acquired throughout the day as well as food buff from Ignis’ cooking.

While camping, you can also see different personalities between each character.

level up while camping

Regalia

Regalia is a prominent transportation of Final Fantasy XV. The car can be driven manually by Noctis or automatically by Ignis. However, it cannot drive off road and can only park at a specific parking spot.

On the second half of the game, Regalia can be upgraded into an airship giving you more option to fly across the world map. A player can fly anywhere they want but need to find a road to land on.

To get around, a player still need to walk by themselves or rent a chocobo from chocobo farm. Train is also available at some point of the game with an exploration option while riding it.

Day and Night Cycle

Because of the game theme “A fantasy based on reality”, Final Fantasy XV comes with a day and night cycle. At night people will light up their home like in the real world. Strong monster will emerge during the night because of the “Plague of the Star”

One day in the game is a 24 minutes in an episode Duscae. However, it’s not confirmed whether or not that will be the case in the final game.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality will be included in Final Fantasy XV but not during the official release date. Square Enix stated that VR experience will be released post launch. When the VR mode is activated with VR headset, a player can play as Prompto, and the game will turn into a shooting style.

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Development

Final Fantasy XV had ten years of development. The project started in 2006 when it was still called Final Fantasy XIII Versus back then. A few years later, it was rumoured to be cancelled because of the slow development process.

In 2012, the project was changed into Final Fantasy XV and had been fully developed 4 years after that. Final Fantasy is going to launch globally on November 26, 2016 in PS4 and Xbox One.
If the game does great after launch, there’s a high possibility that it will be released on PC as well.

Betty / September 21, 2016 / Gameplay, Lore

A Guide to Open World Gameplay and Transportation System in Final Fantasy 15

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The Final Fantasy series has always allowed players to ride and control a host of interesting conveyances over the long history, including motorcycles, airships, the bird-like chocobos, and much more. The sleek, Art Deco-esque convertible prominently showcased in the recently-released Final Fantasy 15 demo, though, is something new for the series.

Although high tech devices frequently show in the series, car shown in the the Final Fantasy appears closer to something from our own world than most machines seen in earlier games. More significant than its eye-catching aesthetics, though, is what the striking black two-door implies about gameplay in FFXV.

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You can read my review here.

FFXV Car DrivingAs we’ve known for quite some time, the game will be the first entry in the series to feature an open world style of play. This is a major departure for the series. Prior games were typically very linear: the player was led from battle to battle, event to event in a direct, pre-planned sequence. While different paths could sometimes by taken and certain encounters engaged in at various times, the overall narrative followed a very set path.

Open world gameplay in Final Fantasy 15 will make this sort of linearity impossible. The player will have a much greater freedom to decide where to go and what to do. Consequently, the game’s designers aren’t able to lead the player step by step through the story the way they typically could in past Final Fantasy games. Instead, they’ve had to find a different approach to telling 15’s (undoubtedly long, involved, and epic) story.

The car is the clearest sign yet shown of this new way of doing things. Just like the real world they are attempting to mimic, open world games typically involve a good deal of moving from place to place. Traveling is a big part of the experience. Consequently, vehicles and/or mounts are a standard fixture in the genre.

FFXV DrivingThe car does give 15 a bit of a “fantasy Grand Theft Auto” feel at first glance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. Having free reign to explore the game’s lush, beautiful environments should be a very exciting prospect to Final Fantasy fans. While past entries in the series have offered limited exploration, 15 should take this aspect of the game to a much higher level. The big question is: will the new game be successful in maintaining the distinctive feel of a Final Fantasy title while simultaneously giving the player an unprecedented level of freedom? Story has always been central to the series. Open world games have historically not been the easiest format for telling a detailed, well-constructed tale.

Disappointingly, you won’t actually be able to drive the car in the upcoming demo. “You’ll be able to experience the starting point of what an open-world Final Fantasy would potentially feel like,” stated game director Hajime Tabata recently. “You’ll really be able to experience that seamless Final Fantasy world within the demo itself, but then if you play it, you’ll still really get a sense that it’s a Final Fantasy game. You’ll get that balance within the demo.”

Betty / January 12, 2015 / Gameplay, Lore

Noctis and a Quick Guide to the Final Fantasy XV Lore

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Final Fantasy XV is set in a world where crystals contain immeasurable amounts of both political and military power. Countless wars have been waged over these all-powerful crystals, and almost all of them have been lost to these same conflicts. In their efforts to regain the power these lost crystals once gave them, nations have focused their efforts on gaining military power, leaving the other aspects of civilized life far behind. Only one country has truly managed to surpass this issue. By keeping their crystal safe since time immemorial, the nation of Lucis has modernized far past the standards of the rest of the world.

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You can read my review here.

FFXV EnemiesNoctis Lucis Caelum has lived a prosperous and happy life. As the prince of Lucis, the most technologically-advanced nation in the world, he enjoys a certain amount of prestige and power. Surrounded by friends and advisers who have, in part, been brought up to support him, Noctis, the heir apparent, is all set to become the next king of Lucis who shall bring it even higher in the world. A childhood incident has even given Noctis the power to sense other people’s deaths, a power he will doubtless use to improve the fate of Lucis as a whole.

Refer to Final Fantasy XV lore, the cold war that has long raged between the nations of Lucis, Niflheim, Solheim, Tenebrae and Accordo over the power of the mystical crystals is about to be ended. Lucis and Niflheim, the most powerful nations in the conflict, have entered agreements for a treaty which shall be signed on this fateful day…

FFXV GameplayThey should have known that it would never be that easy. Lucis’ hope for worldwide peace is shattered in a matter of days. On the day when the conflict should have ended, it instead begins in full. It is no longer a cold war, stuck in stalemate. It has become a full blown conflict. Instead of coming in peace, Niflheim invades Lucis and steals its crystal, the source of its technological might and military power. Caught off guard by the unexpected and brutal invasion, Lucis has no way to fight back as its primary defense, an anti-armament runewall, has been disabled by the canny Niflheim army from the inside. Lucis, the most powerful nation in the world of Final Fantasy XV, is no more.

But not all hope is lost. Noctis and his companions manage to escape during the fateful conflict. As Lucis falls to pieces behind them, they now embark on a journey that spans the world in an effort to regain Lucis’ lost power, defeat Niflheim, and put Noctis back in the place he once took for granted.

Betty / December 12, 2014 / Character, Combat, Lore