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Get cooking in the Final Fantasy XV demo

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Final Fantasy XV is almost upon us. Okay, maybe not – we still have no idea when it’s actually going to release. But, we will be getting a demo soon and it will include some cool parts of the game to tide us over until the real deal. Unlike previous games, there’s a bunch that you can do when you make camp for night, including embracing your inner cooking mamma.

This week’s Famitsu shared some info on the demo (Thanks Siliconera) and the exploration, combat and camping sound much more intense. Here are the bullet points from the magazine.

  • The Duscae area of the demo will feature plains, along with mountainous areas that are shrouded in trees. If you look around closely, you might also find some caves. While these caves may have some treasures hidden inside, they’ll also have monsters that are much tougher than the ones outside.
  • You’ll “store” experience points you gain from battle, and the characters will acquire them to actually level up once they’re at the camp.
  • While at camp, you’ll be able to check out events where Noctis and co. are chatting. This is also where you’ll get to mess around with your equipment, and eat Ignis’ cooking.
  • Eating food will grant beneficial effects to the characters.
  • There’s also a “cooking level” that shows how well one can cook.
  • You can acquire ingredients from shops in town or by defeating monsters.
  • The demo will let you fight Behemoth. In order to fight him, you’ll need to search for his habitat in the forest. Behemoth is quite powerful, and could easily wipe your entire party if you’re not careful.

So leveling up mainly happens at camp? You kill monsters in the field and then allocate experience for leveling once you pause for the night. Could be fun and different, or tedious. Gone are the days of leveling up between battles, getting a necessary healing and attack boost. Then again, you can also boost yourself with cooking and even level up your cooking and get ingredients. Sounds like a really fun mini-game, but then, I always love cooking in games.

This certainly sheds some light on added elements in the new Final Fantasy. I’m so excited to try it out – as much as I can read or watch about the game, nothing compares to holding the controller, going exploring and figuring things out as you go.

Last Updated: February 16, 2015


  1. Umar

    February 16, 2015 at 19:51

    If you think about it though. It exactly the se as dark souls 🙂 I’m wondering if they gonna put a penalty on dying when it comes to your exp pool. That would be amazing, add some extra spice to the FF formula. Gosh, so darn excited. Gonna leave the behemoth for last!!


    • Hammersteyn

      February 17, 2015 at 07:35

      This! The battle sometimes feel tense but not too much as the only penalty for failing is having to retry.


  2. ratamacue76

    February 16, 2015 at 20:21

    FF continues to leave me behind. There are no remnants of the game I once cherished left. From X onward it has become less and less recognizable to the point that the only thing remaining is the Final Fantasy name itself.


    • Kensei Seraph

      February 17, 2015 at 08:11

      And the Chocobos.
      Does XV even have Chocobos or have they been replaced by cars? *grabs unlit-torch and pitchfork*


  3. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    February 17, 2015 at 06:33

    Not so sure about this whole “Level up at camp” thing….. There’s something to be said about leveling up while on your way to the big boss. Kind of always made you feel like you were on the backfoot and running out of time.
    This feels very Elders Scrolls like. Or as Umar said, Dark Souls….
    Not that it matters since it’s not coming to PS4…. Maybe I feel so disjointed from the series because I don’t own a console to play them on anymore….


    • Dutch Matrix

      February 17, 2015 at 08:24

      Does this mean I have to stop my journey to the cave of the Big Bad monster, go BACK to camp to level up, or will campsites be as well placed as they were in Tomb Raider?


      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        February 17, 2015 at 12:20

        Not sure hey. I hope it’s not a thing of needing to go back just to prep for the boss battle 🙁


  4. Hammersteyn

    February 17, 2015 at 07:38

    Getting really excited for this. Loving every idea so far.


  5. Admiral Chief

    February 17, 2015 at 07:50



    • Dutch Matrix

      February 17, 2015 at 08:14

      If only we didn’t do cooking in almost every other RPG we ever played, right? Cooking or some variant of cooking, wheter you want to call it Alchemy or Smithing.
      To be honest, all these FF XV screens I have seen so far looks to be the tale of a bunch of guys on a road trip to attend an AXE deodorant audition. I mean look at the guy on the right. He is practicing his “I’m really cool with this hot model draped over me” look sans said model.


      • Admiral Chief

        February 17, 2015 at 12:12

        I think you missed the sarcasm, but oh well 😛


  6. Rock789

    February 17, 2015 at 07:52

    A Final Fantasy that might just be great again? Say it’s true!! Looking forward to checking this out coz I’m loving what I’m hearing so far.


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