Activities all over the world
There are plenty of things to do on the FFXV map. - If you have played the Final Fantasy titles before, you will know that the world was huge. You kept getting into new environments with new monsters to kill and problems to solve. Here, so far, there only seems to be one map. I've read some reviews, that you need about 8 minutes real time to drive from one end to the other and they think it's impressive. But if you look at the miles ingame, from the most eastern point (gates of Insomnia) to the most western point (Volcano Dungeon) its 7.13 miles linear distance.... uhmmmm.... yes...
BUT there is plenty to do. Next to the Main Quest line, there are...
In Chapter 9 Noctis is setting sail to Altissia (finally) - Here, there is a second world map. It is though a - compared to the first map - a way smaller map and only contains Altissia City. It is a Final Fantacy Venice, where you travel around with gondolas.
The other, third map, is the Map of Tenebrae. Also a relatively small map compared to the first one.
They are marked as yellow question mark at the map and don't have to be discovered. Mostly, they are "go kill" and "go fetch" missions, as I know them in MMO's. So nothing really exciting.
You can look up a list of available hunts in an area in every restaurant. Only one can be active. If you pick another one, the other will be abandoned. So stacking is not an option. There are some locked hunts though. That means, you need to upgrade your hunting rank. - After you picked one, go to the marked area, kill the marked monsters and go back to fetch the GIL (ingame currency) award.
And be aware this time, fighting is in real time (unless you pick the wait option in the game settings).
Noctis can fish at various fishing spots that need to be discovered first. Fish for food or items.
Car upgrades and customisation
You can get (by quest) or buy various items to customise your car. Look for the car tag in the shops and then go to Hammerhead to customize the beauty.
Play Pinball in one of the many diners.
Noctis' teammates sometimes want to spend some quality time with him while resting. Gladio likes some sporty activity, Ignis likes cooking and Prompto just likes to hang and talk.
Final Fantasy XV can live up to the hype - just. Even though the characters are too stereotype (the sporty, the brain and the ugly whitty), the Side Quests are lacking love and the map is small, it the end it makes fun to be able to roam freely and to almost do whatever you like. I spent my first 40 game hours just hunting, discovering, doing Side Missions and was surprised how fast time flies in real life. Open World is the right direction but they are partially still like on rails (e.g. driving the car). Graphics, especially in cinematic sequences are gorgeous!
For Final Fantasy fans and vets a must, to others I would recommend to watch a few videos first. Camzillasdad liked the graphics but was put off by the fighting mechanics.
8 / 10