I had a video game night last Friday where I played a marathon round of Final Fantasy XIII. It wasn’t until the wee hours of Saturday morning that I put the controller down and called it a day. I have to confess, Final Fantasy XIII is just as bad as I expected it to be, yet I couldn’t put it down. Clearly I have an unhealthy obsession with this series. If the words ‘Final Fantasy’ are on a game, I automatically want it.
There are some things I surprisingly liked about the game, starting with Lightning. The second she angrily said “I’m not a soldier anymore” I was having Final Fantasy VII flashbacks (will that game ever die? 1997 was a long time ago). I did not want to play game with a female cloud simply because I wanted something new and I didn’t think Final Fantasy VII was all that great.
Turns out, she’s rather dynamic, if you look past her cold-hearted attitude and the fact her voice never has a hint of emotion in it. Now that I’ve played the game a little longer, I’m starting to understand which insults mean she’s afraid vs. which ones mean she’s hurt. When she’s happy, she just says nothing.
Okay, so it would be nice to get a little more personality out of Lightning, but I don’t hate her. That’s a surprise.
I also love Sazh as he shows how the series has grown up. Sazh is an older man and got involved with the events of the game to help his son. It’s refreshing to have a character whose not just out for revenge or to save their dear loved one. This is a father , fighting for the well-being of his child. The little baby chocobo that he carries with him adds some lovely humor as well. Also, who doesn’t love a chocobo?
The last thing I’m really enjoying in this game is the battle system. At first, I hated it. After a while, it grew on me. Maybe it’s the fact there is no other gameplay to speak of in the whole game (unless you count walking forward as gameplay). I mean, there really is nothing else to do. No towns to explore. No mini games.
I haven’t even seen a moogle, yet. WTF Square Enix?