[Review] Final Fantasy XIII

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So this is one game I’ve always been meaning to finish myself just to see if all the things fans have been saying about it were true, and after a solid 47 hours of play time, I can now say that I did just that. And I have my answer, too. But let’s not spoil the fun in advance by revealing what I ultimately thought about the game in my introduction — and besides, some of you (yes, you) are going to scroll to the bottom anyway just to see my concluding thoughts. I can’t stop you, nor do I wish to. I’m not your mother, you lovable little rapscallion. Anyway, uh… without further ado, let’s jump right in, because I feel this is going to be one long review. Here are my thoughts on Square Enix’s fairly controversial 2009 entry in the Final Fantasy franchise.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Ao no Kiseki

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JP title: 英雄伝説 碧の軌跡

So Zero no Kiseki may have wrapped up its own plotline, but it certainly left certain questions unanswered: that’s where the sequel, Ao no Kiseki comes in, serving as the Sora SC equivalent and grand finale of the Crossbell arc. Or should I say, Sora SC on crack. Because holy shit does this game get good. I went into the Zero/Ao duology with tempered expectations, thinking it might be “good but not as good as Sora/Trails in the Sky” and now that I’m done with Ao, I gotta say, not only is the Crossbell story arc good, it’s the very best this series has to offer, surpassing even the already quite superb Liberl trilogy. In my opinion, at least. Hardcore Estelle fans may disagree, haha.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Zero no Kiseki

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JP title: 英雄伝説 零の軌跡

Phew, finally. I’ve been wanting to write this post for the longest time now, but you guys know how it is, 80-hour JRPGs don’t exactly finish themselves overnight. Anyway, Zero no Kiseki is the first game in the Crossbell arc (the second being Ao no Kiseki) and its story takes place about half a year after the events of Sora no Kiseki the 3rd. However, it moves away from Liberl, introducing a whole new location with a new set of main and side characters, so no more Estelle and Joshua. Well, okay, so there’s a little bit of Estelle and Joshua, actually. A teeny-tiny bit, if you will. But ultimately, it doesn’t really matter, because Zero manages to be a fantastic Kiseki game even in their absence. In fact, I dare say it might even surpass its predecessors in certain ways.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd

So now we finally come to this game, the black sheep of the Sora no Kiseki trilogy. Why black sheep? Well, because it’s actually quite different from what one might expect from a Kiseki title after Sora FC and SC. And many people may or may not like that. In fact, 3rd might as well be considered a separate game, rather than a sequel to SC itself, even though it does chronologically take place after the events of SC. Either way, let’s get started.

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