Claimed by Square-Enix to be the evolution of gaming, Final Fantasy XIII is far in a way different to its predecessors. However with many of the changes working against the game rather than for it, it feels like two steps forward and one step back. There’s still clear progression and combined with a plot that as epic in scale as the series demands, Final Fantasy XIII has plenty to offer but series veterans may dislike this stage of the evolution cycle.
Stunning visuals. Hectic and entertaining battle system. Paradigm system works well and offers greater flexibility than using pre-set roles.
Linear level design as well as lack of side quests. Lack of Gambit system can be frustrating. Easier than previous games in the series.
Few games can boast as big a brand as Final Fantasy. With countless releases and re-release across a wealth of formats, Square-Enix's RPG series is one the biggest, and is regarded by a legion of fans as the best. Final Fantasy XIII represents the series' first outing in HD, as well as its first appearance on a Microsoft console. It's clear that rather than simply improve on its predecessor, Square-Enix opted to give the game a major overhaul. Unfortunately, in spite of all the improvements, Final Fantasy XIII feels like it takes one step backwards for every two steps forward.