A review of "Final Fantasy XIII (2009)" — 51 weeks ago
I played 95% of the way through the main story the week I bought it (right after it came out), then took a 2 year break. Finally got around to finishing it yesterday (June 22nd, 2012).
It really is a beautiful game. It’s like a super long epic movie in more ways than one. Very linear, with almost no opportunity to do much of anything beyond following the main storyline. Still though, a cool story. I mostly liked the characters and felt for them. I enjoyed the ending.
The gameplay is unique, unlike anything I’ve played before in some ways. I mean, it’s still an RPG, with characters, character classes, attacking and spells, etc. However, defeating a foe often had less to do with whittling away hp and more about allowing your damage to exponentially increase by building a “Chain Bonus.” It’s a little complicated to explain, but made for some interesting strategic thinking situations.
Anyway, if you are into Final Fantasy games for the gripping, world-shaking storyline, you’ll probably like this one.
If you prefer games where your choices make a big difference in what happens in the end, you are probably better off playing Dragon Age.