4.5 Disappointment elgreenmachine18 | 18/08/2010 | See all elgreenmachine18's reviews (14) I know many people who got very fed up of having to read about the certain events and characters in the game menu even the information on the big bad fal cie is cryptic and ill-wrote out. In final fantasy 10 you were told almost immediately what Sin was. Fair enough there were a few surprises abut the beasts nature and were it originated form but throughout the game you had an idea of what it was. That helps the storyline because it motivates you to find and kill the great monster killing your world. In FF 13 you have no real idea who the bad guy is, is it the fal cie? Is it yourself? Is it cocoons armies? Who is the major evil in the story? Anima the fal cie who cursed you? Or is it the generals or fal cie of cocoon? You truly never know until right at the end of the game, plus none of them have the same kind of fear inspiring awe Sin and Sephiroth had. Further more the constant cuts scenes with emotional infused arguments about things the player has no real understanding of are boring and annoying. You watch the first half of the game more then you play it. Secondly, the inability of characters to have to chance to talk to NPCs is very limited, and always pointless. This does make the game lonely, also all of the characters dont really know each other, yet they are all stuck with each other making the most important decisions of there lives. This makes for the overall group dynamic to be very weak. Not to mention the annoying boy with the white hair who never shuts up crying. FF characters and ment to be tough but also very human, that dude is just a wimp!! You never really understand or care for the characters the way you did in other FF games. Thirdly, I was devastated to find out FF 13 was a linear game. If I want a linear action game I will play Dantes inferno! Now I just to clarify, I know FF13 was not ment to be an action game, but lefts be honest It was like sticking Devil may cry with FF 7. Final fantasy games were and never should be linear. End of! Fourthly the fighting system while refreshing and a bit easy then previous final fantasy games got very boring very quick. Why should it be game over if the main characters die? Kinda nullifies the effectiveness of Phoenix downs, plus its illogical. Why should it be game over if my other characters are safe and well. Its just stupid! Also I though that the inability to use the other characters made them far less effective. This also contrast with the character development, depending on you personal preference you would have certain characters in you main party in the other FF titles and they would all reflect you as a gamer. You dont really get to do this until the later stages of the game and when you do get the chance you are not really bothered who is in your party.Graphically the game is beautiful, but storylines and game play make games good, graphics are just a bonus. Final Fantasy 13 is no were near as good as any of the other FF games. I effectively through away 40 pounds. Such potential wasted. True fans of the old Final Fantasy should look on this game with scorn! Forget Final Fantasy 13, for me the series stopped at 12 and will start again at 14.