RPGamer writes: "Final Fantasy XIII comes up short on story-telling, but counteracts those failings with speedy and engaging combat. It is poorly paced and stubbornly keeps the player's choices limited for too long. When it finally does open up, it blows the lid off the combat system, but offers little new in terms of content. What this game lacks in substance, it tries to make up for with style and solid gameplay. Final Fantasy XIII eventually boasts a wonderful battle system that is very addictive and forgiving, especially since players will never have to backtrack upon seeing a game over screen. While the first half of Final Fantasy XIII feels like a hollow shell, the second half does more to make the game more enjoyable, but still somewhat stalls in a few areas."