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3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a go, but not the best, 30 Mar. 2014
So this game is a big step in a new direction for Square Enix and Final Fantasy games. In a way it's good to see that they are expanding their horizons (and having seen the video for FFXV, it's a step towards that), I can't help but feel a little disappointed.
One of the joys of playing previous FF games is the fact that you can use several characters who have their own abilities and quirks. Here you only play as Lightning, and although you get help from other characters at points throughout the game - Chocobo and Fang - it's just not quite right. Sure you can "change garbs", but it's more like a poorly done version of the "jobs" system that's been used in previous games.
Then there's the levelling up system - completely based on the completion of quests. It's a bit weird, and found myself frustrated that I'd fought loads of enemies but not actually levelled up or done anything towards the completion of a quest that might lead to some sort of levelling up.
The 'free-running' aspect of the game, in that Lightning can jump on things and run around and slide down poles, feels like a very, VERY poor attempt to copy Assassins Creed. It simply isn't good enough.
The story is great (I've been a massive fan of the storyline since the start of FFXIII) and as long as you complete the main quests in each region it progresses nicely. But there are lots of snippets from side quests that fill in little gaps in the story here and there that would be missed if you didn't go and do them. Another downside is that, although you appear to have plenty of time to do the main quests, the pressure of the clock counting down makes you want to rush through them. I found myself going back into areas because I'd rushed through and not picked up treasures or collected quest items.
The CGI scenes are epic, as usual, but there aren't enough of them!!
All in all, it's an OK game. Certainly not the worst FF game, but definitely not the best. It's a sequel clearly designed to finish things off in preparation for the next gen games.