The story line is not that hard to follow. At first its a little puzzling but as long as you put two and two together you should be fine after about a half hour of game play you can figure it out. I, personally, found the storyline to be breath taking and I don't know why people are saying that you dont have feelings for the characters because, though i didnt connect personally, I felt pity,empathy,joy sadness and any other emotion for them. The graphics are amazing of course no one will doubt that. As for the mashing the X button... that's not entirely true if you take the time to look at the screen you can see that you can select your own attacks... the "smashing the x button" way is only meant to be used for fast action or to just get something over with such as weak monsters that you are too strong for(since you cannot flee). You can only control one character which is a bit of a drag but it also saves you time. I do agree however that the paradigms, though they do require skill and a thought process to use, was not as good as grinding a.k.a leveling. The game play is extremely linear in which I did not like either but I guess it was made so that you can get to the story line faster? I don't know it's the only logical reason I can think of at the moment. AND FINALLY TO END MY REVIEW!!!! STOP COMPARING THE OLD FF GAMES TO THE NEWER ONES!!! Though you may want it to be the same it's not and just because something is different doesn't necessarily make it worse. You have to play every game without a bias and without expectations in order to fully grasp the game as it is. If you are expecting it to be like a past game you will be unsatisfied like most of the reviews I've read so far. Though the game isn't perfect I feel that it does deserve some respect because it was not all bad. If you disagree with me I respect your opinion but please stop attacking this game because it doesn't measure to FF7 or 8, which indeed are great games.
It isn`t FFX it`s almost as good and maybe better!
posted by Jumpman (COTTAGE GROVE, OR) Mar 23, 2010
Member since Jul 2006
First thing DO NOT listen to what everyone is saying this game is not about just graphics if you play longer than 2 minutes you`ll figure that out but seeing as how people are playing through the intro then writing a review your not getting are correct review. This game opens with a breathtaking opening scene then it shows you the new type of fighting and it`s amazing it makes you think your watching a movie, keep in mind this game IS NOT FFX that game is done so get over it in my personal opinion it ranks up near X pretty close because yes the game DOES start a little bit slow like any other final fantasy EVER but the more you play the more you love the battling the characters and the story. I personally already really like the characters they`re done with great voice actors and have their own personality and no the main character isn`t Tidus but that doesn`t mean she isn`t likable. And for you people who just can`t get over FFX, the leveling system is very similar but you don`t actually level up you do something sorta like the grid in FFX but more easy to use so it`s better than FFX in that way. I loved FFX but people just need to get over the fact that it`s done if Square-Enix made every Final Fantasy exactly the same then it would get a little boring so instead of expecting FFX-3 try to open your mind and play something a little different ever since Final Fantasy for the Nintendo every FF has changed in it`s own way FFVII had materia and FFVIII had drawing and GFs so expect a change in every Final Fantasy they aren`t going to just be FFX.
First of all, as stated in the other reviews, this game is gorgeous but there are a few things that make this game much different. I will most likely always like Final Fantasy for what it is, a different adventure in a mostly different world every time (except for X2). I will go over a few key points of the game.
Storyline: This game is flawed in the storyline in my opinion because they tried to develop far too many characters at once. Now, Final Fantasy has effectively developed many characters (like in FF9) but this one seemed to almost develop them in the wrong ways. Plot twists were almost predictable, and even though the voice acting was well done, some of the conflicts within the group were corny altogether. The larger conflict between the factions was extremely confusing to figure out. Honestly the only way you could really know what was going on in the larger conflict is to fully read the extensive datalog every time there was a new entry.
Battle System: I am not particularly a fan of the battle system, but it is challenging to a certain degree only because if your main character that you are controlling dies, its game over. On the other hand the "Game Over" screen doesn't really mean that much because when you die, you just simply choose "Retry" and it brings you right back to the point before the battle you just failed. In my opinion this make the game far too easy towards the end of the game because you can just eventually kill things through trial and error with no consequence.
Character Progression: For every chapter in the storyline, you are only able to progress to a certain part in the crystarium. So essentially its like saying that for this particular chapter, you can only go up to level 20. Anything after that is wasted. Also, the item leveling system is dynamic, but also not very user friendly. Its almost as if they wanted to force you to buy the strategy guide (which i did).
All in all, a good game. It just doesnt feel like a true FF.