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. 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.
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. FF 13 itself has also gone under changes, and like the protagonists whose lives it describes, it too has trouble dealing with this change. Still, there's a lot of potential here, and when it's good, it's really good.
Summary: tries a variety of new things in the series. Some work great, such as Paradigm and Crystarium, while others miss the mark, such as the linear areas. This is a must have for fans of the series. Fans of RPGs should check it out to see how the new battle and leveling system works compared to other games. Non-RPG fans should at least rent the game or watch a friend play, because the graphics are great in the game and deserve a look.
Excerpt: The wait for Final Fantasy XIII has not been an easy one. The game was announced in 2006, shortly before the release of Final Fantasy XII , which would be the last PS2 game in the series. Developing a next-gen installment in the prolific RPG franchise took longer than expected, and the gaming world watched and waited as release windows were shattered and pushed back again and again.
Summary: It would be fair to say that " Final Fantasy XIII " is one game that has been eagerly awaited for such a long time and it is an added bonus that the game is now available across numerous platforms.
Excerpt: Traditionally every Final Fantasy game is very different to the last in one way or another and, because of this, not everyone is going to agree with every single aspect of the series. This was particularly the case with FFXII – a game that changed so much that fans were familiar with that many were left disenchanted with it, though others felt that the overhaul removed much that they had considered to be caveats of the series.
Conclusion: For my first Final Fantasy adventure, I have to say the experience was engaging and immersive. The complexity of the battle system was a nice challenge to embark on, though due to the level-grinding aspect of this title, didn’t too good of a taste in my mouth. For those who are die-hard Final Fantasy fanatics, it’s no question you will be running out to pick this game up, if you haven’t done so already.