Final Fantasy 15 is at long last free from Square Enix's vault and is releasing this year on September 30th. After it's age-long development, seeing a release date for a game that fans have been waiting almost 10 years for is a massive relief.
Eager on breaking series tradition once more, the largest name in JRPGs is going in a new direction while at the same time playing its core strengths. This aspirant new instalment has an enthusiast, grand world to explore, tons of sidequests to try, a fresh real-time battle system and some of the most breathtaking vistas we've bared witness to this console gen.
Despite the main characters lack of diversity. Each party member has specific hobbies, personality quirks, and skills that play into the larger game. Not only that but there's lots
to see and do in FFXV’s large open world. Meaning while playing, you won't be bored
for long. Here's 10 things you can do in Final Fantasy XV.
Explore the Massive Open World
There's a reason why the car plays a fundamental part, Final Fantasy XV's world is huge and there's so much places to travel and explore at your leisure. This game is all about exploration and you won’t be locked away from the vibrant kingdom for too long. FFXV
is massive and gives you the chance to explore cities, towns, old ruins and much more.
It’s quite reminiscent of the aged, divine overworld maps in earlier Final Fantasy games, only this time it’s in glorious 3D. Unlike previous Final Fantasy games which kept you locked within towns or hubs for the opening segment, FFXV gives you near free reign from the jump off.
Drive and Cruise
FFXV's driving feature allows players to travel to explore the massive world on wheels . Players have the choice of either automatic or manual controls. Automatic lets Ignis cruise around to marked locations as Noctis takes in the view and makes idle chatter with Gladius, Prompto and Ignis.
On the other hand Manual settings gives players the option to control the Regalia themselves, players should notice a gasoline marker is present on the screen. The gasoline icon indicates how much fuel is being used when driving the car. Like a real car, the Regalia will sooner or later lose gas and you will have to refill it at a nearby gas station.
Noctis and his friends will encounter all kinds of people along their journey in no shortage of help, and they all have fat pockets. There's different kinds of quests to partake in including main story, monster hunts and regional quests. There are over 200 quests in the game and counting.
Square Enix has to make sure they ship a title which is capable of meeting people’s expectations when it comes to how many hours we’ll be playing it. According to the director Tabata, there around 100 hours of extra content from the side-quests and extra missions/NPC’s requests.
Fly an Airship
Airships have been a signature component of the Final Fantasy franchise since the first game. However, Final Fantasy IX was the final mainline entry that allowed you to fly around the world yourself; the latest trend is for airships to function as fast-travel hubs. That’s has changed in Final Fantasy 15, which puts players behind the pilot’s wheel.
As exciting as it may be to soar through the skies, don’t expect to get your airship easily
or early. You will receive the flying Regalia near the end of the game as an extra challenge confirmed Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata.
Learn New Abilities
FFXV will have a skill tree set up so Noctis and crew can learn new skills. As each character levels up they’ll open up joint abilities through a kind of skill tree system. The player can activate these abilities.
After every level up, Ignis, Gladio, Prompto, and Noctis will each acquire an Ability point. Ability points can be used on new unlockable skills as well as passive incentives like boosting your auto-dodge ability.
FF15 has a unsubtle transition from day to night, and you're encouraged through speech prompts to get Noctis and his crew back to camp once nightfall rolls around. There's no particular penalty for keeping the characters out beyond their sleeping hours, but battles do get observably harder.
In addition to keeping Noctis and his gang from being gnawed on by vicious creatures of the night, allowing them to set up camp and eat a meal gives each character a number of stat buffs that persist throughout the next day, making fights far easier.
Use Stealth Tactics
Unlike previous Final Fantasy games where combat is usually mandatory upon encounter, in Final Fantasy XV you don't always have to tackle the enemy head on. If you feel like taking things a little slower and ambushing your foe from behind, then that's an option too.
For example, Noctis can use his teleportation ability, which acts as a stunning ultra-stab
in battle to teleport up to unaware enemies and take down out.FFXV takes on a very earnest Metal Gear Solid tone during it's stealth segments.
Summon Gigantic Beasts
This wouldn't be a true Final Fantasy without summons and on that frontal, FF15 goes large. Really large. So big that Noctis rests in the the palm of his summon's hand while the beast blasts away hapless enemies with an atmosphere-puncturing eruption.
Unfortunately, you won't get to use these summons too often and they can't be called upon at will. Unlike previous games in the series that allowed you to call upon your mystical creature anything you were in a jam, this time your health has to reach zero before you can unleash the beast.
Like previous games minigames make their return, although this time it's pinball and fishing that players can try their hands at, instead of Blitzball or card games. Justice Monsters V is the name of the pinball minigame which you'll be able to play at tables in different rest stops on your trip.
Fishing is also not only a reposeful way to pass time in between realm-saving heroics,
you’ll also be able to have a fish meal, as Ignis can use whatever you catch as cooking ingredients for your evening meal.
In Final Fantasy XV travelling isn't only limited to car or foot. You can also ride Chocobos and make those large birds drift. Chocobo riding is a popular and traditional series' feature and it returns in Final Fantasy XV.
When riding a Chocobo, Noctis can make it walk, sprint, and leap to reach higher places that players wouldn't be able to reach on foot. Chocobos will also exist throughout Final Fantasy XV's world, and there will be a variety of activities involving Chocobos available.