ByPeter Moulding, writer at
"How the little piglets would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffered."
Peter Moulding

When you first start playing the excellent Final Fantasy XV, you'll notice several massive changes to the combat system that have never before been seen in the franchise. These changes are ultimately essential to mastering the massive and seamless open world experience that Square Enix have gifted us.

This is the first time in that we are playing in a truly open-world, where you and your well-kept bodyguards can choose to just explore the gorgeous landscape in your extravagant convertible, avoiding the 40 hour world-saving storyline, the beefed up combat system or any of the mountain sized beasts that are lying in wait. So, let's take a look at the combat of !

The Combat System In Final Fantasy XV Looks Like A Hack-And-Slash Affair, But Couldn't Be Further From It

Looks pretty darn messy!
Looks pretty darn messy!

In Final Fantasy XV, everything regarding the combat system has been completely revamped. And, as you can see above, it all looks terribly messy. It's a far cry from what we know of the franchise—which is a pretty logical turn-based system—but the changes that we've noticed to the combat, especially the fact that there is no separate battle screen, make everything feel much more fluid than in previous Final Fantasy installments.

Although it does look like a chaotic heap of button mashing, it actually isn't. In fact, it's a mix of several different elements that you'll quickly learn to master while playing.

  • Firstly, you must choose and deal out your combos carefully by pressing the square button on PS4 or the X Button on Xbox One.
  • Secondly, with the switch to real-time combat, your position is also absolutely critical. For example, if you are behind an enemy, you'll be able to deal a whole lot more damage than if you're in front.
  • Being grouped together with your teammates will also improve your chances in combat.
  • Lastly, parrying and dodging now play a huge role in the game. But it's not just a given that you'll use these moves like in other RPGs. Here, to dodge or parry will also use up your MP points, so you really have to think about what to do next.

The Magic System Has Been Completely Revamped

Nice aim!
Nice aim!

Another one of the major changes to combat on the whole is how the magic system works. What we've found is that it won't be as easy as before when it comes to magic; it's no longer as simple as picking your spell and launching it across the battlefield. Now you have to start thinking about the types of spells you need and how to create them.

  • You'll have to take notice of what your surroundings look like before using your spells in Final Fantasy XV. For example, don't use a fire spell in a grassy area as it actually might damager friends and foes alike.
  • In this game, magic is seen as more of an integral part of the universe. This means that you'll be able to find elements and draw them from the world, and then later user them in battle.
  • The use of spells in combat has also been thinned out. There are now only a few spells that you can choose from while in combat, but these spells will be highly customizable.

Using Tech Attacks In Final Fantasy 15

Nice shot, bro.
Nice shot, bro.

This pretty neat addition to Final Fantasy 15 allows Noctis to join up with his comrades in battle and combine forces, generating a flurry of pretty awesome combos. These attacks, which can only be initiated when your green tech bar is full enough, are the perfect way to finish off an enemy or get yourself out of a sticky situation.

  • To use them, make sure your green tech gauge is full. Once it is, you can choose the tech attacks using L1 and then unleash the fury by selecting your preferred attack.
  • Take note that you'll only be able to use them if your party members are alive and well. Depending on how many members of your boy band are available, you'll have a certain number and type of attacks to choose from.
  • After the main tech attack has been used, you'll still have to keep on your toes as, more often than not, you'll be required to follow it up with a final blow. Don't mess it up, as the full weight of the whole attack depends on it.
  • Don't confuse the tech attacks with simply using your team's powers. This is a completely different element of the game which allows you to activate one of your teammate's powers in battle while playing Final Fantasy 15.

Combos Now Depend Totally On What Weapons You Use

Combos also depend on the weapon you are using, as every weapon in the game has a different set of combos attached to it. Don't worry that you'll run out of interesting combos to use though, as Noctis can carry up to five weapons at any one time.

  • This new combination of combos and weapons has been donned the 'multi-blade fighting style'. It basically gives gamers tonnes of options when it comes to what combinations they can use.
  • It works out so that you'll be able to use a certain weapon for the first few shock hits and then a second weapon for the last blow.

Haven't seen the trailer yet? You can watch it here!

What do you think of the new combat style in Final Fantasy XV?

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