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GF Rating
7.3

10020 ratings

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GF Rating
4

Weak

WASTE OF $$$$$

posted by DK9999 (DENVER, CO) Mar 26, 2010

Member since Mar 2010

24 out of 35 gamers (69%) found this review helpful

expected alot from a ff game on ps3. totally dissapointed. been playing final fantasy games since they started and i can't believe how bad they made this one. graphics are good but game is too linear. that paradigram or whatever mode sucks. i thought they could have done an updated gambit system like 12. story is stupid, characters are lame, side missions are few. what happened to getting in an airship and flying around the world yourself (like in ff 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) and exploring a world map. maybe they should take less time on graphics and more on gameplay, character roles, and a world map.....like the old days but with better graphics.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Disappointing

posted by Halcyonic (GAINESVILLE, FL) Apr 11, 2010

Member since Apr 2010

18 out of 26 gamers (69%) found this review helpful

I'll preface this by saying the only other FF game I have played extensively was 12, and I LOVED 12. It is seriously my all time favorite game hands down.

Warning there are probably many spoilers to come.

So 13 came as a big disappointment to me because the combat system is incredibly clunky feeling to me. It's the worst possible hybrid between turn-based and real time that you can get. The way the Action bar can't charge anymore if it "tops off" makes playing this game manually very difficult, unless you want to play on slow combat mode, which is SLOW. So most of the game is just selecting a Paradigm (think NPC AI setup) and just hitting Auto-battle button over and over again. The only "strategy" in this game is setting up Paradigms (limited role-based AI) because you can't control your other 2 characters, which also leaves for interesting times when the AI is completely stupid.

Also, you can't manually move your characters around, so be prepared to be eaten alive by any and all AOE. But the baddies you fight know how to avoid AOE and will spread out all the time--sigh.

Also, you lose the game if the character you are playing dies--no matter if the others are alive. Really. Annoying.

There are a lot more reasons why I hate the combat system, but this is getting long enough. Otherwise the game is OK but with a FF game I expected a lot more sandbox feel and exploration. The game is COMPLETELY linear for the first 2/3 of the story line, which is really boring.

You can beat the game in 20 hours, then spend 80+ hours farming Gil and experience to max out characters to beat the last few things in the game. Not really unexpected being a FF game, but also Gil is hard to farm even end game and it just gets tedious rather than fun. There's only like 2 options when trying to make gil. Not enough imo.

Overall, it was passing okay, but a big disappointment after 12.

And yes, the graphics are gorgeous, but to me game play is most important.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Final Fantasy Lost.

posted by uomoprimo (PATERSON, NJ) Mar 25, 2010

Member since Jan 2005

11 out of 16 gamers (69%) found this review helpful

The Final Fantasy series has completely lost its way. Let's face it, later iterations of the games have never come close to approaching epically sweeping grandiosity of FFVII. Now five games further on into the twisted fantasyland of FF, we are faced with gorgeous graphics, but boring linear game play, and an overly tweaked battle system that makes this nothing more than a barely playable cartoon.

I didn't think it was possible for the series to go more astray than FFX when they tried to turn the game into an MMORPG (FAIL,) but I was wrong. Instead, they attempt to return the old formula with disastrous results. Cliche ridden characters that barely avoid racist connotations certainly don't help matters.

I can't imagine who is going to sit through hours and hours of this repetitious yawn-fest. I barely made it through three.

Final Fantasy is long dead.

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