Excerpt: I started to play Final Fantasy XIII in preparation of the launch of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Put it down to review the sequel, and am now finally ready to review Final Fantasy XIII. This Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 video game is a work of art and modern technology. This game rivals many of the motion pictures put out by Hollywood. And has some of the same trappings. We get to know deep and complex characters. They each have their own motives, interests, and goals.
Excerpt: When I play a modern Final Fantasy game, I know I'll see production values that are leaps and bounds ahead of just about any other J-RPG. Awesome cinematics and vividly detailed monsters dominate these games. While playing Final Fantasy XIII , I decided it wouldn't be a stretch to say that the visuals are enough to carry a person through it. I know I always wanted to see what grand sights would be around the next corner.
Excerpt: The Final Fantasy series is one of the most long-running franchises in the video game industry. Spanning fourteen installments, this series has left quite an impression on the youth of many gamers. Now that we have reached the thirteenth chapter in this mighty lineage, how does it stand up to past Final Fantasy games and other games of the genre?
Summary: The final taste in your mouth may not be good if you dislike the way XIII-2 ends. However, it does not take away the fact that Square-Enix listened to their fans and gave them the game FF XIII should have been. The sprawling land masses and many side quests that populate the time traveling story add a lot to the experience.
Excerpt: The background to the game is crucial, and players may find themselves consulting the Datalog option in the main menu quite often for information. The Datalog contains updated information on the thirteen days that lead up to the events of the main characters’ l’Cie transformation, along with information on historical references, enemies, locations, fal’Cie, and more.
Conclusion: As far as brawlers are concerned, Shank is one every fan of the genre needs to play. Unfortunately, if you are not such a keen fan of the genre, the onslaught of repetitive and frantic murder can be a turn off. Although it is easy to criticize the game for this, it should be noted that the games aim is to combine the retro and modern elements of the brawler into a neat package.
Excerpt: . Not being a company to fall into patterns of repetition, SquareEnix took many risks in the new game, grasping the reins of the storyline harder than ever to steer the game in what feels like a movie/RPG direction.
Gorgeous fantasy RPG with combat & some suggestive scenes.
Common Sense Media
29 August 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Final Fantasy XIII is Teen-rated, mostly because the gameplay is combat-heavy. Your party of characters will square off against enemies and engage in a turn-based fights, but with the ability to make some decisions during the battle. There is no blood or gore and most of the enemies are nasty creatures. You are also defending your homeworld and way of life instead of aggressively attacking enemies for no reason.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy. The RPG series known to millions of gamers worldwide for its long-standing legacy of intricate characters, exceptional storytelling, engaging battle systems and spectacular visuals. Veterans, casual players and many others that do not pursue gaming as a hobby still recognize the name with little to no hesitation.