This is not a review. Repeat: Not a review! That’s coming later. This is just my initial thoughts about playing it for a day or two. A day or two and I still haven’t progressed the main story very far. I keep getting distracted exploring, killing things, and doing Hunts/et cetera. For example, I was going to write this editorial about an hour and a half ago. I awoke at about 6:30 AM, to start playing Final Fantasy XV and just get my day started. Told myself at about an hour I’d get up and go do something constructive, like maybe eat. Then 8:00 rolled around and I said “one more thing”. . . then 8:45 hit and I finally stopped. I have such a hard time not playing! I keep exploring the same area, finding new stuff, more items, new recipes. I’ve been waiting for this for about eleven years now, so I’m soaking as much of it in as I possibly can. Everything about it feels good. There are things I don’t like, of course, but I will likely save that for the full review. But there are far more positives than negatives. And driving around with your best friends, playing Final Fantasy music on the radio? Yeah, that’s something I’ve done more than once. It makes me smile, and it’s been a true joy to have access to it.
This does not feel very linear to me, and that’s perfectly fine. Sure, it has a main storyline that you can follow, and people on the Internet are proclaiming that it’s kind of short [20~ hours], but there is simply so much side content to explore. At least double that. I admit, I’m a little surly about people breaking street date, posting their collector’s editions days before the game went live, and bragging about it. That doesn’t make you special, that makes you an asshole. That’s neither here nor there, though. What I really like so far, are the character interactions. Sure, the puns are kind of annoying, but that would be any puns. But there are so many little things that make me happy about this game. The character dialogue feels real, it’s not forced. These are definitely things a group of friends would say to one another. Combat is a lot better than it was in the version I played back at Pax, the cooking makes sense, and you have plenty of reasons to explore. You can get cooking materials without spending gil, free items, picking fights with the local baddies. Hell, I found a Megalixer on the side of one of the roads! You can’t beat that.
Expect a full review in the very near future. It’s going to be what I spend a lot of my free time doing. . .I hope you guys are getting as much out of it as I am. This was in summary, definitely worth the wait. And if this is an idea of what they can do now, the FF7 remake is going to be absolutely insane.