There are few games in existence that can rile people up as much as Final Fantasy XIII. Here, Gamemoir takes a look at why, four years down the road, Final Fantasy XIII still gets under the skin of gamers.
Yeah Hope, Lightning, Snow, do I have to say anything else?
I think this and the recent DmC can be given the gamers over-reaction award, people went crazy over DmC and completely played it off. it is a great game, everyone who played it off should give it a go but it's a shame because their pre judging has tainted their view of it, it's like when you don't like someone, everything they do, good or bad pisses you off haha EDIT: If you look at the disagrees/agrees, you'll find that they even out at 50/50. So this game may be seen as excruciatingly bad overall, but 50% of gamers like the games.
Final Fantasy XIII – A Tale of Gaming’s Greatest Overhyped Turd
Because it's been four years since release yet there are still games coming out based on it despite it being nothing more than a decent game at best, mediocre FF game at worst?
FF13 is the worst Final Fantasy game that I have ever played.
I stopped playing it after 15 minutes. I couldn't take this shit anymore.
I endured it till the last boss, then it suddenly dawned on me that it was going to take 30 minutes of paradigm shifts. I traded it in the next day haha, only FF game I've started and not completed.
So basically you watched the first cutscene and read the first page of the tutorial and said no without even playing the game? Thanks for letting us know how invalid your opinion is.
This game has probably the worst story-telling of the entire series. And that's saying a lot, because this series has been around since 1987. Practically none of the plot, character info, motivations or world lore are relayed through actual exposition via cutscenes. Instead, players are asked to read through a mine of datalogs, which have key story elements hidden in them (often in places you'd never even think to look). They are also doled out in a non-cohesive manner, which means even if you read through them all, you'd still have to go back and forth putting them in sequence to make head or tails of it. And this is all compounded by the mind-numbing plot holes and inconsistencies, poor pacing and myriad pointless cutscenes filled with cliched posturing and misplaced melodrama that could have been used to expose more plot. Again, characters were the biggest flaw. I cared about maybe Sazh and that's it. Fang was a cool character, but I was never particularly invested in her. Snow, Hope and Vanille were just absolutely annoying beyond belief, there was seemingly no attempt made to endear me to any of them, just having them enact a bunch of grating genre tropes without any rhyme or reason. And then there's Lightning, who had less motivation and connection to the plot than just about every other character in the game, yet SHE is the main character? She has the personality of a doorstop to boot, so why her? It was just a very poor decision and design choice, that somehow managed to pervade the two subsequent entries as well, showing a continued ignorance/lack of awareness and an apparent inability to learn from their mistakes. High production values do not a good game make, nor can they mask the glaring faults of a bad game to anyone who is not so easily swayed by flashing lights and pretty things. It isn't mediocre. It's bad. There's little to play, no room for exploration or reward for curiosity, a thin and uninvolved battle system and a story that probably didn't need to be told, and was possibly a bad idea to tell. What's there to like? This was supposed to be an RPG, so tell me: on what scale does this even rate as mediocre?
The combat in FF13 was fun and I liked the long battles so I had no problems with the gameplay. My dislike of FF13 has always been the characters and voice acting. I like Cloud,Tidus,Yuna,Freya,Zidane, Kimarhi,Turks from previous FF games. I find the characters in FF13 to be weak and to be honest I didn't get the story. I'm not allowed to dislike hope because I like Cloud?
Why do people hate people who hate the game? Now THAT drives me up the wall, It's not like we are allowed opinions anymore... Sigh...
Because most people who hate the game never played it (and if they did no more than an hour), they have very poor reasons as to why they do and when they do its been done in other final fantasy games. Ex Light is emo and dull - cloud is still king of that castle. Long boring battles - nearly every final fantasy has prolonged boss battles if you're not OP. Combat is dumb - combat is ATB like ff 4-9 however because of FAN reaction to ft advent children they wanted to go with fast combat and paradigms are an improved version of ffx character switching in combat. Story doesn't make sense - it makes perfect sense if you pay attention It linear - ALL final fantasy games are linear. The only reason this makes it known is because you're fugitives, meaning you can't diddle round much when being chased. Its fine if people don't like it as an opinion but don't spam the internet because you're upset while the majority like it. Light was voted fan favorite in japan, all three games have gotten good reviews and sales. So their doing something right with this if its successful. Have a thought out and valid argument, sure the 13 games aren't perfect or anywhere near the best but there have been other mediocre off games some hyped to no end by even ff7 has merits that can bring you back from the truly nonsensicle story and dull characters. Hope annoys me to all end in 13 but i didn't quite the game because of one whiny kid.
The combat in FF13 was fun and I liked the long battles so I had no problems with the gameplay. My dislike of FF13 has always been the characters and voice acting. I like Cloud,Tidus,Yuna,Freya,Zidane, Kimarhi,Turks from previous FF games. I find the characters in FF13 to be weak and to be honest I didn't get the story. I'm not allowed to dislike hope because I like Cloud? The characters simply didn't appeal to me in any shape or form. Again I didn't understand the story so my reasons for not liking FF13 are valid because its my opinion.
^^^ THIS F***ing dude right here!!! +1
@DragonPs4 You hit it right on the head, Thank you.
Why do people that hate this game hate people that like it? It kinda goes both ways. Speaking generally of course.:) I've found some of the analysis on this thread pretty good on why people don't like it. I still find the gameplay to be fun though. Just wish more of the discussions could be more civil and thoughtful as dragon below, or light above, even if don't agree with them completely.:)
As a game, it's great but as a Final Fantasy title it just didn't stay true to my expectations and love of the series. Final Fantasy for me has always been about the characters and story and to me that seemed like the weakest link in FF13.Characters and story ruined my experience with the game and I doubt i'll ever replay it.
The thing that I hated was that the 2006 trailer showed so much promise in terms of gameplay and the developers promised so much yet gave us so little. The game was incredibly linear when we were expecting a fully fledged open world RPG. The part on Pulse where it's just a massive field just doesn't cut it. It took them four-five years to make this, and I have no idea how it took them so long.
DMC definitely was overreacted to, since the fanboys were nitpicking stupid details while ignoring the fact that the game itself was actually pretty damn good. FF13, however, deserves all the heat it gets, that game is horrid. The excuse that it "gets better" after 25 hours of gameplay does not justify having to go through 25 hours of vapid characters, tedious gameplay with no exploration and a leveling and fighting system that basically makes the game play itself. Bravely Default is a million times plus one the Final Fantasy game FF13 is.
I'm sure the announcement that the game was coming to the Xbox 360 helped to fuel the hate, but that alone certainly wasn't enough to account for it all. I just hope my expectations and dreams of what FFXV "should" be don't ruin that game for me.
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