Final Fantasy 15 is one of the mainline series in the Final Fantasy franchise. It was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016, and then later ported to Microsoft Windows in 2018. Final Fantasy 15 is one of the best-selling games in the franchise.
The reception to Final Fantasy 15 was positive, but there are also many fans, especially those who have been playing Final Fantasy since the first installment, who are disappointed with the game. Nevertheless, Final Fantasy 15 was very much different from older games in the franchise. It was more fast-paced and action-like, compared to the classic turn-based model.
Many people are also asking about how long it takes to beat Final Fantasy 15. I am not surprised since Final Fantasy 15 is a massive game with tons of things to do. So let’s talk about that in this article.
How long does it take to beat Final Fantasy 15?
The most common answer is between 40-55 hours. Although, it will depend on your playstyle as many players are playing the game differently. Some are going to rush into the end game, while others are going to enjoy exploring and tackling side quests.
During your first playthrough, you can most likely beat the game in less than 45 hours. Final Fantasy 15 isn’t difficult, so as long as you master the basics, you will have no problems beating it in less than 45 hours even without rushing.
Beating Final Fantasy 15
To complete all the main objectives in Final Fantasy 15, you need at least 40 hours on your first playthrough. On average, the main story can last for as long as 20 hours or even more, and if you take your time to finish all the side quests, you need 35 hours more. In total, you have 55 hours of gameplay for 100% or close to 100% completion.
You might take even longer if you take your time enjoying the exploration part of the game, getting collectibles, visiting hidden places, and cooking all the foods. There are just so many things to do, especially during the first part of the game.
As I said, everybody plays differently, and you might not encounter all quests in Final Fantasy 15 without reading a guide. If you play it normally, you can easily reach 40 hours before completing the game.
This gameplay time was also confirmed by Hajime Tabata, the game’s director, back at E3 in June 2016. He said that Final Fantasy 15’s gameplay can last between 40-50 hours.
Why is Final Fantasy 15 so long?
It shouldn’t be a surprise that an RPG time is as long as 40 hours. Some RPG games are even longer than that with hours of main story and hundreds of quests available.
Rushing the game obviously will reduce the game hours by a lot. So if you skip dialogues, most side quests, and other extra things to do, you can beat the game much faster. But be careful, if you skip too much, your characters will be too weak to beat the bosses in the game.
Best features of Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15 offers new and unique features that aren’t available in other games, such as:
- Open-world gameplay where you can walk freely either on foot, on Chocobo, or by car. You can even take a train in a virtual world. But some places are going to be restricted depending on where you are in the story.
- The cover system allows the player to duck and hide behind an object. You can use various objects to shield yourself from enemies’ attacks.
- Driving is a breath of fresh air in the Final Fantasy franchise. In Final Fantasy 15, you’re given a car which you can drive around. You can modify the car however you want and fill it with gas when necessary.
Final Fantasy 15 is a good game, if you haven’t played any Final Fantasy games before, I think you’ll like this one. The main story is long and interesting enough to keep you engaged and all the side quests are pretty interesting as well.
Prepare to spend at least 40 hours to finish the game and more if you want to finish the side quests as well. As always, following the main story in this game is a must, and you’re missing out if you don’t.