Final Fantasy XV: Assassin’s Festival review

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An all-new immersive Assassin’s Festival is overtaking the town of Lestallum!

Starting on August 31, 2017 until January 31, 2018, you can partake in this limited time event, featuring gameplay elements from the Assassin’s Creed game series, mini-games, and a chance to obtain exclusive items, such as the “Medjay Assassin’s Robes” for Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto.

FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival is available as a free download from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store.!

The “Master Assassin’s Robes” for Noctis can be obtained via the Dream Egg, a special item from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival. The Moogle Chocobo Carnival is going on now and will end in late September, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

If you guys think Kingdom Hearts was weird with Final Fantasy and Disney crossing over, if you have yet to see this insane crossover. With a collaboration with Ubisoft, Square Enix teamed and wanted to promote the upcoming game Assassin’s Creed: Origins by creating a new festival event for FFXV with an entire new story tie-in.

Story: Noctis and Prompto’s Excellent Adventure

Unlike the previous festival, this one has a story! The story begins with Noctis and his friends (Prompto, Gladiolus and Ignis) driving to Lestallum to participate a festival dedicated to a legendary assassin (an also celebrate the popularity of the game). As they make it to the festival, the group meets Cindy from Hammerhead and it turns out she is best friends, or “bosom buddy”, with Holly. At first, it is all fun and games as Noctis and Prompto fanboy everything in the carnival but things gets grim with the Empire ruins the fun by taking over the city. Leading the invasion is the return of the old enemy Loqi; Loqi decides to capture Lestallum’s factory and hold Holly hostage. What’s worse is that the Empire is prohibiting anyone leaving the city and they placed jammers where Noctis can’t even use his powers. It’s up to Noctis to don the Assassin cloak and liberate the captured city.

 Story overall

The story is pretty straightforward and quite fun. Even though it is weird to see a combination of Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed, somehow it kind of pulls out well. Some may think it’s just another marketing technique to promote both series but in a strange way, it’s nice seeing two different things intertwine. The characters involved in the story is quite entertaining and we get to see a different side of Noctis compared to the main game. Noctis in this festival is total fanboy just like Prompto. Based on the conversations and dialogue, Noctis is fan of Assassin’s Creed and Prompto is his best friend that also likes to dress up as assassin. I find it funny that Gladio and Ignis finds it really weird and I laugh at the part where Ignis gets uncomfortable wearing the Medjay Assasion Robe. I was surprised how well done Square Enix did with Cindy in the story. In the main game, Cindy is a side character who is known for upgrading and modifying the Regalia but in this Festival, she is involved with the story as she shows concern of Noctis and Holly. The story length, without focusing on minigames, is pretty short; it’s not as lengthy compared to the Episodes DLC. Speaking of Episodes, there is a moment in the game where Prompto Sympathsizes with the Magitek soldiers after you kill one and if you played Episode Prompto, you will understand why he feels this way. In addition, this also makes you ask questions in where does this festival take place in the story. The only thing I felt little lacking is that I  wished Ignis and Gladio was with Noctis and Prompto during the fun but then again, it would probably be awkward to have two fans of the series to be with two other people who is not into the series.

Gameplay: It’s all about Stealth

It wouldn’t be Assassin Creed without stealth. Like I mentioned in the story, Loqi has placed a jammer in the city where not only you can’t warp but your attacks are useless. The game makes you rely on stealth to kill Magitek Soldiers by either doing attacking from behind, killing them in trash, or leaping on them. If you do get caught, you have no choice but to run away and hide in areas where they can’t see you. Specifically, you can warp but you can’t warp attack; you can warp climb up in buildings to see the city from above for a better view.

You can also do the leap of faith!

One of the most annoying things to encounter this game is the bugs and lags! There are times where I feel like frame rate reduces and I end up moving very slow. Hopefully Square will clean these bugs.

Mingames: Assassins just want to have fun

Just like the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, the minigames return! You can race on a chocobo again, take pictures on specific targets, shooting gallery, a “diner dash game” and participate in a Whack a Cactuar but with Prompto helping you. There are also new mingames to participate and they give you some nifty things. There is a treasure hunt in the game that if you complete the riddles and tests, players will be given a weapon from Assassin’s Origins and will be available to use in the main game. Also, if players gain enough medals, you can redeem for other main game exclusive items like a filter, frame or a car logo from the carnival.

Conclusion: Feeling like an Assassin

With everything said, the Assassin’s Festival feels like the Moogle Chocobo Carnival but with an Assassin’s skin and interactive story. This special content is fun for players who are either new to Assassin’s Creed or longtime fans. I am not much of a fan but I used to watch my brother play Assassin’s Creed and after seeing the trailer of this game, I was hyped to play as Assassin Noctis. Once you feel like you got everything in the festival, there is not much to do. The story was fun and I like Cindy’s involvement in the story. It was nice seeing Loqi come back and giving me the chance to kick his butt again. It would have been cool to see Iris or Cor to show up at the carnival and wearing Assasin’s robes. With this festival here, it makes you wonder, what else can Square Enix do and what can appear. If you think about it, they could do it again with any franchise as long with the company in a agreement. They could do a Kingdom Hearts carnival with Disney, a NieR: Automata with Platinum Games or even with Sonic in Sega. (It may sound weird but remember, there is a Persona 5 skin for Sonic Force if you predorder!)

Anyway, before I get off topic, what did you guys think of the festival?

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5 thoughts on “Final Fantasy XV: Assassin’s Festival review

  1. I do have a PS4, however I haven’t created a PSN so, I can’t comment on the festivites. But it sounds like you had a blast doing them :D.
    I’m taking my sweet time on the main game. Chpt 8 I think. The game started off slow, but it has slowly grown on me :D.

    Also a sweet bonus for you my good friend. Sadly this won’t be available for any PS4 players :(.

    • It was fun and I did enjoy it. The story did start off slow in the main game but it does pick up the pace.

      I saw this and cried. If I did have an Xbox One, I would buy it for Regalia. I heard you can get this game on Windows 10 but I don’t think my laptop is built for high quality gaming. 😦

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