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Final Fantasy XV Rant and Thoughts

This rant was made prior to all the recent news of upcoming DLC and other things as I’ll primarily talking about the ending mostly. Beware of lots of capslock rage and incoherent words haha.

And of course it goes without saying Spoilers warning!

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I have never cried so fucking much over a final fantasy.

THAT IS NOT FUCKING FAIR. FUCK YOU ARDYN. ABSOLUTELY FUCK YOU. SHE WOULD HAVE LIVED. I FUCKING HATE YOU. IT’S NOT FAIR IT’S NOT FAIR IT’S NOT FAIR AND I’M SO FUCKING MAD LUNA DESERVED SO MUCH BETTER. I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO DIE HEROICALLY. I KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO BUT NOT LIKE THIS ITS SO FUCKING UNFAIR THEY NEVER GET TO REUNITE UNTIL THE END WHEN THEY’RE BOTH FUCKING DEAD.

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LITERALLY THEY NEVER INTERACT I HATE IT. I LITERALLY RACED THROUGH THE GAME TO SEE THEM TOGETHER, EVEN FOR A LITTLE BIT, IT’S NOT FUCKING FAIR. I HATE HIM. I HATE HIM SO MUCH I’M LIKE SOBBING. POOR NOCT. I CAN’T. I legitimately like, felt like I was going to throw up. I’m so mad. I just want Noctis to come to me and let’s pretend like this didn’t happen. Or, kind of like 13, EVERYONE COMES BACK AND IT’S FINE. LET’S LIVE IN THE NEW WORLD. PLEASE I DONT WANT THE CANON.

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I’m still so emotionally drained from World of Ruin, the ending etc. Also, Noctis expressing his gratitude to his friends at the campfire. I cried so hard. The last game to manage that was Crisis Core. (Which was directed by FFXV’s director HOW FUCKING IRONIC)

The ending was very abrupt, and you could definitely feel that they didn’t get everything done that they wanted to (remember, older Noct hadn’t been modeled until June according to many sources). I’m not happy with the way it was handled, or part of the ending itself really… I understand that Noct had to die to avoid him becoming like Ardyn, but the guys shouldn’t have died. It’s a giant plot hole. They got killed by Iron Giants??? We’ve fought so many of those. Also, weren’t they just knocked out inside the palace? So Noct went inside to get them, went back out, and then left them for dead while he went to his own death? Why did they need to fight them anyway? Daemons couldn’t get inside the palace, they could have just stayed inside and waited for the sun to rise. They should have been with him when he took the throne. They threw away their whole lives getting him there and should have been with him when it happened. But no. Off screen death. I’m bitter.

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Personally I think there were just so many things that weren’t mentioned properly and also many things that seemed to contribute nothing to the story at all.

Examples are:

Why does Gladio leave the group? Only reason I see is to make a point for the DLC.

Why bring the fact that Prompto is a magitec up, solely for the point of him being able to unlock one single door?

Why and how did Ignis lose his eyes? Again, that would be only necessary for the DLC.

What about Ifrit? If you don’t read anything outside of the game, he has no point in being there, as he wasn’t explained at all.

Where was Noctis all these years? We just see him 10 years later and Umbra gives him a letter from his friends, like they waited exactly 10 years to contact him.

There’s so much they could have added, like flashbacks of Ardyn’s past or the events leading to the Imperial capital being overrun by demons and Ledolas ending up dead.

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I’m also kind of disappointed about the fact that only Noctis was the one suffering from the start? Like what’s Gladio, Ignis and Prompto’s pov when insomnia fell? They looked so awfully calm and things got worse and worse but they didn’t show anything. Also when they fought on the train I wanted to see Gladio and Noct talking it out and get on good terms like there wasn’t even a hint of it because I saw Gladio eternally pissed at Noctis.
Also I felt Ravus should’ve had more screentime as he wasn’t such a bad guy after all. Just having him there for one short scene with the guys and another scene with Luna before killing him off-screen wasn’t fair.

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I can’t help but think of how amazing and epic it would have been if when Noctis found Ravus, and he was still alive and well, once he claimed his father’s sword, the two of them could have fought side by side as the brothers they really were meant to be. Noctis and Luna’s marriage would’ve made Ravus officially apart of his family and, in Ravus’ last days he finally came to understand Luna and Noctis really needed him. HE CAME THROUGH FOR THEIR SAKES. He was the whole reason Noctis reunited with Regis’ sword. Ravus safe guarded it for him. And since the bros weren’t able to fight alongside Noctis during most of his venture into that dark and sad place, Ravus would have been a perfect ally.
To me, that’s how it should have ended and if Ravus did have to die, then why not let him die by Noct’s side, protecting him, fighting beside him, and being “physically” there with him and for him since Luna could not be. He would have been remembered as a hero. In my opinion, that would have made Luna and his mother so proud of Ravus and he could have shown so much potential as a fighter. We already saw how strong he was when he appeared to the boys at the base attack. Even Gladio was weaker against him. And if his tragic end wasn’t bad enough, we never got to see him as the hooded man Square said he would be. DAMN IT. WHY? WHY DID THEY HAVE TO DO HIM SO DIRTY??? I don’t get it at all. And go back to Kingsglaive where his mother died to save him and the fact he was the only person “deemed unworthy” to put the Lucii Ring on and live to tell about it. He deserved better. MUCH BETTER. Simple as that.

