Fifteenth mainline installment in the Final Fantasy series, and a game that many thought would never see the light of day, Final Fantasy XV is yet another radical reinvention in a series known for mixing things up.
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Final Fantasy XV: A Series of Constant Reinvention - “If it’s not new, it’s not Final Fantasy.” According to World of Final Fantasy director Hiroki Chiba, speaking with Gamer Escape earlier this year, this is the attitude that Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi strove to work by. And it’s a creed that the various teams around Square Enix responsible for the continued development of the brand have maintained to this … Continue reading Final Fantasy XV: A Series of Constant Reinvention
Final Fantasy XV: The Latest Reinvention - As we discussed last time, the Final Fantasy series is one that has rarely stood still or grown complacent. Each new installment has represented a reinvention of the basic formula to one degree or another, with some offering a more radical new take than others. Latest installment Final Fantasy XV is arguably the most significant and noticeable … Continue reading Final Fantasy XV: The Latest Reinvention
Final Fantasy XV: Inverting the Formula - Final Fantasy XV’s predecessor Final Fantasy XIII, despite attaining widespread plaudits on its original release, has become fashionable to bash in recent years. The main justification for this is pretty much always the “20 hour tutorial” argument, criticising the fact that the game gradually introduces its various character classes and other gameplay concepts over the course … Continue reading Final Fantasy XV: Inverting the Formula
Final Fantasy XV: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - Final Fantasy XV drew some raised eyebrows from certain quarters for its focus on an all-male cast, but this was a specific decision made in order to support the overall tone and character of the story. Despite what this might sound like, however, Final Fantasy XV does not make any particular effort to explore concepts such as … Continue reading Final Fantasy XV: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation
Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus – Reinventing and Refining - For all the criticisms it’s possible to level at Final Fantasy XV, post-launch support isn’t one of them. Square Enix has not only been preparing for the release of character-centric DLC packages focusing on each of protagonist Noctis’ companions, but also refining and expanding the base game into something that the company clearly intends to … Continue reading Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus – Reinventing and Refining