Maximizing Your Final Fantasy XV Experience

After a decade of wait, Final Fantasy XV is finally here, and even better, it coincides the upcoming long holiday season!

Every release of a new Final Fantasy game always feels like a special occasion, even to the non-fans of the series, and this one is no different. Rumor said, half of the Japanese workforce and students bailed their jobs and schools on the release date.

Final Fantasy XV has been met with mostly favorable reception, getting the average Metascore of 84, highest for the series since 2006, so it’s definitely a must-buy, especially if you are a fan of the series or the JRPG genre.

What’s better enjoy your holiday seasons with a full-blown Final Fantasy XV experience? Haven’t got a chance to get your hands on the game? You are not too late. Finished the game already? Recent news stated that the game will receive major (free) updates to enhance the main story, there will also be upcoming DLCs, multiplayer mode, and VR support, so your journey in Eos is far from over.

Without further ado, let us delve deeper into how to maximize your Final Fantasy XV experience:

Getting the Deluxe Edition, especially for Kingsglaive

ffxv deluxe editionThere is a bit of a complaint that the storyline of Final Fantasy XV is vague. On the other hand, the CGI-movie Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV also received negative reviews for being ‘incomplete’.

The simple answer? They are simply meant to be enjoyed together as a package, and not separately, and there’s no better opportunity to enjoy both than getting the Deluxe Edition of the game.

Kingsglaive will explain what actually happened to the kingdom of Lucis before the start of the main game. It will further connect you with the late King Lucis, Lunafreya, the main heroine of the game, and Nyx, the main hero of the film who will make a (surprise) appearance in the main game.

Besides the Kingsglaive movie, the Deluxe Edition offered no shortage of other luxury physical and in-game items to further enhance your experience:

– Exclusive steel book featuring Yoshitaka Amano’s artworks
If you are a fan of the series, you should know how valuable Amano’s artworks are

-Royal Raiment DLC costume and Leviathan Regalia Skin

Cosmetics for both Noctis and the (infamous) car, and very nice cosmetics indeed.

-Masamune DLC weapon

For the long-term fans of the series, the name ‘Masamune’ should ring a bell. Yes, it is the weapon of the arguably, the most famous villain of the series, and in case you are wondering, the stats aren’t too shabby, and the weapon will be useful until mid-game.

Get a PS 4 PRO or XBOX One S

I wouldn’t lie, there are scars of the decade-long production in the game. There are jagged textures that felt like it was (indeed) made in pre-2010, but when it’s beautiful, the game is amazingly beautiful.

Surprisingly, the game also supports 4K textures. Yes, it’s checkerboard upscaled 4K and not native 4K, but again, it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Would getting a 4K-supporting PS4 Pro or Xbox One S enhance your overall experience? Definite yes. Is it worth it? If you already got a 4K TV, then another definite yes.

I personally feel that the 4K gaming will be an even bigger thing 2017 and onwards, and getting your 4K consoles now might be a great investment for the future.

Get your PS4 Pro here.

and your Xbox ONE S here.

ps4 pro

Get Your Playstation VR

Is there any reason to get this game on PS4 over Xbox One? The answer: Final Fantasy XV: VR Experience.

Unless you have been living under the rock in the past few years, you should know that VR is definitely the big thing nowadays and the years to come.

The Final Fantasy XV: VR Experience is definitely going to be one of the best PSVR experience today, graphic and gameplay wise. And I liked the idea of the VR FPS gameplay featuring Prompto. The VR experience will be an exclusive DLC (at least for now) for the PS4 version of the game.

There is no news about whether the VR Experience will be a paid DLC or a free update, but either way, it’s going to be worth the wait.

Get your PlayStation VR here.

prompto on vr

Get a (Proper) Headset

You will be surprised how using a high-quality headset will enhance your overall gaming experience, and if you haven’t, maybe it’s time to pick up the official high-end headset from both Sony and Microsoft.

The official Xbox One Stereo headset connects to your game controller seamlessly with a full-range speaker and a unidirectional microphone.

The Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is totally wireless with optional 3.5mm audio cable, stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound, and removable faceplates.

