Enroute to wed his fiancée Luna on a road trip with his best friends, Prince Noctis is advised by news reports that his homeland has been invaded and taken over under the false pretense of a peace treaty and that he, his loved one and his father King Regis, have been slain at the hands of the enemy. To gather the strength needed to uncover the truth and reclaim his homeland, Noctis and his loyal companions must overcome a series of challenges in a spectacular open world - that is filled with larger-than-life creatures, amazing wonders, diverse cultures and treacherous foes.
The game uses an action-based real-time battle system, known as the Active Cross Battle system. Instead of using a menu interface, the player selects commands directly mapped to buttons on the controller, such as "Attack", "Defend", "Magic", and "Item." Unlike many of the older titles in the series, Final Fantasy XV's battles take place in real time out on the field. For those who want an easier, more tactical experience, the game also features an extensive Wait Mode.
Noctis Lucis Caelum: Heir apparent to the Lucian throne, Noctis trials begin when he sets forth from the crown city in order to wed the Lady Lunafreya Nox Fleuret. In combat, he wields spectral weapons which he forges from thin air, a power possessed by those of his royal line.
Gladiolus Amicitia: The Amicitia family has long served as the shield protecting the kings of Lucis and their household, and Galdiolus is its eldest son. The bond he shares with Noctis transcends that of a bodyguard and his liege. With his prodigious strength, he stands ever ready to keep his companions from harm.
Ignis Scientia: Ignis was raised alongside Prince Noctis to be adviser to the heir apparent. An intensive education instilled in him the resourcefulness and composure required for the role, his tactical acumen proving invaluable over the course of the princes journey.
Prompto Argentum: Fast friends with Noctis since they met as teenagers, Prompto is a young man of common birth who finds himself out of his depth when tragedy befalls Lucis. Nevertheless, he strives to carry more than his own weight, lightening his companions burdens as well as their spirits.
Polygon - 9/10
GameSpot - 8/10
Game Informer - 8.5
Destructoid - 9
Games Radar - 4.5/5
Video Gamer - 8/10
Gamekult.com - 6/10
Is this game available digitally?
Yes. Pre-load is now available across both PS4 and XB1.
What languages does this game support?
The game features several audio options including English, Japanese and French. Text options range widely as well to include German, Portuguese and more.
How long is a typical playthrough?
It takes about 20 hours to beat the story if you're just running through, however, there are plenty of sidequests and things to do in the open world segment that will extend your play time.
How many difficulty levels are there?
Two. Easy and Normal difficulty modes are available.
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