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NowGamer reviews FFXIII, gives it 7.9

Monday, 4th January 2010 20:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

FFXIII 5

Pitchforks at the ready. NowGamer has gone live with the first major Western review of the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII. The score? An eyebrow-raising 7.9/10.

Here’s a snip:

“Each area of the game features exquisitely detailed architecture and structural design. However, this fidelity just highlights the fact that the places the characters of FFXIII inhabit are merely contrived, linear Skinner Boxes for players to navigate. At one point in the game, two of the main characters visit a theme park. It’s obvious that each shrub and wall in the place has been designed with great care, but it doesn’t feel like a real place.”

Find the review through the link. We got our copy of FFXIII today. So far, we have to say it’s amazing.

If you can stomach the wait, the game releases in the west for PS3 and 360 on March 9.

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18 Comments

  1. Johnny Cullen

    I’m only about 45 minutes in, but so far I am impressed with it. Particuarly the quailty of the presentation.

    It really is amazing.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Stupid question Johnny, but it’s all in Japaneese correct? (i didn’t know if there’s an option to change subtitles to English like some games). Thanks!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Mike

    Oops.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. SniperWolf

    @Dr.Ghettoblaster
    yes i want an answer for this Question too johnny

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Its all in japanese not even subtitles.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    It’s all Japanese.

    I’m going on translations.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    Never heard of this reviewer. I read it and seemed very robotic really gave no reason why the score is low. No matter from what I read with how the combat, leveling system, optima change, it really seems like my cup of tea. I can’t wait to play this come March. Can’t rely on reviewers I read an IGN review on SIlent hill and the reviewer gave it a low score because “it wasn’t like RE”

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    I just had a look through some of their other reviews and it seems they get random reviewers from other sites to do them for them which can result in some strange scores.

    For instance the PS3 version of MW2 was given 9.4 and the 360 version 8.8 (different reviewers).

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DaMan

    Gamekult gave it a 7 as well: http://www.gamekult.com/tout/jeux/fiches/J000074920_test.html

    rpgland gave a 7 too, rating story as ‘below average’.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. onlineatron

    @PT

    Have to say I’m partial to that review design.

    It really highlights opinions and how scores are frivolous and pointless.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Gamekult pretty much resumes it as “a bad RPG and a bad Final Fantasy”. Looks like Square cant do anything right this gen.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. ianos

    For clarity, Nowgamer uses reviews from the Imagine stable of magazines – this one is from mine, Play, for example.

    They do their own stuff, obviously, but it’s always good to get a spread of opinions like onlineatron says. It also means they can cover more stuff.

    There really should be something on the site explaining this. I seem to have to say it every day.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Michael O’Connor

    “I read it and seemed very robotic really gave no reason why the score is low.”

    We must be reading different review then, because I see plenty right here.

    “The enemies of the game are unsuccessful in invoking any of the strong emotions that previous antagonists in the Final Fantasy canon, like Kefka or Sephiroth, have.”

    “This fidelity just highlights the fact that the places the characters of FFXIII inhabit are merely contrived, linear Skinner Boxes for players to navigate.”

    “Ultimately, the rest of the game suffers from similar problems.”

    “The characters are engaging and interesting, but the scenarios they’re placed in fail to engage the player.”

    “The environments are beautiful and detailed, but this art feels like little more than wallpaper thrown over a tunnel that players walk through.”

    “Where this game stumbles, where other Final Fantasy games succeeded, was in taking the talents of these people and synthesising them into a single whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts.”

    Those seems like quite a number of detailed explanations as to the “low” score. Mind you, I wasn’t personally aware that 7.9 was a “low” score.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    Well its a lower score then I would expect but then again as I said before I don’t know this game site. Anyways I may I just skimmed over it or the baby crying could have easily distracted me while I was reading. WHy do you insist on bashing people its my opinion so what I said it “seemed” clearly stating what I felt or thought. I am not expecting 10′s all the way through especially with how late to the game Square is with Final Fantasy.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. LeD

    According to that Gamekult review, the game is lavishly presented, and tells an intriguing story worthy of some SF classics, albeit awkwardly narrated sometimes. The game suffers most from linearity, an almost total absence of any world to explore. The reviewers describe FFXIII as a corridor RPG.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. zoopdeloop

    the truth is the game is an eye candy and fun to play but unfortunately it fails where many other titles in the series succeeded

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    “WHy do you insist on bashing people its my opinion so what I said it “seemed” clearly stating what I felt or thought. I am not expecting 10’s all the way through especially with how late to the game Square is with Final Fantasy.”

    I would be grateful if you could show me just exactly where in my post I “bashed” you. I simply pointed out the inaccuracy in your observation, and used proof to back it up.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    “the truth is the game is an eye candy and fun to play but unfortunately it fails where many other titles in the series succeeded”

    Maybe, maybe not. As long as its better than 12 which with the reviews I have seen it is, I will be playing. I am currently playing FF8 on my free time when people claimed that to be the worst in the series.

    #18 5 years ago

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