Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide Reviews

Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide is ranked in the 75th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10
Apr 28, 2024

The Rising Tide works great as one last hurrah with new Eikons and a short but worthwhile adventure that shows a different side of FFXVI.

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72 / 100
Apr 18, 2024

Final Fantasy XVI says goodbye with The Rising Tide, a new dose of spectacle that will surely please the defenders of the sixteenth installment, but that falls far short of the expectations generated.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2024

Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide is settled with a story too short in a new area of great beauty, new characters and a leviathan that is the best of the expansion. The combat shines again in an expansion that again makes the same mistakes and successes as the base game and its first DLC.

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90 / 100
Apr 26, 2024

The Rising Tide may not offer anything new or novel to Final Fantasy XVI, but it does continue its streak of incredibly polished and fun gameplay. The story is a nice cherry on top of the main adventure, and the Karios Gate mode will keep you coming back for more.

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80 / 100
Apr 24, 2024

Good DLC should pull you back into the game’s world. Final Fantasy XVI’s DLC sort of achieves this goal. You want to spend more time there, but the version of the world on offer feels a bit bleak. Maybe this is just the ‘end of days’ vibe that permeates the final chapter. Perhaps I’m just cursed with knowledge about these characters and their ultimate fates. Either way, the actual tangible content is mostly pretty fun. Yes, the sidequests are a bit dull, and I wish the main quest was a bit longer. And while I don’t care about the plight of Leviathan and his Dominant, the ensuing battles are a blast. Plus, there’s a boatload of postgame content to dive into. Though the Rising Tide DLC doesn’t quite hit the same story highs as the main game, that gameplay is still tons of fun.

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8 / 10
Apr 20, 2024

Final Fantasy 16: The Rising Tide is a great expansion to an excellent action RPG, offering up one of the game's most intriguing and considered chapters. With yet more memorable boss battles, an emotional storyline, and some downright stunning environments, it's the worthy sendoff that Clive and company deserve.

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90 / 100
Apr 26, 2024

Final Fantasy XVI is a fantastic game from start to finish, which manages to combine the classic structure of the series with a combat system focused on action and customization. The Rising Tide is the perfect complement to this experience, and although this marks the end of this chapter in the history of one of my favorite video game series, I can't wait to see how Square Enix takes everything that worked here and expands these concepts in Final Fantasy XVII, or in a sequel to Clive and Joshua's adventure.

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85%
May 7, 2024

Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide is an excellent continuation of everything that made the base game great: excellent battles, a plethora of options in battle, and most importantly, strong characters.

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7.3 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2024

Knowing the ending of FFXVI, The Rising Tide doesn’t change Clive’s outcome or add a meaningful impact to the world to warrant an emotional introspection like the main game’s story. Instead, it adds additional power to Clive’s Eikonic skillset, making him appropriately powerful for postgame content that will assuredly punish players and test their might in Final Fantasy Mode. It might be a weirdly timed expansion, but it adds enough meat to the core gameplay to encourage replaying.

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Unscored
Apr 20, 2024

The Rising Tide is exactly what a Final Fantasy XVI DLC expansion should be. It's got a beautiful, mysterious new region to explore, an engaging questline with great new characters, hugely satisfying new additions to combat and plenty of extra challenge for those ready to seek it out. It doesn't do much to fix the main game's few flaws, but what's here is some of the most compelling and exciting content in the entire game.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2024

The Rising Tide DLC does finally reveal the fate of Leviathan, but it's somewhat lackluster. Coupled with simple side-quests and a small region, this DLC doesn't add too much to FFXVI. The post-game content is well worth it for fans of FFXVI's combat. (Review Policy)

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Unscored
Apr 23, 2024

The Rising Tide is an well-thought DLC that adds something interesting to all that FFXVI already has to offer.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2024

Clive's journey may have ended last year, but The Rising Tide is a proper send-off to Valisthea, presenting a compelling standalone narrative and its best battles yet.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2024

Overall, Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide DLC is both a satisfying experience and kind of a disappointment. Had this content been part of the base game, I wouldn't have had any complaints, but since this is set at the tail end of the game, it feels like there should've been more to the plot and presentation. Instead, it feels too divorced from the game world to have an impact. The new abilities and additional boss fights are very cool, but the fact they come only at the end of the game means they are basically for fooling around the Karios Gate or doing a New Game+ run. If you are a big fan of Final Fantasy XVI, you'll absolutely have fun, and it isn't a bad DLC. It just could've been better, and it missed the chance to improve on some of Final Fantasy XVI's weaker points.

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7.8 / 10.0
May 9, 2024

The Rising Tide once again delivers a short yet epic adventure full of challenging bossfights and incredible Moments. If you wish to embark on a one last journey with Clive, The Rising Tide is a must play.

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80 / 100
Apr 26, 2024

The Rising Tide is a great expansion of Final Fantasy XVI. The battle with Leviathan is sensational and the whole plot involved is very good to follow. Kairos' Gate is a fun challenge format, too. The only problem is the length of the DLC itself: it's quite short.

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8 / 10
Apr 24, 2024

A lot of content and a beautiful new area to explore, in addition to a plethora of new powers. It doesn't stray too far from the base game or add much to its lore, though.

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Apr 24, 2024

So, The Rising Tide is ultimately a mixed bag. Mysidia is beautiful, but you can feel the DLC’s budgetary constraints sometimes when some of the more important cutscenes are undercut by less involved animations than they’d have gotten in the main game. The boss fights are absurdly good, Shula’s a hoot, and there’s plenty else in there that’s worth your time. But the side quests are (mostly) still kind of whatever, and you’ll have seen everything there is to see in the setting’s village in, like, four minutes. Jill’s chance to shine is a partly-cloudy endeavor. That epilogue quest is merely serviceable. But the worldbuilding is rich, some of the new powers in Clive’s flashy array of murder tools are sublime, and Kairos Gate is a blast.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2024

The Rising Tide is a fantastic piece of content that builds upon the brilliance of Final Fantasy XVI perfectly. With its engaging storytelling, gorgeous landscapes, thrilling battles, and additional challenge with the Kairos Gate, there’s plenty to get stuck into to ensure it stands out as a worthwhile expansion to the tale of Final Fantasy XVI. And come on… who doesn’t want to use Leviathan’s abilities in combat?

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Apr 23, 2024

Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide ties up the base game quite nicely, resolving one of the key mysteries of the base game. The face-off with Leviathan is one of the most memorable Eikon battles yet, with a beautiful score and challenging fight. However, The Rising Tide still suffers from the same problems the base game had. It also only provides a few hours of story content, which makes it somewhat of a hard recommendation at its current price point.

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