Final Fantasy XV’s story feels like wasted potential

Final Fantasy XV is, for many reasons, a breaking point in a beloved game series which enchanted millions around the world. It had so much narrative potential; here, I’ll explain how it fell short of its promises.

Note: This story will contain SPOILERS!

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Final Fantasy XV: Art & Video Game Writing

Let me get this straight: Final Fantasy XV may have its flaws, but it is a sweet melody to the eyes and a joy for the senses — on occasions. I’m not here to question its artistic beauty, the care behind the soundtrack’s composition, or its environmental design. This picture alone should speak for that.

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Prince Who of What?

Good stories stimulate thought—great stories pull your heart’s strings with unforgettable characters. All Final Fantasy XV needed was better care on the characters’ side.

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I know, he was meant to be the joker of the group. Perhaps they just overdid it a bit.

(Non)Interactive Narrative

I must say that I believe video games are not entirely about stories—although they increasingly enjoy telling them in unexpected and mature ways. But they can be about how our in-game actions intertwine with that story, and how we can potentially influence the outcome, if given the choice. So, I can totally understand players who wouldn’t bother about Final Fantasy XV’s plotholes, or about its poor writing.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Or: how to craft an amazing interactive story.

Can babble endlessly about storytelling. Penniless sitar player, 2-bit fiction writer. | Writer at The Startup. Editor & Community Manager at Creativepool.

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