Boycotting video games never works and people always want to complain about one thing or another. When it comes to Final Fantasy, i've always been a casual fan. I often enjoyed the music but started getting into the games in my early high school years. I didn't care about the massive lore behind them or anything but I often enjoyed the RPG and action elements in the games.
Final Fantasy 16 is a brand new experience for many Final Fantasy players. It's the first game in the FF series to be released in the original line on the PS5. It's a big game too, with 100 GB of space to download. So make sure like me you've got a spare SSD around to play it. Despite reports for some, i've had no issues with the game running on my PS5. I've actually been enjoying it quite a bit.
I didn't mind Final Fantasy 15 (the previous entry). But this game is very different in the series, as it's more of a darker and serious tone than many ones i've played before. Think in the style of Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter or something.
For once, Final Fantasy 16 is not a completely open-word experience as you may expect. In fact it's more linear than previous entries. But that's OK. I sometimes get tired of the same old open world video game format. Sure, there's things we've seen in other open world games over a hundred times before like Titans and stuff like that, but the game's epic scale battles and cinematic cutscenes are quite impressive. The combat mode is actualy very good and works well here (much better than the button mashy type combo of Sonic Frontiers, for example).
I feel like this game in the series is also very welcoming for new fans. It's easy to jump in and start from the beginning without needing to know much. Thankfully the combat mode was very similar to FF15 that I enjoyed. I've played other FF games besides 15 though. While never being a big fan on FF7 like everyone else, I still had some favourites in the series, like 5 and 8. Didn't mind X even if the story for that game was a bit cringe.