4.0 out of 5 stars
Mediocre game made better with Guide, Sep 16 2011
I have been a Final Fantasy fan since the beginning and I must say that from the first original game to around FF10, the series has been plummeting down big-time. The MMOs are too much and FF12 and this semi-stinker FF13 have really diverged from what FF really conveyed. I think the CG and tech have overshadowed what made these games great, which is the story. Anyways, I found that trudging through this game was a chore and a bore getting killed left and right because I wasn't strong enough or the stupid paradigm system failed me or I stumbled into an area I could access but then got lost as to what to do (even though the game was pretty much all linear; go from point A to B; which in my opinion is not an RPG anymore, thats an action-adventure) However, after getting this Guide, I found it alot easier to get through this game with ease and could actually concentrate on story (as if the story even mattered anyways!) and even setup the paradigms (which is still a stupid system; bring back ATB or its not RPG!!!)
Note to Square Enix: remember those games you had called Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII......well, do you remember???? or is it just about selling product branded with the FF logo and making profit? Because I'll tell you one thing, if you return the series back to the way those three were made, in terms of story with the improved graphics and tech available now, you don't even need to think about profit margins etc.............the margin will be crushed by all that moving product.
..........just a thought.........