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From the creative minds behind FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY X comes the latest installment in the critically acclaimed series. As FINAL FANTASY VII was for PlayStation, and FINAL FANTASY X for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, FINAL FANTASY XIII will be the first numbered FINAL FANTASY title for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360, and will look to once again reestablish the series as the RPG brand. Players will follow Lightning, Snow, and the other heroes who are dealt a hand of fate by the god-like fal'Cie. Cursed and regarded as enemies of society, they have the world against them and nobody to rely on but each other. Will they find the strength within themselves to break free of their curse and determine their own fates, or will they succumb to this higher power? With a story that is sure to connect with players' hearts, diverse new characters from world-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura, and exciting new gameplay features centered around an evolved Active Time Battle system,FINAL FANTASY XIII will be the pinnacle in gaming experiences.


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Developed for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360, FINAL FANTASY XIII features the series’ most impressive graphical presentation.
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FINAL FANTASY XIII
Summons are stronger than ever before, now with the action-oriented Gestalt Mode.
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FINAL FANTASY XIII
The evolved Active Time Battle system presents players with countless methods of putting enemies away.
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Story
Cocoon — a utopia in the sky. Its inhabitants believed their world a paradise.
Under the Sanctum's rule, Cocoon had long known peace and prosperity.
Mankind was blessed by its protectors, the benevolent fal'Cie, and believed that tranquil days would continue forever.
Their tranquility was shattered with the discovery of one hostile fal'Cie.
The moment that fal'Cie from Pulse — the feared and detested lowerworld — awoke from its slumber, peace on Cocoon came to an end.
Fal'Cie curse humans, turning them into magic-wielding servants.
They become l'Cie — chosen of the fal'Cie.
 Those branded with the mark of a l'Cie carry the burden of either fulfilling their Focus or facing a fate harsher than death itself.
A prayer for redemption.
A wish to protect the world.
A promise to challenge destiny.
After thirteen days of fates intertwined, the battle begins.

Features
  • Take Part in a Gaming Experience that Sets New Standards – The first in the series developed for a simultaneous release on multiple high-definition consoles, FINAL FANTASY XIII pushes new boundaries in cinematic presentation, sound and gameplay.
  • Experience the Unity of Speed and Strategy with the Ultimate Active Time Battle system – The familiar system has evolved, granting players the freedom of executing numerous commands in a single turn with the multi-slot ATB gauge. Whether inputting singular commands in each slot for consecutive attacks, or expending multiple slots at once to activate a devastating blow, it's up to the players to respond effectively to the battle conditions at hand.
  • Adapt to the Ever-Changing Tide of Battle with Paradigms – A brand-new game mechanic enabling players to assign roles to their party members at any time during battle, shifting between combat paradigms. Consisting of various combinations of the game's six roles, ranging from Commando, the offensive specialist, to Medic, the quintessential healer, paradigms allow players to respond and adapt instantly to any given situation to turn the tide and seize victory.
  • Witness the Battle Scene Transform with an All-New Summon System – Introducing Gestalt Mode, a powerful dimension of the summon system that elevates the action to a whole new level. In Gestalt Mode, characters and their transformed Eidolons fight as one, dealing massive damage to enemies through simple button commands.
  • Delve into an Emotional Experience – An immersive storyline connects players to an intriguing cast of characters. Will they have the strength to confront their cursed fates, or will destiny prevail over all that they believe in?

The Characters
Lightning Lightning
This solitary young woman speaks little of herself – even her true name is a mystery. She is known to others simply as "Lightning."
Snow Snow
An irrepressible, fiery young man, Snow dives headfirst into danger using nothing but his powerful physique as a weapon.
Vanille Vanille
Vanille is an endearing young woman with a relentlessly sunny disposition. Her bright personality gives no hint of the dark resolve that lies within.
Sazh Sazh
Sazh is a friendly, cheerful man who is never without his curious companions – a chocobo chick and a pair of pistols. He is quick to banter, but also keeps a mature perspective on matters.
Hope Hope
Hope has enjoyed a markedly uneventful youth on humankind's haven of Cocoon. His life is turned upside down at the hands of the Sanctum's Purge.
Sera Sera
Sera is Lightning's younger sister and Snow's fiancee. Always showing concern for Lightning, she has an inner fortitude that allows her to make her own decisions without relying on her older sister.
Fang Fang
Fang is a mysterious woman who is working with the Sanctum military despite bearing the mark of the detested l'Cie. She has a strong-minded personality and is unconcerned with trivialities.
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Details

