4 chapters into FFXIII...

Posted by Traegan (111 posts) -

After 4 chapters of this game, I am loving it.  I find the battle system intense, especially the fact that you are timed.  The story is excellent, albeit a bit "Japanese" (It was hard to understand Hope's emotional deal without the text in the datalog).  I am also a fan of how linear the game is and limted character development options at this point.  It really allows me to focus on the story and playing the game, not reading faqs/guides on what to do.  In general, I tend to prefer the linear JRPG style to the western open-RPG style.  I tend to double think everything I am doing in games like Fallout 3, Morrowind, etc.  And I am such a Min/Max-er I spend more time reading guides/faqs than actually playing.  With FXIII so far, it seems to push all the min/max/open world stuff to much later chapters.  Which turns out is excellent for my enjoyment of the game.

#1 Posted by Traegan (111 posts) -

After 4 chapters of this game, I am loving it.  I find the battle system intense, especially the fact that you are timed.  The story is excellent, albeit a bit "Japanese" (It was hard to understand Hope's emotional deal without the text in the datalog).  I am also a fan of how linear the game is and limted character development options at this point.  It really allows me to focus on the story and playing the game, not reading faqs/guides on what to do.  In general, I tend to prefer the linear JRPG style to the western open-RPG style.  I tend to double think everything I am doing in games like Fallout 3, Morrowind, etc.  And I am such a Min/Max-er I spend more time reading guides/faqs than actually playing.  With FXIII so far, it seems to push all the min/max/open world stuff to much later chapters.  Which turns out is excellent for my enjoyment of the game.

#2 Edited by Tsukiyomi (77 posts) -

Nice to hear someone speaking highly of the game, I'm a bit fatigued by all the negativity I see anywhere else. Best part is, it only gets better (except for Snow)! :)

#3 Posted by Southgrove (323 posts) -

Late chapter 11 here and loving it.

#4 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

good to see someone else like the game, I'm still late in chapter nine cause i got distracted by Agarest wars and Alan Wake. XD

#5 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

I'm stuck in the last chapter of the game without much desire to beat it. I heard the final boss requires a lot of grinding, so that kinda killed off my motivation for completing the game. I definitely enjoyed the first 10 chapters, but once I got to Chapter 11 things starting going downhill. Chapter 12 was a little better since I was finally done with the annoying hunt missions, but by the time I got there my interest in the game was pretty much gone. 

#6 Posted by sixpin (1292 posts) -

30 hours in and I just couldn't do it anymore. I grew so tired of running through hallways, I just gave up and played Just Cause 2.

#7 Posted by Jazz (2276 posts) -

Just started and its not that bad as they say. 
I've just started using the paradigm shift system, and I like that the battles tend to be pretty quick. 
@Catolf
said:

" good to see someone else like the game, I'm still late in chapter nine cause i got distracted by Agarest wars and Alan Wake. XD "
How is Argarest wars?
#8 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@Jazz:  I'm liking it, I find it a lot more fun than Cross edge and easily accessible. You don't really have to grind but you can in free areas to not take up your turns.
#9 Posted by Briggs713 (217 posts) -

I just started chapter 11 and the missions.  I am really loving the game.  The linearity actually worked for me and I love the paradigm system and the crystarium.  I'm a little sidetracked right now I guess, but the story seems to be really interesting. 

#10 Posted by NorseDudeTR (423 posts) -

I'm playing this game in huge chunks, from boss to boss. Usually finish one, after butting heads with it for a looong while, then plow through a chapter (guess this won't be possible at ch.11), before getting stuck on the next boss. Then I quit in frustration, and the next time I pick it up, I make short work of that particular boss. This stuff's been discussed on the podcast, and it's a weird phenomenon. And a nice one. Later!

#11 Posted by Hyuzen (453 posts) -

i enjoyed the game quite a bit. Though to be honest Story and Gameplay are quite distinct. In fact when the game starts the Story is really high and the Gameplay isn't so great. Then as the game goes along the Gameplay slowly gets better. At about chapter 10 the Story and Gameplay are equal at a really great point. Then right at the end of chapter 10 I found the Story took a bit of a nosedive and kept going down further until the end. It gets really cheesy near the end of the game, but i still had a ton of fun

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