Summary: The Final Fantasy series reached its pinnacle with the release of Final Fantasy VI on the Super Nintendo, whilst some fans still hold on to Final Fantasy VII as the best so far, although this is in part due to that game being the mainstream breakout hit.
Excerpt: Just like a kid who can’t sleep the night before Christmas, for two days I was biting my nails to get my copy of Final Fantasy XIII! Each sound that even resembled an approaching mailman made me paranoid.
Excerpt: Welcome back to the world of cringe-worthy dialogue, unlikeable characters, and needlessly complex plot points. With this latest installment, Square Enix has made a concerted effort to Final Fantasy XIII-2 ‘s mechanics from a forward-thinking point of view while simultaneously taking the narrative...
Pros: Same great battle system from FFXIII, Beautiful visuals
Cons: Unnecessary new game mechanics, Overly sentimental story, Unlikeable characters
Conclusion: Direct Final Fantasy sequels, for the most part, are either really good or the worst thing to ever happen to the series, depending on who you ask. When word got around that Final Fantasy XIII was getting a direct sequel, people were very, very vocal about the news.
Excerpt: If you've played Final Fantasy XIII , you have an opinion of it. And no matter what that opinion may be, there are thousands of people who vehemently disagree with you, to the point where it facilitates the kind of frothing, incoherent fanboy rage that our particular subculture is so well-versed in.
Excerpt: So let's start off with the story. The Story in FFXIII was decent. The concept was good but (without spoiling anything) I felt it was executed poorly. Especially in how it handled the main antagonist.
Excerpt: Few things are as polarizing as numbered Final Fantasy releases. The day, no the minute, a new game is released in the "core" series (any game with a number behind it), it's immediately met by legions of trolls, apologists and whatever else the Internet is able to cough up.
Conclusion: It's funny, because if you think about it, Final Fantasy 13 is just one big metaphor for itself. One of the big themes of the game is change, and how each of the characters react and deal with it.