Final Fantasy XIII (FFXIII Xbox360)  » Games  »
5.0
1 votes
Are you familiar with this?
Feel free to rate it!
  • When walking around you can physically see the enemies, choosing to either fight them or try to avoid them (sometime you can't)
  • As you battle, you gain experience and Crystogen Points
  • When using your Eidolon, you have a Gestalt bar, that goes down and then you can go into Gestalt mode and use strong moves, however you only have a certain number, and some of the moves cost more than others (the ones with more damage)
  • Expressions on the faces of the characters are amazing, and everything has detail
  • Regardless, I believe that anyone who plays this game will find more things that they like about this game than flaws

    • by ImaginaryClover
      TRUSTWORTHY

      all reviews
      Lightning, Snow, Fang, Hope? What type of names are those? Serah and Vanille? People turning to crystal and a boy watching his mother die? This sounds great! Let’s game!

      Final Fantasy XIII (13), or FFXIII for short, is the 14th game of the Final Fantasy series (not including games like Crisis Core and others for Wii, Nintendo DS, Gamecube, and PSP). It’s a RPG (Roll-Playing Game) for the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3. It has a ATB (Active Time Battle) system similar to FFX-2 (the other Final Fantasy game I have played fully), whereas you have to wait for a bit. Unlike FFX-2, Final Fantasy XIII has actual bars. It’s a third person game, which has the ability to move the camera 360 degrees around, like a planet orbiting the sun. Unlike Gears of War or Mass Effect, the camera is at more of a upper angle, as if looking down at the character, than over the shoulder.

      You play as Lightning, an ex-Soldier for the Sanctum, and older sister to Serah. And then certain points in the game, you will be different characters. However, as the game progresses, you can choose who you want to be as a leader, and who you want to have in your battle team. FFXIII takes place on Cocoon where the people are being purged. Lightning needs to save her sister, Serah. She pairs up with Sazh, and then runs into NORA, a fighting squad run by Snow, Serah’s fiancée. He joins up. And then a boy named Hope joins up too, after watching his mother having died, thinking that Snow caused her death. Serah turns out to be a l’Cie, a person who is given a focus by a fal’Cie. If they don’t complete their Focus, they turn into a Cie’th. But if they do complete it, they turn into crystal and given eternal life. Serah eventually turns to crystal, and Snow, Lightning, Hope, and Sazh turn into l’Cie. They then been Vanille and Fang, two sisters and have a mysterious past. And together they fight to figure out their purpose, to save or destroy Cocoon.

      You play mainly as Lightning for the first little bit; however, some parts will make you play as the other people. As the game progresses, you have the ability to change leaders of


      the party, and pick who you want to have in your battle team. Moving the camera around your character is easy, always allowing a 360 degree view if you want look around but are too lazy to turn around and look. When walking around you can physically see the enemies, choosing to either fight them or try to avoid them (sometime you can’t). Unlike FFX-2, where you couldn’t see the enemy and would randomly be thrown into battle. Sometimes it can be quiet a nuisance and frustrating, especially if the enemy is too hard and you have no way to avoid it. As you battle, you gain experience and Crystogen Points. Experience levels up your overall level. Crystogen Points level up parts of your Crystarium. In the Crystarium you have different classes, similar to the dress spheres in FFX-2. You can use your Crystogen Points on any or all the classes. You only have 3 unlocked in the beginning, and as the game goes on, you will be granted the others. Personally, I advise to spread the points over each class, because you can have different Paradigms, which are different roles for each character. You only play as the leader, but can chose the roles for each player. There are 6 different roles, Commando, Synergist, Medic, Sentinel, Ravager, and Saboteur. You can have around 6 different paradigms like having 3 Commandos, or 1 Commando, 1 Medic, and 1 Synergist, or any variant of the 6 roles that would help you in battle. I have each character master mainly in their default role, and then still level up two other minor roles, so they can still be somewhat helpful when switching Paradigms. The battle system is kind of confusing, and takes a little bit to figure out, but once you understand, it will be easy. Unlike FFX-2, FFX-2, FFXIII has bars for their ATBs. You start off with 3 and can earn more after battling bosses. Each move has its own number of bars that it takes up. (ex: Ruin takes up 1 ATB gauge while Blitz takes up two. So you can either use 3 Ruin moves, or 1 Ruin and 1 Blitz). After beating certain bosses, you will gain a ATB gauge, also when you beat your Eidolon. Furthermore, you can use ...

