We all knew it had to happen eventually, Square are only human and finally they've done it. Square have squared the circle, or circled the square if you prefer; in short - they're rehashing an older version of Final Fantasy and pretending like it's a new version.
Final Fantasy XIII (or 13 to all you non-Roman-numeral-understanders out there) is essentially Final Fantasy 7 with slightly altered graphics and dialogue adjusted to take into account 21st century lingo.
Square have basically assumed the current Final Fantasy-playing public have forgotten the FF7 storyline, graphics and sound effects and won't notice the complete remake we have in our hands today.
That said, ff7 is contender for best game ever made so hopefully this should introduce some wonderment into modern gamer's lives today.
After several hours playing this game I felt like I was floating on a cloud towards Sephiroth's lair in order to obtain the underwater materia but... let's get serious.
The turn-based combat system is surprisingly intuitive, and not any where near as bad as possibly anticipated.
Vile Peaks is quite possibly the peak of the game though there is a lot of competition, I especially like the fact that wherever you go there's some chumming awesome music to accompany you.
Crystal points take the place of ff7's xp, with a convoluted 'crystarium' system for levelling up.
Overall I conclude this game is ff7 with a few minor and pointless tweaks and therefore Square are kind of taking the mickey out of us gamers. Oh well, still good though!