Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a movie based on FFXV (obviously), which has been released before the game. I was finally able to rent it on Amazon Prime Video, so I decided to watch it. This move is pretty much the beginning of the FFXV story. It shows how the world is pretty much divided into two major nations, the Kingdom of Lucis and the Niflheim Empire. It seems clear as to which side is “good” and which is “bad,” but that could be because we’re seeing the action from the perspective of one side. While the two are at war, one seems to be more peaceful while the other seems to wish to dominate all lands in the FFXV world.

The Kingdom of Lucis has magical abilities, because of a crystal. King Regis also has magical powers given to him by a ring, which seems to be a gift from the gods. Not everyone is worthy of wearing it. It seems that it’s powers are for only those within the royal bloodline and those it deems worthy. If someone puts on the ring, they are judged by the gods who determine the wearer’s worthiness. If they are deemed unworthy, they will be burned alive.

You do get to see some magic such as the barrier that encompasses Insomnia, fire, lighting, and teleportation. The latter is interesting because you see a lot of the kingdom’s soldiers teleporting by using a small sword. They throw the sword in a direction and end up being teleported to the place it landed. This is one of their primary means of transportation, especially during battles. There are also cars, which seems to be the way the main characters get around in the game.

The Niflheim empire (note the name from the town in FFVII) seems to excel at technology. Some of their technology includes mechanical warriors and airships. However, the empire also seems to have the ability to unleash hordes of monsters and demons. One particular demon looks like one of the Weapon monsters from FFVII (like Ruby Weapon). One of the monsters also appears to be a Behemoth. You may also notice a Malboro in a cartoon on a TV. I didn’t see any Chocobos in the movie, they only made an appearance by name.

This is a CG movie, much like Spirits Within and Advent Children. Square-Enix has done a fantastic job with CG in many of their games and these movies. They also created one of the episodes of The Animatrix (the anime based upon The Matrix), which is called “Last Flight of the Osiris.” Each of these movies looks great and I enjoyed all of them. I enjoyed Kingsglaive, too, but I’m a FF “fanboy” and it’s hard for Square-Enix to disappoint me, although it has happened.

If you like FF and are interested in the new game, I think Kingsglaive is a “must watch,” especially if you’re planning on playing FFXV. I don’t own a PS4 or Xbox One, but this is one of the few games that has me thinking about buying a PS4. I have read some things about the game and I’ve seen some of the videos for it and it does look cool, but looks alone isn’t convincing me to buy it. I’m more interested in finding out how it plays, so I might wait until some time after it’s release to get it. In all honestly, I’m really hoping that it will come out on Steam, so I won’t have to buy a PS4.

I thought the movie was cool, but I think I’d probably appreciate it much more if I watch it some time after I’ve played the game (and hopefully fallen in love with it as I have with many other, but not all, games in the series).

Travis   Admin wrote on 10/07/2016 at 07:33pm

I keep seeing the still from the video and thinking it's this guy from Game of Thrones with makeup to make him look older:

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 10/07/2016 at 11:03pm

That's the thing about these movies Square has done, the characters look very much like real people. Whether or not they're based on real people is something I don't know. I think some of them are and some of them aren't, but I think they've done a really good job.

JaBo wrote on 11/27/2016 at 10:40pm

I watched the movie the other day and it was pretty good. I'm pumped for the game tho! 2 more days!!

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