Final Fantasy XIII sees you take control of Lightning and her companions, as they set out to clear their names in an epic tale, which has become somewhat of a signature of the series.
Considering just how much better the PS3 version of this game looks, Sony fans shouldn't be too disheartened to pay more than Xbox 360 owners. In fact, thanks to Zavvi the two are virtually the same with the online merchant now stocking both versions of the game for £17.95, cheapest for the PS3 by nearly £6.
Whilst a large emphasis has been put on the story, with an engrossing plot full of intriguing characters, the sheer number of cutscenes tends to slow down the gameplay. Having said that, its not like the cutscenes aren't welcome as they're beautiful to watch, and this leads me onto one of the best things about the game; its visuals. Personally, I could have easily spent most of the game just staring wide eyed at the environments.
As you progress through the game, the satisfaction you get from taking out you're enemies remains constant, thanks to a nice increase in difficulty, and the combat system itself has been designed to focus on the ways your team interacts with one another.
The big downside to Final Fantasy XIII is the shockingly linear gameplay that makes up the initial hours of the game, however it does open up towards the end, but by this time its hardly a reward as you can't help but wonder why the rest of the game was so limited.
Final Fantasy XIII is still a worthwhile title in the series and at this price you should definitely give it a go. Check out Matt's review for more.
Thanks to Spence1115 @ HUKD