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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Claire Farron - Lightning (voice)
... Snow Villiers (voice)
... Oerba Dia Vanille (voice)
... Sazh Katzroy (voice)
... Hope Estheim (voice)
... Oerba Yun Fang (voice)
... Serah Farron (voice)
... Maqui (voice)
Zach Hanks ... Gadot / Cavalry soldier / Radio Soldier / Male Civilians (voice)
... Lebreau (voice)
Jeff Fischer ... Yuj (voice)
... Nora Estheim (voice)
... Bartholomew Estheim (voice)
Connor Villard ... Dajh Katzroy (voice)
... Yaag Rosch (voice)


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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This is the first "Final Fantasy" main series where the players cannot attack themselves or other party members. All the previous Final Fantasy main series featured the ability to attack themselves or other party members. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Oerba Dia Vanille: [narrating] The thirteen days after we awoke were the beginning of the end.
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Referenced in Dishidia duodeshimu Fainaru fantajî (2011) See more »


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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,
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Words cannot describe my hatred for this game, yet the fixes are amazingly (almost insultingly) easy.
7 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I just do not get it. HOW did this game get made? Sure I heard the stories (they had to upgrade and invent game engines... Even though they could have used UNREAL 3 easily) and the excuses for it are near insulting! Just read what Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama said. Look, I get that's hard to tell a compelling story with good characters, plot and in the case of a video game, fun and compelling gameplay. But it's NOT HARD to tell if the story is bad or not! Okay, first thing is first: The writing... WOW this writing makes "The Room" look like "Inception"! The characters rarely talk about their motivations... or themselves really, it's all over the top emotion and constantly repeating themselves and even going as far to pretty much say that the next part of the game is just to grind and level up... And then we have to read in game data logs as to why thing are happening... Tell me that doesn't sound insultingly stupid.

The story and plot, though I'll give a bit of detail, I can sum up in one word: Pathetic! Constantly crashing in on itself, there are practically no rules in this world, the Fal'ie, L'cie focus thing is never consistent, it's just an over all mess. One great example is the "Checkov's Gun" rule. Introduce a gun in the first act, it needs to be used in the second or third act. In this case: Lightning, the lead character uses an item called a "gravcon". It makes her jump through the air at high speeds, survive long falls... and it breaks in the first hour of the game and it's never used again (and it wasn't even mentioned)... WHY would you NOT put that into the story!?

The characters: I HATE THEM SO MUCH!!! Lightning is supposed to be based on the idea of a female version of Cloud Strife (lead character from the masterpiece Final Fantasy VII) and I don't know what happened here but she was just so unlikable! Temperamental to the point of physically abusive, genocidal tendencies and whenever she does do something good, it almost seems like it's out of spite... I just don't get it at all. Sazh is okay I guess but even then, there's nothing really special about him. Hope is annoying, Snow is stupid, Vanille is also annoying and Fang is just BLAND! The side characters are bland, nonsensical and overall forgettable and the villain is one of the worst villains I have ever seen in a game, his plan is so stupid that it's so hard to comprehend how someone wrote it.

The gameplay... Boring. No, there's nothing else to say, it's boring.

I just don't get how people like this game, even reviews from the big critics like Game Informer were more scathing the game more than praising it... yet they STILL gave it a "Gold Rating" while later on, giving a Silver rating on the much better made Final Fantasy XV and it was heavily praised every which way and its flaws were minor... I just don't understand it.

The ONLY thing this game has going for it is the graphics. Good GOD this game is gorgeous! So much work went into every bit of detail and it does shine... Which actually makes me more angry when I think about it.

I suppose I can say the English voice acting is great too. Jack Fletcher is one of the best voice directors in the business and the cast is stellar... But it's wasted on idiotic dialogue and it breaks me heart.

Yet the worst part of it all is this: All it needs is three or four tweaks and it EASILY could have been in the top 5 Final Fantasy games. That's it...

Despite the characters pathetic dialogue, they all have brilliant backstories. Just take out some of the datalogue stuff and put it in the actual dialogue and go from there, it does write itself. The gameplay, just follow Either Kingdom Hearts example or tweak Final Fantasy XII's gameplay. There, done. Keep Lightning's Gravcon thing unbroken and give the others a Gravcon and there, now you know how they can be so strong. The story does need a bit of an overall re-write but even then it's relatively flexible.

But that's just it. Final Fantasy XIII is just AWFUL! I recommend it to nobody unless you're studying graphics.

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