Final Fantasy XIII

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Final Fantasy 13

on 4/19/2012

This game was such a let down for me. The battle system felt like it was on auto battle the entire time and the levels were too linear for me to enjoy. I also found the story to be at times confusing. I did like the graphics and some of the characters were pretty cool but for me this was the worst Final Fantasy to come out in a long time. Read More

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great game

on 5/9/2012

i would recomend this game to anyone that likes to play final fantasy this game is so fun you will enjoy playing it for several hours i bought this game on monday and got on wendsday the features are really great and the graphics also. Read More

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Product Overview

In Final Fantasy XIII, you will embark on a journey through the cityworld of Cocoon and the outerworld of pulse. Along the way, you will encounter diverse allies who will fight alongside you. Execute powerful attacks with weapons and magic, and summon the enigmatic Eidolons with an evolved Active Time Battle system. Experience seamless transitions between real time gameplay and in-game cinematics.

Specifications

Manufacturer Square Enix Llc
Mfg Part# 91002
SKU 211244243
UPC 662248910024
UPC 14 00662248910024
Format Xbox 360
Reviews
ReviewSource 1Up.Com
Review Final Fantasy XIII (FFXIII) is a game at a crossroads. It's stranded at the intersection between the desires of an existing fanbase, the fading popularity of a genre, a legacy of cutting-edge visuals, and the rising cost of game development. It's a creation that displays the compromises of its development process at every turn, yet to its credit, it doesn't feel compromised. It's defined by creative tradeoffs, yet it embraces those potential shortcomings and transforms them into integral components of its design...FFXIII is ambitious and daring, not to mention gorgeous and energetic. It approaches the concept of "role-playing games" with ruthless pragmatism, lopping off hunks of RPG tradition like a doctor operating on a terminally gangrenous patient. Traditional towns are too difficult to manage in light of the demands of current technology and art design? Whack -- they're gone. Free-roaming exploration too difficult to implement properly? Chop -- there goes the nonlinearity. Micromanaging turn-based combat bogs down the pacing of battles? Snip -- let the AI handle it...The A.I.-driven nature of the combat leaves you free to focus on managing general strategies and coordinating your party leader's actions for maximum effect. There's an easy rhythm to fights, and subtle visual and audio cues help you keep a bead on the tide of battle without the need to watch numbers and meters. Let a character be reduced to critical health and one of their companions will call out their name in concern so you know who needs help; switch over to a healing paradigm and the target of a healing spell will shout a word of thanks so you know they're in the clear again. It's these subtle details, along with more significant elements like the guard break-style "stagger" system, that elevate FFXIII's battles to excellence...Like Mass Effect 2, FFXIII seems to be an attempt to answer the question of how to create an RPG for the modern, console-owning masses. Square Enix's solution is certainly different than BioWare's, but it's arguably just as effective in its own way. I can't say that this is the direction I want the genre as a whole to go -- or even the Final Fantasy series, for that matter -- but Square should be commended for embarking on an interesting journey down a daring road when so many of their competitors are content to stand, directionless, back at the crossroads.
Reviewer Jeremy Parish
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource IGN.com
Review For years, the Final Fantasy series has stood as a seemingly timeless pillar of Japanese role-playing games. With fantastic characters, intricate stories and complex battle systems, Final Fantasy is one of the most recognizable names in the videogame world -- and for good reason. Surprisingly, Final Fantasy XIII abandons a number of well-loved series traditions in favor of a more straight-forward approach. While fans might be concerned by this, the two most important aspects of the series -- the battle system and the narrative -- remain just as strong as they always have...In Final Fantasy XIII, players take control of six different characters with the sharp-eyed Lightning taking the "lead role." Although the game does tend to stress Lightning as the primary heroine, Final Fantasy XIII is reminiscent of Final Fantasy VI in that you control all the characters at different times and you jump between the groups frequently. This multi-story approach, as well as a clever use of flashbacks, makes Final Fantasy XIII's story quite enjoyable, at least in terms of its structure...When you consider the constant tension, fast pace and high reward of the Final Fantasy XIII battle system, it's easy to see why this game is fun to play. It's also constantly satisfying, as players can sink collectively earned experience points into the Crystarium system, which is like a very pretty version of the Sphere Grid from Final Fantasy X. Or, for those unfamiliar with the series, it's basically the way you choose your skills and level up your character. I got a huge sense of satisfaction from manually leveling up each character's roles in this manner...Final Fantasy XIII is a great JRPG and sports a fast-paced, challenging, satisfying battle system. The game also boasts an intricate story, a likeable cast of characters and the best visuals in the series yet (of course)...But hardcore Final Fantasy fans might be disappointed by the game's abandonment of franchise traditions like open worlds, town exploration and complex mini-games. The game is still worth buying, but it doesn't quite feel as complete as its well-loved predecessors.
Reviewer Ryan Clements
ReviewRating 9
Features
Adapt To The Ever-Changing Tide Of Battle With Paradigms: A brand-new game mechanic enabling players to assign roles to their party members at any time during battle, shifting between combat paradigms. Consisting of various combinations of the game's six roles, ranging from Commando, the offensive specialist, to Medic, the quintessential healer, paradigms allow players to respond and adapt instantly to any given situation to turn the tide and seize victory.
Delve Into An Emotional Experience: An immersive storyline connects players to an intriguing cast of characters. Will they have the strength to confront their cursed fates, or will destiny prevail over all that they believe in?
Experience The Unity Of Speed And Strategy With The Ultimate Active Time Battle System: The familiar system has evolved, granting players the freedom of executing numerous commands in a single turn with the multi-slot ATB gauge. Whether inputting singular commands in each slot for consecutive attacks, or expending multiple slots at once to activate a devastating blow, it's up to the players to respond effectively to the battle conditions at hand.
Take Part In A Gaming Experience That Sets New Standards: The first in the series developed for a simultaneous release on multiple high-definition consoles, Final Fantasy XIII pushes new boundaries in cinematic presentation, sound and gameplay.
Witness The Battle Scene Transform With An All-New Summon System: Introducing Gestalt Mode, a powerful dimension of the summon system that elevates the action to a whole new level. In Gestalt Mode, characters and their transformed Eidolons fight as one, dealing massive damage to enemies through simple button commands.
Features
Product Type Software
Distribution Media/Method DVD-ROM
Manufacturer Part Number 91002
Manufacturer Square Enix Corporation Ltd
Product Name Final Fantasy XIII
Brand Name Square Enix
Compatibility XBOX Live
Platform Supported Xbox 360
Software Name Final Fantasy XIII
Software Sub Type Role Playing Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Release Date 2010-03-09
Tech Specs
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 91002
Manufacturer Website Address www.square-enix.com/na/
Manufacturer Square Enix Corporation Ltd
Product Name Final Fantasy XIII
Brand Name SQUARE ENIX
Additional Information 1 Player
Compatibility XBOX Live
Platform Support Xbox 360
Software Name Final Fantasy XIII
Software Sub Type Role Playing Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating RP (Rating Pending)
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Format XBox 360
Game Genre Action
Quotes
Cynamite.com Everyone who likes Japanese RPG will love Final Fantasy 13.
Joe Juba, Game Informer A phenomenal RPG destined to be remembered as a technical milestone for the series.
Playstation: The Official Magazine ...every last detail feels thoroughly polished.

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