Final Fantasy XIII
This is my FINAL Final Fantasy.
Final fantasy developers... I get the whole appeal of "amazing Graphics" to children. But that's not what FF was originally about. It was about amazing storytelling, involving gameplay and the ability to explore and make choices. But FF has involved into something else...Sure the whole "save the world" storyline still persists, but what is with the character design? WHICH demographic are you trying to capture? 10 - 14 year old girls? What happened to the challenge your previous games had? WHAT HAPPENED TO AN INTERESTING AND ENGAGING STORYLINE??? Your original fanbase feels alienated. And so, we have departed. Seriously, the last several games (including that pitiful mmorpg) feel like a Geo metro disguised as a Ferrari Enzo. To those of you who feel my pain, please join me in putting an end to this abomination that calls itself Final fantasy. The franchise has officially met its end, and its time to finalize this fantasy.
Not Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy XIII does such injustice to the brand that it shall now only be referred to as XIII. I could handle no money from battles, no EXP system,the fact that there is only 1 Eidolon per person, but I absolutely can't stand that Eidolons beyond a certain point are useless. BTW, leveling up your weapons and accessories is a bad idea too. I've been a fan of Final Fantasy from the earliest versions up to Final Fantasy IX and am truly a hard-core FF7 fan, a game I play at least once a year. Final Fantasy XIII does not rise to the occasion when compared to FF7, 8, or 9 and for that reason I would not recommend this game to anyone who knows and loves Final Fantasy as it was. In my opinion the game should have had an EXP system, money after battles, and as many summons as is typical of a Final Fantasy game. And please, please, don't weaken the summons they are there for a reason and that reason is true brute force. All-in-all the game is fun but is more disappointing than anything else.
Only devout Final Fantasy fans would play this. It was the only reason I dumped 55 hours in to this game only to be completely dissatisfied with the ending and story overall as a whole. I kept thinking it would get better, but it really didn't. I'm rather surprised it is actually being made in to a series. The plot is hard to follow, even for gamers religious to the series. The battle system is not truly turn based, and the paradigm system takes too many precious seconds to switch to in times of need. If you do pick this up you WILL be frustrated with the countless bosses as each one takes a tailor made paradigm setup for victory, so be sure to find your happy place and have some patience so you're not rage quitting on every new boss! On the flipside, a few positive points were the graphics and soundtrack were pretty solid despite the score not being composed by Nobuo Uematsu. The addition of a Leona Lewis track made no sense and had no relevance to the story whatsoever. If you're looking for the last great Final Fantasy with a full voice cast, then look no further than Final Fantasy X for the PS2.
Jaw Dropping Game, Best game I have ever played
Alright I have Played a crap load of video games in my time and I have never tried ANY of the final fantasy games and I just picked this game up and HOLY SHIT. This has to be the best game I have ever played!!!!!! I have very high expectations for video games even RPG's, but this game did it all for me! I fell in love with the characters, the action, and the story line! Absolutely fantastic Video game! The GameInformer Mag gave this game a 9.25 out of 10. That's good enough for me, the graphics are jaw dropping I feel like I'm watching a damn movie for God's sake! I remember selling the game to get another game and I couldn't do it, this game is gonna be in my possession for A LONGGGG TIME. The game-play and Length of the game are perfect! I have at least 30 hours of game-play so far and I haven't even gotten to the 3rd disk yet! Controls and sound are just as perfect as the game-play. The music for one is just so COOL! like an action movie to me! Bottom line GET THIS GAME!! -GL Jr.
this might not be a keeper :(
I ahev played alot of Final fantasy game and by far i like the way they made the characters' lives intertwine but they could have tried to make a batter story line and much better length on the first disc. the first disc i beat in a day and i'm on the second. the summoning monster battles are harder yes but they lack the strategy of fighting like the previous games. i have to say that FF13 will never top it's younger brother FF10 in anyway. they need more missions and sidequests! i played FF12 and that had more to do than this FF does. i am a Square enix fan but i would like to see FF14 be fifty times better than FF13. maybe a better story line, more battles, epic cut scenes that make sense, moer useful items, and anything else they can see in the game's hole filled out look. truly i am the kind of person who can't sell a game until i beat it and i will have to say my bayonetta has a better storyline that makes more sense than FF13. sorry Square enix you lucked out but try again with FF14.
