The last time that I had a road trip was, I believe, back in 2012 or 2013. It was a long road trip from my hometown (Union City), up here in the Bay Area, all the way down to Palm Springs, in Southern California. It wasn’t our longest road trip in our family history of cross-country road trips, but it was definitely one of the longer ones. We drove via I-5 for almost 480 miles, and that’s just one way.
I have been playing Final Fantasy for over a month now since its official release,1 and I believe that one of the major reasons why I’m unable to leave the game and move on to a different game2 was because of the fact that the game itself, or rather, the boys’ home kingdom/country of Lucis, screams home to me. Here’s a bit of an explanation:The region of Leide is a high reminiscent of the Mojave Desert highways, and it wasn’t just the environment, but the places and the people and the way they live their lives there. It reminded me of the Route 66 West End side, with the long historic highway and the places within that highway, and of course, again, the desert scene.
The region of Leide is a high reminiscent of the Mojave Desert highways, and it wasn’t just the environment, but the places and the people and the way they live their lives there. It reminded me of the Route 66 West End side, with the long historic highway and the places within that highway, and of course, again, the desert scene. When my 8-year-old nephew and niece arrived at home to visit and wanted me to watch play FFXV, my nephew was wondering if we were really on a fantasy adventure or on a road trip to Las Vegas.
The region of Duscae is our farmlands. Also known to us Californians as the Central Valley. Some parts of Duscae are evergreen pine forests, a huge reminiscent of the Yosemite forests and the forests of Marin County. On top of all that, the most elevated parts of Lucis is in the region of Cleigne, where our forests, Sierra Nevada-like mountains, and even our small but historical beach towns are located along the coast. I love how Square Enix made the graphics of the environment and atmosphere so real and refreshing. It wasn’t just a road trip for me, but it was also a childhood field trip, where my sixth grade Ecology Club had us on a week-long camping trip to Point Reyes, where we can study, explore, and appreciate its evergreen pine forests and the beaches along the coast. Cape Caem, along with its historic lighthouse, reminded me of Stinson Beach and Point Reyes. It really screamed home to me.
There is Lucis’ capital city, Insomnia, also known to the locals as the Crown City. Square Enix modeled the city after the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, thus you would see some Japanese signs there. It didn’t really mean much but it shows how modern and high tech Insomnia is compared to the rest of Lucis. There is also another region bordering the walls of Insomnia called Cavaugh, in which up till now, still locked.
Square Enix was being mean to us gamers, so to speak. The game, even after you finish the main story of the game, still kept many parts of the world map blocked. Not all of the Kingdom of Lucis was open. We see Insomnia at the end of the main story, but that visible region of Cavaugh surrounding Insomnia still remains closed. We will have to wait until all of the DLCs in the future to be released and available to us, which got me a lot more excited for 2017.
Another one of the best things that’s happened in any video game I’ve played was that you get to camp to eat and rest, and FFXV made my dreams come true. Most RPGs have us going to hotels or inns and pay some booking sum for a one night stay. FFXV gives you the chance to camp out at designated camping spots. It’s free and also gives you the ability to give boost-ups for your boys through Ignis’ delectable cooking. I went around places around Lucis and Altissia (and some parts of Nifleheim although there’s nothing much over there but wasteland) to collect recipes, fresh, local ingredients, killing local monsters and some daemon-infested monsters for meat, and of course, Noct’s angling and fish reeling skills. The better and bigger the fish, the better the dishes. Everybody wins.
Speaking of camping, I haven’t had a camping trip for the longest time. Last time I had a camping trip was with some friends on a school field trip. We camped out at, again, Point Reyes via the cabins there, although it would be a lot of fun when it’s straight outdoors. FFXV have forgotten one special element of camping and I think it should be there: singing camp songs.3
I think I just found a new resolution (of sorts) for 2017: go on a trip outdoors, whether if they’re hiking trips, road trips, or camping trips. I thank this game for reminding me the best times of being alive and at home, and that is, to appreciate the country (or state) that you live in, what it has to offer, and feel blessed and honor it.
On the sidenote...
- November 29, but because I purchased the digital edition, it became available to me on November 28 [↩]
- While I was waiting for FFXV to be released, I purchased Tales of Zestiria for Black Friday sale on the PS Store, plus I purchased the PS4 version of Destiny including their newest expansion. Ever since FFXV, I sorta disregarded these two LOL. [↩]
- Prompto sings a lot throughout the game, whether if they’re jingles or some made-up songs that come to his mind, so I think the camp singing should go to him. [↩]