I played the Royal Edition of Final Fantasy 15 after skipping Final Fantasy 13 and 14. I went in not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely loved the road trip aspect of the game. Hanging out with buds and cranking some tunes. Eating at diners and having conversations. Camping at the beach. I played it during lock down and it saved my sanity to an extent. Unlike many others I didn't find the world to be empty. There are plenty of monsters to fight and some challenging dungeons.
Combat was a new spin on the old formula. A lot to juggle and yet a lot of it is automated for you as far as your companions are concerned. Not to the extent it was in final Fantasy 12 which for me felt very unsatisfying. Your various weapons all had interesting designs and abilities.
The final act of the game was very dark and didn't really jive with the rest of it but it was relatively short so I didn't mind. Noctis and his crew come out the other side a little worse for wear but hopeful as you might expect from a light fantasy game but darker than I would have imagined going in.
The music was excellent as is always the case in a Final Fantasy title. The ability to listen to the songs from older Final Fantasy games via your in game MP3 player was a nice bonus but I wish it applied to the fight music as well.
Overall I highly recommend playing the game if you haven't already. I don't think I've played another game where the "escapism" was so complete. Hit the road and set off on an adventure.