Final Fantasy XIII was rather divisive. While its gameplay and combat system were superb, the story was a bit over pretentious and it was extremely linear, with the player simply going from place to place on a pre-set path. The characters were wonderful though, the combat was intricate and completely customizable, and there was a level of difficulty — especially during the boss battles. You had to think quick on your toes with the paradigm system and be able to quickly switch your player’s roles in order to survive. It is the best Final Fantasy battle system yet, but fans are so hung up on the game’s linearity and complex story that the game gets so much unwanted hate from fans of the series, who actually prefer story over gameplay.
I enjoyed playing the trilogy alot but what i didnt enjoy is the characters and the story.
They should have fleshed out the characters more and the story should have been less complicated with the FalCie and all that crap.
Its annoying since almost everyone who says the 13 series sucked only played the first game. If anything at least play the second, its stands out from the other two and is actually really good while lightning returns is just good. The funny thing is the best one in the series is the one where you don't play as lightning.
13 was very mediocre, so many people played it and refused to play 13-2 and Lightning Returns. But 13-2 was a really good game, and Lightning Returns was still good.
FFXIII doesn't have the best battle system. The biggest critique is how you're forced to stick with one leader per battle, and if your leader dies then you get a game over.
FFXIII-2 greatly improved upon that battle system while also adding in more action commands. It's my favorite installment in the trilogy.
FFXIII:LR wasn't as interesting since you only had a dull Lightning in your party.
I enjoyed playing the through the trilogy just to get my own opinion of it.
The thing I hated most about the FF13 saga was that I found it to be a bit childish, the story was kind of like a Disney family movie. IMO FF13 looked like it was aimed at a younger audience. Especially when you compare it to FF7 which had more serious themes to the story like Aerith getting murdered by Sephiroth and bit of strong language here and there. Most of the characters in FF13 had a happy go lucky personality compare them to FF7's Cloud,Barret and Sephiroth. I hope Square-Enix use serious themes in FF15 and not make another family friendly Final Fantasy