Brotherhood is a theme so overt in Remaining Fantasy XV that it’s the title of the sport’s five-episode prequel anime. An outlier in a sequence that normally leverages expansive and numerous casts, FF15 as a substitute focuses totally on a highway journey with 4 lads. Tehy spend most of their time cruising round in a convertible, sightseeing, discovering new recipes, and tenting. Alongside the best way, there’s a number of groanworthy quips, awkward selfies, and good-natured cajoling.
The plot is an excessively severe mess with some baffling twists and clunky writing, and the moment-to-moment expertise is usually foolish: a bunch of bros hanging out doing stuff. One in every of them simply so occurs to be the True King destined to sacrifice himself to rid the world of an excellent evil.
FF15’s first act focuses on Noctis’s responsibility as king of a nation at battle and his impending marriage to a childhood pal. It type of makes the highway journey really feel like an impromptu bachelor occasion, however the deep bonds of brotherhood that develop make for the actual coronary heart of this story. All 4 of the primary characters expertise self-doubt and religious disaster on multiple event, and every has to make nice sacrifices. Their religion in one another is the one fixed that retains all of them afloat. When one wavers, the others are there to raise them up.
Because the prophesied True King, Noctis is destined to rid the world of the Starscourge spreading darkness and daemons world wide. Doing so, nonetheless, will value him his life. “Many sacrificed all for the King; a lot the King sacrifice himself for all,” the deity Bahamut tells Noctis in the direction of the top. Noct has to hibernate in a Crystal for 10 years to assemble sufficient energy to eradicate the Starscourge, and he spends all that point dreaming recollections of the distant previous and of his personal life. In the meantime, his retinue by no means wavers. They spend the last decade preventing the rising darkness figuring out that their king will return. There’s a deep unhappiness that emerges as soon as all of them study the reality.
Earlier than the ultimate battle, the bros share one final campfire that’s largely silent till Noctis begins fumbling for phrases. “…Dammit. The hell is that this so exhausting?” he gasps on the verge of tears. “I’ve made my peace. Nonetheless…figuring out that is it, and seeing you right here, now, it’s…greater than I can take.”
They weep overtly, and solely the sound of the crackling hearth punctuates the silence. What may anyone actually say in a state of affairs like this? Noctis goes willingly to his demise, and his pals waited 10 lengthy years to assist him on that path. Their selections communicate volumes to their dedication to at least one one other. They don’t want to say something throughout their final evening collectively, so Noctis makes a easy and sensible expression of affection.
“What can I say?” he manages. “You guys…are the perfect.”
All of the driving and tenting and cooking and consuming will get annoying and tedious throughout dozens of hours, however this scene forces us to mirror again on it as Noctis does with a sense of wistfulness. It retroactively makes us cherish each second. The voice performing does a number of heavy lifting right here, however even it weren’t nearly as good, the scene would stay a standout.
The simplest criticism one can stage at Remaining Fantasy XV is about its poor illustration of ladies, and it could be legitimate. You would use the script to elucidate the Bechdel take a look at to any person. Even Noct’s bethrothed, Lunafreya, exists purely to satisfy his future. Different feminine characters are poorly drawn at finest.
However the recreation’s healthful method to masculinity and brotherhood goes above and past to precise how necessary it’s to belief your mates sufficient to be susceptible. There’s the Aristocracy in that. Even a king is a human being first and a royal second. FF15 supplies a wonderful blueprint for male friendship in a approach that’s not historically masculine. It’s about loyalty and the households we selected, how pals change into brothers, and the significance of being susceptible.
“Prompto. Gladio. Ignis. I depart it to you,” Noctis says in his farewell to them. “Stroll tall…my pals.”
This echoes what Noct’s father mentioned to him at first of the sport: “Stroll tall, my son.” King Regis knew on some stage that the neighboring nation of Niflheim would break the peace treaty, kill him, and begin a battle. However he additionally knew his son’s position to play within the occasions that might observe. It pains him that his son should die, however it’s the responsibility of their lineage. Noctis was ignorant to the gravity of the state of affairs and type of shrugged off his father’s heartfelt goodbye in the best way that youngsters do. Then he spends his whole journey reflecting on what it means for him to stroll tall as not solely a king, however as a person.
The love between pals who change into brothers is each bit as necessary because the love between a father and son, which is why Noct leaves the world to Prompto, Gladio, and Ignis. “I really like you all,” he says to an empty throne room. “The time we had collectively, I cherish.”
Inform your mates that you just love them extra usually, and cherish the time you could have collectively—even in the event you often should push a broken-down automotive to a mechanic.