Featuring an unforgettable storyline, a battle system blending action and strategy, cutting-edge visuals and awe-inspiring cinematic sequences, FINAL FANTASY® XIII delivers the next step in the evolution of gaming.Read full description
As a deepening crisis threatens to plunge the floating world of Cocoon into chaos, a band of unsuspecting strangers find themselves branded enemies of the state. With the panicking population baying for their blood, and the military all too happy to oblige, they have no choice but to run for their lives. Join them on a desperate quest to challenge the forces controlling their fate, and prevent untold destruction.
Featuring an unforgettable storyline, a battle system blending action and strategy, cutting-edge visuals and awe-inspiring cinematic sequences, FINAL FANTASY® XIII delivers the next step in the evolution of gaming.
Well, I can't exactly say that since I haven't played the sequels in the Final Fantasy XIII line. Not that I am really planning to unless I get them really cheap since this game just didn't even come close to meeting my expectations of a Final Fantasy game. Which I really wouldn't have minded if it was different and didn't meet expectations for reasons other than the game just didn't do it for me. The story and visuals were great, but the gameplay was just really off to me which hurt it the most. While I do recommend it, others may enjoy it for what it tries to do more than me, I can't say I would highly recommend it. This is absolutely my least favorite Final Fantasy which is sad because I really wanted to love it.
Oldschool games had zero to little tutorial explaining how mechanics works, while it's a common element in recent titles Square went way overboard with game mechanics introduction as roughly 40 hours of story can be described as a tutorial where game in so linear it's painful to play. Only last area gives somewhat freedom but sadly it's not enough. Apart from that characters are very FF, well develop and everyone has their own motive to be in the story, plot is also complicated but forcing player to spent 40 hour of a game to give them a little freedom is plain silly. It's a pass for me.
After playing it at release it was as you've most likely heard, less than what I'd expected, mind you the graphics and visuals were very pleasing, even to this day. I got the game on steam again a while back and actually managed to play through most of the game this time around, so I think I have a good leg to stand on when measuring this game. It's a bit of a grind later on in the game, and the linear aspect kind of sucks, but the combat system isn't so bad, swapping out different formations in order to break the guard of tougher enemies and bosses, it's actually something I like about the game, the leveling is done through a system similar to Final Fantasy X, but instead of a grid where you can go where you want to, you just literally kind of fill it out until it's completed. Once you get to a certain point in the game, you're pretty much limited to that area, no revisiting any past areas, it is a concern people had back in 2009 and still have even now. But hear me out, the game overall is honestly still pretty solid, and with the reduced cost nowadays, I think it stands as a worthwhile buy, It's not the greatest in the series, but it's certainly not as bad as all the hate makes it out to be.
Played this on PS3 and have been waiting to get the PC port. The game is very solid overall. People just expect too much because it is a "Final Fantasy" game. The story is a bit convoluted at times and the characters aren't very well-developed. However, the motives of each character and why the bonded together were clear. Final Fantasy series are generally known for their graphics and soundtrack also and I think both had delivered tremendously. The themes are great and the soundtrack is one of the few that I still listen to regularly now. One of the flaws people keep mentioning about this game is that it is a hallway simulator. I find that funny because most of the FFX maps are linear and space and very limited also, the game was still highly praised. The battle system of this game was tweaked that it is much more coordinated/combo based. Your goal is to stagger the enemy by dealing a lot of damage and then chaining more damage on top of it. However, the commando class is better at maintaining the stagger than the savager class and occasionally you have to balance the overall damage output and how quickly you can stagger the enemy. The game is a definite must if you like RPG games.
I know many of you are going to ask me that I am out of my mind to place a 100/100 on this game. Well, that might certainly be true for most of you, but let me fill you in on my thoughts to why I have done so after placing some thoughts in the matter. First of all, I did not even realize that this franchise or let alone many other Final Fantasy games out there that came out back then. I had heard of the titles of 'Final Fantasy' but have never played them before, mainly because I have not much 'purchasing power' to buy myself a console such as a PS1/2. Thus, when I bought myself a PS3 in the late years of the PS3 production lines; where PS3 released the 250GB model, I purchased it only then together with Final Fantasy XIII from a second-hand byproduct bought from another person. Alright, I admit that I did at least watch some of the gameplays on youtube so that I can at least know what the game is about, but only just that. Nothing more. I realized that the gameplay is extremely fun and enjoyable. And after buying the game and trying it out, I have no regrets in purchasing it. As much as pressing a button constantly seems incredibly boring, I have to disagree for this game since I do not mind from the action filled fights from the buttons I had commanded to the 'Player' known as Lightning. Though later on, you will be switched to other playable characters constantly throughout the Gameplay Storyline. Truth be told, I have no idea why there are so many people hating on the franchise. If it's the stuff like L'cie and Fal'Cie then I can somehow tell that it can be confusing at times, but it is still somewhat comprehensible enough to continue the game for the story ahead. As the story progresses on, you will be taken into various areas and will be lead to fighting different monsters and even bosses. Even the soundtrack is incredibly 'BOSS', I am truly in love with it. It gives off a blissful and melodic tone to the game and provides a lifelike environment into the game, what with all the beautiful and realistic personalities and various hardships that they are going through. This game is one of the game I would forever remember deeply within me. Just thinking about this game really gives me full of deep memories and the amount of time I cherish into playing this game. I have never regretted spending the number of hours into the game grinding slowly at my own sweet pace. The fighting gameplay is just so 'not boring' and can provide tons of entertainment for me. I have not even tried Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns even up until now, however, I can truly say that this first series is a series that is extremely entertaining to me. I hope there is a PS4 release with a Trilogy version to the game as an enhanced format to the gameplay and some added features to it.
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