Square Enix Final Fantasy XV

Last updated date: September 10, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Adventure Games and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including Metacritic, Trusted Reviews, GameSpot, IGN and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Adventure Game you should buy.

Overall Take

The results are in, and PlayStation 4’s “Final Fantasy XV” is the best value for your buck. It offers outstanding missions, challenging dungeon designs, and character improvements. With all its fun features, “Final Fantasy XV” will give you hours of adventure. In our analysis of 83 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Final Fantasy XV placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 10, 2019:
Checkout The Best Adventure Game for a detailed review of all the top adventure games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
1,799 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
There are some well-designed dungeons and missions in here too, even if some leave you wondering why Noctis doesn’t make more use of his Warp abilities to sneak past guards or get through chainlink fences and over walls. The set-piece fights and boss battles are often surprisingly strong, the monster hunts can be tense and exciting and only the bizarre, poorly-handed stealth and driving sections let the side down, though these are, at least, thankfully brief. And though the structure grows more linear as the game goes on, there’s a corresponding ramp-up with intensity, and you’ll still find moments of downtime where you’re free to explore.
- Trusted Reviews
January 24, 2018 | Full review
This game has impressive open-world that's equally beautiful and haunting.
- GameSpot
November 28, 2016 | Full review
Speaking of mass devastation, it wouldn’t be a Final Fantasy without Summon spells, and Final Fantasy XV’s are positively spectacular-looking.
- IGN
November 28, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
No save points in some dungeons and not the most comprehensible or well-told story.
- Trusted Reviews
January 24, 2018 | Full review
Astrals are needlessly difficult to summon
- GameSpot
November 28, 2016 | Full review
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.
- IGN
November 28, 2016 | 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. Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Sony God of War 4
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
3. XBOX ONE Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. PS4 Shadow of the Colossus
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 11
5. PS4 Tomb Raider
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 11
6. PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
7. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
8. XBOX 360 Minecraft: Story Mode
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 6
9. PS4 Adam’s Venture Origin’s
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Adventure Games

Looking for the best adventure game for your game day with friends? Whether you play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, there are adventure games galore. You may find it a bit overwhelming, so let’s make it easy for you and show you some top-rated options for those consoles. Let’s first take a look at the different consoles and what they have to offer the adventure game-lover in you.

PlayStation 4 is a pioneer in original, exclusive titles for console game players. With outstanding ratings for their exclusive games, players will surely find a unique, intriguing game experience through the PlayStation 4 console. For PlayStation 4 players, there are two fantastic recommendations for adventure games. “God of War” by Sony takes the player through the experience of Kratos, who lives and has to survive in the world of monsters and Norse Gods. This game is packed with unparalleled graphics and incredibly realistic, unique monsters that may make you shake in your boots. Another such adventure game for the PS4 fanatic is “Final Fantasy XV.” In this game, the player can explore freely through the world in multiple modes of transportation, use incredible action moves such as double jumps and enjoy realistic graphics.

If you are an Xbox One owner, you will find a great selection of games. In addition to games designed for Xbox One, the console also allows for Xbox 360 and Xbox games. This makes your choice of games much wider and more diverse than the PS4. Besides the games, Xbox One has a leg up on other console games with endless access to entertainment apps and media servers, including Kodi, which PS4 does not offer. For an excellent Xbox One adventure game, check out “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.” This game has it all, from old-time game features to improved graphics that impress even the toughest critics.

Both PS4 and Xbox One allow for compatibility with third-party games. Some of those games include “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Mortal Kombat 11” and “Resident Evil 2.” This creates an even bigger pool of options for console game players.

Now throw in the Nintendo Switch for comparison. The Switch has exceptional controller choices and super portability. With the option to use it as a home system or an on-the-go handheld system, the competition has nothing on it in that category. While it has awesome gamepads of its own, the Switch also offers compatibility with third-party gamepads if you so choose.

In terms of game selection, Nintendo is extremely exclusive with its trademark games, such as the “Mario” series. The item does support third-party games, which has been a huge selling point for the console. In addition, the Switch is accommodating to the indie genre of games, including “Night in the Woods”.  This is a huge plus for Nintendo Switch users.

One highly recommended adventure game for Switch players is “The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.” This super popular game is a favorite because of its open-air roaming that allows you to explore a beautiful kingdom with all different landscapes available.You will happen upon adventures as you switch from each climate and landscape.

When comparing the console games, it’s important to note the subscriptions that may be needed to access the games and all their fabulous features. Every console has its own service, and some are better than others in terms of what they offer. For PS4, players will want access to and subscribe to the PlayStation Network; the Xbox One users will want access to Xbox Live; and Nintendo Switch Online services the Switch users. The PS Network and Xbox Live offer substantially more services than the Nintendo Switch Online, but players will also pay quite a bit more for the subscription. These services are absolutely essential if players want to connect online with friends or fellow gamers when playing their favorite adventure game.

DYWM Fun Fact

“The Brown Box” was created in 1967 by a team led by Ralph Baer. This was the first video game system used in the home. It was sold with the name “Odyssey” in 1972 after Baer sold it to Magnavox. This would, as most video game consoles do, phase out over just a few years. During those years, it had 28 games that the player could choose from, one of which inspired the uber-famous “Pong” that would later be seen on the Atari systems in 1975.

“Space Invaders” came out in 1978, and in 1979, Activision was the pioneer in console game creation without making a console, or as some would call them, ‘third-party’ game developers. This opened the door for many other companies to get into the business.

The early 1980s welcomed the still-popular “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and Microsoft’s first “Flight” simulator game, before the crash of 1983. The crash was a direct cause of oversaturation in the industry. Consoles were being released by new companies constantly. The games were extremely low-quality and not very captivating to players, and the competition between third-party developers was causing the market to dive.  It caused multiple home console creators to go into bankruptcy, which ultimately brought the market back up in 1985. Nintendo was a huge contributor to bringing the video game market back to the United States. It offered the incredibly long-lasting games “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Metroid”.

In 1991, Genesis created the “Sonic the Hedgehog” game that finally gave Nintendo some competition in the market. The game became super popular, and Nintendo and Genesis entered a rivalry. That year, Nintendo released a new console to compete and thus began the console war that is still happening today between several companies.

The Adventure Game Buying Guide

  • Always keep in mind the ratings on adventure games, especially when looking for kids. Many of them have explanations for their ratings, such as violence or crude image, so you can make a well-informed decision on the right adventure game for your player.
  • Getting a subscription to the console service networks will make gaming super convenient. You will have countless games at the click of a button. Having the subscription will allow you to track your progress and see how you match-up against the competition.
  • Try multiple different types of games in the adventure game genre. Diversify your library of games so you never get bored of playing.
  • Create your dream team within the online networks with friends or fellow gamers and set up game times for you all to meet and play together. This keeps things interesting and fun.
  • Stay on top of the best adventure games for your console through your subscription. You will get updates about new games coming out and how they compare to the most popular adventure games today.