Final Fantasy XIII Should Have Been The Breakfast Club of Final Fantasy Games

I didn’t like Final Fantasy XIII all that much.

I know the sentiment isn’t all that uncommon; not a lot of people liked that game. Well, that’s not true. A lot of people liked that game, but almost all of them live in Japan. And people in Japan do some weird things.

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LiamDirish2096d ago (Edited 2096d ago )

Let's just get one thing straight, it's not a bad game. It's linear structure is very similar to FFX, tunnelling you from one area to the next and then allowing you a lot more freedom in gran pulse (just like the calm lands). Sure some of the characters were irritating (Vanille & Hope) but the story was great, the music was good and the battle system was nice and quick (although leveling up was very restricted at times)

32froshes2096d ago

The story had more potential than a lot of people give it credit for. But that potential wasn't ever reached, in my opinion.

Godmars2902095d ago

The thing is, "failing to reach your potential," is the literal and exact thing as "failing" or being "Bad."

FFXIII was a bad game, a bad JRPG, because it failed to live up to its potential.

deep_fried_bum_cake2095d ago

"FFXIII was a bad game, a bad JRPG, because it failed to live up to its potential."

That's just stupid. Every game has potential which they fail to meet, that does not make them bad. And it does not make XIII bad.

You can call it a bad Final Fantasy game and I'll have no objection, but it was not a bad game.

Godmars2902095d ago

In your opinion it wasn't bad, just as in mine it was.

With the only added difference between us is that I think it was so bad, that Square have presented themselves and many other project so poorly, focused on the wrong things this gen - which sadly were probably the exact same things they focused on last - that I have no faith in them anymore.

JoySticksFTW2095d ago

All I know is, FF XIII was the very first FF that I had to force myself to finish.

When a game that's supposed to be fun becomes more like work, that's not a good sign.

And it's my own fault for forcing myself to finish instead of quitting.

But I've been a FF / Square fan for a long time now, and I really hoped the story would come around and grab me when all else failed (characters, pacing, etc). This didn't happen for me.

As someone mentioned above, it was only when you finally get to Gran Pulse with the ability to explore a little bit, that the game becomes marginally better.

TheLyonKing2095d ago

The fact that your had to read notes to understand the story though defeats the purpose of having a good narrative to the game.

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Summons752096d ago

This is how I have always felt.....thank you!

wishingW3L2095d ago

FF13 never gives you freedom like FFX where you could go back to certain places and do side-quest for ultimate weapons and aeons. FF13 is a straight line from beginning to end. What liberty there was in Pulse anyway? Pulse was just a plain map with monsters and stones scattered around, there was nothing else in it!

Bordel_19002095d ago

To be honest I don't care that much if a game is linear or not, as long as the game is awesome I'm happy.

FF XIII was plain boring and tedious.

Anderson82095d ago

my thoughts exactly.. xiii was so bad i didnt even bother finishing it and thats a first for any game ive played not jus in the ff series..

Ranma12095d ago (Edited 2095d ago )

You shouldnt say FF10 is similiar to FF13,

FF10 is 10 times better

kanetheking2095d ago

ff10 is x times better then ff13, get it x haha i am so funny, but i enjoyed 13 i never really got the hate hope got his mother bloody died in front of him, i did not like lighting and vanille tho they was bland as hell, and since ff13-2 is 10pound i am getting that and it's got catching type system in it and i like my catchings.

Nerdmaster2095d ago

Until this day I try to figure out how SE managed to take all the good things about FFX, twist them and make a terrible game.

FFX was linear, but there were plenty of places and cities where you could rest from battles a little. FFXIII was like a gigantic dungeon, you finished one of them, watched a cutscene and another dungeon started right after that. It was battles, after battles, after battles. The only place without battles, that circus thing place, didn't have anything to do but walk until the next set of battles.

In FFX we heard Tidus' thoughts and could understand more of the character. FFXIII tried to do this, but decided to let us hear the thought of Vanille, the worse, and most irritating character in any FF. (To be fair, Quina was a worse character, but not as irritating).

The Sphere Grid was a great way to change the level system, by letting us see the growth path of each character and have some control over it. The Crystarium was visually similar to the Sphere Grid, but they removed any customization and it wasn't any different than tradicional level system.

FFX battles were quicker than previous games, but you still could think and create strategies. FFXIII battles were too quick and too automatic, since you can't control the other members of your party.

FFX story made us understand the world little by little, through the eyes of someone who was new to it. FFXIII thought we already knew its world and we got lost in it. Oh, and the story was a mess.

TheLyonKing2095d ago

What are you talking about, Hope was far more annoying haha and Quina was an awesome character and a powerful Blu-Mage.

I agree with your other points though. The lack if cities was terrible. The first time any ff game as skipped on cities/towns!

Treian2095d ago

No. The story was linear like most FF games. FFX's dungeons had a lot of pathways. There was towns, sidequests, and mini games. That is what 13 lacked.

DragonKnight2095d ago

@LiamDirish: It isn't similar to FFX. With FFX you actually felt like you were in a living world, you didn't have linearity thrown in your face at every turn. You could enter houses for goodness sake. FF13 is a bad game. It is a terrible game.

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Godmars2902096d ago (Edited 2096d ago )

if they had known what they were doing, in several respects, we could have gotten a literal epic "chase" story which described an only interesting world. Sure it would have had on rails flying segments, a few weapons and characters to focus on, but at least it wouldn't have been to empty J-pop attempt we got.

Damnit,someone make a multidimensional travel device so I can go to the reality *THAT* game exists. It would be worth ripping a hole in all of space-time or unleashing elder horrors on this reality.

Da One2095d ago (Edited 2095d ago )

"A lot of people liked that game, but almost all of them live in Japan."

Couldn't be more wrong.... FFXIII's reception world wide was a surprise...I don't like bringing sales up into a argument, but the sales figures of FFXIII-2 were more surprising.

wishingW3L2095d ago (Edited 2095d ago )

FF13 sold 7 millions while FF13-2 sold less than 2 millions. What part of the sales are supposed to be surprising? Specially when FF series is the biggest JRPG franchise in the west [well, and Pokemon too] and it sold that bad.

True is that most people didn't like FF13 an they all skipped the sequel. There is no way to spin the meaning of such bad sales... And have in mind that FF series is a high budget franchise unlike Demon's Souls or Tales of Graces which can sell 2 millions and make a profit because they are low budget games.

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DragonKnight2095d ago

"Most people loved 13."


"Unless you can prove to me over 5 million people..."

You think that because 6 million people bought FF13 that 5 million people loved it? You have the audacity to make a claim like that then demand someone prove to you the opposite of your claim? FF13 received more hate than any other FF game ever. WORLDWIDE! That is verifiable FACT you can look up with google.

solidjun52095d ago

"So stop speaking out of your ass"

MAybe you should practice what you preach tippytaco...i mean, shintowave123, i mean...whatever account you use that ultimately was banned because of spamming.

Da One2094d ago (Edited 2094d ago )

@ wishing

I'm confused are you seem to be agreeing with what my opinion

1.I was surprised about how bad FFXIII was received (as the author stated only people in Japan liked it, which is highly inaccurate, they seemed to have hated it too)

2.The sales of FFXIII-2 were very low compared to the original

I think i might have made my point confusing with my wording.

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kratos1232095d ago

Thank you for adding that , the writer doesn't now anything he is only assuming they liked it over there. That to my comes over as unprofessional journalism

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