"Surely not the last of its kind, and most definitely not the best of its kin, Final Fantasy XIII is a beautiful example of how JRPGs, while still full of polish, have mostly lost sight of what once gave them their core appeal."
I think an 8 was generous. A lot of the content the previous games had was totally truncated for this title. Oh, and it took 4.5 years to develop? Squaresoft released Final Fantasy 7, 8, and 9 nearly back-to-back, and they are some of the top-rated RPGs of all time.
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