Both are excellent additions to your console and Final Fantasy XV and did I mention? Using a headset means you can totally ignore all those disturbing noises from your mom yelling around and thoroughly enjoy your games with extra sound details that you never notice before with a speaker.

xbox one official headset

Get (and upgrade) Your Controller

Nothing is worse than having your controller broke off of out of battery in the middle of your journey in Eos, and if you haven’t replaced your controller in a while, maybe it’s time to get a spare.

As a side note, ever since the release of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, the Dualshock 4 available on the market is slightly updated. The biggest noticeable difference is the extra lightbar, so you can see the color of the light pad easily. The material of the pad and (especially) the analog sticks are replaced with the better one, so no more peeling off of that analog rubbers.
Get your new Dualshock 4 here.

Getting a new Xbox One controller, on the other hand, will provide you with a FREE Alan Wake download coupons. If you haven’t enjoyed the award-winning Alan Wake back then when it’s released, it’s an excellent opportunity and a great value now. Get your controller here.

ps4 controller

Get the Complete Strategy Guide

kg-ffxv-guide-coverThe Final Fantasy series always promised deep, complicated quest lines with a lot of missable sidequests, items, equipment, and secrets, and I had to admit, the quest of the completionist could be very stressful indeed.

If you are a completionist like me, you might want to invest in a proper strategy guide so you can satisfy your inner OCD and actually enjoy the game.

Get the Killer Guides’ Final Fantasy XV strategy guide here. It’s only $19.99, came in PDF format, and updated regularly. Definitely a good investment!

Betty / December 8, 2016 / Guide

Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Gladiolus Skills Explained

Each of your party members can have a unique skill. Progression can be seen at the level up screen when you rest at camps or lodgings.

Learn how to unlock all secrets and hidden stories with this Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. Complete walk-through, step-by-step levelling strategies, character progressions, combat tricks, side quests, hidden items, gear, gil making, and more are included in this detailed manual.

You can read my review here.

Cooking

Ignis is your party’s cook. When you make camp at a haven, he can make meals that grant temporary buffs to all allies. Dishes depend on recipes learnt and the ingredients you currently have. Ingredients can be purchased from shops or looted from defeated enemies. They are also scattered across the map as collectibles. You can get recipes by eating new dishes in restaurants or by defeating specific enemy types. Obtaining skill points will increase your cooking skill and you’ll be able to create more powerful dishes.

Leveling up enables the unlocking of new recipes.

Fishing

When you explore Eos, you will discover fishing spots where Noctis can improve his skill. The first spot is found in the opening chapter when you reach Galdin Quay. Fishing is straightforward, you just need to follow the on-screen commands and instructions. Every caught fish gives a specific amount of skill points depending on the school size and rarity. Leveling up increases Noctis’s fishing abilities as well as gear.

Survival

Gladiolus is the man of survival. The more he walks the higher his skill becomes. The skill is easy to level up, because it’s increasing as you explore Eos. This skill affects the amount of items you get at the end of battles regardless of outcome. At early stages the items you get include potions and they are somewhat beneficial, but at later stages of the game these include ingots with high resale value or elixir consumables that are more valuable.

Photography

Prompto is the party’s photographer. Every photo taken increases his skill which gradually unlocks the abilities to take selfies. Pictures can be viewed while resting at camps or lodgings.

4 main ffxv characters

Betty / December 8, 2016 / Guide

Recommended Final Fantasy XV Guide

After all this time, it feels impossible to really write these words: Final Fantasy XV is finally released.

I was lucky to get my hand on a copy early, so I was able to play the highly anticipated game almost a week by now. Trust me, you won’t need to invest so many hours into the game to finally realize how big, immersive, and detailed the world of Eos is.

The open world size is comparable to that of Fallout 4 or the Witcher 3, although there is some JRPG linear-feel on it. As with any open-world game, you can expect a lot of side quests, in fact, 200+ of them.

Yet, being a Final Fantasy game, you can also expect the usual complex progression and combat system, stat and Gil farming, and of course, secret stashes of weapons and equipment.

Should the impressive number of details scare you? Well, it did for me, especially because I wouldn’t have the time for multiple 100+ hours playthroughs to enjoy every aspect of the game.

