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Let's talk about the ending of Final Fantasy XIII…

Its safe to say Nick and I enjoyed playing through FFXIII. Maybe we didn't love it. It probably won't replace our favorite RPG's, but its a good game and its one we enjoyed. It has its imperfections and we are not so blind as fans that we are unable to admit to them ( I've expressed a lot of my thoughts on twitter and Nick wrote his review of the Japanese release last year).

It's funny; while Nick actually thought the story was perfect and the gameplay was the games weakest aspect, I thought the exact opposite. To me, while FFXIII's story is enjoyable, its one that lacks exposition. Its one that very arbitrarily requires the player to read a bunch of Codex entries to really get a handle on the games world, characters, and the drama they all deal with before becoming L'Cie. Thats a real shame too, especially considering many non-FF fans believe we all prioritize pretty graphics all else. The truth however, is that the scenario, the plot is whats really important to most of us. Its what makes all that sexy CGI necessary to begin with.

Forgive me. I digress. This is not a review of Final Fantasy XIII from any perspective. The point I was trying to make earlier (and obviously lost sight of) is that FFXIII is a flawed game. A good flawed game, but flawed none the less. What is it that good flawed games deserve folks? Why sequels of course. Thats why I'm here writing this on a Sunday afternoon. I want to talk about FFXIII's ending. How it made me feel and all the possibilities it sets up for the inevitable (in my opinion anyway) Final Fantasy XIII-2 (SPOILERS obviously)

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Gambit073108d ago (Edited 3108d ago )

Good idea! cause I didn't understand shiat!

SPOILER WARNING!!!

"Why does the Maker depart the world and shape Cocoon, Pulse, Fal’Cie and l’Cie only to ultimately destroy them? Why and with what power do Fang and Vanille save Cocoon? Are all citizens alive after Cocoon got surrounded by flames? Why did the cavalry think they would stop the Pulse monsters from invading Eden by destroying Orphan? Why did Fang turn into a mini-Ragnarok at the end?"

Exactly, we're left with too many questions after the game is over.

Lucreto3108d ago (Edited 3108d ago )

Why did Fang turn into a mini-Ragnarok at the end?"

To become Ragnarok the person needs to lose all hope and go into dispair. This happened to Fang but not to Vanille. It looked like the two of them were needed to create Ragnarok as the two of them share a bond. They lost the war of Transgression because only Fang became Ragnarok.

Why and with what power do Fang and Vanille save Cocoon?
With the strength they find in each other, Fang and Vanille make their own choice. Deliberately, they take on the power to become the destroyer of worlds but use the power in deciding ones own fate.

Are all citizens alive after Cocoon got surrounded by flames?
The flames seemed to cover the outer layer of cocoon as it is protected in a shell. But falling from the sky will have caused deaths. I think there is some symbolism that Hopes dad didn't appear in the ending.

Why does the Maker depart the world and shape Cocoon, Pulse, Fal’Cie and l’Cie only to ultimately destroy them?

It was Barthandelus who constructed cocoon and hid the Ark inside. Barthandelus is the architect amoung Fal'Cie who believes that the world has fallen into ruin since it was created and the only way to fix it is to recall the maker and to do this he needed a sacrifice on a grand scale.

Cocoon was created to protect the humans from harm until it was time to sacrifice them. The ending of millions of lives and a large part of pulse would have made the creater return.

Why did the cavalry think they would stop the Pulse monsters from invading Eden by destroying Orphan?

It was all part of Barthandelus plan to get the group to do what he wanted. Cid was made leader to annoy the cavalry to attack. The cavalry were against Fal'Cie from the start so they got a change to take out the main one but they didn't know it would cause coccon to fall. They just wanted to control their own lives just like Cid wanted.

Army_of_Darkness3108d ago

I spent 75hrs. playing this game just to get a short, Lousy piece of sh1t ending, which I was expecting to be Good like all the previous FF games...

Lucreto3108d ago

I wonder how this game will relate to versus XIII.

A connection I found was part of a placename of an area of Pulse and the same name was in one of the versus trailers.

Anarki3108d ago

After finishing FF13, I couldn't help but get the same impression.
I really do hope that we see a FF13-2, not so linear and focusing on the many issues that FF13 had.

RankFTW3107d ago

I cried at the end of the game, very emotional.