In a time where sequels are carbon copies of there predecessors, (CoD, and most FPS come to mind) the FF13 trilogy is a breath of fresh air. All three games have a different take on a battle system that can be both easy, and incredibly complex. I was skeptical about the timer when I first read about this game using one but you have ways of stopping it to explore, it does keep you on your toes and reminds you that you have a job to do, and I have come to love that aspect of the game. It is hard to get every side quest done in the time you have but it ads to the games replay ability, I know I will play through again to get the quests I missed. If you are a fan of final fantasy games the music, voice acting, and open world environment are all done beautifully. Most people might not give it the 10 I did but if you are a fan of the other two FF13 games you will enjoy this one.
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I haven't played a traditional FF in years, but to be honest I'd hate to throw away this amazing graphical power of the 360 or PS3 waiting for my ATB bar to fill up. Is there anything better than casting Firaga, or Flare on a bunch of monsters?
If you hated FF13 and 13-2 DON'T play this. This is the same story, same characters similar battle system. Why would you try it again if you didn't like the first two?
Where this game shines is it's battle system. Not only are the fights exciting, but they require a lot of preparation and precise timing to win. You will get your butt handed to you more than a few times, but it's very satisfying to finally nail down the guard and reduce an attack to nothing when just the fight before it was taking away half your HP. The boss fights are amazing and the music puts you right in the action as you try your best to guard and figure out what is the best way to win.
As a lot of people have complained there are no XP points. Here your stats grow after every quest. It's a different system but with a quick look on the internet you can plan out your days to make the most efficient use of your time. Unless you 're like a genius you must use the internet to help you with this, I mean what century are we in anyway? I finished the main quest by day 8, started doing side quests after that and was able to finish around 50 with no problem. It does get tedious, but that depends how much time you want to put into it. I spent almost 45 hours on my first playthrough, and trust me 13 days is plenty of time.
The story is okay at best, kept me wondering what would happen. Sort of. The biggest twists at the end definitely made it worth it. Also don't diss the side quests storylines, some of them were actually quite interesting.
Overall if you like action oriented RPGs you should give this game a try. You have to have played the other two to fully understand the story but if not this game will try to give you a quick crash course.