With that concern, I decided to invest in a strategy guide, and after browsing and researching my options, my choice falls to Killer Guides’ Final Fantasy XV guide. Let me show you why:

Why Would You Need a Strategy Guide?

Let us first address the elephant in the room, the question and doubt so many gamers asked nowadays: In this days where you can search for any information online, why would you still need to purchase a strategy guide?

Here is my opinion to answer that question:

– Games nowadays are bigger and a lot more detailed, yet our lives are a lot busier

I’m sure many older gamers can relate to this one. Yes, we can argue that older games are more difficult and more ‘hardcore’, yet we didn’t have our seemingly never ending push notifications and emails on our phones back then.

On the other hand,I felt that on the contrary, It’s a lot easier to find online guides and forum back in the days. Nowadays, there are so many click-bait fake ‘guides’, or people trolling with story spoilers, etc. I want to have all the necessary details on my hand without having to spend hours and hours to search online and get spoiled. Let’s use that precious time to enjoy and explore the game instead!

– Hey, the guides are now in digital format, and cheaper than ever

Ever bought those $30++ hardcover guide books where the contents are complete garbage? Or remember when you accidentally opened the last pages that spoiled the ending for you? Nowadays, the guides came in a digital format, regularly updated as the game evolves with patches, and in Killer Guides’ case, it’s only $19.99.

kg-ffxv-guide-cover

Why I Liked Killer Guides

Why then, my choice finally fall to Killer Guides? Well most of all, I liked how they write the guide with a gamer mind. For me, a guide should help you completing the game without sacrificing your experience of progression, and I felt Killer Guides really nailed that part.

The Killer Guides Final Fantasy XV guide is impressive with its detail, and they are on point with their layout. The layout, in particular, will be practical for you as the game progressed, showing you the correct preparation and equipment required for each quest and boss.

Here are some of the notable qualities of the guide:

Complete Walkthrough and Hidden Quests

As I’ve mentioned above, Killer Guides’ Final Fantasy XV guide came in a PDF format, with advantages such as:

-Regularly updated for obvious reasons
-Search function (CTRL+F ftw)
-I can read it using my phone or laptop depending on what’s more convenient for me at the moment

Being a PDF format, it’s easier to search for areas I’m currently in without accidentally spoiling myself to the story by opening later pages, an issue I often found with hardcopy guides.

I restarted the game for a fresh run once I got my Killer Guides FFXV guide. So far, with 40+ hours using it, I’ve completed all main quests, was on point with my side quests, built pretty powerful characters with great gear, and as far as I can tell, it satisfies my inner OCD as a perfectionist.

Impressive Side Quests Section

Killer Guides’ dedicated side quests section really nailed what I truly wanted from a guide. It’s well structured with great layout, and the contents are nothing short of amazing.

They are on point, especially for the timing of when to take and finish a certain quest. You can feel the sense of progression, both story and gameplay-wise, and can rest assured that you won’t miss any important quests along the way.

So far in my experience, they are also correct with their reward lists, which is also a plus point, with so many typos or wrong reward lists found on other guides for other games.

Last but not least, one thing they also do right is that they understand that being over-leveled can ruin the fun of the game, and the leveling section really tackled that issue. You won’t be so far into grinding that you’ll be too powerful in the main questline, which have always been such a turnoff for me in a lot of other games.

Bosses and Combat Strategy

Final Fantasy series is famous for a lot of things, and If you’re like me and has been a long-time fan of the series, one of them is those deep strategies involved for the harder bosses. Remember the old Weapons from FFVII? Or Penance in FFX?

For XV, these bosses will happen more often, and there’s even a boss that will need 72-hours real world time to beat!

Killer Guides also did it right for this section, as strategies for bosses, difficult enemies, and dungeons are explained clearly, but yet still leaving rooms for your own creativity.

AP Farming and Levelling

Although the Final Fantasy series is one of my favorites, one thing I really hated the most from the series is the leveling and AP farming. Don’t take me wrong, I love grinding on other games, it’s just that on Final Fantasy series, sadly including XV, the grinds are sometimes too repetitive.

