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GF Rating
6.6

321 ratings

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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
7

Good

To be honest ... I enjoyed the game.

posted by nick2quick (SAINT LOUIS, MO) Jun 22, 2014

Member since Jun 2014

I'll come right out with the bad, TOO many repetitive side missions, I think that's what everyone hated when it came to this game. In the end I ended up saving everyone's souls except for two though. Die heart FF fans will not like the fighting system really. Another bad thing is that there is no partying system, you only get two party characters out of the whole game, and are both on temporary. Equipping yourself in this game can be a hassle sometimes, and you'll find yourself spending 30+ minutes sometimes trying to make a class to be able to encounter any situation, but with certain clothing items you'll already have a preset skill, so sometimes you'll be limited to being able to add 3 or sometimes 2 moves to one class.

As far as good things go, the graphics are GREAT, ever since FF 13 (when I got into the series) I loved the graphics and especially how great they get the cinematic scenes to come out. So many customization features as far as clothing goes if you're in to that sort of thing. Decent story, and nice ending. There's certain garbs you can equip to make yourself 100% immune to Physical or Magic damage as well. If you've played the first installments to FF 13 then you need to finish it off by playing this one, there's also a New Game+ mode so if you want to challenge yourself to achieve and uncover better and stronger items, but I was like nah this game took long enough. Another upside, unless you play non stop you can beat this game in two days, when I finished it said I put 43 hours into the game, so that's close to two days/

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