Quick Final Fantasy XIII Thoughts

Posted by Hailinel (23901 posts) -

A short jumble of thoughts from my time playing Final Fantasy XIII thus far.
 

  1. I really don't miss towns that much.  The fact that the game is constantly moving and giving the characters no time to rest at inns and engage in serial home invasion only helps the story, really.
  2. Once the game gets up to speed a couple of hours in, the combat system proves to be awesome.  It's a variant on the Active Time Battle, but the flow of battle is engaging.
  3. The Crystarium is an excellent improvement on the Sphere Grid.
  4. Dude, the Chocobo theme has lyrics this time around.  Also, chocobos are still awesome.
  5. Am I the only person that actually likes all six party members?
  6. This game is very, very pretty.
  7. The Eidolon battles are ridiculous.
  8. I have to agree with Lightning.  Not a good birthday.
  9. I can't remember the last time a Final Fantasy game gave me this much of a challenge in run-of-the-mill battles against field enemies.
  10. This game is unbelievably awesome and I can't wait to play more.
#1 Posted by Hailinel (23901 posts) -

A short jumble of thoughts from my time playing Final Fantasy XIII thus far.
 

  1. I really don't miss towns that much.  The fact that the game is constantly moving and giving the characters no time to rest at inns and engage in serial home invasion only helps the story, really.
  2. Once the game gets up to speed a couple of hours in, the combat system proves to be awesome.  It's a variant on the Active Time Battle, but the flow of battle is engaging.
  3. The Crystarium is an excellent improvement on the Sphere Grid.
  4. Dude, the Chocobo theme has lyrics this time around.  Also, chocobos are still awesome.
  5. Am I the only person that actually likes all six party members?
  6. This game is very, very pretty.
  7. The Eidolon battles are ridiculous.
  8. I have to agree with Lightning.  Not a good birthday.
  9. I can't remember the last time a Final Fantasy game gave me this much of a challenge in run-of-the-mill battles against field enemies.
  10. This game is unbelievably awesome and I can't wait to play more.
#2 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

It's nice to see someone who's actually enjoying it, especially in the early parts of the game.

#3 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

What a surprise. 

#4 Posted by Hailinel (23901 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
" It's nice to see someone who's actually enjoying it, especially in the early parts of the game. "
I'm used to RPGs starting out slow.  And frankly, I think it helps the game in the long run because there is a lot to absorb.  It could have been introduced a bit quicker, but at the same time the game's pacing builds up such momentum that in retrospect the way that the game ramps up is done fairly well.
 
@MAN_FLANNEL said:
" What a surprise.  "

If you're gonna troll, you could probably stand to be more creative than that.
#5 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

"engage in serial home invasion  "

haha so true.
 
I'll wait for the GB review. My friend likes it but there are a lot of people hating.
#6 Posted by KuwabaraTheMan (155 posts) -

I agree with pretty much everything you're saying, and you're not alone. I also find all six party members to be awesome. Sazh is my favorite, but I really like all of them and I think that this might be my favorite cast in a Final Fantasy game. The combat is definitely pretty awesome.

#7 Posted by Addfwyn (1917 posts) -

Fellow Persona 4 avatar speaks the truth. 
 
But yeah, overall glad to hear you like it, always nice to hear positive opinions when things are awash with negativity and gripes.

#8 Posted by demontium (4707 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" A short jumble of thoughts from my time playing Final Fantasy XIII thus far.
 
  1. I really don't miss towns that much.  The fact that the game is constantly moving and giving the characters no time to rest at inns and engage in serial home invasion only helps the story, really.
  2. Once the game gets up to speed a couple of hours in, the combat system proves to be awesome.  It's a variant on the Active Time Battle, but the flow of battle is engaging.
  3. The Crystarium is an excellent improvement on the Sphere Grid.
  4. Dude, the Chocobo theme has lyrics this time around.  Also, chocobos are still awesome.
  5. Am I the only person that actually likes all six party members?
  6. This game is very, very pretty.
  7. The Eidolon battles are ridiculous.
  8. I have to agree with Lightning.  Not a good birthday.
  9. I can't remember the last time a Final Fantasy game gave me this much of a challenge in run-of-the-mill battles against field enemies.
  10. This game is unbelievably awesome and I can't wait to play more.
"
We agree yet again. I am on ch 8.
#9 Edited by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

I really don't know where you're coming from with the Crystarium.
 
Glad you're digging the game though.

#10 Posted by immike (714 posts) -

Hmm, I'm pretty sure I won't like the game, but I'm glad to finally hear some good things about it.

