Blogcritics' Gabe Carr says: "It's difficult to say where Final Fantasy XIII will ultimately rank in fans' esteem, but it seems unlikely to be anyone's favorite. A little over 25 hours in, I can already say with some certainty that it won't be mine. It's not horrible, but it's definitely disappointing. I was hoping for a next-gen sequel that built on the strengths of its predecessor, but as it is, the new installment seems like a step backward. The combat's flashy but even more hands-off than that of Final Fantasy XII, and outside of the combat - well, so far, there's very little outside of the combat worth speaking of."