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Final Fantasy XV Review (Page 2)

Derek Strickland | Mar 31, 2018 at 06:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 47 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 88%

Final Thoughts

Although the game has a great story, blazing-fast combat, and a ton of content to chew on, it does get repetitive and monotonous at times. The open world isn't exactly dynamic or very interactive outside of boss battles, side quests or combat sequences, and feels kind of stale at times--even if it's beautiful.

Honestly, it reminds me of GTA V's Los Santos: it's insanely detailed, beautiful, and dazzling, but there's not always a lot of meaningful or unique things to do inside of it.

As a result, Final Fantasy XV both excels above and falls short below its peers. It's absolutely a spectacle of technological prowess and represents a huge leap forward in terms of development skill and optimization, but it lacks that unique charm that old-shool Final Fantasy RPGs instilled over time.

Final Fantasy XV PC Performance At-A-Glance

Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (4GB of VRAM)

High Settings Preset (1080p)

FPS: Solid 60 FPS even during battles

Hairworks, VXAO, Turf Effects, Shadowlibs: OFF

~95% VRAM Usage

~78% GPU Usage

~50% RAM Usage (~10GB out of 20GB)

Temp: ~77C

Highest Settings Preset (1080p)

Slight stutters when turning camera quickly

~48 FPS to ~60 FPS during battles, environment scenes, etc (drops as low as 38FPS in some areas)

NVIDIA Hairworks, VXAO, Turf Effects, Shadowlibs: OFF

~99% VRAM Usage

~55% RAM Usage

~80% to 85% GPU Usage

Temp: 80C to 84C

Final Fantasy XV Review 03 |

What's Hot

+ Great optimization for PC hardware

+ Playing at 60FPS+ is a game-changer

+ Mod support could extend lifespan of the game

+ Free season pass DLC content

+ Combat is fun and enthralling

+ Creative story arc

What's Not

- First-person mode is wonky

- Outside of combat, game content can get rote and mundane after a while

- Minor issues (camera stuttering, etc)

Last updated: Sep 25, 2019 at 12:25 am CDT

PC Performance90%
Game Mechanics & Combat90%
Long-Term Fun Factor75%
Overall Rating88%

The Bottom Line: Final Fantasy XV is a great entry point for new gamers and old fans alike, and offers high-quality PC perf with great combat and story...but things do get rote and repetitive.

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Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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