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Shift to Sentinel: In Defense of Final Fantasy XIII – Part 1

Jacob Ross at Save/Continue writes:

"Shift to Sentinel is, simply put, my attempt to explain why a genuine appreciation of Final Fantasy XIII can be both a rational and defensible position. I won’t be wasting time with anecdotal platitudes like, 'I enjoyed the fighting' or, 'it was well-paced' or, 'he was cool'; my aim is to leave no doubt. Over the next four days, I’ll be exploring in depth the combat system, mechanic layering, and characters that form the game’s backbone."

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Zotaku871269d ago

There are things I like and things I dislike in this game, but this series looks promising. Not typical fanboy praise, but actual appreciation for the way it all plays out.

sonypsnow1268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

JRPG "Died" during PS3 era. Ni no Kuni was Great. Consensus still believe it's dead, and wondering if PS4 can revive it.

Just because Ni no Kuni isn't Final Fantasy, most people believe JRPG is dead on PS3.

Ken Kutaragi, the father of PS3 & Cell Architecture, is no where near the PS4 development.

PS3 probably has nothing to do that what happened to Final Fantasy XIII.

Persona 5, coming 2015 on PS3. Maybe PS3 is still to difficult to program, or maybe it sounds nice.

Who want PS4's Emancipation? Keep up the demands!

iamtehpwn1268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

There is always something about every FF which it excels at and does it job better in a particular area better than it's successors or predecessors. In all honesty, the only thing I can think of that FF13 does for that concept is literally--the "retry" button after a boss battle.

I know some saw it as making the game easier, but holy shit. Nothing was worse in older FF's than losing a battle after going a long period without saving and losing all your progress, especially from a fairly unexpected boss battle.

TM3331268d ago

I'm right there with ya LOL. To top it off, I don't have the extra time to waste on those types of death now in my older years.

Agent20091268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

The legend goes someone actually enjoyed FFXIII series, yet it is not clear if that someone was even of this Earth.

Capt-FuzzyPants1268d ago

I thought the first one was actually very good. I don't think it deserves all the hate it got, I understand it, but still, it wasn't that bad.

The second one was okay, although the ending still doesn't make all the sense in the world.

Lightning Returns was not all that good imo. That story just wasn't good.

Tyrone_Biggums1268d ago

Many people hate on 13 just to hate on it. People just don't like change.

-Foxtrot1268d ago

People don't like shit change...ever thought of that

Tyrone_Biggums1267d ago

Just because you think it's shit or other people think it's shit doesn't mean everyone thinks it shit.

-Foxtrot1268d ago

I don't know how you can defend this game. It's anything but a Final Fantasy game, it ruined the series, was the start of it's downfall and was just a really bad game overall.

If it was called something other then Final Fantasy, reviewers wouldn't be so generous with the reviews.

Final Fantasy 13-2 and Lightning Returns just took it down and even worse path.

KingOfOldSkool1268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

Contrary to whatever Square Enix was thinking heading into FF XIII, visually overproduced corridor RPGs are a direct path to irrelevance.

-Foxtrot1268d ago

It was basically...

Run down corridor A

Cutscene

Save

Run down corridor B

Cutscene

Save

Boss Battle

Cutscene

Save

Rinse and Repeat

HeavenlySnipes1268d ago

Although I agree that 13 was a tad bit on the left side of mediocre, I disagree with the statement "it wasn't a final fantasy game"

There shouldn't be a formula for a final fantasy game or else the series would have went the way of Dynasty Warriors or something.

Sure, there are the chocobos, the summons, the airships, a character named Cid etc that are in all the games, but each one was a somewhat unique experience.

FFVII, FFIX, and FFX (never played 8) all had a singular protagonist in which the story revolved around that was "special" compared to everyone else that had to foil the plans of the antagonist (who was related to the protagonist in some way; be it through blood or origin). The main protagonist also had a love connection with the main female in the players party. The plot of the games when stripped of their specifics boiled down to those points but the games weren't great because of them.

FFXIII was mediocre because their execution of the game's narrative and gameplay was poorly done and the characters didn't connect with a large majority of the audience that played it. They could have easily used the same world, concepts, and characters but make a good FFXIII by putting more effort in the aforementioned areas.

-Foxtrot1268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

"There shouldn't be a formula for a final fantasy game or else the series would have went the way of Dynasty Warriors or something."

But there is a formula, it's what makes the game what it is. It's what we all loved, why change something which doesn't need fixing

What they had in the past games added to the reasons on why we fell in love with the games. The compelling characters, their developments, the story, the battle system etc

FF13 took away all of that, least in past FF games they add something small or try something new, not just take everything away which made the franchise so great.

FF13 was basically a watered down piece of crap to try and be more western because that's where Square Enix thought the money was.

The battle system was horrible and too easy
It also relied way too much on luck and button mashing instead of skill
Very linear
All the characters were either terrible or average at best
Lightning as a main hero was bland, depressing and boring
No good back stories for characters
The summons were transformers in disguise
Voice acting was worse then normal for a JRPG
No open world map
No classic victory fanfare
No airship to travel on
Magic was limited
No weapons to craft
No NPC's to talk to
No side quests
Point A to point B gameplay
Very repetitive
Story was just plain bad and confusing
Leon Lewis...a crappy X Factor contestant for the theme song
No good mini games

You take that all away then your just left with some JRPG Final Fantasy wannabe that's failed on all fronts to be a good game.

Take a look at Lost Odyssey and you'll see what Final Fantasy 13 should of been.

torchic1268d ago

everyone hold tight, Foxtrot is in a Final Fantasy article!

AronDeppert1268d ago

I never really could get into Final Fantasy.

DiscoKid1268d ago

It's not a bad game, just not what you expect from a Final Fantasy title. If it were simply called "Fabula Nova Crystallis" it wouldn't get much heat. FF games are about loveable and a few quirky characters. FF13 did not have this.

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