Just How Straight Are FFXIII's First Five~Six Hours?

Pretty dang straight! We've already posted a few images of the linear path players can expect in Final Fantasy XIII. Let's see how that pans out over the game's first six hours. Spoilers ahead.

This map appeared on the Japanese internet and is pieced together of the various sections players will apparently encounter in the game's first 5 or 6 hours. We cannot yet confirm this, however.

The first six hours of the game consists of the title's first 3 chapters — players are just starting to dip their toe in the title. They've got a long game ahead of them.

The beginning of the game is on rails, which can be explained in part because a small bit of it takes place on a bridge. But even up to the boss fight, it's straight as an arrow.

However, after that boss fight, the map starts to move and becomes far more dynamic. Still, the first 5 or 6 hours are not incredibly difficult to understand. That, however, could very well be point. These linear dungeons might be a design choice on Square Enix's part so that players can focus on the new combat system and the story and not have to worry about where they need to go.

FF13の序盤5〜6時間はずっと一本道MAP!? [オレ的ゲーム速報@刃]


    looks horrible, is it horrible?

    I suspect there's quite a lot of cutscenes and story in there. Going from the demo's and videos that have been shown since the announcement of the game it's basically walking along bridges for quite a while, but stuff is happening quite often on those bridges.

    I really don't understand. Isn't this meant to be a JRPG - they aren't that linear usually right?

    How long is FFXIII meant to be - if they've done this to introduce the new cover system etc... that would frustrate me very much. 5-6 hours of what may seem to be the same thing.

    No doubt its much longer than 5-6 hours, but thats a lot of gameplay to be doing the same thing almost.

    The real question is what is with that guy smoking a pipe at the bottom?

    That's the BOSS Coffee guy. I assume that means there's a boss there?

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