Final Fantasy 15: A New Empire is a Terrible Re-Skin of Mobile Strike

Final Fantasy 15 is great, at this point anyone who has played it knows that fact. I mean what’s there not to love about FFXV? It’s literally a Japanese boy band simulation where you travel the world taking selfies, fishing, and kicking all kinds of enemy rears as the player can muster. But, a recently released title bearing a familiar title has reached our Western shores with the caption of A New Empire and it promises to merge Final Fantasy and City Builder titles together in a fantastic marriage of epic proportions. But, unfortunately what was anticipated by Square Enix to be a loving marriage ended up becoming the unholy matrimony of two series that should have never consummated their union. Yes, Final Fantasy 15: A New Empire is bad and it’s also a unfortunate mad dash for quick money and nothing else.

Let’s make it clear that A New Empire (ANE) is a free-to-play title based on creating your own kingdom. But, the title does not do anything to change the status quo, nothing separates it from titles that have long been established in the genre of city sims and that ultimate makes it worst. As made clear by other reviewers the FF series has always been a top dog in the world of Role Playing Games and is one of the most famous titles in the world. Consequently, players would expect RPG elements to be incorporated into the gameplay mechanics of the title, but instead the game eschews any of these in favor of simply re-skinning one of their older titles. Certainly the executives at Square Enix have to understood that, and were only looking to deepen their pockets as the game is loaded with opportunities to spend ludicrous amounts of money especially at later levels.

However, let’s get down to brass tacks and explain just what makes Final Fantasy 15: A New Empire such a terrible game. Machine Zone is the developer of the infamous Mobile Strike a title known by it’s corny ad campaign featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger during the Superbowl commercials. MS is literally the framework and structure for ANE which literally explains it to the player within the tutorial by none other than the titular hero of the story Noctis. However, one of the major points of contention with MS was how insane the microtransactions became at later levels, if the player wanted to build anything even remotely at a decent amount of time they would have to spend substantial amounts of their paycheck for it. The early warning signs for this are blatant as you level up you’ll start noticing how much time is required for anything and with a pay-to-win title such as this where you’re expected to be attacked by others it becomes even worse as you’re forced to rebuild and defend yourself constantly. The attack and defend aspect is made even worse when you realize that you’re allotted a time limit before you have to wait to play or pay to play longer.

It’s forgot to add… “By paying ludicrous amounts of real world currency”

Yes, you’ve read that correctly players are timed in their game time and unless they’re willing to wait they’ll have to fork over some cold hard cash. All the while, you’ll be bombarded with reminders asking you to spend money in order to increase speed or complete another task. But learning to complete these task is a challenge within itself as Final Fantasy 15: A New Empire has a terrible tutorial which serves as a reminder of just how awful these titles can be.  But, even if the gameplay elements are completely separated for the Final Fantasy moniker, just what does it have in common with FFXV?

For starters, the music of the game is apparently popular, and the characters from the XV are there too. But, even they seem disinterested in the title as lines are delivered as blandly as possible with terrible text-boxes and boring aesthetics which can be traced back to the base breaking title of Final Fantasy XIII. Damned by faint praise is a good way to articulate my feelings for this game, and I have to say that despite the series being amongst my favorite it doesn’t deserve a chance. What perplexes me the most, though is how overwhelmingly positive the reaction has been in the market where it’s currently sitting at a solid 4.0 stars. A 4.0 is a solid 80 percent on the 100 point scale and while some gamers like to consider 70’s the average even that would place it around an above average game. Sadly, these gamers are what are known as whales and are the primary target for this sort of game.

Whales are borderline compulsive gamblers who are targeted by corporations for their potential money spending habits. They become so invested in games like ANE that they continue spending ceaseless amounts of money into it. Corporations have been exploiting these for years and an article in RetroGamingMagazine title The Addiction of Monster Hunter covers it rather thoroughly. But, back on topic, this type of games are awful money sinks.

You see that head tilted at an awkward angle? It’s a character killing itself after having to be in the PoS

My final word is that players should stay away from Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire as much as possible, don’t look at it, don’t try it, don’t even give it a shot. The Final Fantasy pedigree has certainly seen ups and downs throughout its lifetime, but never before has there been such a blatant disregard for what makes an established series good. The game has nothing, but the skin of a FF title and the inside is as hollow as a bottomless pit. It’s absurd to believe players would pay money to play such a game and it’s even more ridiculous to try and understand the motivations behind it. I don’t recommend the title to anyone except the most die-hard of city building simulation players and even then I would hesitate. It’s clear that if you’re going to continue investing money into something, it might as well be the game you’re currently playing… even if its Mobile Strike.

Available now on IOS and Android you can download it for free and then proceed to delete it forever from your phones after realizing your mistake.