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
There 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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the Complete Strategy Guide
The 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!