Starting life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2005, this game would eventually reach store shelves in 2016 as Final Fantasy XV. With an 11-year development cycle, it makes sense to have reservations about the game’s quality. However, XV got out relatively unscathed.
In fact, XV is one of the most ambitious entries in the series. First, it drops the turn-based combat from past games in favor of real-time battles similar to Kingdom Hearts. Second, the game is set in a huge open world that dwarves the overworlds of past entries.
That’s not to say there aren’t a few issues. Namely, a story that expects players to take in all its supplementary material and a jarring shift in gameplay during the final act.