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Wow, what a letdown. (updated 4/28!)

  • Mar 9, 2010
Rating:
-1
(initially I had given this a four-star rating. Here is my original review)

Ah, the "Final Fantasy" series. I remember as a callow youth playing the original NES game after a friend lent it to me. I was very confused because I hadn't really come across the concept of a video game RPG before. Then along came the Super Nintendo and "Final Fantasy II"/"Final Fantasy IV" and from there on I was hooked.

I've put in time on all the games in the series except FFXI (I already pay $15 a month for WoW and don't want to pay for another online game). I've beaten most of them. I can say without a doubt that this entry stands among the best. It's not quite up there with 6, 7 or 10, but it's better than 8, and really quite good.

You know the story by now. Heck, you knew it before it was announced. Let me see here: group of people get together to fight bad guy, explore the world, and raise chocobos. Yes, that's a good enough summary. Of course the quality comes with the execution, and I'm not far enough into the game yet to judge the execution of this particular game's story, but I will say it's off to a decent start.

You've doubtless heard about the button-mashing battles and, yes, it's as basic as you feared. Pretty much all you have to do is select the auto-fight option and let the game sit back and do the work for you. You also only control one of the characters in your party. This is, to say the least, a bit vexing. Also, you don't get the victory music at the end of the battle. Sure, that's a minor thing, but I miss it.

On the other hand, the rest of the gameplay seems fine, though I have a feeling the database feature is going to get annoying as time goes on.

As for the characters, eh, no one really stands out as anything particularly amazing or notable so far. I'm becoming partial to snow, but I haven't seen anyone with the charisma of, say, Wakka pop up and steal the show.

But what about the graphics, I hear you ask? Well, they're quite sensational. Surely you don't expect anything less? The game really pops visually and the opening sequence is quite impressive! The in-game graphics are slightly less so, but it's like comparing navel oranges with Valencia oranges. They're both orange and tasty, but only one should be made into juice.

This is at the very least a worthy successor to the name "Final Fantasy", though bearing in mind that a game called "Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest" also exists, this is perhaps damning with faint praise. It's a great addition to any gamer's collection of games!

(and now the updated version)

Wow, what a letdown. I'd put in about four or five hours of gameplay when I wrote that review. I'd expected/hoped that the problems I had with it would go away and that the game would smooth out.

I was wrong.

This is basically a rail game. It's basically rails game. You walk from point a to point b to point c in a very, very linear fashion. There's no towns, there's no real side quests, there's no real combat strategy. There's nothing that one would like from a "Final Fantasy" standpoint. Oh, yes, the music was decent and the graphics exceptional, but a: no Victory Music, and b: the graphics, while great, are not all that a video game needs.

I'm well into disc 2 and I give up. There's no reason to keep playing. I'm going to go trade it in while it still has some decent trade-in value.

Sorry to the one person who thought my four-star review was helpful. I owe you a Coke. :)

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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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Summons are stronger than ever before, now with the action-oriented Gestalt Mode.
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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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