This is gonna be a bit big for my first post, but I’m looking to get back into writing some game criticism after mostly stepping away from writing after finishing my internship at Game Informer in early 2015 (Intro Post for more). I’ve been catching up on some old games and finally got around to Final Fantasy XV. I don’t really have people to discuss this stuff with (turns out having friends that work at GI is cool until you realize they’re all WAY too busy to actually talk about games with you for more than a couple texts), so here I am.
Out of curiosity, and boredom because of how my job this week shook out, I dug through some reviews of the game was surprised to find I feel like I’m playing a completely different game from what most reviewers describe. Below are some big tent pole things I’ve encountered, and would be curious to hear about from people who have completed or walked away from the game.
Gladio: seems, not necessarily awful, but tedious. I had way more fun with the game when Aranea replaced him while he was off having a toxic masculinity party or whatever and having a sword shoved through his chest. His constant negging of Noctis over Luna really rubbed me the wrong way and I have seen anything that’s pulled me back so far. Is there something I should keep an eye out for in regards to this character (DLC excluded, I just don’t have the money), or is he just meh?
Combat: the game in general, but combat especially, seems sluggish and unresponsive. I often do what the prompts suggest I do only for it to not happen. It seems impossible to avoid mass damage, and most of the combat close to my level has centered around spamming healing items. Am I missing something? Did anyone feel the same way or have a moment where everything clicked?
World/Story Depth: the game feels really, really shallow to me. The dialogue around the really repetitive quests seems wholly throw away to me. The world similarly feels like it’s empty, and yet I see this stuff praised in writing about the game. I would enjoy seeing someone make a case either way, in case I’m missing something important or important side content.
And, of course, feel free to share your feelings about the game in general, I’d love to discuss more nuanced elements with people.