Ok so i'm now around 4 hours into Final Fantasy 13 and I must say that it is everything I had hoped for. The voice acting is spot on and the characters are really likable and relate-able, the battle system is fluid and puts the emphasis on tactical decisions as to your characters class roles a lot. From a graphical perspective the game is one of the finest this generation and the storyline is really gripping. I am really enjoying it thus far.
" @EchoForge: And sorry but no. Selling games is very hard in Japan, so for a game to sell 2 million copies is a lot. It got huge media attention because it sold ruffly 2 million that was just in the 1st week. "
It sold two million copies because has Final Fantasy in the title. What else do you want? Here in the Americas, where RPGs are actually being developed with the technology and ideas of 2010, not the tech of 2006 and mindset of 1995. "
I'd check this out if I were you if your worried about sales.... Some concepts are timeless, and to be honest. The design perspective of 2009 from a traditional rpg standpoint were very questionable to say the very least.
If your interested in the game buy it. Honestly, i havent played it and can't tell you wether it's great or terrible or somewhere inbetween but what I can say for certain is that you should give it a chance. Obviously you interested in the product and I feel you should follow through with that interest, I've noticed on this sub-forum that posters will come here specifically to make snarky comments about a game they haven't played and bash it at any given opportunity and take great pride (strangely) in doing so, don't let these people sway you, or by the same token dont let people who are overly positve sway you. Make up your own mind.
As for the game itself, the major gripe that people seem to have with it is it's Linearity. Which is a staple of most JRPG's of this generation, so if you were a fan of those you'll probably at least find this title interesting. If you would prefer the most western role playing game openworld approach then this might not be the best fit for you. It's all down to your design preferences on this issue.