Final Fantasy XIII is it good or bad? Would I enjoy playing it? I've seen reviews and write-ups on it both good and bad. Pat from Socksmakepeoplesexy.net has written up an entire series retrospective and his take on FF13 went up a few days ago. Pat's take on it was that Final Fantasy is finished and will never again have whatever it was that made playing Final Fantasy III on our SNESs growing up so amazing. Pat made it most of the way through before quitting in disgust at the extreme linearity and watching the rest on Youtube. He also did a mini-podcast type thing with another SMPS.net guy here that's pretty interesting discussing it.
Yahtzee reviewed it in a hilarious episode of Zero Punctuation. Well, its first five hours anyway. To say he didn't like it would be ignoring the long string of profanities he hurls at it. He fucking despised it.
Gamespot, IGN, and other large corporate gaming sites that I generally don't trust have all given it near perfect scores. Shocking, I know. I'm sure access and conflicts of interest were in no way involved.
What I'm curious about though is a number of things I've heard about FF13 sound...familiar. (Note: Spoilers of FF13 and SMT games follow.) It's hardly a secret that I've bought and played most of the PS2 Shin Megami Tensei games. They're fun, interesting, and, well, different from most other RPGs out there. I guess to be blunt about it what I'm wondering is: Did Square-Enix ape SMT with FF13?
I hear in FF13 you only control the main character in combat and if he/she falls its Game Over. This is the case in every one of the SMT games. Well, except for the only controlling the MC, that's only in Persona 3: FES.
I hear in FF13 the highly annoying little boy named Hope vows revenge against the strange-looking older male character Snow for killing his mother. Like in Persona 3: FES when Ken wants revenge on Shinji who accidentally killed Ken's mother.
I hear in FF13 that most of the story is presented in cutscenes between
I know that every game out there is going to be borrowing some elements and that SMT didn't invent the things I mentioned. (You can find the "revenge for patricide" trope in Hamlet...it's not exactly new.) But seemingly yanking a bunch of stuff out of your competitor's good games and then apparently not knowing how to pull them off is pretty sad.
Did anybody that has experience with both notice the same thing on their own? I haven't played FF13. I don't think Pat or Yahtzee have played the SMT games.