I will begin with one qualm I personally found during my FFXIII playing experience and by saying so I am sure this gripe has been echoed time and time again, which is the fact that Final Fantasy XIII is extremely linaer for the first 20 hours or so.
However, if you're a fan of RPGs and the Final Fantasy series in particular, the single track approach will not deter you from investing in the thirteenth instalment of the 'Final' Fantasy series.
The visuals are incredible, the characters (for the most part) are engaging and the frequent battle sequences are rapid, intuitive and a whole lot of fun - if you like that sort of thing.
While Final Fantasy XIII is a grand effort, it is a long way away from being the best in the series. The pristine presentation is a welcome distraction from a somewhat complicated plot and for large portions of the experience there are a lot of boudaries that prevent players from exploring the glorious world in which the game takes place.
A word of advice though - keep your volume controls close at hand for the segments where a character called Vanelle takes centre stage, as the fun loving companion has both dialogue and moments of glee that will grate.
Final Fantasy XIII will tick most of the right boxes with most RPG goers, but doesn't do quite enough in terms of story and in its level design it restricts players far too much to be considered truly remarkable.
For less than 15 pounds, FFXIII is an absolute steel - I should add.