“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” — My Impressions

First of all, I’ve never actually played a Final Fantasy game in my life, but I have been interested in the FF series ever since a friend of mine started playing the much revered Final Fantasy VII, many, many years ago. I’m also a fan of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, from 2001. So a couple of weeks ago when I heard about a special screening of the Final Fantasy XV film tie-in, called Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, I was curious to see what it was like.

I didn’t really expect much: video game-related films are generally not that great. In fact, all I thought I was going to get was nothing more than a collection of neat video game cutscenes. In other words, lots of picturesque visuals and action-packed battle sequences, strung together by a mere hint of a storyline. And that’s pretty much what I got.
So overall, Kingsglaive was an entertaining but not particularly memorable film. It is currently available to purchase digitally and it will be available on Blu-ray next month. But you can watch the first twelve minutes of the film on YouTube for free.

The first twelve minutes covers two scenes and even though they take place years apart, both these scenes involve overwhelming attacks by the Niflheim Empire, who are the villains in FFXV. The first scene introduces King Regis of Lucis and his son Prince Noctis, as well as Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae.

ffxv-a1Regis and Lunafreya play important parts in Kingsglaive, but Noctis does not appear in the film again until a post-credits scene, which serves as a direct connection to the game.

The second scene introduces the titular Kingsglaive (which is an elite magic-weilding special forces unit fighting for Lucis) and their ace, a soldier called Nyx, who is the hero of the film.

ffxv-a2Nyx is a stereotypical hero: he is cool, likeable and always in command of his own destiny, even when being rebellious. Incidentally, his likeness is based on French model Johan Akan, but for some reason he reminded me of the Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. Maybe it’s his mullet-like hair-do. [^_^]

ffxv-a3Special mention goes to the character Crowe (pictured above). This raven-haired beauty is one of Nyx’s comrades, but she does not get a lot of screen time, which is a shame.

In closing, I have to say that the much maligned Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, with its better developed characters, works much better as a film than Kingslaive, despite its much better looking graphics. But I guess that is understandable, as in the end, Kingsglaive is not so much a film as it is a fancy teaser trailer for FF XV, which is due to be released at the end of this year. I won’t be able to play it, because I don’t have a PlayStation, but it does look like it will be an incredibly stunning game.

Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!

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