Rated 2 out of 10 by Dragjendaer 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.
Rated 6 out of 10 by Dana prince 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.
Rated 9 out of 10 by qwertasdfg Not FF
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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by GL Jr. 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by yungluke222 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
Rated 10 out of 10 by ChamillitaryJM Solid Game
As a long-time Final Fantasy fan, I actually very much enjoyed FFXIII. It doesn't deserve the hate it gets from other Final Fantasy fans. The storyline was amazing. The characters were very well developed. Its biggest issue is its linearity. While it does help focus on the story, it takes away the feeling that Final Fantasy usually had. Despite that, it still was a really solid game. It still felt like a Final Fantasy game, but it was a little different from the older Final Fantasy games (which made sense because Final Fantasy fans were wanting something different when XII came out; then they wanted to complain about the fact that XIII was different from the older ones). If you want a game that's consistently good and fun throughout, I really suggest Final Fantasy XIII. Don't listen to the hate it gets from other Final Fantasy fans. This old school Final Fantasy fan enjoyed it very much, and it may go down as one of my favorites from the series (behind VII & X).
Rated 0 out of 10 by The Enforcer360 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.
Rated 0 out of 10 by evelmike XBOX360 vs. PS3: No Difference
Some people have commented on "bonus content bundled with the PS3" version of this game. I am writing to inform you all that the only difference between the PS3 and 360 versions of this game is the number of discs. The PlayStation 3 will come with 1 game disc, while the Xbox 360 will have multiple discs (the total number has not yet been confirmed, as the 360 release will only occur in North America, which hasn't happened yet). There is NO BONUS CONTENT for the PlayStation 3 version of this game, as some on this site have stated. They are simply misinformed or lying. The only PS3-exclusive deal was release in Japan on the same dame the game was released. The deal featured a special all-white 120GB PlayStation3 Slim with a pink lightning design on it. This was only available in Japan for a limited time, and will not be made available in the North American release. It should be noted that this special offer did not alter the content of the game itself in any way, shape or form.
Rated 6 out of 10 by Kingdomkid 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Josh "JKID" Final Fantasy underated?
Final fantasy is one of the best graphic, story based role playing games to come out on the xbox. Final fantasy XIII has a new unique battle system at which at the beginning it may confuse a lot of people. The game has no side quest until the late chapters. Now time to tell the story which is one of the best you will ever come to, lighting the main character of the game is an outstanding character, although when you really get into the game you really can't tell she is the main character. GRAN PULSE that area is by far the best looking area ever, all the things you can do are just mind blowing. Now the final chapters of this game can be very crucial and may require a lot of just grinding it out. Cut scenes are just so amazing, you will never see graphics like this in any other game I guarentee it!!! Even when you beat the game you still have a lot to do, side quest, look for treasure/weapons, explore, or just for the fun of it ride your chocobo all around the place!!!