Final Fantasy XV – Platinum Demo

One of my numerous hobbies is playing video games and as the Demo of the next instalment of the big ‘Final Fantasy’ series is available right now, I downloaded it today and played it. [Spoilers underneath the cut]

IMAG8286

The Demo is quite big concerning the file size and took a while to download, but once it was there I grabbed my controller and started to play.

The Demo begins with voices shouting for ‘Noct’, the game’s protagonist who wakes up in a dream sequence with a little fur ball guiding him back to the real world. The first sequence takes place in a forest where you can walk around freely, collect these sparkling jewels and explore the world.

IMAG8288

I really like how alive Noctis seems. His movements are very good and fluent. The landscape also looks good and you can easily see the different textures of plants or rocks. All over the Demo are round plates on the ground – you can step on them and change the weather, speed up time, change your appearance and other things. One option makes it rain and the rain looks reall good. I liked the look of it, although Noctis miraculously dries once the sun is out again.

IMAG8297

FF XV Noct fight

The fighting system is rather easy – one the weapons are equipped you can choose one of them and simple attack with the circle button. It totally reminded me of Kingdom Hearts and this later got even stronger when I watched how Noctis jumps and when you enter the other area which seems to be a room in the castle, but you are rather small; somewhat like the Alice in Wonderland level in the Kingdom Hearts game.

IMAG8301

FF XI Noctis area 2

In this area Noctis can also change his appearance and turn into a car with which you can drive around the area. There are also adversaries, called ‘Nightmares’ who appear once you reach a certain area and will atack you as well. They can be beaten quite easily and it’s not much of a challenge. The character still follows the lovely fur ball (which is a Carbuncle) which leads you on top of the table and trough a ‘gate’ which opens to the third area.

 

The third now is a city, empty apart from the ‘Nightmares’. The floor-buttons are here as well and you can again change the weather, the time or again your appearance. It seems to be random which creature you turn into as I got a different one on the first try than my flatmate who played the Demo after me so that I could take some pictures.

 

A hallway brings you through a bright portal onto a place, the Citadel. Here the Carbuncle is confused and soon is attacked by a monster. Now the young Noctis we played so far turns into the older version we all know from the cover and the trailers. It’s now upon you to fight and beat this monster. The player can choose between two sets of swords and magic which can be filled up through stepping on one of the floor-buttons.

 

 

Once the monster is defeated a car appears – which is the boy’s safe space – and once you decide to enter it the Demo’s complete.

 

 

All in all, if you decide to explore everything, the Demo might take up to 60 minutes. But you can also easily finish it in about 30.

I’m actually quite sad that this Demo is so short, I had hoped for more. It was fun playing it, but it didn’t invoke in me the need to continue after that.

What I really liked:

  • the textures (the floor tiles, rocks, clothes, books, tables)
  • so far an easy fighting system
  • the ability to explore everything and interact with your surroundings that much
  • weather changes
  • the character’s body language and overall visuals
  • dubbing actors were well chosen and fitting

 

FF XV Noctis

What I was rather neutral about:

  • The Soundtrack. It wasn’t bad, but nothing I didn’t forget about once the scene changed

 

What I disliked:

  • length of the demo
  • while the textures were great, some parts (especially on the books) were really blurry and pixelated
  • I didn’t really like the look of the fur nor Noctis’ hair. I have definitely seen better already

 

 

If you want to play the Demo as well – you can download it via your console. Apart from that all we can do is wait until the complete game is out and we can fully delve into Noctis’ world and experience the full story!

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Final Fantasy XV – Platinum Demo

    1. thanks so much! It was my first real game review, so I’m glad to read that it wasn’t all bad 😀

      I’m really excited for the game but I have to admit that my expectations are quite high, especially judging from the aspect that they’re working on it for… ten years now?

      Like

      1. I think that’s why I wasn’t too bothered by it. It had been so long since the whole FFXIII Versus thing that I’d lost interest. Definitely looking forward to it now though!

        I’m new to the whole blogging thing so I went looking for other blog posts about games and found this. It was really good :).

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Thanks =)

        I plan on writing more game reviews in the future; I already took note about Tales of Zestiria and we’re currently playing Unravel, so these might be the next two =)

        Like

      3. Ooooh, how is Unravel? I love the art style but puzzle platformers aren’t for me most of the time.

        I’m going to do Quantum Break next I think, but I’m looking forward to starting on Danganronpa.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Unravel is lovely. The art is really great and the story sweet. But the puzzles are sometimes quite difficult.

        I heard a lot about Danganronpa; would be interesting to read a review about it =)

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Apparently kit’s a fairly long game so that one might be a little way off for me! I’m not normally a fan of visual novels but I do like a good horror!

        I look forward to reading your thoughts on Unravel!

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s