First off I am going to say I was very disappointed in this FF. After playing for 3 hours I realized I was only going to get to go in 1 direction- the direction they wanted me to. I'm sure this is everyone's chief complaint but I'm sorry it ruined the game for me. The game has the best graphics I have ever seen. But this game proves a point I have been trying to make since cel-shaded graphics killed The Legend of Zelda= the Windwaker in reviews(and sales). The Wind Waker was an awesome game- had so much to do, so much exploring- great challenge, plenty of time to play the game. Most people who complained about it were riding the anti-nintendo wagon and gave it a bad review because of cel shaded graphics. The truth is,this game was awesome and the graphics were actually pretty good for what they were. FF 13 has a great combat system, great characters, great story- but the linear part of the game just flat out ruined it.
Final fantasy 13 was more dissapointing then fun. ive put a good 15 hours into it so far and the only word i can think of for it is bleh. they took out side missions (and i am a fan of all the classic final fantasys) the WHOLE game is way too easy. the battle system is fine i dont really have a problem with it but i have a problem with everything else. splitting the characters up and the going through each of there storys by doing a cutscene every twenty minutes. the whole free roaming part of the game feels like a waste of time with no citys to go to or special weapons or magic to unlock. i like the leveling system with the different kind of jobs thats always a good method since ff5 but thats the only good thing.
You might as well give the game a chance and see if you like it but if you love the classics like myself im not to sure if you will.