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Final Fantasy XV lasts up to 200 hours

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In the before times, I used to buy most games on the recommendation of salespeople in retail outlets. I know, it’s hard to believe, but back in the 90’s, I didn’t have internet and I didn’t tend to read gaming magazines. Instead, I would walk into my favourite retail gaming store, and tell them what I wanted and they would recommend a new game. My requirements were usually “an RPG with a minimum of 100 hours of game time”. So yeah, not much has changed – I still love those titles, and it looks like Final Fantasy XV will satisfy that gamer in me.

According to coverage out of E3, Game Director Hajime Tabata gave a lot of information during a Q&A session. He explained that the team anticipates 40-50 hours of gameplay for the main story, but of course there’s a whole lot more to the game. Just the extra stuff is estimated to add 100 hours of gameplay, with the whole game looking to take about 200 hours. With fans waiting for so long, the team wanted to make sure there was a lot of content to enjoy.

But I often found that JRPGs had weird pacing in the past. You’d play through missions and the story, but all of a sudden the enemies would make a huge jump in difficulty, requiring either far superior skills, or much leveling (read: grinding/farming). Some players love leveling their characters while others prefer the challenge of going up against most powerful enemies. There are options for both types of players:

If you level up too much, there can be situations in which you one-shot enemies. Tabata-san doesn’t think that’s necessarily a problem. He feels that some people enjoy to progress enough to beat easily certain tough enemies. He personally enjoys it as well.
In Final Fantasy XV if you fight a boss a bit over your level, you can bridge that gap with skill.
There will be an item that will prevent you to overlevel if you so wish. It’s specifically designed for people who enjoy low-level clears.

Lately, I enjoy games where the side quests reveal themselves at a nice pace, so that as long as you do all the side activities and quests, the main story enemies and bosses will be a relative breeze. Are you looking to mine this game for the full 200 hours, or will you just play the main story with the occasional dabble in the side activities and missions?


Last Updated: June 20, 2016


  1. The Order of the Banana

    June 20, 2016 at 13:03



  2. Pariah

    June 20, 2016 at 13:04

    Too long for one play through. Wait, JRPG. No, that’s about right.


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 20, 2016 at 13:10



    • Ottokie

      June 20, 2016 at 13:15



  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 20, 2016 at 13:06

    I’m up to 193 hours in W3 now.


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 20, 2016 at 13:10

      The final quest it called “Something Ends, Something Begins” if you get lost 😛


  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 20, 2016 at 13:10

    I bet 10% of the 200 hours is Audi ads


  5. Original Heretic

    June 20, 2016 at 13:26

    Please, oh please let the hype not be better than the game.


  6. Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

    June 20, 2016 at 13:29

    If it really has the heart of older FF’s then
    – First playthrough: Main Story and a feeble attempt at side questing and trying to uncover secrets
    – Second playthrough: EVERYTHING!!


  7. DragonSpirit009

    June 20, 2016 at 13:34

    Meh… It will most likely take me double that time to finish XD


  8. Raptor Rants

    June 20, 2016 at 13:45

    maybe this is nostalgia speaking, but weren’t previous titles much longer?


    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      June 20, 2016 at 13:55

      after hitting 280+ hours on FFX I got gatvol and went to go quickly finish the final Boss Fight..

      Same with VIII,


      • Raptor Rants

        June 20, 2016 at 14:02

        That’s probably why I remember them to be longer….


    • DiegoZicoB

      June 20, 2016 at 15:44

      The PS1 games usually took about 100 hours to do everything. If it took longer than that I’m not sure what people were doing. Although I did use guides in future playthroughs so I knew where to get everything & didn’t aimlessly wander around the world.

      FF12 was probably the one that took the longest. I was over 150 hours in & wasn’t close to 100% completion. Also just skipped to the final boss & moved on.


  9. HairyEwok

    June 20, 2016 at 14:09

    200 hours if you play at a snails pace or 200 hours when you skip all the dialogue and cut scenes?


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