You can't really argue too much with over a million game sales in one day. After Final Fantasy XIII's rapturous reception in Japan, the anticipation for the European release come March 9th is big to say the least.
JRPG fans and series devotees can make sure they're the first in line by pre-ordering, but if you do it from Jackofallgames you'll be able to bag this sure-fire hit for just £31.99, saving you £3 on the nearest competitor (ShopTo - £34.99).
Final Fantasy XIII is, by many accounts, an absolute cracker, with a couple of key differences to the series' formula that are probably guaranteed to divide opinion. The battle system has undergone a massive overhaul to make for a smooth, combo-chaining experience. Square-Enix suggested that they wanted to create battle setpieces like those found in Advent Children, and the newly tweaked Active Time Battle system seems focused on providing that opportunity.
Experience points are out, and in comes a system not unlike the skill wheel from Final Fantasy X, and no longer will losing a battle send you all the way back to the last save spot two hours before. By all accounts, the game looks dazzlingly beautiful and the musical orchestration is simply stunning, which should come as no surprise.
What all of this seems like to me is a classic JRPG - beautifully tailored, linear in structure, grand epic-bordering-on-insensible narrative - combined with an action system that has been tweaked and nudged to provide a much faster-paced gameplay experience. If Final Fantasy XIII is even half as good as Square think it is, then March 9th can't come soon enough to be honest.
Thanks to abel_8 at HUKD