#11 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -

SRSLY HOW CAN YOU LIKE HOPE! GAH! it's making my brain hurt, him trying to use logic, and failing horribly. though the rest of the cast seems fine. 
 
with the exception of vanille's "skip to my lou" animation, the game seems absolutely fine. LOVING IT, eventhough hope is still an emo bitch...
#12 Posted by KuwabaraTheMan (155 posts) -
@tiwi said:
" SRSLY HOW CAN YOU LIKE HOPE! GAH! it's making my brain hurt, him trying to use logic, and failing horribly. though the rest of the cast seems fine.  with the exception of vanille's "skip to my lou" animation, the game seems absolutely fine. LOVING IT, eventhough hope is still an emo bitch... "
I don't think it's fair to call Hope "emo". Emo characters are those who whine and moan for no good reason (or blow things way out of proportion). Hope has pretty good justifications for the way he acts, and I think he goes through a lot of growth. He was my least favorite character early on, but he does mature a lot.
#13 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -
@KuwabaraTheMan:
that doesn't change the fact that he tries to put a knife in snows back... I really want you to consider WHY he does it. he watched snow, hanging form a "cliff" with his mother in his hand. she falls and then HE FALLS...
#14 Posted by Addfwyn (1917 posts) -
@tiwi:  
Because (and if you haven't made it through chapter 7 or 8 or so, don't read this)
 
#15 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -
@Addfwyn:
yes i have, but I do not recognice that as a viable reason. many peoples parent die everyday, in car crashes and such, that doesn't mean they try to stab the other driver in the back...
#16 Edited by Addfwyn (1917 posts) -
@tiwi: He didn't though, he nursed the rage and may have convinced himself he wanted to, but he didn't.  I imagine a lot of those people who lose parents in car crashes would have trouble forgiving the people in the other car immediately, maybe over time.  Pretty similar idea.
#17 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -
@Addfwyn:
no he didn't. he tried to stab him, AND THEN A FUCKING AIRSHIP ATTACKED AND BLEW HIM OVER THE FENCE. 
SRY, CAPS HAS LOCKED ITSELF
#18 Posted by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -
@Addfwyn: I'm of two minds where Hope is concerned.
 
On one hand, his character is fairly consistent with the fact that he's a regular-ass teenager thrust into a situation far beyond him. On the other, his plausibility doesn't necessarily make him any more endearing.
#19 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

I haven't played it yet but I bought it the other day. I am looking forward to getting stuck into it soon.

#20 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

The story is nothing special imo (hate the afterschool special style story telling) but I like Lightning and Fang...and the battle system is the best in the series imo
 
Thats enough for me i guess

#21 Posted by XenoNick (1390 posts) -

Im currently in chapter 10 and im really enjoying it so far. Loving the battle system and I'd say Lightning and Fang are my fav characters

#22 Posted by BomberDude (50 posts) -

Wow pretty much my thoughts exactly XD I'm just starting chapter 10 and really enjoying it

#23 Posted by Chirag4 (585 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" A short jumble of thoughts from my time playing Final Fantasy XIII thus far.
 
  1. I really don't miss towns that much.  The fact that the game is constantly moving and giving the characters no time to rest at inns and engage in serial home invasion only helps the story, really.
  2. Once the game gets up to speed a couple of hours in, the combat system proves to be awesome.  It's a variant on the Active Time Battle, but the flow of battle is engaging.
  3. The Crystarium is an excellent improvement on the Sphere Grid.
  4. Dude, the Chocobo theme has lyrics this time around.  Also, chocobos are still awesome.
  5. Am I the only person that actually likes all six party members?
  6. This game is very, very pretty.
  7. The Eidolon battles are ridiculous.
  8. I have to agree with Lightning.  Not a good birthday.
  9. I can't remember the last time a Final Fantasy game gave me this much of a challenge in run-of-the-mill battles against field enemies.
  10. This game is unbelievably awesome and I can't wait to play more.
"
This person speaks the truth.
#24 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -

I'm on chapter 10 and I'm having a lot of fun with it and enjoying the game in general.

#25 Posted by Scullinator (512 posts) -

Im about 5 hours in to the 360 version.  Game looks amazing.  I feel like im watching a Final Fantasy movie like Advent Children, only I get to control the fights and walk around a bit.  Im usually a cut scene skipper but the story and characters so far hold my attention and I have not skipped anything yet.  At first I was a little unhappy with the combat, thought the auto battle made things too easy... then I started getting killed a lot and realize I there is more to it.  I couldnt get to sleep last night , doing paradigm shifts in my head.  
 
This is my first time really playing through a FF game, so far im really enjoying it.  I just finished Mass Effect 2 and I think im going to enjoy this just as much.  Its a little less in the action but Im digging the story and characters of FF much more.

#26 Posted by Hailinel (23901 posts) -
@tiwi said:
" @KuwabaraTheMan: that doesn't change the fact that he tries to put a knife in snows back... I really want you to consider WHY he does it. he watched snow, hanging form a "cliff" with his mother in his hand. she falls and then HE FALLS... "
Whether or not Snow fell was inconsequential.  Hope saw his mother fall to her death, and then Snow survived, still with that stupid grin on his face and calling himself 'hero'.  That's a bitter pill to swallow.

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