MTV Multiplayer: 'Final Fantasy XIII' Review - Freedom Can Wait

The last "Final Fantasy" came out at the tail end of the last console cycle, meaning that many gamers ended up missing out on one of the strongest entries in the series from a gameplay perspective. The story fell somewhat short, but the vast open world, more action-oriented combat mechanics and open-ended level progression kept things entertaining through many tens of hours, in true "Final Fantasy" fashion.

It's an even greater shame for those who missed it when you consider that "Final Fantasy XIII" is such a gigantic backward step that it's rendered almost unrecognizable as a new entry in the long-running RPG series. Until you come to 25-hour mark, that is.

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