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Final Fantasy XIII - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2010
Most disappointing game ever.

I absolutely love the Final Fantasy series. I tend to buy the games right when they com out to get into a great story with amazing characters, and lose myself in the game for a while.
With FF XIII, I cannot.

I've already invested about 30-40 hours into the game but I just can't keep playing... it pains me when I do. When I have some time I'll sit down to play a little bit (because eventually I would like to finish it) however, after playing it for an hour or so or getting to another part of the game, I think to myself 'why am I still playing this garbage?' It truly feels like it's taking forever when I play it.

The characters are terrible, you don't like any of them because they are annoying... the script, the acting, the 'hero' as he calls himself. The game's storyline is so complex and ridiculous that no minor would understand it, yet the acting of the characters and the way they changed the espers (yes, I'm sticking with espers) it is intended for a child to enjoy.

Don't get me wrong, the graphics are amazing, but not even that would make me give the game more than 1 star. I see a lot of great looking games nowadays, not as nice as this one, but the rest of the game is absolute garbage.
No side missions, no exploring, no care for the characters... To the one review who said this was 'their first FF ever and loved it', you're missing out big time. If the next FF title that comes out is like this one, I will abandon the FF series forever (well, not really, they have to get it wrong once in a while I guess... ) I can't return it, but I'm going to sell it while the value is still higher. My first FF ever that I will never complete and want to get rid of for good.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2010
I love final fantasy. I have played every game in the series starting with FF1 on the NES. Every game has been different in some way and there were some missteps along the road, but generally the games have been moving forward with enough changes and surprises to keep us entertained.
Final Fantasy 13 is the exception to the rule. I haven't played a game in a long time that made me want to skip cutscenes, dungeons and just "get it over with" as much as this one. The linear gameplay was accentuated due to the lack of control the player has from the first 20 hours or so of the game.

Many options of traditional RPG's are limited here. The crystarium points (FF 13's sorry excuse for experience) are locked off until certain bosses are defeated, there are no special paths to be taken or treasure to find other than the stuff that is obviously on your map. The item upgrade system doesn't show up until well after hour 10. There are a handful of opportunities to even press a button to talk to NPC's in this game. The shop is boring, useless and makes little sense considering the characters are often in strange locales or being hunted by hostiles. It felt really lazy and didn't even fit with most situations but I can see why a developer would use an online shop/save as opposed to spending time putting characters into the world to interact with. You cant choose who is in your party, and fighting monsters is hardly satisying when you have to pretend you are in an MMO as many fights seem to drag on and on. These problems by themselves are not so bad but combined together they take the fun out of an RPG experience.

The summon fights were also a huge annoyance. They cause you to die over and over when you try to impress them and figure out what works to fill the gauge to befriend them. It doesn't feel like much of a game, just a mechanic put in place to make the game take longer to beat through trial and error.

I really wanted to like this game but I couldn't even bring myself to play it after 40 hours. I just realized I was having zero fun and reminded myself that that was the whole point to playing the game in the first place. I am shocked that this game was reviewed so favourably but maybe it's just a sign of a new gamer generation or the FF fanboy effect finally deathgripping even the most seasoned reviewer. One thing is for sure, this game will go down in the history of Final Fantasy as one of the biggest stinkers, and if you like it it will still pale in comparison to other games of the FF series.

RENT EVEN IF YOU ARE A FAN. ITS A CHEAPER WAY TO GET BURNED BY THIS GAME.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
DIdnt like it, characters were too cliche for me and boring, music was too j-pop. played 13 hours and still couldnt see anything worth playing more.

Would buy used.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2010
What a disappointment.... what happened ....

I feel like I'm watching a movie instead of playing a game ... too much .... oh can we get some characters that don't giggle and a plot that you can actually follow ... gees the conversations are so bad ... well I'm not even going there .. at least FF Xii was interesting ... characters and plot. Oh and before I forget what's with the the main character lighting smacking around poor snow just for loving her sister ... ok a bit too much ... and some of the other characters remind me of the old characters from previous final fantasies .. no imagination ... no creativity ... nothing ....

I think I'm done with this saga ... not only are the battle sessions disappointing (5 point star system - I can't recall the actual game but I know this has been done before ... 10 years ago) but join the rest of the world and start making ff with real time battles and quests, and areas to explore, a plot (something interesting like dragon age, fable). Someone told me that it gets better after an hour. Well lets see, I spent $70 on the game, $20 on the walkthrough and I have to wait a full hour before it gets interesting .... gees.... I don't thinks so.

I am so thoroughly disgusted ... I can't even get my money back ... so I think I'm going to put this game up for sale on e-bay ... hopefully someone will buy it ... but if you have any sense don't... or I can play frisbee with my dog ... I'm sure he'll enjoy it ... and as for the walkthrough I'll use it in the fireplace ... thanks SOny
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