Thinking about Final Fantasy sends us straight into a multiverse of fantasy, steampunk, and impossible hairdos where you have to become the heroes of the day and save the world, no matter which of the many installments in the RPG saga you’re playing. Hence why it’s a bit surprising to find a game like Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, a strategy title where you have to manage your own kingdom.
This title is set in the Final Fantasy XV universe, and though they’re not super obvious, that game’s architecture, character design, and protagonists are all present. But not much more, as we’re looking at a strategy game where you have to deal with constructing buildings, putting together an army, and collecting resources by the boatload. You might feel a bit overwhelmed at Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire at first if you’re not familiar with the many iconic strategy games for smartphones and tablets, as the number of menus you have to visit seems endless. But again, it’s nothing odd if you’ve played other games along these lines.
The game system sets you to carrying out various acts of construction, recruitment, and updating buildings that all take a fixed amount of time. You can always speed up the work by spending gold coins that, as you might have expected, correspond to actual money. The number of buildings to raise is enormous, as are the update options. Plus lots of buildings have different upgrades from the typical leveling up, like with the kingdom wall.
Though managing the city is how you’ll spend almost all your time, there are also missions available where you fight against monsters or other kingdoms. It must be said that these confrontations aren’t particularly spectacular, but at least they give you access to more resources. Joining a guild is essential to advance through these frontiers and for help in combat or when you want to construct a new building faster.
Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire should make fans of this genre happy and might will bring fans of the RPG saga into the strategy fold. A title that makes you spend ages going in and out of menus, but rewards you with potent graphic style. Innovative it is not, but at least it lets you get stuck in as deep as you want. That said, I do recommend turning down the volume as the repetitive background melody might well end up driving you wild.
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