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.
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: 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: I've never played a Final Fantasy game before, so I don't have any preconceived notions about the series one way or the other. In a way, that makes me the perfect reviewer. The FF series is one of the most polarizing games ever created. It has legions of fans who swear it can do no wrong.
Excerpt: As organized crime groups go, there aren’t many more romanticized than the Japanese yakuza. With hundreds of representations across movies, books, and anime, the yakuza have become a symbol of Japanese culture and society. Unfortunately, they are underrepresented in video games.
Conclusion: No, Final Fantasy XIII isn't perfect. It is, by and large, an absolutely incredible accomplishment in terms of technical wizardry and streamlining of so much of the unneeded fluff found in a lot of JRPGs.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy : for RPGamers and RPG developers alike, this is the Holy Grail of franchises. No other RPG series has seen the commercial and critical success that Square Enix's flagship has, and this is not accidental.
Summary: Say what you will about Final Fantasy, but this is one franchise that has never been afraid to make drastic changes. After years in development, Final Fantasy XIII is finally here but not everybody is going to like the new direction for this venerable series.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is I’ve always remembered the Final Fantasy series as eternally spellbinding and an absolute joy to play. But then again, the last Final Fantasy game I played was Final Fantasy VIII, so I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do.
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