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Posted by Thirsk on March 18, 2010 at 7:23 AM

It's about 10:30 pm here and I'm not in any mood to go to bed :mad:


The reason being is that I just completed a 7 day marathon of Final Fantasy XIII and I've got all the dramatic music and cutscenes still crystal clear in my head!!


(But that also has something to do with the FFXIII soundtrack playing on my hi-fi stereo in the background lol)


I usually don't bother ranting about games after completing them, but that's probably because I rarely do finish games - oh dear. :roll:


Well I guess it's my way of paying homage to such an incredible game. This way I can look back on the excitement and thrill I've experienced today.


Strangely enough, I actually had some doubts on Day 1 when I first began playing FFXIII. The combat system was really different, being an entirely new experience..but for some reason, it just seemed kind of simplistic. The cinematics were great, however, the story was a bit too linear and two-dimensional (similar to a children's animation).


But now after completing the game, I've completely changed my mind. The combat system became just more and more complicated and so did the storyline. Everyone had a great role to play in the plot and the gradual growth of camaraderie between the main characters was a winning formula. I couldn't help becoming empathetic towards to them, even though the back of my mind was saying - get a grip man! It's just a game!


As with all rpgs, I enjoyed the freedom of customising the team to my liking. Slowly each of the characters branch off into their own fields of expertise, like commandos, ravagers, synergists etc, but I preferred to keep a very versatile jack-of-all-trades approach. Turned out quite well and I was on top of the game for about 90% of the time.


The other 10% of the time was when I got near the end... :dry:


I particularly did not like how the monsters just became unbelievably buffed near the end - I mean..each battle taking at least 4 mins to complete? That's ridiculous! I found myself falling asleep at about 1 am last night just because the battle was so straightforward - I knew each button to press and all at the right timing, but the monsters had just wayyy to much HP. So I was pressing the buttons in combination and timing with my eyes shut. Serious.


It's not because my team was full of weaklings. No, I'm too much of a strategist for that..They were probably as good as you could get because I played this game not only with a controller but a pen, some paper and a calculator. A calculator?? Like WTF! MANUELLA! LOL


It's probably the first time I used a calculator for a game :lol: (besides those text-based online games I used to play in high school)


But aside from that minor issue, everything seemed in order. The character customisation makes up for the single path you must take to complete the game. It would have been better if it was an open-world environment but considering how much effort went into the game and all the cinematics, it's only to be expected.


It's a weird feeling. I went through the game, absorbing in all the cutscenes like crazy and wondering when I was going to finish the game. I kept saying to myself, "Alright, I'm almost there. I'm going to finish this tonight.' But it ends up taking a whole lot longer and I'm left wondering if I should be cursing my misfortune or counting my blessings.


And counting my blessings was probably what I should have done. When you finish a game as grand-scale as this, you can't help but feel a bit nostalgic once it's over. I was hoping that I'd be able to unlock all the amazing cinematics on completion of the game, but alas, it was as I'd feared. You need to re-do the entire game just to re-watch all the cinematics..Argh those cruel Japanese gamemakers!


They did this to me one time already with their Bayonetta - all I got was a 5 minute clip of Bayonetta dancing :(...not that the dancing was bad...it was goood..but that's not the point!


On the bright side, I had a feeling that they wouldn't unlock the cinematics so I saved two gamefiles right before some great cinematics. This way I can just load up the save file and re-watch a nice long scene.


Ahh..I've just been rambling on for a while now and this is turning into an essay..what else is there to say? Besides the fact that I love RPGs and now am an absolute Final Fantasy XIII fan. Thank goodness I bought the Collector's edition :) Ah yes..


Although my voice would be but a mere inaudible whisper on the tip of an Autumn breeze, I'd like to thank the Square Enix team for creating such a Godlike game and allowing us all the privilege of  journeying through a world beyond our imaginations.


ps. If you haven't played it yet, you really are missing out on one of the biggest games of all time.


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