I went into FFXV after watching Kingsglaive thinking I don’t care for Ravus, he need to go somewhere or just die.

My thoughts on him after beating FFXV? Ravus did not deserve that.

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Same goes for Luna, they did so much advertising for her before the release, but in the game she barely gets any screentime and when she does, she dies literally 10 minutes later.
I wished they would’ve showed more of a Noctis that’s scared and overwhelmed by the whole situation. He doesn’t even question it a single time. Cor shows up and says you have to gather these weapons and Noctis is just like yeah whatever. This game is beautiful but they didn’t make a really good story out of it. With this plot, the story could’ve easily reached the 40-50 hours even if you just rush through the main story. Its fault is that literally half of the stuff that has an impact on the overall story happened off-screen. I think XV could’ve used a little more of cutscenes to better explain the story (No, not like the Omen cutscene, that scene contributed nothing to the story at all)

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Took 33 hours for me to complete the main story. I cried so hard at the end especially during the scene where you have to choose a picture from Prompto. The gang’s comments on some of the pictures really hit me hard… It felt like 10 years really had passed in real time for me. Looking back on the memories with them feels nostalgic for some reason. I love how the game devs really made them feel so human.

What was the MOST disappointing for me though… (Adding on the list lol)
It is that the game took them 10 years to create… It’s just the story and the main quests seems really off and it feels like when you make a project and you keep on editing bits and pieces here and there and you end up with each part as stunningly beautiful but as a whole looks inconsistent and wrong… I dunno… Very disappointed. The game is above average definitely… But the story feels really short… I guess my expectations was too high… (Unlike Kingsglaive, it was a masterpiece for me. Ie the movie’s part of the story appealed to me more)…

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I actually enjoyed Kingsglaive and made me hopeful/excited to explore and learn about this world and how the story would unfold.
Moving on to another point, am I the only one hoping that the ending is a ‘Bad ending’? Not literally but in a way that there’s multiple endings, good and bad. Obviously we got the latter.
The tagline for the game is “Reclaim your throne”. The buildup right to the end kept hinting that Noct will head back to Insomnia with the gang to restore it to its former glory yet the game forces you to witness a 10 year time skip and ultimately ends the story by killing everyone.

I’m saying isn’t that sort of a really bad scenario where you did something wrong in the past, leading to it? Just like most games that have multiple endings.

10 years and Square Enix still killed everyone off WTF…what kind of fantasy is this…

10 years and this is the best ending they could come up with?

…It’s a slap in the face.

Personally I prefer happy endings but I’ve also watch ones where the sad ending has such an impact was so memorable it had me brawling my eyes out. This one just left me feeling so empty.

I’m just hoping the upcoming DLC has an option for us to continue our journey from the past in an alternate timeline where Ardyn doesn’t exist. This’ll provide more screentime/development for Emperor Ledolas and the other Niff higher ups. It’s disappointing that we didn’t really get to know them as characters in the game. Now because of the ending I have a really hard time picking up my controller to continue finishing off the side quests/extras in the game… Need to cooldown for a bit.
For now I’m just going to keep telling myself that the ending for the game is a ‘Bad Ending’ and hope that the upcoming DLC will include the proper more fleshed out story/ending we all deserve.

I am left with a bitter after-taste.

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Like how we were supposed to collect the swords, but it didn’t matter whether you do so or not. It was not given any importance. Upgrading the regalia was optional. You don’t get to visit the other cities, even part of it. I was hoping to explore the world. Some people complain Final Fantasy X was linear. But at least we got around everywhere, and interacted in different ways. But here… I feel disappointed. I was hoping to see a reason why the empire was hell-bent on invading lucis. But that was all Ardyns doing. Yeah go figure. What? That’s all we get? Really?

Those little tid-bits of the story that were missing from the game made it really… sad for me as a FF fan from a long time.

All the other FFs had a lot of story, a lot of conversations. A lot of explanations. I missed that.

I feeel so depressed after the game now because everyone dies. I was expecting so many things about the marriage, Noctis is going to be the new king. But NOOOOoooooo!! The ending is just a dream that he got married with Luna.

