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: 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: 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. And it has detractors who hate it down to its component molecules. I didn't really know what to expect.
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. Sega’s Yakuza franchise is changing that. Yakuza 3 is a hybrid of action RPG, brawler, and adventure game which you won’t want to miss.
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. Each game is a meticulously crafted masterpiece that pushes the current technology to its limits, and the stories, characters, and worlds always manage to live on in the hearts of minds of every gamer who experiences them.
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. Final Fantasy XIII takes players on yet another adventure sprinkled with battles and magic, with a gentle garnish of some superb cinematic storytelling.
Excerpt: , nearly every battle is a fresh adventure. That's not evident in the first few hours, where you're still learning new techniques and simply mashing the 'X' button allows you to slaughter most enemies that you encounter. The dynamic changes abruptly once you've been playing for a few hours, however, and you're suddenly going up against monsters so powerful that they can smash tanks, or you're fighting so many at once that they can overwhelm you almost before the fight...
Excerpt: Twelve numbered iterations, innumerable spin-off games, two movies, and four years in development have finally brought us the first Final Fantasy for the HD generation: Final Fantasy XIII. At long last, the wait is over and Square Enix has not disappointed. This is why HD TVs were created.
Conclusion: Final Fantasy is back, and it's not afraid to take a few risks along the way. Square Enix have taken a giant leap towards genre reform and should be congratulated for it. This is the best JRPG of this console generation by far.