Buying Final Fantasy XV Was a Mistake: Everything About It Is Awful

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Final Fantasy XV has been out for a while now, and I only just recently got around to playing it. The game is open-world, and while that is hardly a new concept for Final Fantasy, the current technology and graphics allowed for some really impressive visuals, as well as a large number of fun side quests and optional dungeons. And… that consists of the good things I have to say about this game. Final Fantasy XV was in production for a long time—I remember first seeing videos and articles for it back in 2009–10. In the past decade, the story definitely went through a number of weird changes, and it sure as hell shows. I was aware of some shitty things about FFXV even before it was released. The game writers decided not to include playable female characters because they thought having them would change the dynamic of the male characters as they take a road trip across the world. Literally every Final Fantasy game is about a bunch of characters traveling the world, but this time, there’s a car involved, so I guess it must be different.

Oh, wait, no it’s not. (via PlayStationTrophies)

But the problems in Final Fantasy XV go well beyond blatant sexism—although there’s plenty of that to go around too. I hardly thought the story would be perfect, but this game was a decade in production. I expected it to at least have some solid characterization and worldbuilding, but even that seems to be too much for FFXV to handle.

Spoilers up ahead.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Final Fantasy XV

I’ve been waiting for this game for what seems like forever now. Originally, it was titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and it’s been so long since I heard anything about it that I feared the project had been cancelled. At first I thought that this might take place in the same universe as XIII, back on Pulse, before civilization got wiped out. XV is based on the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology, but I’m not entirely sure if it takes place in a different world or not.

Fabula Nova Crystallis, which means “the new tale of crystal” in Latin, is a certain kind Final Fantasy game similar to Ivalice Alliance and Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. XIII was the first game to follow this mythology, and there have been a couple other games thus far that also use it. Much like other Final Fantasy games, none of the games following this mythology have to take place in the same world. They are only connected to each other vaguely by using crystals for different tasks, like leveling up and learning spells.

NoctisOur main protagonist this time around is Noctis. He lives in the city-like country of Lucis, which is a technologically advanced nation surround by a bunch of medieval ones. Currently, there is a war over crystals, the last of which are in Noctis. Eventually, the country of Niflheim invades Lucis for the crystals, and there’s our plot.

So far, from what I can tell from this trailer and articles I’ve read, the cast for this game seems to be mostly male, which oddly enough doesn’t really bother me. Final Fantasy does a lot of great work with characters—normally, it’s better with male characters than female ones, but it does really well overall. Additionally, we’ve already had one Final Fantasy game with an all-female party, even if that game is not very good. So I don’t really mind that this game seems to have an all-male playable party. What I do mind is that XV potentially takes place in a world where women won’t have that many important roles. Most of the other countries in-game are based on medieval societies, so I can understand if this world is dominated by the patriarchy.

Unfortunately, that’s not really an excuse to not have female non-playable characters, at least. Regardless of whether or not women are in power, they still make up around half the population, and they still have their own wants and interests. I think I saw all of one female character in that trailer, among a myriad of male characters. There is one female character that I know of, Stella, and I am worried that her purpose in the game will be “love interest who furthers Noctis’s storyline”. I just hope she’s not the only female character of note.

The battle system seems similar to the battle system in Kingdom Hearts. It’s not the kind of battle system I prefer, but I still have a lot of fun with it, so XV looks like it’ll be great. Now I just have to save up for a PS4 when it comes out.