Average User Score: 5.9Feb 18, 2014Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII introduces a slick, fast new battle system to create the most tense boss fights in the series.
WhilstLightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII introduces a slick, fast new battle system to create the most tense boss fights in the series.
Whilst it sports a slightly lower frame rate & presentation level than XIII & XIII-2 (Probably due to the huge size & population of areas), it also brings with it amazing music, world, art, humour & story. A solid title sure to trigger nostalgia for fans of the original.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Oct 23, 2013Final Fantasy XIII-2, the story of Serah and Noel.
Firstly, whilst I was a fan of the first game and found it to be beautiful &Final Fantasy XIII-2, the story of Serah and Noel.
Firstly, whilst I was a fan of the first game and found it to be beautiful & atmospheric, I admit there were some design restrictions holding it back from reaching it's masterpiece potential. Fortunately, Square Enix loves their fans and have poured their heart into creating a fresh new story whilst still keeping a touch of the first chapter's magic for nostalgia's sake.
Yes at first the new story seems a bit vanilla, but it ramps up to a gritty, dark conclusion and the game itself is crammed full of new features, such as a techno drenched soundtrack, time travel, recruitable monsters, bigger maps, and even alternate endings.
I wasn't too sure about a couple of the tweaks at first, such as only two human party members being available, but when classic mascots such as (SPOILER) Odin and Tonberry become party members, all will be forgiven.
Some fans of the older entries in the franchise (Which I am too) might still find this a bit of a departure. But I welcome the new Final Fantasy with open arms. Well done Square Enix.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4May 30, 2013Xenosaga Episode II. A flawed masterpiece. Yes, the load times are longer, yes the voice actors have changed, but underneath it all is anXenosaga Episode II. A flawed masterpiece. Yes, the load times are longer, yes the voice actors have changed, but underneath it all is an intelliegent, rich, emotional tale with an extremely deep (Albeit hard.) battle system.
Among the improvements are new sleek menus, more intense cinematics, a streamlined skill tree system and a wider dungeon variation.
However sometimes Episode II's desire to be brilliant holds it back. The sylistic changes in appearance are a matter of opinion, but the lo-res cinematics can look stiff in comparison to the hi-res events and the loading times can be particularly jarring trying to boot the games graphics and sound in battle. This leaves the experience slightly less polished.
That said, if you can master the battle system, forgive the loading times, understand the religious references and lose yourself to the story, then there is hours of addictive role-playing to be had here. Overall, a beautiful Sci-Fi RPG.… Expand