Summary: After logging in just over 100 hours of playtime to completely finish the game (getting all achievements), I decided to write this review being as unbiased as possible. Some things you might want to know immediately about this game is that it takes a minimum of two playthroughs to fully unlock and play the game to its optimal experience.
Summary: Out of the three Final Fantasy XIII's, this was one of the more challenging and rewarding in my opinion. The different difficulty settings, all of the collectibles, the least linear of the three, and finally closure. The battle system is fast, challenging, and very fun. Unlocking Hard mode after beating the game also unlocks New Game+ that allows you to pick up any side quests that might have proved challenging. People point out that the story is filled with plot holes.
Summary: I played FF13 and 13-2 and so I had to finish the series. I enjoy the battles and Schema (like 10-2's dresspheres <3 ). I haven't seen enough of the story to really judge it, but I enjoy the characters so far. The graphics are great as always. However, I seriously dislike 'timed' games. I don't want to have to worry about finishing quests and getting schema and finishing the story in just 13 short days. To each their own.