Note : You have a choice of two difficulty levels whenever you start a New Game: Normal or Easy. As mentioned, Easy will reduce the challenge of combat and also provides help when in a pinch. You can adjust the difficulty later on while playing.
An older man is breathing heavily, revealed to be Noctis, in a dark room that appears to be very hot. As the camera pans around, you see some of your companions, as well as a large, imposing figure sitting on a throne, surrounded by fire. Run forward and as you get close, a large burst of fire springs forth, knocking you to the ground. One of your friends, Prompto, helps you to your feet, and another, Ignis, calls out to join him in cover. Slowly limp over and the game will take over, so enjoy the following cutscenes.