The Banzai Effect:
"A lot of things have changed in Final Fantasy XIII compared to the previous FFs."
"The first 5 hours of FF XIII was very exciting with lots of amazing cutscenes, CG cinematics and smooth transition of boss battles."
"The battles are almost exciting as it looks and the gameplay soundtracks work their magic to keep the player going."
"Yes, it is intentional that the first part of the gameplay exploration is very linear until your character reaches the world below.
Perhaps, the linear gameplay isn't that welcomed by some players but I am still ok with it so far."