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.
This game isn't horrible, but it certainly won't be remembered as one of the best Final Fantasy titles. The CGI and music are phenomenal, but the game play, story, characters, and linear exploration all weigh this game down from its full potential. This game is a Final Fantasy title with an identity crisis. It doesn't know if it wants to be real time combat or turn-based combat. Thus, we have an awkward hybrid that pleases no one. The gear progression system is incredibly convoluted and the character progression isn't much better. I'd probably recommend listening to the Japanese VO over the English VO as the latter is rather obnoxious, especially with characters like Vanille. I really wanted to enjoy this game, because it had so much potential, but it was a let down in a major way.
This is the first entry out of 3 in the Final Fantasy 13 series and is a port of the PS3 game. It is a JRPG which features multiple main characters, the biggest one being Lightning (yes that's what she's called). You start off immediately in a cutscene which just as quickly throws you into a battle. Story wise, you are pushed into a religious, kind of political battle involving godly being known as fal'cie, normal humans, religious humans, and l'cie, which are humans turned into fal'cie slaves. As you can imagine, it becomes a very convoluted story. The graphics are overall very good and beautiful. The gameplay is that of a turn based, in which you attack, wait a certain amount of time for your energy bar to fill up, and then attack again, with monsters attacking in between. It suffers from FPS drops no matter what kind of rig your running it on, but it's usually only in large areas when your walking and won't effect you during gameplay, battles especially. Overall, it's a great game with a good but confusing story that suffers from being to linear, in that it's basically you playing through roughly 50 hours of repetitive battle sequences, with short bits of story given every so often in a repetitive manner. A great game, but not amazing.
In fact, FFXIII is a very good action RPG game, I absolutely fell in love with his lovely soundtrack, his character are also good, and high resolution graphics but it could be better, in one hand, it is too short, in the other hand it has a nice story but in my opinion it is very lineal, exploration didn't exist in this game, I miss it but I can live without it, so, I think it is a good game but it could be better. So, if you loved Final Fantasy like me, you would buy it, you will never regret!
Final Fantasy XIII, though with amazing graphic and interesting characters, is a disappointment compared to its predecessors. I'm not comparing the games to FFVII or VI, but the whole franchise. Let's talk about the good first. First the game has the best graphic compared to its predecessors--the cinematic cut scenes are well-done and realistic. Second the whole game probably gives you two most memorable characters, Lightning and Vanille. These two characters are well-developed and definitely give us some of the best moments in the game. But the game also suffers from its character development. The game also suffers with its character development. First voice-acting, the voice-acting are annoying in English version, it seems like the voice-actors didn't really put lots of efforts into it with the exception of Lightning and comically-relieving Sazh. The game also didn't really develop other characters in your party well. I feel like there's a potential to develop the background of Hope, one of my favorite characters in the game, but Square Enix just didn't give him as much attention as the Big Three of the Game--Lightning, Snow, and Vanille. The story is interesting, but it's also confusing, I didn't get explanation of what's going on in the beginning, I only got explanation piece by piece as I progressed through the story. I was so confused with the terms like "l'Cie" and didn't get any explanation until middle of the game. Combat system is really annoying, compared to FFXII, this game's combat system is a huge drawback. First, you can't move your character around freely, your character's movement is controlled by the AI. Also you don't have direct control of the other two members of your party, which is really annoying since sometime I want my teammate to cast a spell that my character doesn't have but instead the AI just does some other thing instead. Even though, you can indirectly control their action by constantly switching Paradigm, but I would still like to have control over my teammates. Lastly, you will get Gameover a lot because of this system, since you get Gameover everytime the character you controlled dies. It makes sense if your whole party dies like the previous games of the franchise, but why can't I simply switch to another characters and use Phoenix Down to revive the characters I have controlled over. BUT NO, Phoenix Down is only for you to use it on your teammate, once your character dies, the whole party LOSES. What's going on? Gameplay-wise, the game is very linear in the beginning, you can't choose your teammate and the character you want to have control over until middle of the game and you do not get the open-world exploration until farther later. The game lacks secret and optional boss fights and lacks optional dungeons for you to explore. This game is a disappointment compared to the previous games of the franchise. If you are going to play Final Fantasy for the first time, DO NOT START WITH THIS GAME FIRST, I recommend you to start with VI, VII, VIII, X, or XII, especially VII since its on PC Port and it's the best game of the franchise, or simply wait for the release of XV. But if you are a beginner of the franchise and want a Final Fantasy PC experience, don't start with this game.
Like most Final Fantasy flagship titles, FFXIII is largely a lot of hype without actual substance to back it up. I'll always admit the CGI and music for Final Fantasy games are the best. However, the actual game play, story, and characters are always lacking. Lightning is the stereotypical strong and silent type who is stubborn. Hope is obnoxious, immature, and holds a grudge against Snow, who is equally as childish as well as foolish and downright stupid. Suffice to say, these characters as well with others find themselves in a bind and must work together to stay alive. The story is really predictable and character interactions are cheesy and not compelling. It really blows my mind how utterly clueless Square Enix seems to be when it comes to making a decent story. Combat is an awkward real-time, turn-based experience where characters can change their roles on the fly. It gets incredibly redundant very quickly and is not that engaging. Exploration is very linear the first 80% of the game and reminds me of games twenty years ago. I should also mention this is a terrible PC port with no graphical settings, no 1080p adjustment, locked frame rate at 30, and wonky controls that do not make sense. Aside from all my criticism, the game is remotely decent. If you get it for cheap, you might want to try it out. Otherwise, you really aren't missing much, as is the case with most Final Fantasy games.
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