I don't understand the story.

#1 Edited by Ethan_Raiden (344 posts) -

I'm a big fan of FF13, I've been playing it on and off since release, and I've logged around 13 hours now. I love the battle mechanic, the visuals and a lot of the characters seem very interesting to me. However, I really, for the life of me don't understand the story, I mean I understand the urgency of them trying to escape, and they're fugitives of the state, but beyond that, I'm completely lost when they speak of things like, pulse, grand pulse, cocoon (sic) fal'cie and l'cie. Did any of you have trouble with this? does it become any more clear, or is there some place online that helps explain the details of the story? Cheers for any help, love you all.
 
P.S. Got my coffee talk achievement! \o/

#2 Edited by xyzygy (10032 posts) -

Read all the Codex entries. They really help. 
 
EDIT: Err, not Codex. Database or W/E it's called. Too much ME2... :P

#3 Posted by Cwaff (1260 posts) -

Until about 15 hours in I had no idea what was going on... 25 hours in I have a little bit more of an idea.

#4 Posted by ShadowofIntent (288 posts) -

Pulse= the planet
Gran Pulse= what people from Pulse call it
Cocoon= The artificial floating world.
Fal'cie= Powerful magical beings
L'cie= Fal'cie slaves, if they dont do what their told they become monsters, if they complete their mission they turn to crystal.

#5 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

Pulse Fal'cie = Gods of pulse
Cocoon Fal'cie = gods of cocoon.
Pulse L'cie = Enemy of cocoon
Cocoon L'cie= Saviors of Cocoon 
Focus = What L'cie are given, a action to take, if they don't figure out their focus they turn into Ce'ithe
Ce'ithe = Monster's that roam the halls of a Pulse Fal'cie, these are L'cie who did not complete their focus in time.
 
so on and so on.
 
It wasn't too hard to understand

#6 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

I just read the plot summary stuff that's added to your journal after each cutscene. 

#7 Posted by Teclo (139 posts) -

It's pretty simple but then I guess FF does have a habit of having retardedly simple storylines but then explaining them in such deliberately convoluted ways in an attempt to obscure just how simple (and often silly) they are. FFX springs to mind as an example, which really milked the notion of "Big monster called Sin (*groan*) is going around, you have to escort a woman who can kill it but this shit has happened before and Sin keeps coming back - oh damn it's all a conspiracy from the obviously creepy church. Let's defeat Sin with the power of friendship and an aquatic version of American football".

#8 Posted by kyeahy (5 posts) -
#9 Posted by Dragon4234 (135 posts) -

I didn't really had an issue with it. Then again I'm into TYPE-MOON, which is the epitome of back-story and explanations. 

#10 Posted by Burns098356GX (1366 posts) -

I had a good idea of what was going on, then the final cinematic just totally didn't make sense to me.

#11 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

I think the story doesn't understand you.

#12 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

Man you just don't get it bro. Let me teach you a little something about hydroponics.

#13 Posted by Spoonman671 (4701 posts) -
@Teclo said:
" It's pretty simple but then I guess FF does have a habit of having retardedly simple storylines but then explaining them in such deliberately convoluted ways in an attempt to obscure just how simple (and often silly) they are. FFX springs to mind as an example, which really milked the notion of "Big monster called Sin (*groan*) is going around, you have to escort a woman who can kill it but this shit has happened before and Sin keeps coming back - oh damn it's all a conspiracy from the obviously creepy church. Let's defeat Sin with the power of friendship and an aquatic version of American football". "
It really isn't anything like American football.  More of a hockey/lacrosse/soccer thing.
#14 Posted by John1912 (1908 posts) -

The story is just horrible. Even Square employees agree, or at least one did.  My brother and a friend "kinda" scammed their way in to E3.  Guess they were BSing with some Square employee and ragged on FF13/ the general state of games since they merged with ENIX.  He pretty much agreed with everything they said.

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