Later Levels: Question of the Month

A little bit of a different blog post today and one that I have had lots of fun working on. It comes from Later Levels question of the month blog post. I’ve followed a few of these but this is the first time I will be responding to one of the questions. So without further ado here’s this month’s question.

If you could only play one game for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? This doesn’t include series – you can’t choose ‘Zelda games’, you must choose Ocarina of Time for example. This question assumes that the developer will continue to update the game if it has bugs that need fixing. It also assumes that, if the game has previously been released with DLC, there will continue to be new DLC for the game forever. If there is an online multiplayer mode it also assumes that there will also be a full lobby for you to play in. So what would you choose?

This is the question that was submitted by Sheikah Plate who is the latest star blogger and also runs her own Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild inspired cooking blog. It’s pretty awesome too!

I went away and thought about. In fact, I thought about it a lot and even though I got tied between several different games I finally managed to settle on the one game. Before I reveal the one I chose I did consider The Sims 2, Pokemon Soul Silver, Tomb Raider, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and another couple of games.

The game I settled on was Final Fantasy XV. Now considering recent news around this game it may seem like a bit of an odd choice but stay with me.

Final Fantasy XV is a game that I have talked about a small handful of times on my blog over the last year. I picked it up on a bit of a whim and instantly fell in love with the game. I loved the story, the graphics, just everything about the game. As it was the first Final Fantasy game I had properly played and actually wanted to play I honestly did not know what to expect but I was truly blown away.

I can honestly say that this title image is definitely true. If it wasn’t for Final Fantasy XV I wouldn’t have then explored other games from the franchise (that, however, is a topic for another post).

But what makes this game the one game I would choose to play for the rest of my life?

Firstly the main storyline. It had me hooked from the start. I kept wanting to know more and more and I kept pushing myself to complete each quest to find out what happened next. How the story would progress. I wanted to know each character’s story, where they came from and how they got to be where they were and ultimately how the story ended.  To be honest it felt like an emotional rollercoaster at times but it was worth every moment. In fact, I’ve enjoyed the story that much that I’m now about to start another playthrough. Even now I keep noticing things that I missed from the first couple of times I’ve played.

Moving onto downloadable content. What can I say other than I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the additional episodes. Not only did I feel that it added a lot more depth to each of the characters and helped you understand their individual stories but also it helped you feel more connected to the characters.

As well as the episodes the multiplayer mode Comrades added a whole other level to the game. I was unsure as to how it would work at first but I really have had great fun playing it and recently have spent a lot of time playing through a variety of missions.

I need to just take a moment and mention this, I really love the in-game photo mode whether it is the automatically captured screenshots or if you are using Prompto’s camera. I’ve had some amazing screenshots and some completely funny and ridiculous ones over time.

Going back to the original question and assuming that Final Fantasy XV was a game that would continue to be developed for the foreseeable future (which would be amazing considering the recent news around the game) I would love to see how the story played out after the initial ending of the game. Maybe even seeing aspects of the story from another character’s point of view and help get more of a background on those characters. I guess that could be as side quests or even episodic content.

There are honestly so many different things I could think of that I would love to see added to Final Fantasy XV if it was the only game I could play for the rest of my life and was still figuratively going to still be developed. Either way, though I could happily play the game for the rest of my life with the content that is out for the game now.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post as much as I enjoyed writing about Final Fantasy XV. Be sure to check out Later Levels blog to see even more response’s to this months question!

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