Final Fantasy XIII is a Adventuring game available on the 360 PS3.
Final Fantasy XIII is a Adventuring game. Adventure games are enjoyed for two reasons: they provide enemy encounters that require tactics and strategy to conquor, and they create a fantasy world in which to explore and adventure.
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Final Fantasy XIII has changed while I've been away. Playing Final Fantasy in the 90's I was in love, but coming back I find a different experience in its place. It's grown up, but not quite how I expected, or wanted it to.
There are many reasons I love Final Fantasy X, but its elegant communication of its world is most telling. Yuna's pilgrimage stops in many villages left devastated by the tsunami-like Sin. Not only is the absence of survivors unsettling, but the revelations, breakdowns and bonds that Yuna's party makes on the road that really got to me.
Final Fantasy XIII is one of the most conflicted games I've ever played. For the first thirty hours I was entranced by its world, the collection of flawed, unlikable characters and its fascinating story. Instead of using its linear narrative to drive home a meaningful story I found the game unwilling to reach a conclusion and subsequently the experience drained of life for me.
It was a direction that Final Fantasy games have always threatened to take ever since the spectacular success of Final Fantasy VII in 1999 So Final Fantasy XIII's incredibly linear approach for the first half of its 60 or so hours comes as a welcome surprise for someone who finds sprawling open-world games lacking in both direction and interest.
After four years waiting, Final Fantasy XIII was a sad disappointment. Not just because of the linear gameplay and lack of towns to explore, but because there was no real romance.
Romance is one of the mainstays of Final Fantasy. In VII we had tragic flower seller Aerith, who shockingly died at the end of the first disc. And in Final Fantasy VIII, romance was a huge part of the game as Squall met Rinoa and consequently becomes a decent human being. In X there was Yuna and Tidus, another incredibly romantic story with an ending that was possibly the most heartbreaking of any video game, ever. So, where was all the romance in XIII?
Final Fantasy XIII for the PS3 and Xbox 360 lives up to the expectations of the famous series and delivers an experience that is both visually amazing and profoundly deep. Its linear narrative draws you into the world of Cocoon and Pulse before opening out into the experience every Final Fantasy fan has been waiting for. Though the collection of characters may be iffy to some, nearly every aspect of this game is a tremendous and visually stunning ride that simply has to be experienced.
Set in the sealed, shell-like city of Cocoon that floats high above the surface of the world known as Pulse, Final Fantasy XIII is an excellent blend of Science-Fiction fantasy and melodrama - a million miles away from cheap 360 or PS3 cheap imitation adventures. Here in the city people fear the natural environment of Pulse, believing it to have mind-altering effects and a threat to the safety of their fear-filled lives. The government of Cocoon quarantines and exiles anyone believed to be under the influence of Pulse and very soon you'll find yourself an enemy of the state and on the run from government forces.
The long awaited evolution of the Final Fantasy series is set to arrive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Final Fantasy XIII brings the much beloved Role-playing game to the current-gen consoles in this stunning experience that tells a deep and involving story with the help of some of the most impressive visuals ever seen. You'll explore breathtaking environments, meet and befriend interesting characters and fight against some terrifying enemies. The new age of Japanese Role-playing games begins with Final Fantasy XIII: Fabula Nova Crystallis.
Taking full advantage of the advanced hardware on offer, Final Fantasy XIII provides a stunning example of in-game cinematics that merge seamlessly with real-time gameplay to convey the story and the world in gorgeous detail.
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