Self-discovery: Final Fantasy XV just took another year to know what it wanted. And the PC version is almost ready too.

That doesn’t make the debate about when to buy a game any easier since the first Games of the Year came out. But yes, if Final Fantasy XV had appeared with all the content and in the form that can now be found in the Royal Edition, I would have described it as an outstanding achievement in terms of Final Fantasy and JRPG. So it was just the not yet honed, somewhat chaotic, but also very exciting and entertaining fun that it was. For more on that, here is the original test.

No matter what happened during the day (here: your own world collapses), there is no reason not to chill out at the trailer in the evening. (Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition Test)

From the publisher’s point of view, my only problem with the debate nowadays is that I no longer have a real need to strike quickly for technical reasons as well as from a time perspective. The technology doesn’t turn as fast anymore. On the contrary, the game is now more impressive on the new Pro and X consoles than it was a year ago, including patches in terms of frame rate. So I won’t miss the “state of the art” moment. I don’t have to wait long either. A frame with all the extras has not been seen for years. So it was difficult for me to plan when I would actually be able to play the game I already want. Today? A year. Maximum, mostly less. It then comes in that on the one hand an unbelievable amount of games appears, thanks to the indies far more than before, and that thanks to the sometimes absurd waves of special offers, I simply have so much that I’ve never played before. So why spend 60 or 70 euros on the title of the day – must-have approaches that everyone has from time to time, ignoring them – when I’ve already paid money for games I’ve never installed and when I’m in nine to twelve months get far more for the same or even less money.

In other words, the ideal time to play Final Fantasy XV is now. With the Royal Edition. Or in a year when it still costs half, but the technology is still not out of date. You see, this debate is the famous rabbit hole where you don’t know how far it will lead. So now to the Royal Edition and Final Fantasy XV. Like all of its great predecessors since Part VII, it is a break with what came before. A complete set of new ideas, worlds, characters, systems. That’s what keeps the series so exciting and often enough offends some of the fans. Some of them bounce off a part forever, others return, some only find their way to the series with this iteration. In the end, and even if I certainly don’t conform to every part of Final Fantasy, that’s one aspect

The game looks a lot better after a year. (Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition Test)

Part XV was certainly not love at first sight either. Not even the dislike of the four emo teen heroes that some might have felt at the first picture of a group posing, but no: sit down, play and love, that happened to other games. What is offered to you, however, is a journey of all kinds. The most obvious is that of the characters who, practically as teenagers, are released into the big world for the first time and have to prove themselves there. Ups and downs included, the intro song “Stand by me” could have been the most important and maybe even the only inspiration for the whole game. Maybe someone said that this film was exactly what they wanted to do as a JRPG, and it wasn’t until a few weeks later that someone else came along and reminded them that kingdoms, Wars and drama spanning the open world are expected. And so for more than ten years new ideas kept coming in, were embedded in them, sometimes fitted well, sometimes less, but this basic idea “Stand by Me” s, a homage to a carefree, glorified youth in the face of inevitable future tasks and problems, always shines through.

The big question for you guys is whether this approach will pick you up. Often enough, I myself have my problems with the eternal over-boyhood of current JRPGs due to marketing technology. Here, however, the game creates a sympathetic, often enough believable – I say often enough, not always – drawing of the development and relationships of the characters and yes, the “Four Drivers of the Apocalypse” grew dear to my heart. She even survived one of the most senseless stretches in game history in the form of the endless, terrible last dungeon, which lets you waste five hours of your life in gray, empty corridors and cannot even pass as “meaningful” grinding.

The high seas don’t offer as many secrets as one might think, but the game still feels a bit more complete with the boat. (Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition Test)

This section is also retained in the Royal Edition, unfortunately. But there has always been so much good in the game and there has been a lot of good, most of it over the past year in the form of the Season Pass included here. Little of the Royal Edition is completely new – the upgrade to this will cost around 15 euros, by the way. You have the well-known three astonishingly good additional chapters, each of which revolves around one of your companions, brings its own charm and a few ideas and also gives the characters a little more depth. The small co-op multiplayer is much nicer than first thought (or feared), new missions have been distributed across the large map, lots of bonus weapons and outfits are included, stuff that you don’t necessarily need but like to take with you. Funny, albeit no more than a gimmick for a few minutes to myself, is the first person perspective. The higher level of difficulty, with which the main quest is now much more demanding, is more exciting, certainly not wrong. There has been an off-road mode for the car for a long time, which clearly helps when exploring the world, and now you can also drive the boat. There is not so much to discover on the water, although one island mystically forbade me to approach it if I did not have the blessing of the gods. Looks like something is waiting there … The boat is also attractive for fishing enthusiasts, to graze new fishing grounds, but above all it gives a better picture of the world when you finally go alone from Galdin Quay Altissia is allowed to drive. No relevant feature in itself,

So, as a game, Final Fantasy XV has matured and grown, from an interesting “almost” to an “arrived” and so the Royal Edition on the two consoles, especially Pro and X, is one of the best in terms of JRPG can do for you. Now for the PC version, which is called Windows Edition. The good news is that it works. Neat. I tested it on two PCs, one the complete gaming package with the latest i7, 16 GB, two fast SSD disks and a 1070 Nvidia card with 8 GB of RAM. That’s not enough to turn everything on, drive 4K and get 60 frames. I have no idea how much more technology you need for hairwork, occlusion, various other effects and resolution, but I probably won’t find out for now. What goes against it are pretty much all high settings minus these Nvidia extreme tricks, WQHD and mostly stable 60 frames. And gosh, does that still look absolutely fantastic.

