From the review:
"I promise you it does get better. It’s just a shame that it starts out so slowly. I’m a huge RPG fan. I’m used to RPGs taking a while to get going but this does away with any thinly veined attempt at making you think it’s not linear. It is, just accept it and move on. Odds are you’re an RPG fan too. You know this is what happens. Just be patient. Things are confusing at first but it’s worth it in the end. Final Fantasy XIII is a curious juxtaposition you see. On the one hand it’s extremely welcoming to newcomers to the series in terms of its game mechanics, but on the other hand its pacing is incredibly off making it a battle of patience in the first few hours."