I know there is already a topic about the demo being up, but I wanted to start one for those of you that have played through it to see what you guys thought.
I'll just say first that I loved FF XIII. I know it wasn't a perfect game, and it was incredibly linear, but the story was interesting, characters were great (except Hope), battle system was deep and exciting. I think once that battle system opened up it was one of the best in the series, and I'm really excited it is returning in FF XIII-2.
Anyways, I thought the demo was pretty good. I played it on PS3 and there were a few areas of minor slowdown and some characters don't look as impressive as they did in FF XIII, but that could just be because it's a demo. Story is meaningless to me so far because the demo doesn't go into a ton of it, but the tone seems good.
The open worldy-ness seems like a it will please a lot of the haters of FF XIII since the linearity was the main complaint, and it seems like it is well done here, but the demo only shows one real environment so it's hard to say how big the entire game will end up being.
The ONLY thing I'm not sold on with the game so far is the monster being the 3rd party member. I like the idea and the whole Pokemon-collection fervor it could create, but I'm worried about their execution on it. If it ends up with me finishing the game with a monster I got in the first few hours I'll be disappointed. I want a new, strong monster to be just around every corner, and for them to be unique. There are a lot of stats on the monsters that aren't explained such as personality or w/e so who knows how the mechanic will flesh out, I'm just not sold yet...but I do see promise.
So yeah, I like it...a lot. Thoughts duders?