Am I the only person that actually enjoyed XII?
Anyway, what bothers me about XIII... TOO linear
. Of course some linearity is needed, but my god, I haven't played a FF this linear since Tactics. I like the ability to explore around and enjoy the story at my own pace
. I get that SE is trying to get us to stick to the story, but we are not reading a book here, people, don't force us into it. Also, it feels to me like I'm watching the bulk of the game rather than playing it.
The battle system seems extremely basic to me. Most of the time I can set a Commando/Medic setup, and just mash the X button and not even have to look at the screen... while still getting full stars. With Lightning as the CMD anyway. At first I was in disbelief that we would not be able to control other party characters, but the battle system moves so quickly that you'd go insane trying to do so, so it works out just fine having only the main at your command.
The dialogue. Oh, the dialogue... I'm trying to think of a word stronger than Melodrama, but I can't. It just makes the characters less human. Snow is especially bad in this regard. And what's with all this (I don't know if there's an actual word for this) Breath Dialogue anyway? Why do all of the characters express their emotions with a @&!#'ing exhalation? XII had this too, but not nearly as bad.
Towns. Make it so!!!
Having said that, the game is just beautiful. There's no denying that. I love the change of pace in their music too -- a nice direction for the FF series.
I do enjoy the story of the game (sans the dialogue).
Character role development is an interesting change, no complaints there. I don't mind a little grind to get CP. PS: I believe this to be a glimpse at what we can expect for the Class System we'll have in XIV.
Weapons/Accessory upgrading is a pretty cool system as well I think.
I am on chapter 7 right now.
Overall, I think XIII is an excellent game, but the fact that it carries the Final Fantasy brand makes me (and a lot of us I'm sure) have certain expectations *cough*TOWNS*cough* that aren't there. Edited, Mar 13th 2010 12:38am by Osarion