Final Fantasy XV.
A game for fans and first-timers.
Well, I guess. It’s definitely new. Final Fantasy XV is the first game to incorporate real-time battle, something battle planner Ito could only stylize. This is something for new fans to appreciate. Of course, it does have enough Final Fantasy references for the fans to enjoy. Perhaps it skimped on the story. I know more fans are less than enthused about this. But look at it from another way. The chapters of Final Fantasy XV may correspond with the game of the number.
Chapter 1: Noctis sets out to meet Lunafreya, his bride. Very similar to the King of Cornelia in Final Fantasy I sending the Warriors of Light off. The Warriors of Light end up tracking down Garland, to save Princess Serah.
Chapter 2: In Leide, Noctis has to deal with the rising threat of Imperials. Here he learns his kingdom fell. Similarly, Fynn falls, leaving Firion, Gus and Maria orphans.
Chapter 3: The bros explore Duscae. Similarly, Final Fantasy III is all about exploration. There’s a town with a secret cavern behind a waterfall…
Chapter 4: Near the center of Duscae, we reach a meteor. Seeming, this would work better with Final Fantasy VII. But then again, it comes from space. Here, Noctis berates himself. He also fights Titan, much like Cecil fights Rydia’s summon.
Chapter 5: I really don’t have much here. Final Fantasy V’s narrative is flimsy at best. I will remark that we do have to get the legendary twelve…excuse, thirteen weapons. Why not 15 weapons? Leftover from Final Fantasy Versus XIII’s days, perhaps?
Chapter 6: Before going to Altissia, Noctis has to take on the Empire. Similarly, Terra and the Returners do the same, against Emperor Gestahl.
Chapter 7: Ah. Here, we only have three party members. Final Fantasy VII was first in the series to feature only three to a party. We’re also mining for Mythrill Ore. This is reminiscent of the Mythril Mines.
Chapter 8: Somehow, something unexpected happens with a power planet. I guess this is close to the Radio Communication’s tower in Final Fantasy VIII.
Chapter 9: Noctis finally makes it to Altissia to meet his bride Lunafreya. Similarly, Zidane makes his way to Alexandria to kidnap the princess.
Chapter 10: Here, we have a straight shot for the train ride. The game is on rails at this points. Similarly, Final Fantasy X is a linear progression to a goal.
Chapter 11: Care to guess?
Chapter 12: This is one where I’m totally at a loss. Perhaps the Arctic Crevasse reminds me of the Paramina Rift. Ashe is adamant to regain her kingdom. Noctis is too.
Chapter 13: When Final Fantasy XIII first came out, fans complained about how awful it was. Noctis walked down a hallway, with no way to explore.
Chapter 14: Noctis prepares for the final showdown, and one last battle with Ardyn. Doesn’t it seem rushed? Is this what Final Fantasy XV was all about? Might they redo this entire chapter in a future update?
Some of these games I haven’t played yet. Most specifically, the MMOs. Yet, I still have an intuition that we can find something to fit. Oh well. It’s fun to think about. Maybe you can come up with better examples below?