Monday, May 24, 2010

Stop shi*tting on FFXIII

I write this post with a note that I will be gone for a few days. So don't miss me too much. This moment came about after blog surfing and seeing the absence of positive.

There are a lot of people out there dumping on FFXIII. Negative press always gets more attention then positive. It's how the universe works, sadly. But guess what. I like the game. Is it a Final Fantasy title? Yes and No. Would it have sold as well if it didn't have Final Fantasy in the title? Probably not. Would it still have been a good game? Yes. Quick run through of why I like it, in no particular order:

* Progressive story arc with subtle thematic undertones.

* Linearity enhances the story. It's linear for a reason. This is a pretty detailed story that if you were to be thrown into a wide open world from the get go, the average gamer would have gotten lost. The linearity is there to keep you on track. You need it. It helps. Trust me. (If you want to complain, FFX was very linear, maybe even more-so then FFXIII. The map on the top right corner of your screen was just a little bit wider.)

* Memorable characters. It's not about if you like the character or not. But they are ones you will remember.

* Easily adjustable battle system. Reminds me of the dress spheres in FFX-2. You can quickly maneuver your party to a setup that best suits the fight. It wasn't clunky and easy to customize.

* Expansive mission track. I agree that getting to this point in the game does take too long (32 hours for myself). But once you get there and you put a little time into it, the missions and side-quests are immersive.

* Final Fantasy game? It is in the sense that it is breaking apart from it's traditional molds to create a new mode of storytelling. FF4, 6, 7, 10 are examples of the how FF has managed to reinvent itself. With Final Fantasy you are not going to get the same game twice. However, you are going to get certain staples. FFXIII took those characteristics and created something new. That's why it's a Final Fantasy game.

Something to keep in mind. With a Final Fantasy game, you're not going to finish it in 10 hours like God of War. This is a 60 hour game, minimum (first game in a long while I felt like $59.99 was worth the price of gameplay). To get to the good stuff, you have to earn it. I'm not saying this is the best game ever. There are some things that I have qualms with, but it's not a bad game. People are too quick to judge and not willing to put in the time to actually finish the story.


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