Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus
Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus

The first DLC of Final Fantasy XV known as Episode Gladiolus is finally here to give you yet another excuse to keep playing one of the best games of 2016.

Final Fantasy XV – Episode Gladiolus

Series: Final Fantasy, Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy
Platforms: PlayStation 4 (tested), Xbox One
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus
Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus

The first DLC of Final Fantasy XV known as Episode Gladiolus takes place around Chapter 7 of the main story-line. If your memory is fuzzy, this is a key moment for Gladiolus Amicitia: He feels he is doing a bad job as a bodyguard, and decides to leave the party without saying much. Apparently, he went away to train and get stronger, by doing a mission only one person was able to survive: Cor The Immortal.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to say without spoiling the DLC. It is little more than an hour long with a few extras to try to expand the longevity just a bit more. Cor Leonis, one of the most fearsome members of the military sworn to King Regis will be our party member. A strange choice since he disappears after Chapter 3 of the main story-line, but it never feels out of place.

With linear corridors and a barely modified gameplay, this is the first time we are able to play with someone else other than Noctis. Gladiolus is fun to play and, while a little slower, he features a rage meter that lets him charge up and unleash new abilities after getting hit or dealing damage, just like the limit breaker of Noctis, Armiger.

The next big difference is that Gladiolus is unable to use time-wrap, so you will be blocking and dodging and counter-attacking for the whole DLC duration. I actually liked the pace change. You will also be able to pull giant columns out of the ground and use them to smash enemies to death -or 4 hits, whatever happens first-. It is hilarious and goes with the whole theme of Big Bad Boy Gladioulus.

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much the difference with the main game. It is fun, but short. It is also interesting, but really, really short. It does feel like a dungeon taken out of the main game. Replace Noctis with Gladiolus, change the gameplay just a little bit and that’s it, that’s the first DLC. To be fair, it only costs 5 bucks, but then again, it could have been added to the main game or given away for free.  You are also able to unlock a time-attack mode to add some replay value where the goal is to get the best score. It is some sort of speedrun since the cutscenes are automatically skipped. The only thing it carries over to the main game is an out fit, Rugged Gladiolus, which is just a shirtless Gladiolus. That’s it. You can access the DLC from the main menu and you will have a default character – you won’t be able to play with the character from your own saves.

I loved Final Fantasy XV, but I can’t say the same for this first DLC. While it is just $5, and the first from 3 DLCs, an hour long story is  just not what I was hoping for. A good little piece of story, but it will be forgotten.