Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is being released on March 6th. However, a demo was released and I finished it. This is a game I've had my eye on for a while. It's one of the few reasons I have for getting a PS4. Now that this game is coming to Steam, I have on less reason for that PS4. It makes me feel quite happy that my PC can play games made for the current console generation.

Before the demo was released, Square Enix released a benchmark to test PC compatibility with the game. The result I got was that I should be able to comfortably run the game on high settings.
I actually did run into a part of the demo, at the very end, where the video lagged, but I think that's because Steam was installing a Fallout 4 update. Check out my post for the benchmark (https://cheerfulghost.com/GregoPeck/posts/3620/why-i-don-t-need-a-console-edition).

It’s good to know that game demos are not long gone, even if they may be hard to find. Luckily, Square Enix doesn’t disappoint. I am actually impressed that they released a demo, I wish more games would do this. The demo starts out with the basic tutorials, but it allows you to skip them or even repeat them. Combat takes a little getting used to. I should also mention here that I decided to try the game out with the Xbox 360 controller I have for my PC. The game was really good at detecting it right away, letting me use it, and telling me which buttons I needed to press.

You do get to complete at least a couple of missions in the demo. It basically introduces you to the characters and the world. Later on you’ll see a flood of videos showing the events that were pretty much covered in the FFXV movie.

The game looks great, it reminds me a lot of GTA V and Witcher 3. It’s pretty much open-world. You can walk, run, and drive a car. Driving isn’t bad, the car seems to stay on the road on it’s own unless you turn. One of your companions can drive, but you can manually drive it, if you choose.

The demo takes about an hour to complete, but I feel like it gave me a good taste of the game. I think it is definitely something that deserves to be at the top of my wishlist.

Check it out and feel free to let me know what you think about it.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/671210/FINAL_FANTASY_XV_WINDOWS_EDITION_PLAYABLE_DEMO/

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/02/2018 at 04:56am

Interesting trailer. I wonder if Square is considering PC a good place to send games after the initial console run? Wonder if moving forward we might get PC along side the intial console launch?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/02/2018 at 04:56am

Also, for anyone curious the demo is also 20 gigs. That seems like a big size for a demo for me but my first hard drive I owned was 20 megs. smile

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/02/2018 at 06:46am

LOL I stopped paying attention to hard drive space along time ago. Still, the demo looks great and can even be optimized with Geforce Experience. I think it's a good demo. I spent about an hour with it, I'm sure I could have spent more time. I didn't go too deep into the ability/skill tree, I was a bit overwhelmed and unsure which things I should pick.

Pre-loading the game, 75.5GB! Here's news: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-15-for-pc-now-available-to-pre-load/1100-6457118/

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