Thankfully, Killer Guides included a grinding section both for level and AP, so I can have around 500,000 EXP and 672 AP within an hour, and use my precious time to actually enjoy the game.

Bottom Line

I’d definitely recommend the Killer Guides Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide. Being only $19.99 and with regular updates, the guide definitely justified its own value.

With this guide, I can use my hard-earned, precious time to worry less about being a completionist, and actually enjoy the story and the beautiful world of EOS. One thing I probably will criticize is I could use more detailed maps. Hopefully, they will add it in the future updates.

If you are like me and you value efficiency, this guide might also be the right one for you!

Betty / December 5, 2016 / Review

Royal Arms and Where to Find Them

Royal Arms are the powerful weapons from the previous King of Lucis. There are 13 known Royal Arms in the game hidden in the Royal Tombs. Royal Arms play a significant part in the Final Fantasy XV series and involve in many game main story quests.

Royal Arms can be equipped by only Noctis granting him the power of the past king. In compensation to their great power, they consume the wielder life force, HP in this case. Once the third Royal Arms, the Sword of the Wanderer, is unlocked, Noctis acquires a new combat mechanic, his ultimate Armiger ability.

Learn how to unlock all secrets and hidden stories with this Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. Complete walk-through, step-by-step levelling strategies, character progressions, combat tricks, side quests, hidden items, gear, gil making, and more are included in this detailed manual.

You can read my review here.

Some Royal Arms can be found completely outside of the main story quests in the open world. They are mostly located in the deepest part of the dungeon.

Here’s a list of all available Royal Arms with their locations.

Name Stats Location
Sword of the Wise Attack 194
HP +100
Vitality +30
Magic +30
Spirit +30
Main story quest “Legacy” in Chapter 2
Axe of the Conqueror Attack 483
Strength +60
Vitality +80
Main story quest “Legacy” in Chapter 2
Greatsword of the Tall Attack 518
Health +200
Spirit -30
Fire resistance -40%
Ice resistance -40%
Lightning resistance -40%
Dark resistance -40%
Costlemark Tower dungeon, at least level 50 party is recommended
Swords of the Wanderer 153 Attack
Vitality +50
Spirit +50
Main story quest “Sword in the Waterfall” in Chapter 2
Mace of The Fierce 334 Attack
Health +300
Shot resistance -50%
Rock of Ravatogh dungeon, at least level 30 party is recommended
Blade of the Mystic Attack 396
Health +150
Vitality +30
Dark resistance +20%
Main story quest  “The Archaean” in Chapter 4
Scepter of the Pious Attack 237
Magic +150
Dark resistance +50%
Malmalam Thicket dungeon, at least level 30 party is recommended
Bow of the Clever Attack 203
Magic +80
Shot resistance +50%
Balouve Mines dungeon, at least level 50 party is recommended
Star of the Rogue Attack 177
Fire resistance +20%
Ice resistance +20%
Lightning resistance +20%
Myrlwood dungeon, at least level 30 party is recommended
Shield of the Just Attack 251
Health +500
MP +50
Strength -100
Vitality +100
Fire resistance +10%
Ice resistance +10%
Lightning resistance +10%
Dark resistance +10%
Shot resistance +10%
Thommels Glade, slightly west of the Disc
Katana of The Warrior Attack 361
Spirit +100
Fire resistance +25%
Ice resistance +25%
Lightning resistance +25%
Dark resistance -50%
Main story quest “Hand of the King” in Chapter 10
Trident of the Oracle Attack 388
MP +60
Main story quest “Breath of the Glacian” in Chapter 12
Sword of the Father Attack 144
Strength +100
Magic +100
Main story quest almost at the end of the game.

ffxv blade of the mystic

Betty / December 3, 2016 / Guide

Recommended Side Quests in FFXV

Final Fantasy XV regularly gives you the chance to explore the big and beautiful world of Eos to your heart content. During the journey, you will find a lot of people who are in need of help (marked by the yellow question mark in the world map). Simply talk to them to trigger the side quest.

Learn how to unlock all secrets and hidden stories with this Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. Complete walk-through, step-by-step levelling strategies, character progressions, combat tricks, side quests, hidden items, gear, gil making, and more are included in this detailed manual.