I was personally very interested to see how relationship between Noct and Luna would play out but after seeing what actually unfold I have to say it was extremely weak and god damn she had more screen time in Kingsglaive movie than the main game. I mean seriously? You don’t just kill off main heroine literally a minute after she finally gets to meet the main protagonist. I know Tabata is all in for tragedy but that was just laughable.
I bonded with everyone of the members and enjoyed the trip, I just didn’t expect it was the last trip to enjoy his life with his friends and meeting his beloved one last time. It hurts so much thinking Noct to die on his fate.

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The last Royal standing to save the world and his Kingdom. What will happen to Insomia after this? I want to know what happened to the people and everyone. Did they bury Noct and his friends? It now became part of their History books. It’s just sad okay, just sad. But I have to say the game is good, I like the game but when you get to the point of everythiiing -_- It’s just sad and depressing.

I don’t know how to feel. I fucking loved the game. I have no words. But now I just feel empty. I have a serious case of post-game withdrawal. The 10 year time skip really messed with my head and my emotions. When Luna died I figured Noctis would follow suit upon saving the world, but knowing that 10 years pass since her death, and everyone will have had to live with the knowledge that there is no more Oracle. Prompto, Gladio and Ignis.
They all had to live for 10 years in darkness without Noctis. 10 years is a really fucking long time (I think we all know exactly how long it is, lol). And just thinking about having to live like that. I just became depressed throughout the rest of the chapter. You know that nauseous feeling you can get when you miss someone or something so desperately? That. This game messed with me on an emotional level no other game has done, right now I just feel so emotionally devastated at what happened to these fictional characters, I don’t know what to do with myself.

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Overall, I think it could have been so much better with all those 10 years of developing time.


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Games and Anime highlights of 2016 (Part 1)

I’m not gonna sugarcoat this, 2016 sucked as a year, just as a year in general. Not specifically animated or gamewise. Just fuck 2016.

So many good people died, tragedies have happened all across the world, USA got Donald Trump as a president and it’s terrifying and just so many things happening this year that it is probably going to go down as a year to be remembered. And not in a good way.

Thankfully though for anime and game fans, we actually had quite a good year and had some really awesome games and anime that I think are worth mentioning.

This is not going to be a Top10 or really a list per se, but just me telling you guys my personal favorite anime and games that have come out this year that I loved.

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If a particular game or anime you’re looking for isn’t here, the most probable answer is I have yet to play/watch it because I have been busy with other things and I maybe got stuck playing a boss in some rpg lol who knows

Anyway let’s roll and I’ll start with games in this one!

FIRST OFF, some honourable mentions of games that i haven’t played personally (more like watching other people playing it lol) but I still count as highlights of the year regardless and will probably play once I got the money and time for it:

Overwatch, Uncharted 4, Watch Dogs 2, The Last Guardian, Project X Zone 2, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Steins;Gate 0 and Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice.

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God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst (PS4)

I played Gods Eater Burst when it first came out back in 2011 on PSP and was one of my fave rpgs on that console and just as an rpg in general. So imagine my surprise 5 years later when we didn’t just get the sequel localized, but an enhanced remake of the first game as well. I just really love these games for many reasons and I’m just happy that even after waiting for that long and giving up hope, we actually got these games. Just bless.

Speaking of waiting for long…

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Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

Oh. My. God. Did we wait long for this game. TEN WHOLE YEARS IN FACT.

Was it worth it?

…Kind of?

I mean I love the game, there are many things I love about this game but there’s also a lot I don’t like about it in regards to the development cycle and the so many “this could have been in the game” that made me… “Slightly” angry haha… but, nonetheless the fact remains that we actually got the game out and I could actually play it. so gg Squeenix, now I’m just waiting for the story update and the DLC lol.

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Pokémon: Sun and Moon (3DS)

I haven’t gotten so far as I just got it for my christmas present and I haven’t played a lot but my general impression is that I quite like it! And I just want to give Team Skull a hug.

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Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)

Not much to say really, I just love both the first and the second game so much that I had to play it again dammit, and oh man the memories were coming back…

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS4)

Another remake and remastered game, of PS2’s Odin Sphere, with new animation, stages, changes to gameplay etc. It’s just a really pretty game and I’m so happy that they wanted to make it prettier lolol

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Bravely Second: End Layer

I absolutely loved the first game, I loved the visuals, the characters, the music, the gameplay and now when we got the sequel i squeeled with joy. Truly an awesome rpg game that everyone should play.

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Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)

Throwback to my Awakening review, I loved that game and now we got a new saga with new characters (with also some similar faces returning) and with similar gameplaydesign. I enjoyed playing Conquest and Revelation (have not played Birthright) and it was a very good game that I think everyone will enjoy regardless if they like strategy or not.

And this was it for Part 1 and in Part 2 i will talk about Anime and will probably be much MUCH longer hahaha

What were your game highlights of 2016?