Why I’m literally running for miles in Final Fantasy 15

In Final Fantasy 15, I’ve been running for four miles now. The sight of Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Gladio jogging down the road has become all too familiar to me, but still I persevere. As I make slow progress across Lucis, I long for the days when I traveled through the map in the backseat of the Regalia. So just why is it that, upon returning to the adventure after several years, I’m endlessly running a marathon of my own making? Especially when Final Fantasy 15 outfits you with the ultimate road trip experience? Well, it’s all in the pursuit of becoming a survival expert.

I first picked up Final Fantasy 15 in 2016 and getting the platinum trophy had always been a goal of mine. I’d gotten pretty far to securing it after the main story and too many side quests to count. Fast forward to 2022 and I thought the colossal, mountain-sized boss known as Adamantoise would be the toughest challenge I’d need to face. But oh, how wrong I was. Thanks to a great strategy I discovered on YouTube (opens in new tab), conquering the mighty beast turned out to be rather simple. To my surprise, I got the Tortoise Toppler achievement after battling it for around 10 minutes when I thought it was going to take several hours. Now, one last trophy stands between me and completion, and it’s proving to be way tougher than the level 99 foe I’d spent so many years avoiding.

I ran (so far away)

(Image credit: Square Enix)

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