With this level of detail and individually animated whiskers, my old PC has to fit. I was able to wrest 9 frames from him. (Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition Test)

But more exciting was trying to see how well Final Fantasy XV runs on my own neglected home system. 970 card with 4 GB, SSD plus slower regular disk for the game, 16 GB, but rather of the mediocre variety, three-year-old i5 with no tricks. The world looks very different on this pedestrian version of a gaming computer. Literally, because even if I can use the high detail setting, WQHD is then over and I should stick to 1080p in order to be able to look into the vastness of the landscape with 30 to 40 frames. Unfortunately, the number often goes down to 22 or 23 frames every now and then, so that the 30-frame lock doesn’t offer the really smooth gaming experience either. On average, it runs between 45 and 60 frames, the 30 frames lock is kept stable and then with WQHD. The stable 60 is feasible on 1080p. The bottlenecks, as far as a quick analysis showed, are the memory of the graphics card, because the 4 GB is almost always at the limit, and the speed of the hard drive. A new installation on a second, much faster disk took a lot to get the frame rate drops under control. By the way, if you want to take it to the extreme: The normal download already has almost 90 GB on the PC, but it does not yet contain the 4K Hi-Res textures. That is almost another 65 GB extra. to get the drop in frame rate under control. By the way, if you want to take it to the extreme: The normal download already has almost 90 GB on the PC, but it does not yet contain the 4K Hi-Res textures. That is almost another 65 GB extra. to get the drop in frame rate under control. By the way, if you want to take it to the extreme: The normal download already has almost 90 GB on the PC, but it does not yet contain the 4K Hi-Res textures. That is almost another 65 GB extra.

The Windows edition has yet to work its way to gold, but it shouldn’t be that difficult.

These are very decent requirements for a role-playing game, but a lot is offered visually, from the level of detail of the sometimes ludicrously elaborate textures to the foresight into a creatively designed, often felt endlessly stretching world. It is currently one of the most beautiful and technically complex games and in this respect a little more requirements are justified. Nevertheless, a little more optimization is welcome in patch form. As for the bugs: On both systems, the game ran for about ten hours into the game without a crash, which is not a bad thing. However, it did not work without bugs. For example, all texts disappeared from the menus for the equipment and did not come back for a while, only to be there again after all. If you haven’t played the game for 150 hours, that is quite a problem. Then again, until now finally, the stamina display during the race disappeared. But that’s okay: the stamina never runs out … More annoyances here and there make it clear that this is not the final version and you, if you suffer from moderate to severe bug allergies, maybe a little more should wait little.

That is why there is also a separate, small badge for the PC version: silver. It’s a no less fantastic game, but it still needs to be tweaked a bit to bring it to the console versions. Hopefully, given the sustained love Square Enix has shown the product for a year, that time is hopefully not far off.

But you can also live with it on medium and explore the beauty of one of the most unusual and appealing games of recent years. (Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition Test)


What can it be: Royal Edition for PS4 and One? (Amazon.de)


Or is it the Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition? (Amazon.de)

So is now the best time to finally tackle this curiosity of a game in which everything is a little off track, but with admirable vigor and courage? Sure, at least on the console. Practically on the PC too, or you wait for a patch or two here to make your decision. Or you wait another year, because four more DLCs have been announced until 2019. It looks like Final Fantasy XV will stay with us a little longer and for my part I don’t have the slightest problem with it. It is a game that has grown far beyond the usual few patches, gained features, expanded its story in depth and opened up the world more and more for itself and for you. It always felt like a game that has yet to be sure of what it wants before it could come true. That process feels complete now.

It threw off the somewhat eccentric charm of being exhumed from Developer Hell after a panicked launch, shook itself for a year and can now stand as the real Final Fantasy that it should be. That like any other Final Fantasy manages to make some of the fans blush with anger, to make others shout overjoyed, won some new players and left some old ones behind. That’s why the series is still relevant today. Why we love her, sometimes love to hate her and yet will always follow her to see how this wonderfully torn epic called Final Fantasy unfolds. Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition now has the quality and confidence as one of the more unusual games of our time to continue this tradition appropriately and to pass the scepter on at some point. 2022, right after Final Fantasy XV: Royal Turbo Championship Edition.

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