« Last post by Starmongoose on Today at 03:33:58 PM »
I've played a lot more of the game since my initial impressions now and...it's still boring. Sure I'm doing a lot more sidequests now, but the sidequests themselves are all of the most tedious and uninspired variety imaginable. Go to point and kill something. Go to point and collect something. Bring something from point 1 to point 2. That's pretty much it, over and over and over. Come on, people complained about shit quests like these back in the 90s. That's not even an exaggeration. The fact that a huge flagship product in a long-running franchise thinks this crap is acceptable in 2016 is just sad.
Thus far the only sidequest I've done that I would describe as even remotely interesting is the deadeye hunt. Which in the end was still just a kill X quest but at least it had some actual build-up before that, having to track deadeye back to his lair and shit.
Speaking of hunting quests, it's kind of sad that Square Enix did hunting quests 10 times better themselves 10 years ago in FFXII. In FFXII you had to gather information on what you were hunting, track it down, and for the later ones at least special tactics were often necessary to kill them. Plus there was a whole side-story that unfolded as you did the hunting quests. In FFXV though...it's literally just follow marker to point and kill shit. That's it. Rinse, wash, and repeat. Admittedly the early FFXII hunting quests weren't super-interesting either, but given the way they structured them in FFXV I can't really see them ever improving. At least outside of the rare exception like deadeye, which was ultimately tied into another non-hunting quest anyway.
A perfect example of how little thought they put into their quests would be the dog tag quests. The way it's initially described you would think it would be an ongoing thing where if you happen across dog tags bring them back to Dave. Instead they're given out exactly like every other quests and Dave apparently has some sort of magical knowledge of exactly where every single dog tag is so you can just follow a marker straight to the tag. And they're usually not even very far from where Dave is standing at that moment. Damn it Dave, just go pick them up yourself. How lazy are the people in this world?
The problem isn't just that FFXV is an open world game, it's that it's a really bad open-world game.
You said everything I feel, Kevadu.
It feels just damn LAZY.