Final Fantasy XIII struck me as a bountiful mix of X, X-2, VII, XII with story style impact undertones of VI and turned out much better than over critical fanatic internet naysayers tried to get people to believe. From start to finish the overall feeling of Final Fantasy was an upward slope. It started out on the precipice of disappointment, and upon taking that flight players hit a proverbial thermal across the chasm of uncertainty with it. The game itself offers the best of both old and new styles of the franchise presented with everything people came to love, and… a couple of things people didn't in a way that they now might love.
Our Final Fantasy XIII review covers the major bases, gets into the stupidity of caring about the 360 vs. PS3 graphics and shows how the linear changes serve the game well.