I avoided the hype. The game was better for me.
I’m glad I didn’t spoil FFXV for myself. I put in every effort to make sure I knew virtually nothing about the game before I had completed it first. The notion of googling anything even remotely related to the game was something I avoided at all costs.
Only Once I had played through the entire game was it time for me to venture through the multitudes of fan theories and story analyses. I’ve realised now just how much of the game’s story was already being discussed on the internet before it was released. I can’t imagine how the game could be enjoyable when the details are already in place.
The entire reason I got so engaged in the events of FFXV was because I was actively thinking about character’s interactions with each other as the story unfolded. Creating my own theories around Ardyn’s curious and unnerving behaviour, or trying to understand the eventual fate of Noctis seriously supplemented the overall experience I had with the game.
I appreciate people enjoy the hype and the expectation during the build up to a game release. I myself enjoy looking at screenshots and trailers to get a feel for what might be in store, but I definitely do not want to have the entire story revealed to me before I’ve even got the disc in my console. Maybe I’m just old fashioned.