Prior to this review Final Fantasy was a historical gaming afterthought. A game from my youth that was legendary at the time and all but forgotten and considered relevant in my gaming world today. It was pleasant re-connection with the series, as it offerred much more than I had either hoped or expected. The brilliant visuals, and excellent new combat system were both done exceptionally well. Stand alone these great features are enough to hook many gamers long enough to trek through the 10's of hours of gameplay. But the real star here is the story of Final Fantasy XIII, and Square Enix gets this right, in a big way.