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Final Fantasy XIII is out next week. I want to know what you most enjoy about the series. What's your favourite FF game? And are you picking up XIII?


    What I enjoy the most, the epicness of it all and cool moments with great cutscenes.

    My favourite. 8. If for no other reason then it was the first one I played.

    Am I getting 13. At this point I'm leaning to no. As I said the awesome cinematic moments are what drew me to the series, however FF lost its strangle hold on that feature long ago. Plenty of games offer that these days.

    Also I'm not sure I even like JRPG style games any more, I stopped playing FF for many years during the PS2 era before finally buying the console cheap in late 2007. I picked up FF 10 and 12 that I always wanted to play, and didn't really enjoy them. Hated nearly everything about 10, liked many things about 12 but found it too grindy to really keep going.

    The thing that is turning me off 13 most is that I'm hearing the game gets its length from pointless uninteresting time sinks, dragging combat out way too long, etc. Honestly I prefer a tighter more focused game even if that means it's much shorter.

    I haven't played a FF game since X, and I loved that one. Anyway, FF13 looks amazing and I definitely pick it up.

    FF fans can sometimes be weird though. I once worked with a guy who said a friend of his played FFX for over 300 hours because he was awesome at the Blitzball mini-game. THREE HUNDRED HOURS MAN.

    Dude. Looks. Like. A. Lady

    as XIII if finally on its way (after 5 years of teasing and prodding from squeenix) i took the time to go through my collection and play the FF series that i collected over the years.

    my boyfriend mercilessly picked and niggled at everyone for something or another...

    XII - "the gambit system made the game play itself! i dont get to do anything!"

    X - "turn based is shit. and tidus is a pussy"

    IX- "too sickenly cute"

    and my favorite...

    VII - "link would totally kick clouds ass"

    Ect... and then he finally came back with his "awesome" conclusion was that 'final fantasy has no continuity'
    I sat back and laughed at him as he explained to me that it was a different story every time with differently dressed characters saving the world over and over again...
    "yeah and?" i asked
    "so there's no story continuation! it shouldn't be called FFII if you don't see the same characters again!"
    i sighed, patted his head, gave him a cookie and told him that's why i loved it.

    new characters, traveling to a different world, loosing myself in these characters conflicts, i don't care if it doesn't make sense, i don't care if it can all be solved with a bullet to the bad guys head, i embrace the insanity that is final fantasy.

    They are self contained stories that don't need sequels. that's what i love about final fantasy.

      Amen to that :P

    I have a lot of history with Final Fantasy games. My first was VII when it first came out. It was my first "real" PSX game. I had lived on free demo discs for over a year since getting my first PSX; being a lad of about 10 didn't leave me with much in the way of cash.

    I found out about FFVII in a gamefaqs-style magazine, and had been reading the walkthrough for months, suddenly fascinated by this fantastical, fictional world.

    Oen day, Dad took me to the video rental store to rent a game! This was always a momentous occasion for me, as it allowed me a chance to play a full-game. On that day, I saw it: Final Fantasy VII! I rented it, and played it nonstop for a whole weekend. I was distraught when it had to be returned.

    So, I rented it out heaps of times, and in the space of 6 months, I never quite finished it.

    Then, finally, at Christmas, I got it. To keep! Forever! (I still have that copy, still in pristine condition, and I will never, ever sell it)

    Then I found out my best friend at the time liked it too, and from that day forward, we were always talking on the phone, discussing battle strategies, our interpretations of the story, which characters we liked, etc. It was the perfect game, and I think that over the course of my life, I have sunk well over a thousand hours into it. I have lost track of how many times I have played it from start to finish.

    So, VII has a special place in my heart. Then VIII came out, and I actually snagged it the day it came out. I loved it to bits, but to this day, no game has ever quite captured me the way Final Fantasy VII did. I have so many fond memories of this game, and every subsequent entry in the series is like a love-note to my childhood memories.

    So yes, I will be definately getting Final Fantasy XIII! Maybe not the day it comes out, but very shortly afterwards!

    I love the epic stories, the abundance of loot and the fact that you can improve your characters above and beyond what is neccessary to finish the game. That last aspect is kind of similar to mmorpg achievement syndrome. I know i did 200+ hours on ffx, ffvii remains my favourite though, probably nostalgia.

    There are some downsides though, I guess expectations get a little bit high. FFX-2 felt like my wallet had been stolen and FFXII was not a good one but hey i still have such good memories of FFVII, IX, and X that i will buy XIII and XIV without trial.

    I almost had it last night. No joke.

    It was at an undisclosed retailer with late night shopping. Cases were on the shelf with $109.95 on them Standard Edition. Assistant even went and got the disc and book from behind the counter.

    Had I said nothing I probably would have got it big mouth chucked up a red flag and they double checked the computer. Said it was 'Recalled'.

    I'd rather get the special edition anyway. I'm a sucker for that kinda stuff...

      Let me tell you a little trick to break street dates by 1 or 2 days all the time (its worked for me on a few occasions). Go to a major retailer like Big w or Myer, wait for the most clueless looking person to take the counter (usually you dont want a 20 year old). Then just ask if they have the game in stock. The computer usualy says they do because they get it early. They wont usually check the date because thats on a different page than the stock page. they go to the storeroom and you get it.

        That's awesome! Thanks!
        Here's another you may not know about.
        Got the Slim PS3 a day early this way.

        Big W starts sales 3pm the previous day.

        Let's imagine Big W has a sale that starts Thursday. They actually start at 3pm on Wednesday. It's not always guaranteed and like you say it works on the more clueless attendants. It also helps if you appear to be clueless yourself.

        I'm gonna try that this weekend...

    Gee, what don't I love about Final Fantasy. The soundtracks are always great, as a re the storylines, and ATB is one of the best battle systems in RPG history. Yes, I am picking up FFXIII.

    ff13 is a must for any1 who's been playing ff's since about ff8 or ff9. ff7, 9 and 10 made the game tbh but thats only because of the graphics they show, people weren't really interested in the pixelated 1-6 but a few of those have since been remade mainly for the nintendo DS, as someone who has played almost all ff's ive already got my copy of ff13 and id like to say a couple of things about it. If you enjoyed ff9 and 10 youll like ff13, the battle system has come back somewhat to the ATB system without gambits as such as in ff12. Although you dont control 2 of the 3 party members and spend a long time in the game as just a 2 person cell at the start of the game, once you hit disc 3 the game really opens up. if you get the game endure it until disc 3 at least and you wont regret it.

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