SOLDIER, First Class
- May 2, 2016
Guess it just makes it all the more fitting that Gladio's DLC was composed by the guy that did Nier Automata as well. Plus I guess FFXV is arguably the most dour entry in the series so it's as close to a Yoko Taro FF game we'll probably ever get.
Of course, for a true Yoko experience, then a few extra things would be required;
*Noctis would've needed to have died halfway through the story in a pointless and tragic manner.
*Luna, Gladio and Ardyn would have replaced him as the lead playable characters.
*Lucis would have engaged in heinous war crimes making them none the less culpable than Niflheim.
*The nations would reject long-run unification in favour of rebuilding as their own power, as can anyone really believe regions that large would just surrender to becoming part of one all-encompassing republic/empire just after gaining liberty following Niflheim's collapse?
*The Crystal would've been a corrupt puppet master repeatedly replaying some kind of "Final Fantasy" ala eternal recurrence.
*The Astrals are just as much trapped in the cycle as humans are, and just as pissed. "Someone" insists they play that role.
*Gladio would probably have gone insane or something by the end of the story (and his sister is likely dead) and be the penultimate or final boss for other characters.
*As always, multiple endings, probably involving A; Luna taking on Noctis's role, B; Ardyn becoming the lone ruler of a Scourge-covered world, C; the Astrals decide to destroy everything for an extremely arbitrary reason no-one understands (ala "twist" ending), D; Gladio, thoroughly deranged, by some strange trick becomes blessed with the Crystal's power and goes on a neo-Gilgamesh-style rampage to destroy the Scourge, and pretty much becomes the greatest enemy of Eos through his unhinged crusade.
*Final ending is probably the Crystal being destroyed, the Gods rendered powerless, the world remains half-ruined by the Scourge, and the only ones to survive are the ones meant to die (Luna and Ardyn).
Basically, life isn't a narrative, nothing's black or white, and power doesn't fix everything. ...Okay, now I want a Yoko-style Final Fantasy. A spin-off would be more than fine.