Final Fantasy XIII (2009)
"Fainaru Fantajî XIII" (original title)

Video Game  |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  9 March 2010 (USA)
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In a futuristic city, a group of adventurers must fight the government forces controlled by an alien force to stop its plan to destroy the world.

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Snow Villiers (voice)
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Sazh Katzroy (voice)
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Hope Estheim (voice)
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Oerba Yun Fang (voice)
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Serah Farron (voice)
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Maqui (voice)
Zach Hanks ...
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Lebreau (voice)
Jeff Fischer ...
Yuj (voice)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...
Nora Estheim (voice)
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Bartholomew Estheim (voice)
Connor Villard ...
Dajh Katzroy (voice)
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Yaag Rosch (voice)
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In a futuristic city, a group of adventurers must fight the government forces controlled by an alien force to stop its plan to destroy the world.

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The battle within begins.


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One of the only Final Fantasy installments in which the characters do not travel to an area with an arctic or otherwise wintry climate. However, the crystal covering the areas of Lake Bresha and Oerba could easily be mistaken as snow and ice on the ground if cut scenes didn't point it out as being crystal. See more »

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During battle sequences, Snow's trench coat has artwork on the back; however, in the field, there's nothing there. These designs serve as Snow's equipable "weapon" as the design changes as the player equips new weapons. Equipped weapons appear in battle and do not appear in the field for any of the characters. See more »

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[first lines]
Oerba Dia Vanille: [narrating] The thirteen days after we awoke were the beginning of the end.
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From the album "Echo"
Used courtesy of J Records/Syco Music
Vocalist: Leona Lewis
Lyricsts: Arnthor Birgisson and Ina Wroldsen
Composers: Arnthor Birgisson and Ina Wroldsen
Producer: Arnthor Birgisson
Mixing Engineer: Manny Marroquin
Assistant Mixing Engineers: Christian Plata and Erik Madrid
Recording Engineers: Rich Cooper, Seth Waldmann, and Neil Tucker
Recording and Mixing Studios: British Grove Studios, London; Conway Studios, Los Angeles; Dean Street Studios,
London; Metropolis Studios, London; The Vault, Sweden; Mixed at Larrabee Sound Studio, North Hollywood
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Deserves More Credit Than It's Given
14 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I honestly loved this game. It's beautiful in almost every aspect--the visuals are probably the best visuals in a video game to date, the narrative is amazing, the voice acting is flawless, and the combat system is nothing short of brilliant. The major criticism this game is receiving is its linearity--which I agree, was a bit irking.

The game is very linear, with beautiful landscapes but paths so narrow you almost feel claustrophobic. However, if you think about it this was probably a tactical move by Square Enix in order to draw in new players without overwhelming them. The game is designed to be friendly to the new FF player, and hopefully after the disappointment that was XIV, Versus XIII will keep the new players hooked on the series, along with XV if Square decides to continue the series (and I hope they will).

The combat system is one of the most challenging you will find today. It starts out very simple--choose an attack and wait for the gauge to fill up, then repeat till the enemy is dead. However, soon you are introduced to roles, magic, and Paradigms--combinations of different roles to combine different attacks and moves. After all this, the challenge is choosing the right Paradigms, because that is the difference between victory and defeat in this game. It keeps you hooked and never bores you, and prevents players from just going through the motions.

The visuals are amazing, after the opening scene I was amazed that it was all CGI. The cinematics are beautiful on the PS3, so I urge you to get the PS3 version. Many environments are breathtakingly beautiful, such as a crystal lake, a house of moving stairs, and many more.

The narrative is brilliant and fits with the very likable cast of characters. You meet Lightning, a young woman who is portrayed as very cold, but slowly opens her heart up while keeping her ice cold determination; Sazh, a man who is drawn into Lightning's plans through curiosity and ends up getting more than he bargained for; Snow, a headstrong, confident young man who is engaged to Lightning's younger sister; Hope, a teenager who, despite his name, has no hope, but matures and gains confidence and courage; Fang, a strange woman with a past she can't recall; and, unfortunately, Vanille-- an upbeat redhead with a very annoying voice who will probably drive you crazy, but is hiding something dark within.

All these characters are citizens of Cocoon--a city-world in constant fear of invasion from Pulse, the world below. The government is corrupt and is run by godly beings known as fal'Cie, who carry out the Purge, in which people who live too close to Pulse fal'Cie and/or are or might become its slaves, Pulse l'Cie, are transported from Cocoon to Pulse against their will.

All in all, the game is beautiful and the storyline is touching and better than most Hollywood films. The linearity is bothersome but nothing too bad. I definitely think this game could be made into a movie, and end up as one of the greatest animated films of all time. I would recommend this to anyone.


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