- 1 An Introduction to Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
- 2 Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire : Gameplay
- 3 Features of Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
- 4 Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
- 5 Personal Impressions // Review of Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
- 6 App Specifics for Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
- 7 Download Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
- 8 Summary
An Introduction to Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
Without a doubt the Final Fantasy is one of the most popular games of all times with a fiercely loyal fan base! With a vast number of games spreading over a wide range of platforms it is no surprise that some version of the title has made its way to mobile gaming smartphones and tablets.
Based off the original PS4 console version, FFXV: A New Empire features the same main protagonist Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis from the world of Eos, as he strives to develop and expand his own kingdom where he eventually teams up with other fan favourite Cindy on the quest to defend his homeland from opposing malicious imperial armies.
Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire : Gameplay
In a very familiar build format much like Terminator Genisys: Future War or even Dawn of Titans, players start out by committing the majority of time simply preparing their base through a whole lot of clicking and upgrading before any real action starts. Once certain buildings have been unlocked and sufficient upgrades completed players can then prepare for battle by training troops and researching Hero abilities. In battle players scout and then attack from the world map to gather resources and XP for further progression.
Features of Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
Do you have the courage to fulfill your destiny? Journey through vast kingdoms, gather magical resources, and build the strongest Empire in Final Fantasy history!
- Experience your very own FFXV adventure on your mobile phone
- Jump into the action with Noctis, Cindy, and all of your favorite FF15 characters
- Fight alongside friends and against foes in legendary battles against millions of players from around the world!
- Build up your Empire and train your troops to win in action packed, real-time battles
- Create the ultimate Guild or join up with already-powerful forces
- Strategize with your guild to crush enemies and beasts in real-time battles
- Compete for the Crystal against players from all over the world
- Travel the Realms and collect rare resources to build an epic Empire
- Become a legend by taking control of the Crystal and ruling the Realm
An open world with no rules: only magic. Will your magic grow or do you stand to be defeated?
Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
Free Build Times
Similar to other build games like Dawn of Titans, players can spend up build times by either spending the premium currency or for free if within the last five or so minutes of building. Whilst it doesn’t sound like much being able to complete some back to back builds, if resources permits, means that players don’t have to constantly be online and can instead log on for a brief stint a couple of times a day and still see progression. If however in doubt of what to build when, then simply follow the Empire
Boosts can come in a variety of forms including shields to prevent from outside attacks, resource collection boosts, attacking strength / size and health boosts, hero boosts, XP boosts and much more! Boosts can be won, but more often than not the only real viable way is to spend the very rare and precious Loyalty coins and or the premium currency of Gold coins. Therefore, it is best advised to save coins at the beginning until players get a handle on what their preferred style of play is and then if needed spend on those. It should also be noted that upon launching the game for the very first time, players have a 24 hour shield and as such should spend as much time as possible being active in the game to level up resource production and strengthen defenses whilst free from attacks.
Be the Bookworm!
In virtually all build games, players must either farm or fight their way to acquire the resources necessary to fund future upgrades, expansion and progression. Thus FFXV: A New Empire is no exception, and just as the genre dictates, above all the most important aspect were players need to be the vigilant best is to be constantly, constantly researching any and all in the University.
Due to the “pay-to-win” format of the game, simple farming for resources quickly becomes a very disheartening grind, no matter how patient you are! Yet by regularly checking in if only for a few seconds, players can take advantage of free chests which contain much needed resources and boosts.
Know your Troops!
FFXV: A New Empire employs the familiar rock, scissors, paper cycle of strengthens and advantages in regards to other troop types. Therefore, when preparing armies and scouting which empire to wage war players must be aware of the breakdown.
- Warriors are strong against Cavalry and Siege Engines, but weak against Mages and Traps
- Mages are strong against Warriors and Siege Engines, but weak against Cavalry and Traps
- Cavalry are strong against Mages and Siege Engines, but weak against Warriors and Traps
- Siege Engines are strong against Traps, but weak against Warriors, Cavalry and Mages
Join a Guild.
Contradictory to the traditional single player solo story-arc of the Final Fantasy franchise, it is essentially a must to join a team in ‘A New Empire’. Joining a guild has many, many benefits apart from the social aspects of being able to chat with friends old and anew. Members can exchange gifts which can include cash, resources, attacking and defensive troops along with even boosts for speeding up build times which when starting out can make a huge difference.
Personal Impressions // Review of Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
I must admit to having some predisposed bias as one of my personal most favourite games of all time is unabashedly Final Fantasy XII (FF7). Therefore I was cautiously anxious upon seeing a free to play mobile version. And to be honest, I am glad I didn’t get my hopes up too high! For it seems that pairing up with the notorious ‘pay to win’ game make Machine Zone, the celebrated and revered developers of Square Enix have settled on a sub-par product.
The driving appeal of most engaging RPG’s is to invest some time and heart into the game in the hope that the story laid within the meta based, thought provoking choices that direct the infrequent action is so compelling that players forget about the hours invested as they are captivated by the realm that is created. This however is not the case with Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire as it unfortunately falls to the stereotypical flaw of big names selling out integrity for a quick profit.
On the positive side though, the iconic sweet and lulling background music is present as are some of the core character favourites like long-time featured Cid etc. There is also plenty of clicking with many different options of what to build and upgrade first, which provides that mental stimulus. However no matter how good the positives are, unfortunately FF XV: A New Empire can’t escape its pay to win format for players are often found stuck waiting for a particular resource (usually ‘gil’) in order to either upgrade resource collectors, or to train troops or to upgrade their Citadel to unlock new buildings.
In terms of actual gameplay though, I personally would prefer being able to zoom in and out a little more which would make navigation much easier. The amount of pop-ups and on-screen clutter is also tiresome and indicative of the core money-grab fundamentals. The absolute necessity to join a guild is also a little distracting from the original single player franchise and regrettably crippling for those players not interested in doing so.
The app itself is despite its low download size a little heavy on battery life and as such combined with everything else stated and more, unfortunately only scores one and a half stars out of five!
App Specifics for Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
3.25.76 (iOS) (Last Update Jun 30 2017) (as at the time of writing)
3.25.62 (Android) (Last Update Jun 15 2017) (as at the time of writing)
156 MB (iOS)
57.1 MB (Android)
1,000,000 – 5,000,000
8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
4.0.3 and above.
Rated for 12+
English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
$7.99 ～ $159.99
Epic Action LLC
Download Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
App Store : iOS
Google Play: Android
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