Final Fantasy XIII (2009, PS3) – 8/10 JRPG game review

Cast / crew
Director: Motomu Toriyama
Scenario Designer: Motomu Toriyama
Main Programmer: Yoshiki Kashitani
Main Character Designer: Tetsuya Nomura
Writer (Scenario Concept) Stellavista: Kazushige Nojima
Writer (Lead Scenario): Daisuke Watanabe
Cut Scene Director: Koji Kobayashi
Movie Director: Takeshi Nozue
Movie Director: Eiji Fujii
Sound Director: Tomohiro Yajima
Producer: Yoshinori Kitase

Final Fantasy XIII (2009)

8/10

Final Fantasy XIII is like watching a favourite television DVD box set over the course of several weeks. It’s a genuinely beautiful game and, despite some typically baffling cut-scenes, connects emotionally. The tight focus on story line gameplay to the exclusion of the genre staples of fetch quests and dungeon trawling largely works very well so it’s a shame that some of the bosses require a bit of grinding before they become beatable. The story has a really interesting backbone whereby the planet’s most powerful inhabitants conspire to deliver a cataclysm so devastating that it forces The Creator, God, to return and do something about it. It makes you wonder whether that is what we’re doing to our own planet.

This game contains fantasy violence, unpleasant scenes.

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