Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Final Fantasy XIII: First Impressions
But now, a week or so later, I think it's kind of the bomb. That was a pretty steep learning curve and warming over period, and it hurts the game because I can't imagine most casual gamers would make it past the first three or four hours without bailing. The first level or so of this game (if you could call it that) flat out sucks. It's just monotonous and boring, with you doing little more than following long hallways, pausing here and there to have awful battles that require nothing more than hitting the A button over and over again. But, as I said, it got better. After that first section of the game, your characters become L'cie (don't ask), giving them the ability to wield various forms of magic. Before that, you were only able to use a generic attack over and over again. Once you are able to actually perform magic and use other abilities, the battle system became amazing. This is seriously one of the best battle systems in any RPG ever. It's and furious and actually requires a lot of strategy. The battles quickly went from being a chore to being one of the most fun parts of the game.
I could see how long-time fans of the series might complain about how the new battle mode is a bit easier and more user-friendly, but that's exactly what I like about it. I actually feel as though I'm in control of my team during the battles, instead of just watching them play out in front of me while I input directions here and there. It is a little odd that your party heals after every battle, but, again, I don't mind because it cuts down on the frustration. The only real complaint I have with the battles is that there is no victory fanfare. What's that about?!
The graphics are pretty much the best graphics I've ever seen in any game ever. I can say that with out any fear of hyperbole. It's just gorgeous, with an amazing art style and ridiculously detailed character models. Remember how amazed we all were by the video clips in Final Fantasy VII? Well, the in-game graphics in this game blow those away. Gorgeous game.
So I like it. It's probably the most fun I've had playing a Final Fantasy game since part IX on the original Playstation. Check it out if you're a fan of the series.