Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy might be the ultimate misnomer in gaming -the series is now 26 years and counting and with Final Fantasy XV released next year, it shows no signs of stopping! What marks FFXV as different is that square appears to be approaching the series with a much more serious and realistic atmosphere than previous games. That isn’t to say the FFXV does maintain any of the series’ hallmarks – characters will still be able to wield incredible powers and perform exciting moves, but the story and atmosphere will take a break from the fantasy element and head to something more like a mash between Steampunk, Noir and classic Tesuya Nomura character and world design (yes, he of FFVII and Kingdom Hearts character design fame – expect lots of zips).
You play as Noctis, a prince of sorts, and member of a mafia-esque family which rule over a city very much like Tokyo, and hold their power due to a mysterious crystal in their possession. However a neighbouring country decides that it wants the crystal, and war ensues, leaving Noctis to save his family and country.
Ever since true turn-based battles were phased out of the series Final Fantasy has struggled to find a battle system that feels a natural part of the world that the games are set in, but is not just a hack and slash. FFXV looks to base its battle system of Kingdom Hearts (tried and tested) while mixing battles on the epic level of the movie Final Fantasy: Advent Children.
Square Enix has also invested a lot of time into this game making sure that the transitions between high quality cut scenes and gameplay were seamless, allowing the player during battles to move all around the large environments programmed into the game. Square Enix is known for its high powered game engines and what has been shown of FFXV looks stunning, what will end up in the next gen consoles will truly be a sight to behold.
FFXV has been a long time coming for Final Fantasy fans – I can remember being excited for it when the release trailer came out in 2006 (It was known as FFXIII: Versus then) – however, it looks like the wait has hopefully been worth it. If all the hard work Tetsuya Nomura and his team have put in pays off, FFXV will be the first fantasy for many new gamers this generation, but far from the final one.
Final Fantasy XV will be released in early 2014.
Written by Alex Holmes