You can read my review here.

Although side quests are a good way to gain EXP, Gil, items, story, and character progression, they are totally optional. It is possible to complete the game without completing even a single side quest. Also, there is no limitation of how many side quests you can accept.

There are over 200 side quests available in Final Fantasy XV. Completing all of them can easily take more than 100 hours of gameplay.

Dave

Dave is the hunter you meet in Chapter 1. Being a hunter, he tends to travel all over the world, and your mission is to find and give him a dog tag. Rewards from completing Dave’s quests are EXP and healing items.

Cid

Cid is a master of mechanic who can do all kinds of mechanical work from repairing Regalia to upgrading your weapons. He usually stays at the Hammerhead. Bring him material and he will upgrade your weapons without any cost.

Cindy

Cindy is your personal car mechanic. In addition to repairing and customizing the Regalia, she will ask you to bring her components to upgrade Regalia from wax to engine, and even beam light.

cindy in ffxv

Dino

You meet Dino in Chapter 1 in Galdin Quay. He is a jeweler and regularly asks you to bring him stones. Completing his side quests rewards you with EXP and accessories.

Sania

Sania is a biologist who is travelling around the Kingdom of Lucis to find all rare and exotic species. You will first meet her in Coernix Station. Her quests are about catching frogs and finding animal part. Sania quests provide a great amount of EXP with accessories. Totally recommend for leveling.

Navyth

Navyth is a very kind fisherman who gives you fishing equipment just for being his fisherman’ friend and catching a rare fish with him. He first can be found in Duecae. Navyth quest rewards are all related to fishing gear.

Wiz

Wiz is the owner of the Wiz Chocobo Post. His side quests are available after helping him with the deadeye Behemoth problem. Wiz loves the Chocobo to his heart and regularly asks you to help the wild Chocobo.

wiz chocobo post ffxv

Vyx

Vyx is a fat journalist who is staying in Lestallum. Vyx side quests are about taking photos on many important locations over the Eos from the Disc to the Royal Tomb, and even the Imperial Army bases. Vyx quests provide a good amount of EXP with tons of Gil.

Lestallum Vendors

These vendors in Lestallum usually have a problem with their stock. Sometimes they delivery vans get attacked by monsters, they need new supplies, or their contacts with hunters are lost. Helping them on these problems and they will decrease their price in return.

Holly

You will meet Holly in Chapter 8. She works in a power plant and regularly needs a helping hand on the power related task. Her side quests involve fixing pipes, pylon, and lights. Assisting Holly rewards a good amount of EXP and Gil.

Friends

In addition, sometimes your friends, including Prompto, Gladiolus, Ignis, Iris, and even a cat give you a quest as well such as helping Ignis on the the pilgrimage, finding the best cup noodle with Gladiolus, planting carrots with Iris, cooking a food for a cat, and more.

gladiolus cup noodle

Gladiolus is having the moment of his life with a cup noodle.

Rescue

During your journey in the Kingdom of Lucis, there are many people who are in danger and need your help. In this type of side quests, your main assignment is to rescue them either by locating and healing them with a potion. Quest reward is normally a small amount of EXP and Gil

Broken Cars

Similar to the rescue quests, some people are very unfortunate that their car become broken during their roadtrip. You can help them buy giving a car repair tool which can be bought from any shop in the gas station. Quest rewards are normally a small amount of EXP and Gil

Scraps of Mystery

This is considered as a hidden quest in Final Fantasy XV. To trigger the quest, you need to find 14 mystery papers hidden over all the Eos. Each paper leads to a different scrap of mystery. After finding all 14 scraps, the quest will take you to a treasure spot with great rewards

Photo Ops

Since Prompto is a party personal photographer, he loves to keep all memory during the roadtrip with his camera as much as possible. Whenever the party passes scenery locations, he will ask permission from Noctis to go there and take a picture with everyone.

Tour

While resting in some locations, mostly camping havens, one of the Noctis friend will ask him to do a special assignment in the morning such as running with Gladiolus, cooking with Ignis, and taking a photo with Prompto. This type of quest does not give EXP nor Gil but 20 AP points instead.

Betty / December 3, 2016 / Guide