I’m fighting with myself regarding the best way to handle this review. It’s probably best that I make a few things abundantly clear right away since anyone that thinks about it and runs the numbers will figure out my chief reservation: Final Fantasy XIII came out today and I have no money. There is no way that I could have written this review after playing the game since, first, the game is well over a literal day’s worth of playing, and secondly, I don’t get advanced copies of games to play in time for reviews to come out. All that said, I looked all over for reviews on the game and I figured the best thing to do would be to give my findings and impressions on the game having never played it but wanting to after playing a handful of older Final Fantasy games.
As If You Needed A Review
The story for this new game is completely beyond me. I don’t like reading every little detail about a game before I buy it, so all the trailer and cinemas and facts about the game’s story are better left to experience later. I do know that there are two worlds, Cocoon and Pulse, and they’re at war. Lightning, the game’s main protagonist, is vitally important to the world for a reason other than her just being the protagonist (I’m sure of at least that much). The consensus from reviewers out there is that the story is nothing mind shattering and it probably isn’t the best Final Fantasy story, but it is very good. The characters are well done save for one massive annoyance (seriously, every review has dinged the game for her alone) and it seems that if this is your usual sort of game, you’ll be pleased with the story.
That being said, the game is ridiculously linear, especially for a Final Fantasy game. This isn’t a good thing or a bad thing. This is just a thing. I have no real opinion on the thought of the game holding my hand for at least the first 30 hours of the game until finally allowing me to change my party or develop my characters as I see fit. I can see the benefits and I can see the downside, but it obviously comes down to your preference in game styles. If the open world of Final Fantasy VII made that game for you, you’ll probably hate XIII.
Every review I read or see talks about the new combat system and as of now I still can’t wrap my mind around it. No, it’s a good system from what everyone’s saying; I just have no clue how it works until I have a controller in my hands and I’ve been lead about by the game to learn everything in careful detail. At least everything looks extremely cool, so I won’t even bore you with the battle system any more than to say it’s very intimidating from the outside looking in.
You’re looking at one of the most well crafted games graphically on either system right now. Square-Enix knows what they’re doing, which makes sense as FFXIII has been in development for…I lose count of years. It’s been a long time coming though, so of course it looks great. And it’s out on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, meaning most gamers can try it out. If you want the clear decision as to which system has the better version, PS3 wins, but it’s on the most minor of graphics so don’t lose sleep over the choice if you only have a 360. You’re still getting the same great game.
And that’s the final say: The game is great. But you already know whether you want to play it or not. Either you like Japanese RPGs or you don’t. You’ve known whether you were going to play FFXIII before they even announced it all those years ago. With all that in mind, I leave the final choice of a purchase up to you, but if you do want to play it, renting just isn’t an option.