May 2006 (9th I think) Square Enix have a E3 Conference where they announced Fabula Nova Crystallis which would consist of Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Agito XIII (Would become Final Fantasy Type-0) and more action looking Final Fantasy Versus XIII with crystals forming a core part all these world's workings.
On November 29th 2016 around 3857 days after it was first shown the final game of those announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII for PS3 released as Final Fantasy XV on PS4 & Xbox One.
I’ve now finished FFXV after all this time waiting to play it, if you listened to Pod of War Episode V where EofGizmo and myself talked about our favourite Final Fantasy games then you will know that my history with the series is mixed at best.
As someone who was a bit too young to get Final Fantasy VII in 1997 and later with the 6th generation where I was playing my Xbox more than any other console and Xbox didn’t get Final Fantasy and I barely played my PS2, so Final Fantasy was never on mind.
When I finally bought a core Final Fantasy game at launch it was FFXIII which wasn’t great and I never bothered with the two follow ups.
I still have played plenty of Final Fantasy games mainly spin-offs and gone back to most of the core series but for the first time since FFXIII we got a new core numbered Final Fantasy which isn’t a MMO.
That is still a big deal in gaming and now finally playing FFXV along with watching all the media around the game, I can say it was the worth the wait.
FFXV takes place in an open-world for the most part and has a real-time combat system these have been influenced from Western games but still having that Japanese RPG feel spread over the course of FFXV.
I took just under 22 hours to finish the story, yet I’ve seen some people on social media complete the story in under 12 hrs then I’ve seen others play for 100+ hours.
This is a fantastic thing as some people don’t want to invest 50 odd hours into a game but then some want more than just 12hrs from their game and FFXV with its abundance of side-quests and now for me tons of post-game content.
Sticking with the story it is a mix bagged as it starts of slow then suddenly ramps up come near the end, unfortunately FFXV does have some plot-holes and Chapter 13 takes a real weird turn which up in-till that point FFXV would have been my game of the year.
Even with the low of Chapter 13 and slightly dodgy story, the journey with the boys from start to finish is what makes Final Fantasy XV worth the wait and one of must play games this year.