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Octane

I'm more worried about performance than anything else. Camera seems to suck from what I've read.

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Ralizah

@Peek-a-boo I imagine it's sort of like a Bethesda game, where it has hundreds of hours of content but the actual story is pretty short and straightforward.

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Peek-a-boo

@Dezzy It's more that magazines and websites don't dish out 9's and 10's like they happily did last generation.

I prefer a subdued approach and write about the overall positivity of the game whilst singling out and describing some of its not-so-good points. This is why I like Kotaku and their good/bad review summary template.

And like it or not, it's becoming much more difficult to please folks. Even albums, books and films are struggling to be reviewed quite as generously nowadays too.

I'm just happy that we got a worthwhile Final Fantasy after a decade long hiatus!

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DarthNocturnal

Story told poorly... seems pretty par for the course.

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Dezzy

@Peek-a-boo

Maybe. Or maybe it's just that as videogames have become more and more mainstream, a more varied group of publications have started reviewing them.

When newspapers and generic "tech" sites review games, it leads to a greater range of opinions than when it was just typical "gamers" working for enthusiast websites.

It certainly seems like the 99% on metacritic of Ocarina of Time is nearly impossible today.

@DarthNocturnal

And quite a few of them have reiterated that you need to watch Kingsglaive and the anime.
People really should. I'll repeat that Kingsglaive is a terrible movie as a standalone product but a very good introduction to the lore of this world, which really did make me want to play the game. Everyone should watch it for that purpose.

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Ralizah

The sad thing is that FF XIV, an MMO, is the best FF game we've gotten from them in ages.

I'd like to hear people who have played both Episode Duscae and the full game compare the gameplay between those two. ED felt super unpolished in terms of the combat and enemy encounter rate. It was a miserable experience.

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Dezzy

Nearly everyone who's played it says it improved on the Duscae battle mechanics.

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DarthNocturnal

@Dezzy

I actually asked for Deluxe for the purpose of getting Kingsglaive. Failing that, I'm sure I have options.

However, I saw a comment or two make a good point; if the plot is one reason to buy the GAME... why is a good chunk of it being put into a separate MOVIE? I actually think Square might've realized that too, since the day one patch includes scenes from Kingsglaive.

Brotherhood is good... although, it helps that it's free.

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CanisWolfred

RE: The Xenoblade Chronicles vs. FFXII debate: I'll agree that the side quests in FFXII were better than XC's. But I'll also say that's because so much of FFXII was based around the quest board, whereas in XC, they were frequently just more excuses to explore its gorgeous world, excuses that I know I hardly ever needed. The combat in XC also progressed much better. It could be frustrating, but at least it was spontaneous. The Gambit system in FFXII basically required that you plan out a lot of stuff ahead of time, and your flexibility was limited to how much you had already planned for, which I found made to be kind of a chore, especially since I'm terrible at planning ahead for anything. At least in XC, if any of my plans go awry, I could easily regroup without having to pause the game.

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Ralizah

@CanisWolfred That's why I say that a person's enjoyment of FFXII largely depends on their reaction to the Gambit system. While it's limiting at the beginning of the game, I had a ton of fun concocting equations that would allow my party to tear through enemies with minimal input from me. If you don't find that fun, though, I can imagine the game would be somewhat frustrating. Even when my gambits didn't properly handle a battle, though, I loved that I could pause the game and directly input commands, or even fix the equations based on the unique attributes of an enemy.

It's like combat in older WRPGs, but better.

My problem with XC was the lack of almost anything substantive to do in the open world. I don't mind exploring an area if it has real stuff to find, but fighting tons of low level enemies and finding orbs is not my idea of engaging exploration.

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Dezzy

@DarthNocturnal

Yep the main thing I came away from Kingsglaive with was the impression that this really shouldn't have been a separately released movie.

It isn't really a movie at all. It's a very long intro trailer for the game. That's how it works and that should be how they presented it. Guessing they just wanted a reason to make some more money.

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TuVictus

Amazon is giving me conflicting reports, saying it'll be here tomorrow but the tracking details saying it'll be here today by 8, out for delivery.

But anyway, I watched the anime yesterday, and I can safely say it really hyped me up. I was worried the characters would be anime stereotypes just based on the small amount of personality that I saw in brief clips, but the anime really helped flesh them out as people. The world doesn't seem as boring as I initially thought, and I can't wait to jump into the actual game after watching the movie.

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Peek-a-boo

@Operative It's going to look even better on your Pro!

Do let us know what you think of it. I have a feeling a couple of folks in this very thread will buy Final Fantasy XV sooner than later too. I'm quite happy to play this when the dust settles next year sometime.

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Dezzy

Is that the dust settling from christmas or from this release?

I'm gonna struggle to finish this before DQ8 comes out, that's for sure.

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Dezzy

I'm absolutely loving this so far. I only just got it yesterday. Played about 8 hours through the evening and night though.

The world is incredibly well designed and feels much more like a real place than most fantasy worlds. It doesn't quite have that Witcher 3/Skyrim level of detail and explorability but it's very enjoyable nonetheless.

Above all though, the combat is just excellent. Really surprised me. It's about 5 times as good as it was in the Duscae demo. Back then, it felt just like a kind of rubbish version of a Witcher style system. Now it feels completely different. Whilst it is realtime, it feels more tactical than action oriented. Possibly my favourite Final Fantasy battle system.

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TuVictus

The combat is definitely the highlight. Personally, the second I don't half of the game is where I fell in love with the characters, and I enjoy it more. But the side quests from the first half are also very fun. It's cool accidentally stumbling upon a dungeon while wandering around. Make the world feel more alive

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Dezzy

Oh wow I didn't know the composer for this, Shimomura, was also one of the composers for Xenoblade Chronicles.
That explains why I love the music.

In other news the update patch for the game buggered up my save file and I've had to start again from the beginning. So that's nice. Gonna update it before starting.

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DarthNocturnal

Was there another patch issued, or is it the 12 GBs I just spent about 8 hours downloading last night (probably would've been a bit faster, but it hit a slow patch)?

What's sad is that 90%+ of that patch was probably just the Kingsglaive scenes to fix the story...

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Nagi

Got the Game a couple of Days ago.
So far i'm really enjoying it.
Sure, FFXV has a few problems, but nothing that takes away the Fun i have with it.

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