i have played and enjoyed every final fantasy since 7 except 11. they were all great games and i have been waiting so long for FF 13. As a stand alone game this is a great game but it is not a final fantasy game. they should have called it something different and then square would have a huge hit. lableing a game Final Fantasy comes with alot of expectations and this game doesn't meet many. there is practically no exploring and there is no exp system. you no longer earn Gil from battles. the summons are a joke. you cannot aquire many different ones but only one per character. the list goes on and on about how this game isn't final fantasy. it does have a decent story line though. its not as good as 7,8,or 9 but seems to be going in the right dirrection. o ya and the graphics are amazing and the best have i ever seen for any game. but ya square should have named it something else and made a FF 13 that lived up to the franchise. i hope they fix their mistakes with the next FF games.
What I expected & more
Man ive never ever write a review but i had to for this one. first off the new battle system is raw it really works well and is very very effective if u use it right. at the begining of the game it was easy and i was unstoppable but when i got a little further i had some bumpy roads but once i figured out some neat tricks with the battle system i found its potential to be unmatchable. it is very effective if u kno how to use it. the graphics are too good i love staring at the enviroment its very beatiful an the colors and cutscenes are amazing and are exactly what i have come to expect from a ff game. the controls are easy and the storyline i think is my fav next to ff. the eidolons are very good an effective if used right. my biggest plus for this game is how if u can maximize your strategy with the battle system u can make the game easy or hard ive found it very easy once i figured out how to use it i still die though sadly lol but this game i beleive is a must have if u like final fantasy
Exclusive games not so exclusive
Everyone has known from the beginning of time that the first FF came out on the PS that those to would be a married till death do them part. But that doesn't seem the case anymore considering that relationship just died and that FF13 is now coming to the Xbox 360. You all might be thinking why is so important to us well considering that FF was always PS game and what does this mean about other exclusives that PS owns i mean don't get me wrong FF has also been seen with a few Nintendo products but when you say FF what first comes to mind PS. This just hasn't happen with FF look at GTA 4 they were sure that it was only going to be a PS exclusive until the arrival of E3 even some RE fans were surprise to see it coming to the 360. All im trying to say really is that about time FF has seen the light and is now letting 360 fans experience FF for the first real time if i was Sony would be worried about who will switch sides next. If they GoW to 360 say goodbye to sony and their career.
One apple that fell FAR from the tree......
I've never taken the time to write a review for any game in 22 years of gaming. I fell like I'm obligated to tell you about this though. Consider this game to actually create a new genre of gaming , Drama. It's basically from start to finish one long movie that you spontaneously control. I mean ABSOLUTELY no character customization or leveling WHATSOEVER, this needs to be in caps considering its the most important part, NO TOWNS, NO WORLD MAP ! It strips all aspects of an RPG for graphics. Aren't the looks of a game supposed to be just an added plus? Excuse me but I play games for fun , don't ever substitute playability for glamor. If you already bought this for full price let out one big sigh and move on before you waste anymore of your time. It doesn't get better, theres no replay value, no side quests, the spells and attacks are somehow the same after over 20 years. Get real , Square Enix you got me one last time , congrats.
It was somewhat of a let down.
I got this game and thought it would be really cool. This would be my first Final Fantasy game and I am here to say it was somewhat of a let down. I was expecting it to be like Kingdom Hearts were you could explore amazing worlds freely. Not having to do missions all the time. Not with this game. Your always on a mission and the battle system is not very good. All you really do with the battle system is select an attack and press A. Thats it. Nothing more to it. I am not trying to say the game was horrible. Even though it was pretty close. I am just saying that in future let the Final Fantasy game worlds be Free-Roam. Let the Battle System be more interactive like Kingdom Hearts. I am not even through the first disk yet and already I am having a hard time beating the enemies. If in the future Square Enix decides to make the games more interactive I think all Final Fantasy fans would be thankful for it. But overall I am personally sad to say that this game is not very good.