FINAL FANTASY XV
AFTER A DECADE in development, Final Fantasy XV surprises simply by being good. Its story — exiled prince Noctis and buddies Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto go roadtripping to reclaim his lost kingdom — won’t win awards, but its slick real-time combat and vast, visually striking open world might. It’s a stark departure from previous instalments though, with stats and character management buried in submenus. Having four heroes initially feels redundant, too, as only Noctis is active, but their combo skills in battles prove a delight. The changes are ultimately positive, successfully breaking the game out of its genre ghetto. This is a Final Fantasy for the modern audience, and all the better for it.