Final Fantasy XV DLC Review: Episode Ignis

Site Synopsis:

An original episode told from the perspective of Ignis. With Altissia in ruins after the Trial of Leviathan, Ignis faces the Niflheim Empire to protect Noctis at all costs. Joining him along the way is Ravus, high commander of the Niflheim Empire, who is determined to rescue his sister Lunafreya.

Featuring fast-paced battles and multiple endings, it is finally time to learn about the untold events that transpired during one of the most dramatic moments in FINAL FANTASY XV.

(May contain spoilers if you have went past Chapter 9 with the fight with Leviathan. Overall, I won’t spoil the game’s story)

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Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition news confirmed and PC updates!

You may already know this but I am a huge fan of Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy is my all time favorite video game besides Kingdom Hearts and Sonic the Hedgehog. You might be wondering, “Matt, you always talk about this game and I want to try this but I hear there’s DLC, what should I do?”

I got some exciting news for newcomers and returning fans. Revealed in Twitter by the official Final Fantasy XV account, Square Enix will be re-releasing Final Fantasy XV with all the recent updates from 2017 DLC and new content. The new version is called Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition. Based on the trailer, this game will be for PS4 and Xbox One. The game will include all the recent DLC episodes (Gladiolus. Prompto, and Ignis) including the Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades; this also includes free updates like the Regalia-D and the ability to change characters in the main game. With an addition, the new version will include a new attack for the Armiger and a an expansion to Insomnia. In the video, playing as the timeskip Noctis, you will be able to explore an all new dungeon in the Ruins of Insomnia and encounter new bosses and view new additional cutscenes in which players will see Cor in his new 10 year skip form!

However, if you already have the game and you don’t want to buy another copy of the game, I got some positive news for you. According to GameSpot, there will be a separate Royal Edition for the PSN and Xbox Store for $20 (this is for the USA and I don’t what’s going to cost at the UK). Buying the physical version of Royal Edition will be $50 or £40 (UK). This new version will have a new cover like above designed by Yoshitaka Amano.

To be honest, I wish this free like how Street Fighter V did it when you already have the game, you can download the free Arcade Edition.

But wait there’s more!

If you want to play Final Fantasy XV but you don’t have a console, but you got a PC, I got some new good news. Already mentioned, Final Fantasy XV will be joining PC. However, also announced on Twitter, the game will also include the recent Royal Edition and all the free past DLCs like the Episodes and Comrades.

According to a Twitter FFXV friend I follow, Maku posted a small graph detailing on the bonus incentives if you preorder Final Fantasy XV PC. Depending where you get the PC game like Windows, Steam or Origins, you will be getting some bonuses.

 

Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition and the PC version will be released at the same day on March 6th, 2018!

Leak News: Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition?

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Mentioned on Twitter y Playstation LifeStyle and GameSpot, there appears to be news in regards to Final Fantasy XV.

According to GameSpot, ESRB might have left a leak because in the game boards, there is a rating for a game called Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition. Just like most games that is called Game of the Year, this updated edition will have the main Final Fantasy XV game along with DLC episodes (Episode Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis). If this leak is true, people who wants to get into Final Fantasy XV will be happy to know that they can get their hands on this game for all the updates. This game will be for PS4 and Xbox One.

Square Enix also mentioned besides this and the upcoming PC game, 2018 is going to be really big for FFXV. Since I already have the DLC episodes, I will not buy this Royal Edition. So far, this news is only a leak but I believe this game will be real news.

Dissidia NT DLC in Nissin Cup Noodles?

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This is a rather odd but clever marketing technique. Most of you already know, Square Enix’s upcoming game Dissidia Final Fantasy XV is coming to PS4 on January 30th and there’s bonus DLC depending where you preorder. I found out this news recently now and it’s a code for a DLC costume! Announced on Twitter, Square Enix teamed up with the cup of noodle company Nissin and are selling limited edition marked Cup of Noodles with character images (Cloud, Lightning, Warrior of Light) from Dissidia NT.

Players who purchase these special noodles will be given a special code to download a free costume for Noctis Lucis Caelum. The costume is his Royal Raiment. So far, this is only for USA stores and if you use the site’s shop locator, you will find out where’s the nearest store where they might have the noodles.

