The Ten Stages Of Coping With Final Fantasy 15’s Chapter 13

The Ten Stages Of Coping With Final Fantasy 15’s Chapter 13

So you just started playing chapter 13 of Final Fantasy XV. It sucks. You feel trapped in a nightmare that will never end. Take some small comfort in knowing that you are not the only one to suffer through it.

By working through these ten stages, you will eventually come to terms with this very long, very bad video game level. Spoilers.

1. Denial

This can’t be happening. Did the game really just take away all my party members and weapons? I put up with all that nonsense on the train thinking that we’d arrive in Niflheim, find Prompto, and get to drive around in a new area. Instead, we unceremoniously crashed the car and now I’m apparently going to have to go through this dark-arse factory alone, with no weapons other than this ring.

Nah, I doubt this is really what the game wants me to do. I’m sure I’ll find my party members and get my weapons back soon. No way the entire chapter will be like this. No way.

2. Anger

OK, wow. Fuck. It’s been almost an hour and Noctis is still alone and still doesn’t have any weapons. This magic ring is trash. Oh, sure, the Death spell can “kill anything.” They don’t tell you that it takes a hundred years to charge up and that enemies can easily stagger you and interrupt the process. And these stealth sections! There’s no way to tell if the soldiers can see me until they have already spotted me, and then they just chase me around until I finally get to a hiding place. And hiding spots aren’t clearly marked, and just like in the rest of the game, the “hide” button is the same as the jump button, and


3. Bargaining

Maybe I don’t have to do this? Maybe there’s some sort of shortcut. I’m going to go look online and see. Or maybe I’m missing something about this ring? Maybe there’s a door that, I don’t know, like, if I can enter some sort of password that’s inscribed on the ring, it will let me bypass this part of the chapter and move closer… even just a little bit closer… to the end? If there’s an end.

Oh god, maybe there isn’t an end.

4. Depression

There’s no end. This is never going to end. I’m going to spend the rest of my life walking up to locked doors and being told that I have to backtrack and get a new keycard. Life in the outside world will carry on without me. My friends will get married, have kids, move away. My parents will grow older, and eventually they will stop calling. I’ll still be here, looking for a level 5 keycard as the world continues its course through the indifferent vacuum of space.

5. Acceptance

It’s ok. It’s ok that chapter 13 of Final Fantasy XV never ends. I’m fine. I’m even having an ok time. I’ve figured out which enemies I can kill with Alterna, and which I can just dodge a dozen times and eventually kill with Holy. I can survive in this purgatory well enough. It could probably be worse. I shouldn’t complain.

6. Anger

Wow. WOW. So I finally powered up the central elevator and this huge guy appears behind me in a cutscene and KNOCKS ME ALL THE WAY BACK DOWN TO THE BOTTOM? In a CUTSCENE???

Such cruelty! To give me hope just after I’d made peace with my fate, only to rip it away! I swear to god if that bighair sack of shit Ardyn taunts me one more time I’m going to take the hard drive out of my PS4 and burn it.

Jason told me that this chapter “wasn’t that bad.” I wonder what it feels like to be so completely blinkered and wrong. What time is it on the east coast? 2AM? I’m texting him. Get ready for some texts, motherfucker.

7. Bargaining

What if I just stopped playing video games altogether? That must be it! This has all been a test to see if I have the willpower to walk away from my controller and never look back. What if I did that?

8. Depression

I can’t stop. I can’t finish, but I can’t stop. Noctis sits in the save dormitory, staring at the floor. I realise that I am Noctis, and he is me. Finally, a game has eliminated the barrier between player and character. I will sit here in the drab grey bunkhouse of my soul, kept company only by the mediocre guitar solo of true loneliness. I will stare at the ground and await the sweet release of death.

9. Anger

Wait, so this nigh-unkillable monster that’s been chasing me is actually the Emperor of Niflheim? Because he was transformed into a demon? What? Somehow this stupid-arse story development manages to add insult to injury. I finally got my party back together and was starting to feel pretty good, and then the game flings this nonsense at me in the middle of a boss fight.

Also, did Prompto just casually tell everyone he’s actually a robot?

10. Anger

Sweet Jesus, that final boss fight. How much health does a dude need to have? And then they capped it with a can’t-win battle against a bunch of demons and a timed sprint through some closing doors. And what was that closing cutscene? What just happened with the crystal? It ate Noctis?


This game, I swear.


  • I’m hoping the patched version will let you keep some weapons for *reasons* to speed up the process at least. Only time I was swearing at the game was that chapter.

  • It’s poorly told, but Prompto isn’t a skinned MT or something, he was one of the test subjects the likes of which were turned into MTs. He’s coming out about being of Niflheim origin, not being a robot.

  • Just keep using the Masters of the Universe ring’s alterna ability. That’s how I got through with my schwing boomp SSSHRROROROOOOOOMMMMMMPPHHHHHHH!

    • Yeah, it’s not that bad. The gameplay style somehow abruptly changed, and without friends or weapons it was one of those long ass survival mazes that you could figure out without too much effort, being pretty linear.

  • I was massively over leveled (80 something) when I did this so it was more boring than frustrating. I even used the ring to kill that Iron Giant and the Emperor demon thing, just to see what would happen. They both respawn with no acknowledgment from the game.

  • Eurgh.
    Final Fantasy XV left me with a very sour taste in my mouth… only 3 mainline FF games have managed to do that.
    FF10 because of its eye-roll-inducing terrible plot and voice-acting…
    FF13 because… well, it’s FF13… (to be honest, I didn’t mind the gameplay TOO much, but the story was stooooooooopid!)
    And now FF15, for having the worst combat system in the series’ history and such an unstable, inconsistent tone, Chapter 13 being the prime example.

  • What a bunch of whiners. I liked Chapter 13. It made you vulnerable, and while it may have gone a tad too long, It does not deserve all the hate.
    @irvyne worst combat system in the series, yet not bad enough to stop you playing after dozens of hours

  • Hi, my name’s Manny, and I’ve been clean of Chapter 13 for 2 days now…

    Have loved every bit of this game but this chapter. It was boring, frustrating and went on for way too long. To top it off, it just highlights how bad a job they’ve done at explaining the plot, given the Prompto confession/realisation comes out of nowhere and still leaves you wondering what the hell he’s actually talking about.


    “Wait, so this nigh-unkillable monster that’s been chasing me is actually the Emperor of Niflheim?”

    What the?! Did I doze off during one of their poor explanations of the plot and missed this completely?

  • This is all so true! I too had heard tale of the horrible wasteland of chapter 13, but didn’t believe it. Every time I reached one of those slate grey dormitories I thought – I’ll just stop here. But the thought of booting up the game and starting again in this hellhole made me suffer through it all in the one sitting.
    You’re almost there Kirk. The final camp is worth it.

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