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  • Feb 21, 2011

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 wrecks a young child named Hopes life. He and Vanille begin to pursue Snow, who went after Serah as well, in hopes of getting revenge. The five soon get entangled in a tough decision: they can fight against a destined fate or destroy the world they live in. This soon spirals into a long and fantastic story that any fan of a RPG can enjoy.

What was the most challenging part of this game?
The final boss of this game is complete bollocks. If the party leader your controlling in the battle dies, it's game over for you. Adding the fact that the boss has a One-Hit Kill move, it makes this fight a real pain. I often found myself getting closer and closer to finally beating the boss and *Shazam* it uses the insta-kill move on my party leader. I would usually die right on the spot. I can't tell you how frustrating it was to have this happen countless times. But after not giving up for several hours I finally beat it. All my hard work had come to fruition and I was on my way to a what I thought was a happy ending.

Was the story good?
Absolutely! The whole story was great. Picking out a single point from the 60+ hours of story and saying it is my favorite part is down right impossible. I loved every aspect of this story. The love in relationships between certain characters was the genuine article. The story of trust and friendship was phenomenal. Protecting what you loved was a major part in the story, every character was driven to do just that. The story flowed so smoothly. I'll never forget how heartwarming and depressing the ending was to me. I had loved the entire story and didn't want it to end. Yet sadly all great things must come to an end.

*Luckily it goes on in the next installment being developed by SE called "Final Fantasy XIII-2".*


Share the most innovative gameplay mechanic.

The Eidolons were this games answer to summons. Every main character had one. Acquiring them was no walk in the park either. Once you summoned them your other party members would disappear and your Eidolon would swoop in too save the day. Each Eidolon had two forms. The first being what they were summoned to the field as, which is best described as a humanoid form. While in this form they would fight along side you and act as another party member.
     The other form was a vehicle form (only one didn't even relate to a vehicle, I'm looking at you Alexander) called gestalt mode. You would transform them into this form before their SP gauge was full. The final attack was always a the big hitter of all. It would almost always kill the random enemy you were fighting; while only doing a good chunk of damage to the bosses.
The Eidolons were such a great addition to the game. I found myself using them any chance I got.

What ice cream flavor describes this game?
This was a simple choice: Rocky Road. Just as the name implies, it's a bumpy road at first, but as you go along it evens out and turns into a very nice and smooth ride for anyone to enjoy. All the bumps are simply the cons of this game.
-First, linearity of the dungeons is a big issue to a lot of people when it comes to this game. I felt the dungeons were all done extremely well. No two hallways looked the same and I found myself walking through each corridor slowly taking in the great design.
-Second, others say the characters are boring or dull with the exception of a few characters. I had no issue with this. The characters to me were some of the best in the series. They each had some part of their personality I could relate to.
-Lastly, It is said you can just mash the confirm button when your in battle since there is a auto command, and you don't have to put in any effort towards the fight. I feel this is said by people who simply played only the first part of the game and quit out of influence from judging the game too early or they read a bad review. As the game progresses your forced to change classes and fight certain types of enemies in different ways. Every enemy can't be killed by simple physical attacks or the cast of the spell ruin. If you don't change classes or strategies, your in for a very tough fight.
     The rocks of this road are quickly turned to pebbles and hardly ever  noticed again once you overlook them. The wonderful road this game lays out after its "short comings" is a beautiful story, wonderful characters, well designed dungeons and an addictive battle system. So give this game a shot if your searching for any of these from a RPG.

Thanks you for reading my review. Criticism and comments are very welcomed.

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March 21, 2011
I love the FF games. This one looks great. I recently got it as a gift, but I haven't had the time to play it. Your review definitely makes me want to check it out sooner. Nice job!
March 21, 2011
Thank you. The FF series is easily my favorite series of games. I really enjoy them. You should definitely play it.
March 21, 2011
They are my favorites too. Second would probably be Zelda or Mario Brothers. I want to get into the Assassin's Creed series soon. I will definitely play it and let you know what I think. :)
March 21, 2011
Zelda comes in a close third, Pokemon beats Zelda by a hair, haha. A.C was to repetitive for my taste. wasn't really much variety for me. I'll be waiting to hear your voice.
March 22, 2011
I've only played a few Pokemon games. It's been ages, lol. My favorite was an oldie called "Pokemon Snap."
March 22, 2011
Ahh...I remeber the good ole' days of Pokemon Snap. It was so much fn for it's time. now its just a distant memory.
March 22, 2011
(laughs) Indeed it is. I used to play that with my niece and nephew. They were way better at it then me. :)
February 27, 2011
I've always liked the FF games even when they didnt meet my expectations. Great review! welcome to the site!
February 28, 2011
Thank You!
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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.

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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The evolved Active Time Battle system presents players with countless methods of putting enemies away.
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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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