You just have to get the hang of it. Just like every Final Fantasy unconfined since the days of NES, XV is an unapproachable game that does not always explain itself very well. After payments double that amount of time tooling around Lucis and its neighbouring region, we have got a good sense of what works and what does not.
- There’s an infinite Sprint feature
Sprinting in Final Fantasy XV is limited by your strength bar, which slowly drains as you run. Empty it absolutely and you’ll move extra-slow for a few seconds as the bar recharges.
There is, however a secret way to immediately refill your drained stamina when you’re not in combat.
- Don’t be afraid to run away
The World of Final Fantasy XV is large and filled with threats that don’t really care what level you are. It’s very easy when you’re travelling through the backwoods to suddenly find yourself facing a creature that can land a one-hit kill just by looking at you.
- Switch between Active and Wait combat
Active combat in Final Fantasy XV plays out in real time. You hit a button, Noctis swings his sword. You push the controller left, Noctis moves in that direction.
Wait combat, on the other hand, hews closer to the turn-based play of older FF games. Time stops until you move, giving you the freedom to plan and execute singular strategies.
- Visit all the diners
Diners are marked on your minimap with fork-and-knife icons. Stop by everyone you find and talk to the proprietor.
Choose the “talk” option first and they ‘ll mark nearby points of interest on your world map. Diners are also your best Source of income in Final Fantasy XV thanks to Hunts.
- Use fast travel
Driving is a nifty way to get around in Final Fantasy XV. You get to hear the idle chatter between the four valiant bros at the heart of the story and watch the beautiful countryside while you let your buddy lgnis drive.
Driving can be a chore as you delve deeper into the game and start wrapper greater distances. That’s where fast travel comes in handy. In the “Auto” destination menu, any listed item with a white fast-forward icon next to it is unlocked for fast travel.
- Abuse “Return to Rest Point/Car” options
In addition to the fast travel discussed above, there are also options to quickly warp back to either the last rest point you used, or your car. Learn how to game the system and use these to your advantage.
- Bank that XP
Leveling up in Final Fantasy XV is an unusual process. You earn XP for completing quests and felling beasts, but that accumulated XP isn’t applied to your crew until you get a good night’s sleep.
This can provide stat boosts for the next day. You don’t get the home-cooked meal when you sleep in nicer adjustment, but you do get an XP boost.
- Learn to love the Lestallum hotel
Lestallum is the first big city you get to visit, only a handful of hours into the game. The hotel there which costs 500 Gil per night comes with a 1.5x boost to your banked XP when you sleep.
10,000 Gil per night Skip Galdin Query and stay in Lestallum whenever you have thousands of XP banked.
- You don’t need to sleep every night
The evening is a dangerous time to be wandering around Final Fantasy XV’s wilderness, especially early on. That’s when the fearsome daemons come out to murder you.
- Pick your Ascension unlocks carefully
Separate from your characters level are the abilities you unlock on the Ascension nexus. This is where you tailor your character upgrades to whatever play stay you favor.
If you don’t want to bother with too much magic, take a look at the combat nexus. That said, there are some universal Ascension unlocks that every players should pursue.
Be sure to also unlock at least one or two of the Health Level nodes under the stats tree, if not all three, as well as the first Accessory Slot nodes for each of your characters. And however you approach combat, Noctis’ Light Phase are universally helpful.