The latest instalment in the long-running Final Fantasy franchise has been released, and reviews are already flooding in.
The game features some notable changes from classic Final Fantasy titles, including a fast-paced, real-time combat system and beautiful graphics.
Final Fantasy XV is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Here’s what the critics have to say about the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV:
Destructoid – 9 / 10
As I’m typing this up now, I’m seeing a future where people buy Final Fantasy XV due to some of the more positive assessments (like this one), and walk away disappointed.
Because if you loathe JRPGs, XV is not going to make you a believer. In a way it’s silly that Square spent 10 years making this, and it feels like a really shiny version of something it would have actually made 10 years ago.
While a complete overhaul of the genre would certainly suit someone’s needs, XV suits mine just fine.
Game Informer – 8.5 / 10
Final Fantasy XV struggles mightily with open-world navigation, but succeeds in storytelling, combat, and in empowering the player. Even fishing is good fun
GameSpot – 8 / 10
Final Fantasy XV’s world is filled with natural splendor and harrowing dungeons that far outlive the shallow story about a prince and his cliched bodyguards.
IGN – 8.2 / 10
When I’m riding chocobos across the beach at dusk with my three friends and hunting iconic Final Fantasy monsters in a huge, picturesque open world, Final Fantasy XV feels like nearly everything I could want from a modern Final Fantasy.
But when it funnels me into linear scenarios and drab, constricted spaces that plunge the simplistic combat into chaos, my blood boils a bit.
There is so much good here, so much heart – especially in the relationships between Noctis and his sworn brothers.
It just comes with some changes and compromises that were, at times, difficult for this long-time Final Fantasy fan to come to grips with.
VideoGamer – 8 / 10
Final Fantasy XV is about adventure and excitement.
There are oddities, and it’s not the FF you’re used to, but it’s a good time with some good boys, and has an unexpected emotional resonance to it.
Sometimes it seems like it shouldn’t work, but it does.
ThisGenGaming – 7 / 10
Final Fantasy XV wasn’t a bad game, but after all that hype, and being a first time player, I was disappointed with what was offered.
There’s many features about the game that I can praise like the combat and dialogue, but there’s those negatives that makes it a disappointing first experience.
I feel this is going to be a game with very mixed opinions, and I’m sure there’s many playing it early who think it’s a great game, but for me personally, this was a good yet disappointing game.
Time – 4.5 / 5
Something wonderful and improbable must have happened towards the end of the topsy-turvy decade it’s taken Square Enix to finally produce a Final Fantasy worth crowing about.
Thank director Hajime Tabata for somehow righting the ship. How he did so could presumably fill a book. How many games get 10 years to simmer? Change captains mid-journey?
Have lord knows how many investment dollars (to say nothing of franchise esteem) on the line? And how often does vaporware materialize, after years of elliptical studio messaging, this lively and focused and fully realized?