To ease myself back into blogging, I've decided to throw myself head first right into the deep end by doing Blogmas. And I am so excited to be starting with the game that I feel like I have been waiting for for a very long time: Final Fantasy XV.
I know it's not very Christmassy, but I guess it's an early Christmas present to myself so that counts right?
I've had a Playstation 4 for about a year and a half now, and this is the first game that I have bought for it. Essentially from my side of things (the hubby has a large collection of games, of course), the PS4 has been utilised purely as a glorified TV for Netflix, Amazon and Now TV. But Final Fantasy VX is a BIG DEAL for me.
For anyone who doesn't know, I have been a Final Fantasy geek girl since my older brother forced me to play Final Fantasy VII back in 1997. I'm not a huge fan of the side games, but I do usually enjoy the spin-offs. However, Final Fantasy XIII was a huge disappointment for me. There was so much wrong with it - in my opinion - but that is something that I blogged about at the time, so I won't bore you. Therefore there was a heck of a lot of pressure on this game to win me over, because I was starting to think that maybe I was just getting too old for new games (say it ain't so).
My Reaction? Oh my god, this game is just PERFECTION!
I think I've been playing for roughly three hours, at the time of writing this, and so far I have barely advanced the story at all, and despite my initial concerns about it being a very open world, I absolutely love it. I love having the freedom to explore and run around and drive around.
I love that the game has brought back the Hunts that I was a huge fan of in Final Fantasy XIII, although I'm not so keen on them being the main source of money, but I always find them to be a great way of encouraging training to level up and basically become pretty badass!
The scenery is just absolutely breathtaking. I have found myself taking car journey's purely just to scan around and look at it. Square Enix have completely surpassed themselves with the beauty of the surroundings.
On that note, I like how free you are to roam around the scenery - climbing up hills etc rather than always being blocked by them (obviously cliff faces are still unclimbable, but it's nicely realistic in that sense).
Fights I'm still getting my head around. I've heard a few people compare the style to Kingdom Hearts, with one person saying that it's like a more adult version of the battle system from Kingdom Hearts and I definitely agree. As someone who generally prefers the turn-based systems of 90s/00s Final Fantasy games, I'm finding it admittedly difficult to adjust. It's a lot of button pressing and combos and I think that I'm going to struggle to get used to it. However, unlike the annoying battles of Final Fantasy XIII (in which I died more times than physical sense), I think that over time I will get used to it.
I'm definitely a fan of how the characters interact with each other and objects on the field, like running independently, bumping into each other or manouvering around bushes. The realism of the game is just insane. It's crazy how far realism has come when it comes to how characters interact with the world around them.
I might not be far into the game, but from first impressions I definitely expect to get a lot more from this addition to the Final Fantasy collection than I did the 13th installment. It is visually stunning, and I don't think I can get across how beautiful it is - you all just need to see it!
Whether you're a fan or a newbie to the series, I definitely recommend giving this one a go.
I'm sure that a full-on review will follow once I have played more and maybe advanced the story a little further.