Now its out what are your impressions? Im only like half an hour in but its good. I plan to get more into it after ive finished Gow 3.
Final Fantasy XIII - your thoughts?(14 posts)
I may not be as critical as others, but I threw it on yesterday and was quite literally blown away. From the opening sequence to the gameplay – I’m about 3 hours in and enjoying every minute so far.
P.S. My GOW3 is arriving today so that will be getting top priority as well Hindle...lol
I am really liking the game. I am 10 hours in and it still seems like I barely know what the hell is going besides whats been shown. Also I am not seeing the similarities between Lightning and Cloud. Cloud was pretty shallow compared to Lightning. BTW Lightning is a bitch in the beginning.
5/10 from me.
I think my expectations were probably set nicely low by all the bitching but I'm really enjoying it too. About 4 hours in. Loving the battle system - which is essentially the core of the gameplay in a JRPG. Story is interesting and well realised - the codec/log system with additional info is really useful too. I also like the lack of faffing - full heal after all battles, shops at every save and nicely frequent save points are all good for me.
I really didn't like this game.
I gave it a 6/10.
High production values
Terrible(jerky) char movment
Reused story line, very cliche', perdictable
A couple of VERY annoying chars
Chars over react to everything, their actions and reactions to events don't always fit into what you or I might do for a given situation.(some of this could be lost in translation)
A 2-3 hour intruduction, game starts VERY slowly, takes to long to introduce Paradgim, which is basicly just a take of the sphere grid.
Little or no sense of adventuring/exploring - where are the towns/quests?
Shops magicly apear as floating balls? Yea that makes sense.
Players are lead down tight pathlike maps by the hand.
Way too many cut scenes. I mean really, if I want to watch a movie, I will watch a movie. I play games to play.
To be honest, i am sure that all seems harsh to FF fans. I am not a FF fan, not any more. I loved the two that came out for the SNES. After that I feel the series took a hit. The first one for the PSX was enjoyable. But as hardware improved the JP art style became more pronounced. Not a good thing in my book, I can't connect with many of styles coming out of jrpgs. Also the more personality they can develop for the games char. Samething, we get very anoying chars. Mostly I think it comes down to culture differences. And that is ok. It is also ok that I am American and don't feel connected to JP culture/design. Long story made short these type of things aren't for me.
I am left having to look past that presentation and focus on gameplay. And imo, be a handfull of hours into the game, the gameplay is very lacking. No power leveling. They have caps on stuff. I don't get a sense of exploring or discovery. It just feels stale and flat to me.
I don't feel the game is horrible, but I sent it back, I just don't feel the enjoyment to be had is worth the effort or time to play it. I am not going to like it, or praise it, or play it simply because it says FF on the box.
You didn't even beat the game. And you say it has a cliche story? Sorry but No thats like me saying Avatar is a horrible movie and only seeing the first 10 mins.
Should have said the story doesn't appeal to you.
I don't see the difference PB.
The story doesn't appeal to me, one of the biggest reasons was that felt like a cookie cutter story - ala' used several well known/reused cliche's.
I mean is has a formula, and stay pretty tight to that design.
Not looking to put you down if you liked the game. He asked for our thoughts on it. I gave mine and the reasons why I felt that way.
What is cliched? I am currently at 20 hours and I have not yet seen anything reused as far as the big picture.
"What is cliched? I am currently at 20 hours and I have not yet seen anything reused as far as the big picture."
I like FFXIII. A lot. And anyone who remembers my posts about the game will recall that I was extremely critical of the game before its release. But you have *got* be kidding.
Lightning is literally a female Cloud. Hope is the angst ridden teenager. Vanille is the chirpy, happy go lucky girl. Snow is Seifer with a bandana. Fang and Sazh are original characters, but they're the exception, not the rule.
As great as the game is, it *does* unfortunately wallow heavily in all of the major clichés in the Final Fantasy book.
Sad thing is ... FFXII didn't have them, yet everyone whined anyway! There's no please some people...
Snow is Seifer...uh huh right. Lightning may seem like Cloud in the very beginning when nothing was shown about her but as the game progressed she is nothing like Cloud. Cloud was a oasis in Death Valley, California compared to Lightning who is like the Atlantic Ocean.
Sorry but FFXII was full of cliché characters, Vann being the angst ridden teen....
I'm about 14 hours in (end of Chapter 7) and somewhat bored by the gameplay. I don't really have an issue with the linear structure of the game but find the two character-based combat so far to be pretty dull (if not always as easy or shallow as it might seem at first glance). Getting to Palumpolum was refreshing, though, as the environments in the city are much more varied and interesting than the dreary countryside corridors which preceeded it.
Although both the CGI and in-game graphics are technically impressive I can't really care much about the typically melodramatic, badly written and horribly paced story or the one-dimensional and sometimes downright infuriating characters (Vanille, I got a bullet with your name on it!). I kinda like Sazh, though; if only because he's so clearly the one lone grown-up in the veritable emo nightmare that constitutes FFXIII's cast...
Did anybody read Tim Roger's latest Kongetsu column in GamesTM magazine? It's probably the best review of FFXIII I've read thus far. Check it out, it's a great read.
I've totally fallen in love with this game. The fast paced gameplay looks and keeps me interested and I'm loving the teasing story line. The combat for me just gets better and better, especially once you've gotten past the first 10 hours where you haven't got all your arsenal of moves. Not to mention its probably the best looking console game this year.
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