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GF Rating
6.5

432 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

How do they do it?

posted by Tav_ (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) Feb 18, 2014

Member since Mar 2012

1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful

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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GF Rating
5

Fair

A nice Conclusion

posted by Devinlp887 (WENTZVILLE, MO) Oct 23, 2014

Member since Oct 2014

I like that Final Fantasy tried something new the game was deffinantly diffrent from the first two in the 13th saga.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Best for FF13 Trilogy but Not for Series

posted by CrazyGamer2186 (LUCERNE VALLEY, CA) Oct 13, 2014

Member since Nov 2013

Final Fantasy has been a great series since the NES/Famicom Days but since FF10 came out for PS2 the series has been on the downside of quality. Final Fantasy 13 has been known as the Fabula Nova Crystallis Collection of the series (Consists of FF13 Trilogy and previously Versus 13 which is now FF15) but has since expanded to a trilogy. FF13 was just linear and shallow and annoyance of a typical Final Fantasy Game and is at 1080p on PS3 and almost 720p on 360 (1 BD disc on PS3, 3 DVDs on 360) Since then Square Enix has been trying to salvage the trilogy and try to make it better with 13-2 which turned out alright but 13-3 does try its hardest to be a great Final Fantasy game but fails short of the series but does give 13 trilogy the best game in the trilogy.

Story is basically a continuation of the story set by 13 and 13-2 just it takes place 500 years after 13-2 lefts off. For spoiler's sake I am not going to ruin the story for the first two, you just have to play them for yourselfs. Anyway Lightning has return from her eternal slumber from what the Fal'cie (the Gods/Goddesses of FF13 trilogy) put her in after the events of FF13. She embarks on a 13 day journey trying to save as many souls as she can because the world is ending and at the same time trying to save the characters from the trilogy and atone for her failure to protect someone dear to her from FF13-2. The story feels been there done that typical of JRPGs from the last few years or so but is okay enough to keep you playing. The only bad thing is the ending or endings since the game has multiple endings depending on what you do and how many people you save.

Graphics and Sound is always great, that is what Final Fantasy is known for.

Gameplay tries to improve on previous 13 installments and mixes elements from previous entries but is to cumbersome for a FF13 game but yet okay.

Overall This game is 6 out of 10.
Hopefully FF Type 0 HD and FF15 ends up better than 13 series did, just saying.

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