posted by onetrickwolf (RICHMOND, VA) Apr 11, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
I'm a huge fan of the Final Fantasy franchise but I really did not like the first FFXIII and was never able to get through the first few hours of it (it was painfully boring). I heard it got good after the upwards of thirty hours in (which seems like a pretty big flaw to me) but I heard that the sequel cut into the fun a lot sooner so I was willing the give it another shot.
The opening sequence was really amazing but the game goes downhill from there.
The battles are fairly boring and the option to auto select all your battle commands really takes away from what Final Fantasy games are all about. There's also way too much on the screen to really enjoy your moves or appreciate what's going on. There's no cinematic aspect to it like previous Final Fantasy games. Instead it's just a mostly locked user controlled camera that does nothing to show you the action. The paradigm system remains and is equally as boring. It feels like I'm just selecting different AI bots from a limited list to barely change the outcome of the battle (it's very difficult to even come close to losing even if you just mash buttons randomly).
The out of battle game play is fairly linear like the first. Not much exploring to do like in the old Final Fantasy games. The treasure chests are not hidden and are just in plain sight on the one path you have to take. They become tedious and frustrating to collect very quickly.
I tried to put game play aside and focus on this game more from the art perspective. The game is very beautiful but in a very sterile non-real way which makes it not very immersive. All the characters designs are stupid and make me want to punch nearly everyone in the face. It feels like I'm at a really lame techno party with a bunch of thirteen year olds.
The story is confusing and boring. The voice acting is actually good relative to most games but the bad writing still makes it come off as awkward and fake.
Mini-games plus jumping through a poorly thought out timeline system makes this one of the most annoying and frustrating games I've ever played. The developers should be fired and sued for the return of their salieries.