Conclusion: Final Fantasy XIII is a beautiful, epic adventure that has the same quality and volume of content as other Final Fantasy games, but it feels a bit "light" on the RPG side. Think of it as an incredibly beautiful interactive movie and you will be a happy camper, but of you are looking for a deep RPG, this may not be your game.
Pros: One of the best looking video games made, The combat system seems simplistic at first, but gains incredible depth with time, Very compelling story, far more comprehensible than some Final Fantasy games, Some of the best creature/mob design, Incredible world to play in, One of the best looking video games made, The combat system seems simplistic at first, but gains incredible depth with time, Very compelling story, far more comprehensible than some Final Fantasy games,...
Cons: Stuck in a "tube" no real freedom of movement for half of the game, No towns, puzzles, nor mini-games, Only direct control of the "leader" in combat, Upgrade system very linear, Lacks some of the charm and quirkiness of Final Fantasy games past, Stuck in a "tube" no real freedom of movement for half of the game, No towns, puzzles, nor mini-games, Only direct control of the "leader" in combat, Upgrade system very linear, Lacks some of the charm and quirkiness of Final ...
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 structure in an even more melodramatic direction.
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. Some people went “Meh”, others “Cool, I enjoyed XIII” while some of the more colorful “diehard” fans said something similar to: “OMG SQUEENIX IS TEH SUXXORZ I HOPE THEY DIE AND BURNZ!1!1!!! FF IS DED!1!1!
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: Final Fantasy XIII-2 arrives with the promise of correcting the transgressions of its predecessor. Our review takes a look at whether this game that wants so badly to be liked can forge new friendships.
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. Granted it had a few interesting twists the story follows a typical anime cliché focusing on friendship and changing ones destiny. The characters were also very cliché however I did rather like them (Snow is my fave).
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. Some defend, others attack - it's the gaming equivalent of the Obama administration. Final Fantasy XIII is no different.
Summary: While Final Fantasy XIII continues the tradition of a really well polished and fantastic looking game, there are some issues with the story and the way the game is formed overall that really make it not as much of a fantastic game to play. I found it very difficult to make my way through the first part of the game, not because it was hard, but because I’d grown increasingly tired of the overdrawn out story here that really goes nowhere fast.