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According to the Nissin website, if you buy the noodles and text them a picture of your receipt, the company will give you a code where you can redeem the costume for free. This game is only for PS4.

If you want to unlock this costume for Noctis, be like Gladio and buy some noodles. I am hungry now.

Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades – Review

Synopsis from site:

Create your own avatar and join up with three other friends to take on epic quests and battles in the FFXV’s first and only online multiplayer expansion.

Set in a world engulfed by darkness, the expansion casts players as a member of the Kingsglaive, with powers and unique abilities invoked from various Lucian kings, who join forces to bring the Light back to the kingdom of Lucis. Other members of Noctis’s crew including Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis will be made playable in future game updates.

FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES is available to players who purchased FINAL FANTASY XV and the FINAL FANTASY XV Season Pass or FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES standalone expansion.

(Even though it’s spoiler-free, I will mention stuff from the main game and it could be spoilers. This online expansion is part of the game’s story and it takes place after chapter 13.)

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Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack unboxing

Welcome everyone! Today is the first month of 2018. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years. It has been busy for me and my family but I did get to relax and enjoy the gifts I got from Christmas. One of my gifts I was happy to get is the video game soundtrack to Final Fantasy XV. It’s called Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack and it has the all the songs from the video game in four discs. I will leave the pictures down below but I want to talk about this fine collection.

Having this soundtrack, it’s a big set because like mentioned, it has four discs and that is just for the standard version. The first set of pictures shows the front cover of the CD and the back has the main four heroes of the series.

Opening the CD collection will have the four discs but with Noctis and his friends pictures on each one.

There’s also booklet included in the collection which shows the game’s scenes from the video game, an illustration by Yoshitaka Amano (well character artist and designer who did Final Fantasy IV and anime Vampire Hunter D) list of songs, credits and exclusive chat with  the video game director Hajime Tabata and music composer Yoko Shimomura.

Last but not least, we get a group picture of the four heroes: Noctis, Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus.

Unbreakable Bonds

This is an excellent collection if you enjoy FFXV and music like me and want to relieve the moments by listening to the tracks. My favorites would be  the main theme of Final Fantasy and Sominus. As much as I enjoyed the collection, I felt like this cover of the CD could have done better. The cover pretty much as the game title with a black background. I changed it to the video game cover where Noctis and his group are with the Regalia with the dark blue sky. Besides the cover, it’s not a bad collection and if you want the songs, you should get this set physical or digital. If you are rich or a hardcore fan more than me, go get the blu-ray collection or the Limited Edition in which both include a digital copy with the physical copy.

Here is the link if you want the CD I have:

https://store.na.square-enix.com/product/425662/final-fantasy-xv-original-soundtrack-standard-edition-cd

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Happy One Year Anniversay Final Fantasy

Happy Anniversary to Final Fantasy XV! November 29th is the day the game has been released to all over the world for PS4 and Xbox One in 2016. Who would have thought this game will leave a big impact on the world and us fans. In this post, I want to talk about how this game affected me and made me a hardcore fan and also reflect on the past and what to expect on the future. To be honest, I didn’t plan this post out, so as of right now, I am writing from my head. I was actually going to title this Matthew vs Final Fantasy XV based on a video I saw called Johnny vs The Street Fighter series in which the YouTuber Johnny talks about how Street Fighter has affected him and giving us a brief history on the series.  Another title name was going to be Final Fantasy XV Retrospective. Anyway let’s  start!

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Fighting game news: Turtles in Injustice and Noctis in Tekken 7?

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I think most people know about this but here’s a quick recap news. Recently announced, the popular DC fighting game Injustice 2 has revealed another season pack for the game and it will be third. It’s revealed that Atom and Enchantress will participating in the game; however, this is not the big news stirring online. Also joining the game is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Based on what we can assume, players will be able to play as all four turtles and they will be able fight the DC characters, heroes and villains. These are not the characters from a different franchise crossing over in this game. Recently, Raiden from the Mortal Kombat series is in the game as well as Dark Horse comic character Hellboy.

