Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition – Incomplete Review

Google Play description:

Explore the world of the fifteenth FINAL FANTASY in the palm of your hand.
Download Chapter 1 and play for free!
Subsequent chapters are available for purchase.

“Explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV
with a cast of cute and cool characters! ”

Now you can enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XV story across 10 exciting chapters.

Tap to move, tap to talk, and tap to fight
Easy for anyone to pick up and play!

Story

The Tale of the Chosen King, Savior to the Star.

After years of fighting, the nations of Lucis and Niflheim at last agree to an armistice.

As a symbol of this promised peace, Noctis, crown prince of Lucis, is to wed the Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae.

The prince sets forth for his wedding on the eve of the signing ceremony, sent off by his father, King Regis.
Unbeknownst to Noctis, however, the journey ahead is fraught with perils…

*There won’t be any spoilers!

Just like my review on Street Fighter IV Champion Edition, this review will be incomplete due to the fact the game starts off free until you pay for the rest. Square Enix once again does its best to promote the popular and recent Final Fantasy installment, Final Fantasy XV. This time, this game Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is converted to mobile phones!

Story – Focusing only in Chapter 1

If you played Final Fantasy XV on console or PC, you get the idea of the story. The beginning starts off with an older Noctis and his friends facing off against Ifrit. This is a prologue and foreshadowing and instead, we start the story with King Regis (King of Insomnia and father of Noctis) giving Noctis and his friends wisdom as they set off to meet with the Oracle Lunafreya in order for Noctis to wed her and form a peace treaty with the enemy kingdom Niflheim.

Gameplay – touch the Eos

In this mobile game, players control Noctis by tapping the screen and leading him to places in Eos. By taking advantage of the touch screen, you can hold the screen to perform a warp strike attack on landmarks and on enemies. You can tap on the enemies and Noctis will lock on to enemies and fight in autopilot. The features from the original version such as equipping weapons and leveling up with AP returns in more of simplified way. There are voice dialogue in the game as well so you don’t have to rely on reading text.

The biggest difference in this game is that everyone is in their chibi form. As you can see in pictures or gameplay, the app game made them look really miniature in order to fit into the phone’s hardware. This is why Noctis hair looks like an onion and Gladio looks like Knuckles from Sonic Boom.

feedback – A simple game for newcomers and easy to take on the go

What do I think about this game? This game is really simple and easy to play. I am actually surprised that Square Enix was able to turn a game originally made for PS4 and Xbox One into something small like Apple and Android. The combat was something to get used to since after lock on to someone, you automatically fight. Warping is fun, but if you don’t pay attention, you will end up using up your MP and cause Noctis to not warp anymore. From I seen, there is side quests where you can explore and help characters and that’s where you can take advantage of the open world. The music and voices fit well in this game and I do enjoy hearing them as it reminds me of the console game.

Since the game is mobile, be prepared for limitations. Square Enix decided to split the game’s chapters and make players pay for each chapter. The first chapter of FFXVPE is free and it helps you decide if this game is worth getting if you wish to continue the story. Square Enix came up with a list to show how much a chapter would cost and if you really want to experience FFXV, you can pay $20 for the entire chapters, but I am assuming this doesn’t mean you will get exclusive chapters like Episode Gladiolus. You can pay each chapter individually and the most it costs is $4.

Another let down is that the “open-world” in the game is very linear. Don’t expect to explore for fun unless you are doing a quest. Fortunately, if you have cloud saving like Google Play, you can back up your save files especially if you are switching devices.

Conclusion – try before you buy

I only played the first chapter and all I can say for now is that this game is a fun experience. Would I pay to play more of the game? No. I would rather pay the console game and have the characters in full details and explore in my leisure. I do like how they made the game easy to play and I do like the chibi characters. I think this game could pass on as a Nintendo Switch or 3DS game. I think this game could be fun to those who don’t mind playing FFXV on the go or someone who wants to experience FFXV if they can’t afford a console or money for a PC. I like FFXV, but I don’t think I would want to pay each time I complete a chapter. I also prefer playing with a controller and avoid making my screen dirty or using my phone’s battery. I do like how they still captures the characters dialogue from the original game. It stinks that Prompto can’t take pictures so you can share and Ignis cooking doesn’t look mouth watering.

Besides that, did you like this game on your phone? Was there anything I missed? Comment down below on your thoughts.

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