I'm dreading Costlemark. I hear it sucks. But it houses my last Royal Arm, so I want to finish it. I heard they are all mazes. Leading to tough enemies, most requiring level 99 and best in slot equipment to beat. While I usually welcome these challenges, in this game, I cannot fathom getting the 35 more levels I need to do so. There isn't enough EXP to go without finding a grind somewhere. And this game isn't good enough to "grind" levels away. My Noct is level 65. My others are level 60. And there's not a enough XP to get to 99 without a huge grind, and there isn't enough AP to get the third accessory slots like I want to. This is ridiculous. You're so right. We're in uncharted territory here. Not least of all, they've had 10 years to get this right and failed. That's impressive. I cheated and used a guide. Finished in less than 10 minutes. I wasn't about to hunt with not a single clue where to look. Are they nuts? Spoiler I understand that, and see where you're coming from. I just don't have faith they will ever have that (delivering on a unique story without delays). It won't happen. If they make another numbered entry, it's going to hit the same deadline and snags this one did. And with the poor reception of this one, I wouldn't be surprised if 7 got canceled altogether. The story, while fantastical, in 7, is still a classic. It's got the elements all JRPGs are compared to. And that is why I hold them accountable for what happens with it. I've lost faith they can write a good unique story. 12, 13 and 15 have been atrocious. The choices to switch to more... marketable... characters as the "mains" have been failures (in 12 and 13). The brotherhood and family (in 15) was a GIANT miss and the whole thing felt forced; I mean good god... Gladio, Prompto and Ignis barely spoke for 10 years? Some brotherhood. The thing I was referencing was that 7 is there for them. The story works. Even if it's weak by today's standard, it works. They don't have to touch it to make it work. No need to delay for story reasons. No need to change protagonists last second. No need to market how fresh it is. It's all there for them to just take Windex to the glass. If they screw it up, they've sealed their incompetence. Spoiler Confirmed Cor wasn't there. Luna and Regis were there, as was Nyx. I didn't watch the movie, so I wouldn't have known that. And that's another example of what not to do in this game. Unless you watched the movie, you wouldn't know who the hell one of them was... just like many other things in this game... The fourth person was the Iedolas. Who made no fucking sense even being in there as Noctis had nothing to do with the man... I know the bodies were fake. But still another missed opportunity to pull on the heartstrings. I will watch those links you put up when I have a bit more time, but I just feel like this game should have been called Final Fantasy 15: The Fellowship of Noctis.