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GF Rating
6.6

399 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
2

Really Bad

easy money

posted by Knightsbane (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Jul 6, 2014

Member since Aug 2012

the game is cheap to look at.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Bad.

posted by TeenageRiot280 (CORONA, CA) Jun 30, 2014

Member since Nov 2011

This is the first FF game I couldn't bring myself to complete, and that's coming from a 25 year old, longtime FF fan who actually relatively enjoyed XIII and XIII-2. I got about 15 hours in until I figured I was hardly enjoying any part of this game.
The biggest turn off is the time system, making every side quest have to be rushed and having to figure out a way to schedule these quests so they can be finished without wasting your precious in-game time. The player is forced to carry out a great number of these "side" quests in order to advance the game clock to its full 13 days which is necessary for the story to advance. Almost every quest also happens to be an arduous chore with almost no guidance, causing you to run around and waste more time from completing the actual story. It also doesn't help that many of these side quests can only be carried out at a certain time of day, with quests taking place in different parts of the game world, meaning the player will have to either find a way to travel as fast as they can or waste a day until the next day arrives.
The battle system is also unnecessarily tricky and convoluted, making you want to avoid battles whenever possible, especially since no experience nor attributes are earned from battle. If you were expecting Kingdom Hearts controls (like I was), this is far from it.
I never write reviews but I was so disappointed by FFXIII-3 that I had to let others know. Avoid wasting your time with this one and just read the plot online. Aside from that, the graphics are good (but it plays at an average of 20fps), the ending story is decent, and the soundtrack is superb. 5/10.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Not What I expected

posted by silentdark22 (HOLLAND PATENT, NY) Jun 10, 2014

Member since Jun 2014

This game is a continuation of another Final Fantasy game. It can be picked up and played even if you may not have played the other game. Which is a plus. Game play was fun but takes a little getting used to. I did not like switching between different sets of the same character. I like it better in the past when you had a party you could actually equip and play with throughout the game. In my opinion I thought some of the bosses were extremely challenging, especially the last boss. I didn't bother to complete. I didn't like that the game has a time aspect as it took multiple play throughs to figure out where I needed to go when I got lost. A good game graphically with alot of cinmatic cut scenes.

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