Square Enix Final Fantasy XV

Last updated date: June 11, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Square Enix Square Enix Final Fantasy XV placed 3rd when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
4,585 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
While it may sound like a grand fantasy epic, the game does a great job in showing a human side to each of the characters and genuinely makes you care about Noctis and his band of bros.l
- Tweak Town
March 31, 2018 | Full review
Cruising around is one of the best parts of the game in terms of low-key characterisation and world building.
- PC Gamer
March 13, 2018 | Full review
Further solidifying this sense of immersion is the technical and artistic prowess that brings it all to life. Never compromising in either scale or detail, Final Fantasy XV is constantly and thoroughly beautiful.
- IGN Southeast Asia
November 28, 2016 | Full review
Unlike many of its predecessors, Final Fantasy XV embraces contemporary open-world game principles from the start: outside of story missions, you are free to explore sprawling environments and take on dozens of side quests at your leisure.
- GameSpot
November 28, 2016 | Full review
Speaking of landmasses, they're pretty much the perfect size, and on par with an open world instance in an MMO.
- Destructoid
November 28, 2016 | Full review
Each of the side systems is supported by a real-time combat system. Final Fantasy 15 finds a medium between the strategic turn-based combat the series was raised on and a faster, action-game style that has become more popular in modern RPGs.
- Polygon
November 28, 2016 | Full review
The music is pretty great as well, adding satisfying atmosphere to the gameplay.
- Windows Central
The civilisation you’re greeted with is the small hamlet of Hammerhead, and it’s enthralling. No other Final Fantasy has given you this much freedom, this early.
- The Guardian
What made me fall in love with this game is its uniqueness. How the story unfolds on you isn’t sudden but gradual.
- Sirus Gaming
January 4, 2017 | Full review
As PCGamesN put it, “this is a different, much better, more content-rich experience.
- Game Space
March 29, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Final Fantasy 15 lacks the depth a turn-based system arguably allows, but the level of spectacle does compensate for this on some level.
- PC Gamer
March 13, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Destructoid
November 28, 2016 | Full review
The only problem I ran into with Final Fantasy 15's combat is the game's terrible camera.
- Polygon
November 28, 2016 | Full review
Visuals restricted by engine quirks
- Windows Central
Worse, the system offers a rudimentary block and parry system, but fails to provide the bedrock to actually execute it: the camera gets stuck behind scenery, enemies attack animations fail to match with their actual hits, and your AI controlled allies jump in to mess things up at the last minute.
- The Guardian
But alas, much like all games it also has its flaws. From the time I saw Ignis standing tall ontop of his chocobo as it prances along the vast wilderness or to when my game drastically crashed on me which made me lose big chunk of progress and had to do them all over again.
- Sirus Gaming
January 4, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

"Get ready to be at the centre of the ultimate fantasy adventure. Enter the world of FINAL FANTASY XV, and experience epic action-packed battles along your journey of discovery. You are Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, and your quest is to reclaim your homeland from the clutches of the imperial army. Joined by your closest friends, you will take the wheel and experience a voyage like no other, travelling through the breath-taking world of Eos encountering larger-than-life beasts and unforgiving enemies. You will learn to master the skills of weaponry and magic, channelling the power of your ancestors allowing you to effortlessly warp through the air in thrilling combat. Fresh faces and long-time fans, fulfil your destiny and experience a brand new kind of fantasy. Pre-order the Day One Edition to receive the exclusive FINAL FANTASY series weapon - the Masamune!"

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 12
2. Warner Brothers Witcher 3
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 16
3. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10

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