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access_time June 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM in Features by Andrew Kent

360 Newbie: Final Fantasy XIII Evaluation/Rant

I can hardly get myself to get up and finish the final chapter of Final Fantasy XIII; not because my thumbs are weary of pressing the A button multiple times and certainly not because I’m sick….

Certainly most of you already know how much Final Fantasy XIII was not up to par with the other games in the Final Fantasy series. The game was too short, had too many gimmicks to extend the length of the game, and the plot was probably suffering from a lack of concentration.

I have so far only clocked in about 44-45 hours of game play in FF XIII, compare that to the over 100 hours that I spent playing it’s predecessor, Final Fantasy XII. Recently, there has been an article on the internet saying that there was “too much” in the story to put into one game. In truth, they put too little into the game while in fact overwhelming game players with what they did put into the game.

Most of those 44-45 hours were spent killing monsters that had an exponentially higher HP than your characters did. I would liken it to fighting one mini-boss battle after another. Yes, stagger speeds things up, albeit with the first monster you kill, but if there are multiple of a mob in one setting then you’re sitting there for a good 3-5 minutes trying to slay the rest of the creatures (some are even highly resistant to chain gauges and any attacks so you spend even more time defeating those.). Some monsters you can’t even beat until post game.

Then we go to the hunts. FF XII had hunts but they were more realistic in health gauges. You had the ability to defeat all the marks before the game ended and received good rewards for doing so. Final Fantasy XIII’s hunts are just another reason for you to play the game after the main storyline has been beaten.

Finally we come to the story of the game. You are L’cie who are trying to stop a Fal’Cie from destroying his own home so that they can summon the being who made humans and Fal’Cie. Sounds pretty straight forward yeah? That’s only because it’s my paraphrased version. There are just so many places in the game that keep you asking questions that are never answered. Some of the main character’s lines are even a bit befuddling.

In the end, I wouldn’t mind some elements from FF XIII being brought back, but there is a lot that needs to never see the light of day again. Hopefully this final fantasy game will be the “final failure”.


  • Steve Masters June 16, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    I couldn’t finish this either. Good rant.

  • unlimitedlives June 16, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    You’ve gotten farther than I ever did. I was actually going to pick this game up again but then I decided to finish Tales of Vesperia instead.

    The one thing about I want back in Final Fantasy games is the ability to go to towns to buy your equipment.

    • Andrew Kent June 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      Hmm. I did like the ability to explore towns. However, I thought it quite convenient to have stores located all in one place. It’s a lot quicker than taking transportation from one town to the next.

  • athmaus June 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    good rant

  • Cheddahz June 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I was able to finish this game, but I have no plans to go back to it…

    Hopefully with XIII-2, Square-Enix can bring some of the classic Final Fantasy charm back

    • unlimitedlives June 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      I’m hoping for that too but I really doubt it. =/

      • Cheddahz June 16, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        True :/

        If they did that though, Square-Enix would bring back a lot of fans and probably make more money, at least I got Tales of Vesperia to fill my JRPG stomach for now

        • unlimitedlives June 16, 2011 at 2:51 PM

          Hahaha. I’m doing the same. Tales of Vesperia is so good. *high five*

  • WARninja June 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    i finished it, but i was kinda disappointed in it, ff XIII didnt feel like a true final fantasy game, it didnt feel like an RPG much, iknow square was trying to focus on the action in this (which they did a good job on) but like you said the health system was retarded if they want ff XIII-2 to be any good they gotta stick to the old final fantasy rpg roots, keep the battle system but modify it so the battles wont be so repetitive. good rant though

    • Andrew Kent June 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      Exactly. Square Enix is saying that FF XIII-2 is going to be better than FF XIII but it is highly doubtful. FF X was not too great a game, and FF X-2 was far worse.

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