      • your Eidolon, which is similar to the FFX-2 special dress sphere. You can only use the Eidolon of the leader of your battle team. It replaces your two teammates, and will fight with you for a bit, even healing you if you are hurt. If you die while fighting, your Eidolon will revive you and leave, bringing your teammates back and continuing on with the battle. Also, to summon your Eidolon you need 3 Technical Points, and you can only have 5 TP which means you can usually only summon the Eidolon once. Sometimes, however, you can gain one back if you’re battling for a long time. When using your Eidolon, you have a Gestalt bar, that goes down and then you can go into Gestalt mode and use strong moves, however you only have a certain number, and some of the moves cost more than others (the ones with more damage). Personally, the things to do with battling are kind of confusing, mainly because I have a small TV and the font is really small and I cannot read it. After a while though, I seem to have the hang of it, and I may not be using it to its full extent, but it’s getting the job done nonetheless.

        The graphics of Final Fantasy XIII are outstanding, more than expected of Square Enix. The cut scenes are like movie scenes, my dad always asking what movie it is. The voices are great, although Vanille can get quite annoying, whether it be her constant optimism or just the pitch of her voice. Expressions on the faces of the characters are amazing, and everything has detail. I wish there was more, longer cut scenes because the graphics are so amazing, especially in the cut scenes. I would have to go to bed and say, “I’ll go right after this cut scene” and then that would pass, and I would say it again, and again, and then before I knew it I had gone through 4 cut scenes and it was 4 hours had passed. They are so brilliant, and evoke so much emotion. The audio, dialogue and music both help with the mood. The story is interesting, but even if it wasn’t, the graphics would still make me want to continue playing. The characters

        and huge environments to roam around in are so intricately detailed that it is amazing and beautiful. You can’t help but admire the time and details they put into the game. It truly makes it worthwhile. Especially since the Xbox360 version has 3 discs, which make me happy and look forward to all the amazing detail and graphics. I don’t really notice the music because I am so swept up with the details, but the music is good too. I do not like the beginning song, with Beyoncé in it though. I don’t think Final Fantasy should have music with lyrics in it. I think it should all be instrumental. Regardless, the music is good, but cannot be compared to the amazing quality of the graphics.

        All in all, FFXII is a great game. Even though a lot of the fans dislike the game, I love it. I love the graphics and the story. The characters are well developed throughout the game, and they are cute too. You cannot help but want to hug Hope when he’s upset about his mother, and always fails when trying to confront Snow about it. You are so drawn into the game, you feel like you are Lightning, or whoever you chose to play as. Just as any other FF game, I would completely agree with buying this game. As time passes, it will lower in price. And now since the second instalment of the game is out, it would be a good time to buy it and try it out. You could always rent it if you’re a new gamer, or if you have never played a Final Fantasy game. Regardless, I believe that anyone who plays this game will find more things that they like about this game than flaws. If anything, I would advise having a TV bigger than 32″, or really good vision, because the font is small and hard to read.

        Which might frustrate you if you want to read exactly what something is. Also, you cannot auto save, you need to find a save station, which is really frustrating when using the big map and then having to run all the way across the plains to reach it. Other than that, the graphics, characters, and story will capture your heart and keep you playing for hours.




    • Don't Be Nice. Be Helpful.

    The review was published as it's written by reviewer in February, 2012. The reviewer certified that no compensation was received from the reviewed item producer, trademark owner or any other institution, related with the item reviewed. The site is not responsible for the mistakes made. 2815021564401229/k2311a0215/2.15.12
    Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of the Terms & Conditions
    Privacy Policy