Square Enix saved the best party member episode for last with Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis. The latest add-on is another two-or-so-hour romp mostly made up of combat, but it slots into the existing story of Final Fantasy XV a lot more naturally than its predecessors. What's more, Ignis probably has the most enjoyable fighting style of Noctis' three companions.
The episode takes place near the end of the base game. We won't go into any details for fear of spoilers, but the gist of it is that Ignis is hellbent on finding and protecting Noctis amid a chaotic battlefield. The entire scenario unfurls across this single location, but there's a good tempo to the episode thanks to how hectic everything is.
Where previous character add-ons plodded along away from the main story, Episode Ignis is right in the thick of it, offering a different perspective on one of the title's most important chapters. It successfully adds some extra weight to proceedings, upping the dramatic tension. Plus, we get to hear Ignis say "bloody hell!" in his completely over-the-top English accent multiple times.
The episode is linear for the most part, but there is room for some slight exploration near the beginning. The war-torn city is divided into districts, and you can move freely between them, retaking areas that have been captured by the enemy. To do so, you'll have to take on waves of foes using Ignis' dagger-based martial arts.
Combat's good fun, as Iggy has access to a selection of cool attacks and combos. You're tasked with switching between three elemental styles depending on the situation; fire daggers are great for one-on-one encounters, ice daggers can hit multiple enemies, dealing area of effect damage, and electric daggers allow Ignis to zip across to distant enemies. Swapping between the three styles feels fast and fluid, and racking up huge combo chains is entertaining.
To top it all off, Ignis has access to a counter-attack mechanic, and what is essentially a super move called 'clarity'. When activated, he lets off a powerful technique that varies depending on your currently equipped element, and it all looks super stylish. The inherent clumsiness of Final Fantasy XV's overall combat system is still present, but for what it's worth, we reckon this is the best action you'll find outside the core campaign.
It's a shame that Episode Ignis doesn't last a bit longer, but as mentioned, it manages to complement the main game a lot more effectively than either Episode Gladiolus or Episode Prompto. And as a bonus, a second playthrough of the episode will give you the option of seeing an alternate series of events. For those invested in Final Fantasy XV's lore, it makes for an interesting spectacle.
Last but not least, we need to give special mention to the soundtrack, which is a treat for the ears. The new battle themes are top notch, and the sense of urgency that the music instils really helps set the tone for Ignis' one-off adventure.
Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis is the most impactful character episode yet, and it's easily the most essential. Those already invested in Final Fantasy XV should find a lot to like in terms of additional story elements, and Ignis' flashy, fast, and fluid fighting style keeps enemy encounters engaging. Here's hoping that future episodes build upon what this latest scenario gets right.
Nice. He is the best character in the game, but then he didn't really have any competition.
Consider this 7 a Christmas gift to all the Final Fantasy XV fans I've angered over the last year or so.
No but seriously, it's a good episode. I even played through it twice!
Ignis needs his own game, even if it was a cooking game
perhaps he could go on a mission to ENDING SPOILER
i know Square said FFXV wont get a sequel but who wouldn't want a Ignis based game even if the rest of the gang came along too, give us Iggy to control and let us explore Eos and go on new adventures
ok i tried to use the spoiler tags but they didn't work so i edited my post
oh i also find i'm using Ignis a lot in fights now too in the main game, he plays great
Now that they are all out it's finally time to go back to FFXV & close that chapter.
It's such a flawed game, but I love it nonetheless.
@ShogunRok Now that all the character episodes are out do you think they enhance or cheapen FFXV as a whole (ignoring silly DLC/AC cross over stuff).
Would the game with all the character episodes still be your GOTY 2016?
Any thoughts on reviewing FFXV as a complete package?
@Fight_Teza_Fight To be totally honest, I could have never played any of these episodes and it wouldn't have changed my opinion of FFXV. I still think it's an interesting and unique game. It definitely has its flaws, but it's worth experiencing.
And I think that's my main problem with the episodes. They're supposed to enhance the overall package, and while they do fill up some huge plot holes (to an extent) I don't think they do it as well as they should have. Episode Gladiolus and Episode Prompto felt throwaway to me, so I'm at least glad that Ignis ties into the main game a lot better. Like the review says, it's way more impactful.
I think FFXV would still be my GOTY 2016 — I didn't play anything else that year that really measured up to its uniqueness in terms of tone and its open world.
If Square sees fit to release a complete edition of Final Fantasy XV I'd love to write up a full assessment. Or perhaps I'll do an overall look at the season pass at some point.
@ShogunRok My problem with FF15 it makes me feel like i just dont get the complete game/story at once. I know its a servicegame but FF and service somehow it makes me feel cheated/missing something.
@Flaming_Kaiser Yeah I take slight issue with that as well. It's fine releasing character episodes that show you a different perspective, but the story is told so badly in the main game that it leaves you feeling a bit cheated.
Perfect example is when Gladio just walks up at one point and basically says "hey I gotta go, buy the DLC is you want this to make any sense at all". Frustrating.
@ShogunRok That's intresting, thanks! I'm still divided on FFXV. Sometimes I love it for what it is, other times I get mad about the wasted potential.
I think you put it best, it's a unique game, but it's worth experiencing.
Well, time to start the episodes & move on.
Hilariously enough, this is probably the add on i enjoyed the less among them all.
It’s way too short. I personally give it a 6.
6.5 for Super Saiyan Spider Iggy.
@Fight_Teza_Fight Until the second season pass coming in 2018 with 3 more episodes at least...
******spoiler for base game******
Can we please get a dlc that adds to or alters the wtf of an ending of this game? These dlcs are great but I still know how it all ends and it takes away from my enjoyment of them. Does anyone else agree?
Not buying unless he says 'I've discovered a new recipe' at least 100 times. That line never got old. I've yet to meet an English person with an accent as good as his!
@Rob_230 I like the sound of episode Ardyn, but I'm drawing the line with ma boi's.
Square ain't getting anymore money out of me untill KH3.
@Pamela Funnily enough this DLC features an alternate ending.
@ShogunRok really? I’ll have to check it out, thanks.
@Pamela Yeah, play through the episode a second time and you can get an alternate timeline that shows a different ending. I'll say no more!
@Pamela : yes, please let’s rewrite the beautiful, intense and epic finale of FF XV with a generic happily ever after banale jrpg ending.
Let’s just do that, because people can’t bear that not everything has to be a popcorn movie.
@Pamela I loved the ending. It was one of the best things in the game. I just wished we had seen more of Lunafreya's journey. So that the ending would've had more impact.
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