Let me start by saying that while I own FFXV for the PC, I’ve not played it yet. The extent of my exposure to this entry in the FF series is a few episodes of the anime, which were actually quite charming in terms of character building.
I wasn’t completely thrilled to learn we’d be getting a FFXIV/FFXV crossover event which includes the Regalia as a car mount. Mostly because… well… a car can be squeezed into the world of Eorzea, but really doesn’t fit. (Neither does the Whisper or Cactuar mount… but yeah…).
However, it’s a free mount. And it’s the game’s first FOUR PERSON mount. So, even though I don’t care for the idea of having a huge car mount in game, I’m not passing up on it for any of my characters.
Turns out the event is actually pretty charming. As someone who knows very little about FFXV, I’m never quite sure what to make of the main character, Noctis. His appearance makes him out to be an angsty young adult type… and he’s a prince, so I expect him to be arrogant or stuck up. However, it seems he’s more of a bro-buddy with a lot of responsibilities on his back.
I don’t know. Can anyone tell me what he’s supposed to be?
Spoilers for the Event Ahead!
Anyhow, I took Amon through the quest series, which was actually quite lengthy. And while it was about an hour’s worth of time, I did feel a bit of a bro-connection between him and my character that I didn’t really expect. They hung out around the town, went fishing, went camping, ate supper and talked about their purpose in life. They battled together, did actual mechanics together, and Noctis even shared his abilities with Amon for the final fight.
I will say that final fight is a real pain in the tail. It’s all about getting timing near perfect. Unless you can majorly mitigate a specific huge boss attack, or have perfect timing to do the mechanics, you’re in for an insta-wipe. I made it through on my third try, and still really don’t know what I did any different from the first two wipes.
However, the rewards for the quest series are pretty worth it. Yes, even the car. It’s fun to drive, though I haven’t tried the 4-seat capacity yet, and it certainly had the entire zone buzzing with excitement… and car shows.
One FATE is included, but it popped often and was easy to defeat with so many people going at it. This dropped an item that you use to exchange for the 6 different orchestrion songs — usually two per FATE, so you only needed to do it 3 times if you wanted all the music. I found the tunes to be pretty good, actually, and even put some of them to play in my character rooms.
I went ahead and ran the FATE as much as time allowed last night, especially on lesser-geared characters, because this will be the easiest it’ll ever be to finish these FATEs.
You also get Noctis’ outfit over the course of the different quests, with the final two pieces and an achievement title coming from finishing the whole series. The big rewards also require you to finish up all the quests and beat the last fight. These include the car mount, hairstyle, and Triple Triad Card.
All of these rewards are for purchase with MGP in the Gold Saucer. The NPC is standing out front of where you’d normally buy the daily cactpot.
The car is 200,000 MPG, the hair is 20,000 MPG and the card is 10,000 MGP.
If the idea of earning that much MPG stresses you, here’s a great guide on Reddit that can get you going the right direction!
The final takeaway – pretty fun event. Annoying final fight mechanics. Good rewards. They didn’t skimp on this crossover! And, hey, there’s a Welcome Back Week going on right now, too, so even if your sub is lapsed, you can take part in this and Hatching Tide together!