The Flaws of Final Fantasy XV

Full spoilers for Final Fantasy XV follow.

I hated Final Fantasy XIII. After years of hearing how great the series was, FFXIII was my first numbered entry in the franchise, but the game was a major letdown. Outside of Lightning, the characters were annoying. The game begins with a twenty hour tutorial. The level design is nothing more than straight corridors, and the battle system basically plays itself. I gave up on the game before I felt like I had even finished the introduction.

After being burned by the series, I was hesitant to pick up Final Fantasy XV especially after hearing so many negative reviews and comments on it. But I still gave the game a try because of the amazing trailer featuring a cover of “Stand By Me” from Florence + The Machine. Epic fantasy games are overdone, but coming of age buddy adventures are less traveled territory in video games. I picked up the Royal Edition in order to give the game a chance.

What I played was definitely a flawed game. Even with the additional content Square Enix has put out since the game’s release, so many areas of this game are lacking. After a decade of development, the game still feels unfinished. In fact, that long development time is probably a huge cause of FFXV‘s disjointed feel because of how often the developers’ vision changed. There is already plenty of discussion online about Final Fantasy XV‘s flaws. I will not bother rehashing those problems in too much detail, but here are some of the game’s biggest mistakes: Continue reading

I Hate C++

Since I was in middle school, I wanted to make video games. Though I had been passionate about games for years, how they came about was a complete mystery, and creating my own seemed incomprehensible.

Then I discovered gamedev.net. I poured over their articles and decided to learn how to program. Like all foolish novices, C++ was the only option I considered. The pros used it, and I was an overconfident seventh grader who was a self-styled genius. I would print out tutorials from cplusplus.com and cprogramming.com, take them upstairs to my ancient Windows 95 computer, and attempt to learn the language using the Dev-C++ compiler. Continue reading