$26.99 - $81.18
2 Stores162 Reviews
Pros: Great graphics, amazing soundtrack, lovable characters
Cons: Storyline gets a bit foggy at times, linear gamplay, lack of customization
I am a huge Final Fantasy fan and so I had to have this game when it came out. I will say it was a bit strange to play this game on the Xbox instead of PlayStation but don't let the platform change discourage you from giving this game a try. This game is a three disk trilogy that will take you at least 40 plus hours to completely finish. Its like any other FF game, you have to sink a ton of time into it, but its well worth it.
When the game begins you are thrust into the intensive (and at times complicated) storyline of the game. Lightning is the primary character and you begin your adventure on a train headed for the world below known as Pulse (or Grand Pulse). I won't spoil any plot-line progressions in the game so you can experience them for yourself but throughout all of the first disk you switch through being Lightning and being some of the other vital characters in the game (Snow and Hope to name a few). And eventually all the characters merge together and it becomes apparent that they are stuck together whither they like it or not.
Without spoiling anything for readers who have yet to give this game a go, I will say that you will be lost and or scratching your head through a lot of the plot-line early on. Why? The terminology used and the way that the game just expects you to pick up on what all these new words mean makes the plot a lot less enjoyable than previous games in the FF family. If you read some of the bios and explanations that the game provides you (press Y and you will be able to read to your hearts desire) the terms become more digestible and I would highly recommend that all players spend a little time with the terms in this game. Because if you don't and try to just play straight through there will be many things in the plot that you will think, what on Earth are they talking about.
On to the game-play. The worlds you explore are very linear and doesn't let you roam around and explore at all. There are little treasure chests through the game but they are very easy to spot and don't take you off the beaten path at all. Once you get to disk three there is a huge potential to explore, and you better take advantage of it while you can. There is even an area for you to ride chocobo's which I total miss out on when I played this the first time around. The easy and fluidity of battles is something I do love about this game. If you don't want to take an enemy on, its not outrageously hard to dodge them or you can take on every single enemy in your path!
The music and graphics in this game are amazing! The music is inviting, soothing, and at times hostile and all at just the right time. I could fall asleep to the music from Grand Pulse its so soothing and fits the graphics wonderfully. The art in this game was masterfully done and doesn't disappoint. I was in awe playing through the game, so much so that I decided to play all over again.
Overall I would recommend this game, but with a cautionary warning. If you do not keep up with the term filled plot line you may find yourself playing this game in total confusion. The characters are great, graphics are amazing and the easy of the battle system are enough for me to recommend anyone to go out and buy this game.