Final Fantasy games are quite controversial for reviewers because the fanbase is mostly made up of a bunch of rabid fanboys. For me, the Ratchet games are like this, however that does not mean I buy every single game that ever comes out. If Ratchet turned int a rhythm game, I'm not going to buy that shit, I have pride and I'm not clueless. Just because a game has Final Fantasy on the cover does not mean its good. Final Fantasy is known for its characters, at least for me. I grew up with this series and Auron & Balthier remain gods in my book. Final Fantasy 13 has some of the most unlikable characters in any video game, ever. I can't tell if Vanille is Australian, an expy of Rikku, or autistic; Hope is a wardrobe malfunction with a mouth; Lightning is Squall if Squall wasn't cool and was on a never ending period. The only character who is likable is Sahz - the token black guy with a Chocobo that lives in his fro. I'm not exactly sure if his character is enjoyable or not because the entire story was confusing - that description just makes me smile. People complain about how the story isn't confusing and everything can be learnt from the datalog, but instead of can be, they should say "it can only be learned from them". This game throws myriads of terms at you so quickly, you can't tell whats going on. Final Fantasy 13 is, in my opinion, an innovative game. The fighting is complex, strategic, and fresh; however, for a FF game, it is way too different. To call this game a turn-based RPG is wrong. I feel like the game should be filed under a strategy game, or given its own genre. An RPG is something like D&D, and while the genre is very diverse, FF 13 definitely does not follow any rules that qualifies it as an RPG - you do not decide paths, the game is unbelievably linear. While the fighting in the game is the game's best feature, it also brought upon one of the game's most notably worst ones: the notorious 20+ hour tutorial. Most people won't play a game for more then 8 hours if they aren't interested, and its pretty obvious why. This reason is why people usually call this a hit or miss game. This is why I believe this game is a rent, because in the end, you are stuck with it, you get to play it to the point where the true game begins, and its not worth more then 10 dollars to begin.
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