One of the main things I’ve taken away from Final Fantasy XV is that I now adore Florence and the Machine and the song Stay with me. Square Enix did it again. This game is written amazingly and proves just how important friendship is. Though out the game our “chocobros” as they’re loving called on the Internet, are pushed and pulled in many different directions.
We first meet Noctis as he’s being sent to marry his childhood friend Lunafreya, as part of a peace treaty. Along with his comrades Ignis, Gladiolus, and Prompto their about to go on the adventure of their lives. Of course nothing goes as planned and right off the bat they run out of gas. Leaving them to push the car all the way to Hammerhead. Here we get to meet Cindy who’s the granddaughter of Cid from Final Fantasy 7.
Shortly after they become aware of the attack on Insomnia and that King Regis has perished. Not only that, but both Noctis and Lunafreya have been announced dead starting the downward spiral. Ardyn, was someone never to be trusted. Not fully anyhow. Which becomes very clear towards the end of the game.
While Lunafreya was communicating with the Leviathan to gain its approval for Noctis, Ardyn stabs her. She dies after healing Noctis and passing the ring of Lucii to him. Giving the ability, with the help of the Titan to defeat the Leviathan and gains its favor. During the battle not only is Lunafreya lost, Ardyn shown for what he is, but the ever faithful Ignis loses his eyesight. Durning the first play through we left to imagine what happened to him, but with the DLC, Episode Ignis, what happened to him is explained. (There will be a blog dedicated to just this DLC tomorrow).
After this battle the “chocobros” seem to fall apart as a team. Gladiolus blames Noctis for what happened to Ignis and bullies him to grow up throughout the rest of the game. Ignis in his own right is coming to terms with what has happened to him. Not wanting to be left behind he tries his hardest to prove himself. That he can be his same self. One of the hardest scenes to watch personally was when he broke up a fight between Gladio and Noctis about himself. He knows he can’t keep up and asks Noctis if he wants him to continue or stay behind.
The next problem that arrises involves Ardyn yet again. On the train to their next destination, the train is attacked by imperial forces. As Noct and Prompto defend the train, every attempt at attacking Ardyn disappears. Once reappearing Noctis finds Ardyn holding Prompto at gunpoint. Charging to defend his friend he shoved Ardyn, only to see Prompto falling off the train.
Unable to stop the train, they continue on to Tenebrea. Here they learn Ravus has been executed, being blamed for the Leviathan, and that Aranea has quit the army and is helping the victims of the empire’s attacks. Once in Gralea they find Prompto, who was brought to the lab by Ardyn. Still unable to use his powers, the group finds the machine blocking the usage and gets it deactivated. Which causes them to be attacked by a demonic Ravus who begs to be killed. The crystal that can stop the demons is within sight, Noctis gets absorbed inside while learning the true name of Ardyn. Ardyn Lucis Caelum. He is Noctis’s ancestor who was to become the king, but was rejected. Causing his hate for the line of royalty.
Noctis awakens from the crystal ten years later. His group of friends having moved on with their lives in order to help others with the ever long darkness. The group is rarely seen together nowadays, each doing what they can to get by. Ignis never did regain his sight, but he is able to get around without his walking stick, to cook, and even go on hunting missions alone. Prompto hunts, but mostly torments Cindy when she around. Gladio is still Gladio. Always hunting, but this time his little sister accompanies him.
The final fight is hard, but very enjoyable with plot and storyline. Not to give away the whole plot but the ending can be taken two different ways. With Episode Ignis being available, but for now the true ending is more devastating. In order to stop the darkness and ultimately defeat Ardyn, Noctis knows he has to give up his life to do so. Leaving Ignis, Prompto, and Gladiolus to stop the demons from following him to the throne he makes his way to where to belongs. The kings of old appear to give him their “blessing” causing the death of the true king. Once inside the afterlife Noctis once and for all stops Ardyns reign of terror. With the other spirits who show up during the battle, were lead to believe that the other three perished as well. They, along with Lunafreya, show to give Noctis support.
The final scene shows newly wed Luna and Noct on the throne. Each in their wedding apparel as soul crystals glitter the air.
All in all I loved this game so much. Definitely got emotionally invested, but the parts that got me the most, other then the ending. Was when Ignis lost his sight. If you’ve not played this or the DLC, you’re missing out on a great experience.