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 will not only be getting Akuma from Capcom Street Fighter but apparently, someone from Square Enix. Final Fantasy XV hero Noctis Lucis Caelum will be joining Tekken 7! Based on the reveal trailer, Noctis will be fighting with his traditional Engine Blade along with his magic. His character will be playable and players will able to unlock arenas from the game such as fighting Hammerhead Repair Shop.

This is not the first time Noctis has encounter a crossover moment. Final Fantasy XV has crossover with Assassin’s Creed Origins with a festival, NieR: Automata with an exclusive Engine Blade weapon, and even Xbox exclusive Forza Horizon 3 with the Regalia.

Both these exclusive characters will be available to play in 2018 during the late winter.

Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades Closed Beta Quick Impressions

As a way to bring hype and attention to the upcoming expansion pack to the popular Final Fantasy XV game and it’s official online mode, I will be talking about my impression to the Closed Beta to Comrades. I am sorry that this is really late and I will try not to waste any time. This impression will be really fast and brief!

In the beginning, in order to get the beta, players must own a copy of Final Fantasy XV, a PS+ or Xbox Live account and got the season pass. Once you get the season pass, players will be gifted to try out the early stages to Comrades. When you first start the game, you are given the choice to be either man or woman; you can later customize your fashion. Once you get done, you will be placed in a server and you will be in a hub where you can interact with the characters and even train your skills. The weapons you get is a fast katana, shuikens, poles and daggers. Once you are ready to play, you go talk to Cor or someone who is there and start the mission. The missions usually involves with either killing a specific Daemon or protecting Cindy on a escort mission.

The Positives

I think it’s pretty cool that Square Enix is adding this new feature to the game. In the past, they have done online games such as Final Fantasy XI and XIV, so they are not new to this. For a beta game, this game wasn’t too difficult to understand. The controls feel exactly like Noctis from the main game and I like being able to still switch weapons. It’s also nice to interact with the side characters like Cindy and Cor and even feel part of the Kingsglaive.

The Negatives

As a beta, I understand things were going to be limited. I didn’t really much of this because the servers in this game wasn’t the best. There was times the game couldn’t find any open lobbies or a strong server and it made me feel like I wasted my time downloading a beta. Like most online complications, the game’s connection with players can have bugs such as lags or delays.

Overall

For being an early stage, this expansion game is pretty well done. The gameplay is no different than playing the main game. I think what’s fun is that you can have players working together and fight as one like game and movie. I also think that once the game is fully finished and polished for the full game, the complications won’t be present as often. I am looking forward to unlocking content for my character and even curious about the story. In my opinion, if you have Final Fantasy XV and you like the game, I would recommend it if you are hyped to play online. I might be jumping into conclusions since this was a beta. Did you play the beta? What is your opinion?

Just a reminder, Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades is expected to be released on November 15th for Xbox One and PS4. If players have the season pass, they will be able to play for free. Based on the recent trailer, the story of online will take place during 10 years where Noctis disappeared into the Crystal. With Noctis sudden disappearance, the rest of the surviving Lucians and Kingsglaive must stand together and fight the Daemons wandering Eos. Along the way, players will be able to encounter Noctis’s friends and they can work together and save Eos in the darkness.

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FFXV news: Episode Ignis trailer and story reveal

Happy Halloween! Here’s the latest treat for you guys.

Announced yesterday at Sony’s Paris Game Week, Square Enix finally unveiled on the upcoming DLC story in Final Fantasy XV in regards to Episode Ignis. They reveal a key image to the story and a trailer. According to the trailer, the episode takes place in the events during the conclusion of episode 9 where Noctis fights the Leviathan. Meanwhile, we get a flashback with Ignis and kid Noctis. In the present, Ignis must fight the Imperial Army on his own and then encountering the game’s antagonist, Ardyn. Along the way, he meets Lunafreya’s stepbrother Ravus. According to GameSpot, the game will have music composer Yasunori Mitsuda who is well-known for composing Chrono Trigger. Unlike Episodes Gladiolus and Prompto, this episode will multiple endings.

If you got the season pass already, the DLC will be free. If not, this story will cost $5.