Square Enix Final Fantasy XV

Last updated date: September 19, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Fantasy Games and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including Tweak Town, PC Gamer, IGN Southeast Asia, GameSpot, Destructoid, Polygon, Windows Central, The Guardian, Sirus Gaming, Game Space and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fantasy Game you should buy.

Overall Take

“Final Fantasy XV” is the best value for those looking for a tried and true fantasy game experience. Its stunning visuals make it a pleasure to play. In addition to featuring a beautiful setting and detailed characters, the picture is as crisp as can be in 1080p resolution. In our analysis of 154 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Final Fantasy XV placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

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. XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Warner Brothers Witcher 3
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
3. PS4 Shadows Die Twice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 28
4. Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
5. XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
6. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
7. XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
8. XBOX ONE Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 19
10. PS4 Secret of Mana
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 21

An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your game play to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time then ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you that ultimate experience you want!

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also give it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers. However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, that features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an, edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes. If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

DYWM Fun Fact

In schools in the mid-1900’s, video gaming became an object of study. Students and professors were exploring all the possibilities, and although they were starting simple with games such as “OXO” and “Tennis for Two,” they were major advancements. As time passed, the games became more complex. In the late 1960’s, the home console or “The Brown Box” was created. Later in 1972, consumers were offered this same console as the “Odyssey” from Magnavox. From there, developers gave life to new games and improved versions of old games. Even new consoles were eventually born. Some of the earliest favorites that are still loved today include “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Space Invaders.”

The ’80s brought about a crash in the industry from flooding of the market, and many console creators experienced bankruptcy. In 1989, the first console war arose between Nintendo and Genesis, both of which had hit the market with improved gaming attractions: Genesis with “Sonic the Hedgehog” and Nintendo with a 16-bit Super NES console. The ’90s then exploded with multiple new genres, including fighting games with gore that prompted a rating council to emerge in 1993. This was the basis of today’s rating system used by all the game producers.

Three-dimensional game play broke out in the mid-’90s with Sega releasing the first 32-bit console,  and then one year after, Nintendo launched its 64-bit console. This ushered in the dawn of modern gaming that we still see in action today. The early 2000’s were marked by Blu-ray compatibility and an improved motion system for players. The Wii was soon to follow with motion-sensitive remote controls and the “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” that brought players physically into the game with plastic figures.

The evolution of video games has been an incredibly quick and impressive progression over the last 65 years. From simple tennis to motion-censored controllers, generations have seen the industry go through so many changes that most industries do not witness in a single lifetime.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

  • When looking for games for kids, be mindful of the rating on the fantasy game. You can find an explanation for the rating on the advertisement, such as violence or language.
  • Although subscriptions to the gaming networks for each console might seem pricey, it is a cost-effective way to have all the games at your fingertips for convenience. This is something to consider if you play games a considerable amount in your home.
  • Online networks help players to connect with friends and fellow gamers to create outstanding teams and enjoy the games further by tracking your progress and stats.
  • When you buy a subscription, you will find the latest news on recently released fantasy games or soon-to-be-released fantasy games. You’ll always stay up to date.