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PS3 Game Review

Final Fantasy XIII


Format: PS3
Square Enix
RRP: £49.99
5 060121 820821
Age Restrictions: 16+
Available 09 March 2010

As a deepening crisis threatens to plunge the floating world of Cocoon into chaos, a band of unsuspecting strangers find themselves branded enemies of the state. With the Panicking population baying for their blood, and the military all too happy to oblige, they have no choice but to run for their lives. Join them on a desperate quest to challenge the forces controlling their fate, and prevent untold destruction...

Final Fantasy XIII is the latest instalment of the popular Japanese RPG. This time you get to embark on a journey through the cityworld of Cocoon and the outerworld of Pulse. Along the way, you encounter diverse allies who will join your cause and fight alongside you. You also get to execute powerful attacks with weapons and magic, and summon the enigmatic Eidolons with an evolved Active Time Battle system.

The graphics look spectacular, as you'd expect from this series. In fact the game pushes the boundaries of high-definition cinematic presentation, sound and gameplay. And the familiar Active Time Battle system has evolved, granting players the freedom to execute numerous commands in a single turn in real-time. Now players can enjoy all the strategy and flexibility of a turn-based system, along with the visceral thrill of an action game.

In addition, a brand-new game mechanic, known as the Paradigm System, enables players to assign roles to their party members at any time during battle. By switching between a variety of roles - including Commando and Medic - players can respond instantly to the needs of an ever-changing battlefield, adapting their strategy to ensure victory.

Fans of the franchise will not be disappointed by this latest offering in the series.


Nick Smithson

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