No strings attached
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV is a free downloadable side-scroller beat ’em up. Think Castle Crashers crossed with Final Fantasy XV crossed with the original sprite based Final Fantasy games.
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV was originally a preorder bonus (yuck!), but now is being given away for free (yea!).
Now this is nothing like most of the free-to-play offerings we get now days. While it’s a short play at about one and a half hours, there are no microtransactions in sight, no ads, it’s not a rip off of another game and it’s not generic (although it does start off that way).
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV. Throwbacks galore
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV breaths new life into the side-scrolling beat ’em up genre by adding in the fighting mechanics of Final Fantasy XV. This includes warp strikes, elemancy (magic), link strikes and a few little surprises. This makes combat fun and really sees the game stand on its own.
As someone who played Final Fantasy XV right through, I feel that having the back story made the relationship in the story telling parts (parts that quite literally tell the story) have more impact, but it’s really not necessary to have played Final Fantasy XV to enjoy A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV.
Shorter than Kingsglaive
The big shame here is that there just isn’t more to it. Co-op gameplay, more stages and more variety could have seen this be something to play instead of still going back to Castle Crashers.
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV is fun game to have a single playthrough of. It doesn’t outstay its welcome and with the short time it takes to get through the whole thing, the variety is quite impressive. Plus, there’s the free and easy achievements/trophies you’ll be picking up along the way. More than enough reasons to give it a playthrough.
If side scrolling beat ’em ups aren’t your thing, then A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV probably won’t win you over. As someone who has been playing the genre since the Double Dragon and Golden Axe days, A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV was a fun play and would have been worth picking up for a few dollars.
You can pick up A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV right now for free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. All it’ll cost you is hard drive space and a download.
If you like, you can check out my impressions of Final Fantasy XV here. Unlike A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV does outstay its welcome towards the end.