Final Fantasy XIII

Posted by Tiluvar at at 2:54pm on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Looks like it's going to be a busy few weeks. Dragon Age Origins: Awakening, God of War III, and most importantly (at least for today) Final Fantasy XIII.

I have purposefully avoided reading any reviews, or looking into the features of the game as much as I could manage because I feel that these games are best learned as you go, instead of simply played.

The one thing I do know is that this Final Fantasy is supposed to be very streamlined. No more going back to town to sell, no boring back and forth and very linear, movie-like progression.

I think it will work. The Final Fantasy games have been leaning more and more towards "interactive movie with combat sequences" with each iteration, so to simply accept that fact and build a game around it instead of constantly interrupting that flow for the sake of nostalgia is probably a good thing.

Sure as a classic gamer I'll miss going to town, exploring, and actually having to figure out where to go next, but if the streamlining means I'll never have to experience anything like FFx's Blitzball again, I support it 100%.

Also, while I'm blabbering. Don't buy Alien Vs. Predator. It's fun, but it's not feature complete, you're better off waiting for it to be $10 on Steam, hopefully by then it will have more than 5 maps, and less than 5000 bugs.

Sanctifeyedat 7:17am on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Enjoying that health resets every battle. Also, the Paradigm system seems like it will play really well with the
classic FF mechanic of bosses visually telegraphing huge fight changing abilities. Only in chapter 3, and yes
quite linear so far, but fun.

Tiluvarat 8:27am on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
I was only able to play for about an hour last night, but it's pretty impressive so far.

I can see why it took so long, the pre-rendered sequences are incredible. Better than some feature films.
Twicebornat 9:29am on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
My 360 RRODed friday, and I was on the 4th disc of Lost Odyssey :(. In the past I really liked final fantasy games,
but I stopped playing console games from between 1998 or so until this past year. I have and have beaten Final
Fantasy 1, 4, 6, 7, and 8, but I have not played any of them between 9-now. Are any of those worth playing?

I am currently playing Final Fantasy VII now, for the first time since high school. The graphics do not look nearly
as good as I remembered.
Tiluvarat 9:46am on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
haha.. yea, the graphics in VII are so bad by today's standards.

If I were you, I would skip 9. Some people liked it, but I dunno..

FFX was very good, if you have a PS2, one of my favorites. FFX-2 was awful though. Then FFXII sort of
redeemed itself. It's a good game, but they went for the whole "open world" concept and it ends up being
grindy/boring at parts.

So.. long story short, you didn't miss much, but I would play FFX, and FFXIII now at least.
Sanctifeyedat 11:21am on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
I downloaded VII on PSP for my trip to Bristol last summer. Yeah the graphics were a shock, and the setting of the
early parts of the game was too dark to really play in the car when I wasn't driving.

I liked IX, chocobo hot and cold! I heard there's a variation of it in XIII at some point.

X: I didn't like the first time and quit, but then tried it again about a year later and it was ok.

X2: Didn't buy.

XII: I liked but never finished due to MMOs.
Vegamagusat 1:55pm on Thursday, March 11th, 2010
ah it is good game yeah I beaten most of those game even classic one. Sadly my game will be delay to get my order.
No biggie I will enjoy it greatly. Just finish with Darksider. It's pretty good
Sanctifeyedat 10:31am on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
So finished the main game over the weekend and liked it alot. Working on the optional tough missions now, but its
looking like I'm going to have to grind crystarium a bit to finish some of them or experiment with different
equipment sets. Not sure where I'd rate it among FF games but its in the top half.

Vegamagusat 11:30am on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
consider this game traditional? I don't know but FF has a lot different system involve with battle or
interaction. Try compare that FF 12 and FF 13. How much difference there?! FF 12 very wide selection game no
matter where you can start in any direction. FF 13 is strait foward game. Almost part of "story mode"
interaction kinda limited on any area. Battle wise are great. Of course weapon and accerssary are kinda confusing
at 1st once you have to read information about this. I am almost at chapter 10. Taking my time while I am still
busy around my RL things.
Vegamagusat 12:19pm on Sunday, April 4th, 2010
Just finished the game on FFXIII. Overall it is kinda challenging at first to set up party mode upon switching to
another even split sec. It was fun game! Now.. freaking high points to spent those stupid crystals. Due
unlocking final boss of the game.