ESRB:  T
Number of Players:  Single-player
Publisher:  Square Enix
Developer:  Square (Enix), Inc.
Console:  PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre:  RPG
Release Date:  March 9, 2010
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review by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
What starts the story in this game?   You are in control of Lightning. She's on a personal mission to save her younger sister Serah from the grasp of the evil Fal'Cie. With your partner Sazh you make your way to where the Fal'Cie lie in wait. The story quickly shifts you to the story of Snow. This young man is Serahs fiancee. While working on a mission with NORA (his resistance group), tragedy strikes and an innocent mother is lost. This lose of an important figure quickly …
review by . December 23, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
The long awaited Final Fantasy XIII was finally released this year after many years in development, FF has been one of my favorite series ever since I first played it on the Super Nintendo, even though there are 13 games in the series, each game pretty much stand on its own and has pretty different mechanics, so even though I was pretty much burned out on Japanese RPGs, I was still looking forward to this game.      Well, the game is finally out, and after a great looking intro …
review by . March 17, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
As Final Fantasy ages, each new installment seems to become more and more polarizing as Final Fantasy incorprates new ideas.  Final Fantasy X got a fairly warm reception among audiences and is often labeled by fans as one of the best Final Fantasy outings out there.  Since then, however, the Final Fantasy titles released have often received mixed reactions from fans.  Final Fantasy XI went online and had fans scratching their heads.  Final Fantasy XII incorporated an entirely …
review by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
Alright I held off reviewing the game until I actually finished the main story completely.      Final Fantasy XIII ushers in a new age and way for newcomers to the Final Fantasy "brand" and for old fans to get their yearly Final Fantasy in. This game takes an alternative approach and virtually allows the player to experience the story in a streamlined and fast way. Unlike other RPG's, the player wont find themself straying off on the path to fulfill sidequest orders …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
Ah yes Final Fantasy XIII, probably one of the most disappointing one for a lot of people, but for everyone who still want to play this game, don't be biased, give this a chance and you will see that it can get quite interesting.  The story and character development are not the best, that's true, but they are still likeable and interesting. The graphics are top quality and everything runs smooth, the soundtrack is really nice and the voice actors know their job, as far as it concerns me, …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
For a game that's polarised popular opinion so much, there really isn't a great deal in FFXIII for people to pick on, as far as I'm concerned. Fun, intense, thrilling gameplay, combined with a sweeping, powerful, emotional soundtrack, vivid, detailed and unique art design, a well-presented (if formulaic) plot full of fairly likeable characters and a mixture of comedy and tragedy played up to eleven. Maybe I'm the only person out there who feels this way, but FFXIII was a diamond …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
One of the top Final Fantasies in my honest opinion. The game is just fantastic. Music is superb. Graphics are just amazing. and the characters are very impressive. The good far outshines the bad (like the brilliance of a thousand suns+1). I loved almost every aspect of this game. Don't let bad reviews make you turn a blind eye to this beautiful game.
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
I know the beginning is very streamlined at the beginning, but the story is great, and it the game really opens up in chapter ten.
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
A waste of time....and i cant believe it will have a Part 2
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
What is there left to be said about this title that I or many others have already said repeatedly in the daily posts of Siliconera? A true disappointment, but it gets a point for presentation. Perhaps if I had went into it with a more open mind I would have enjoyed it better, but the accumulation of the long wait coupled with what was promised in the trailers had mislead me too far in the wrong direction already.      EDIT: Playing it on my friend's 360, I was unable to complete …
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