How Final Fantasy XV's Combat Works

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Last December, Kotaku reported on Final Fantasy XV's combat. At the time, details were somewhat abstract. Today, we have a detailed list of how exactly the controls function.

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Square Enix showed off the basic controls in tonights FFXV walkthrough, and the images below are from the demo (via Japanese site Hachima Kikou). Perhaps seeing how the controls work will give you a better idea of what it's like to play the game.

Camera Controls

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Xbox One: Right stick

PS4: Right stick.

Walk

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Xbox One: Left stick

PS4: Left stick

Run

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Xbox One: Left Stick

PS4: Left Stick

Jump

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Xbox One: B Button

PS4: X Button

Dash (Free Run)

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Xbox One: Left Stick Button

PS4: L3 Button

Note that while in Dash, you can automatically jump over things in front of you. Like so:

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Attack During a Battle Scene

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Xbox One: X Button

PS4: Square Button

Combo Attack During a Battle Scene

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Xbox One: Hold Down X, Or Press It Repeatedly

PS4: Hold Down Square, Or Press It Repeatedly

Shift (Warp) During a Battle Scene

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Xbox One: B Button

PS4: Circle Button

Note that using Shift/Warp uses MP. Also, realize that MP is slightly different in Final Fantasy XV.

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Shift Break During a Battle Scene

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Xbox One: B Button

PS4: Circle Button

The key here is to lock on an enemy and, essentially, launch a warp-like attack. Likewise, this uses MP.

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Guard/Parry During a Battle Battle Scene

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Xbox One: LB Button

PS4: L1 Button

This also uses MP.

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Using an Ability During a Battle Scene

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Xbox One: Y Button

PS4: Triangle Button

Your weapons have abilities, which can be selected by toggling right or left on the Dpad.

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This is a very basic look at Final Fantasy XV's combat and controls. We'll learn more once we get our hands on the game's demo.

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DISCUSSION

NishuSJ
Nishu

I must be alone in this given its prevalence, but I hate clicking left stick for dash/run functions, always feels so awkward to me.