@raven10: I know the combat is supposed to be good but in my 50 hours of gameplay I never enjoyed it, and I was getting 5 stars left and right which leads me to believe I was playing it right. I may have exaggerated the battle length since I didn't actually have a timer to gauge how quick the fights were but they definitely felt that long to me. I never had fun in any fight in FF13, and even when a lot of people did I'm not going to sugar coat it because at that point I'm just being dishonest.
I also never felt like lightning came into her own over the game either. There was certainly some good backstory (Which i plan to highlight in the next part) but I don't think they do enough with it to justify her being the protagonist. And I don't think "being along for the ride" justifies her being the protagonist either, because I think that's just an inherently shitty way tot ell a story. It's like if all of Superman was told from jimmy Olsen's point of view. Yeah you might be able tot ell a good story from that point of view but it wouldn't be able to last and it wouldn't change the protagonist being Superman.
Also this isn't a gradual descent into FF13, this is more a very in depth review as highlighted in part 1. Thank you for reading regardless, i really appreciate it and all the comments.