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    I always find XII suffers from having a very compelling story and characters that need to be straight-line played through to engage with at an appropriate pace, but the interesting and deep gameplay needs to be handled at a leisurely and exploratory pace.

    No matter how you play XII, you sacrifice a bit of one for the other. Which is a bummer, because both parts are great.

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    I felt asleep at the first fight of FFXII and have never touched it.

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    You're wrong and I don't respect your opinion.

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    Alrighty, thatís FFXIII done

    Overall, I enjoyed it more than I expected. Itís still immensely flawed, but after cozily breezing through it and reading the datalog as it updated, I do kind of get why people like it now. Also itís still a damn gorgeous games even all those years later!

    Now Iím on XIII-2 and already struggled a bit with how insanely messy the PC port is. Thankfully, I think I found a good patch. Now I just need to learn to deal with Serahís clothes being changed by magic. And Mog. The worst moogle.

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    So Iíve finished XIII-2 for the first time and youíve been on discord lately, you know Iíve been losing my mind over it. In many ways.

    Itís really hard to put into words what my relationship with this trilogy has become. Itís an amalgamation of good and bad that just wonít sit still and Iím having difficulty making sense of this. But Iíll make an attempt to at least keep this brief

    XIII-2 is an improvement over XIII in pretty much every way. I like that thereís more freedom right from the getgo, and while I still really donít like the battle system, the battles go by considerably faster. In fact, all the exploitable episodes are nicely bite-sized, so the game just flows so much better. Iíve had a lot of fun just going from place to place and seeing what I can find.

    The story is just as haphazard as the previous game, if not more so. Itís more campy and fun with more personal scenes, but as I went along I kept getting the feeling that the game had no idea where it was going. Caius failed to grip me as an antagonist since I feel heís extremely overpowered (like seriously, youíd think an all powerful immortal walking around Gran Pulse around the time of the War of Transgression would make a bigger impact on the events of XIII but it doesnít) and his motivation feels half baked. I get it, he wants to save Yeul, but does it really count when heís going directly against her wishes and destroys the world as we know it? Also, for how much he talks about saving here, itís also frustratingly unclear what their relationship even is since I donít think they ever talk. About the only idea taken to itís full extent in this game is Alyssa, whose disappearance at the end of the plot makes so much sense and is done in a remarkably subtle fashion.

    Still, the story had some neat moments, but overall Iím frustrated that it throws pretty much everything established in XIII out the window, since the lore established there was one of the few truly redeeming things about that game, imo. Donít get me wrong, I had great fun with XIII-2, much more than with XIII, but throughout the time of my playthrough I couldnít help but feel cynical about it. Everything about its design felt like an apology, like a desperate plea from SE to the fans to keep giving them money at a time when the brandís image was in a dire situation. Everything had to be decided by whatís popular, from Caius being a sympathetic villain and whose theme was specifically written to occupy the same space as One-Winged Angel, to a moogle being a companion after fans crying XIII didnít feel like FF, to the entire reason behind this story centering on time travel being the fact that Chrono Trigger is one of the most beloved SE titles ever, no matter how little sense it makes to take a sequel to XIII in this direction.

    The music is great though. I still prefer XIIIís soundtrack, but XIII-2 gets kudos for being very different for FF. And overall, I definitely see myself replaying XIII-2 sooner than XIII. I just need this manic episode itís sent me down to end.

    Now, moving on to Lightning Returns. Iíve only just started the game, got to the point where Iím sent back to the Ark. so far, the impression is really good. The PC port runs like butter on max settings out of the box, which wasnít the case for the previous two even after extensive modding. In general, I really dig the new vibe and aesthetic and Iím hooked from word go. The battle system is also a huge improvement. Iím really looking forward to experiencing this for the first time. Feels like this game could be something special.

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    I completely forgot that XIII was a trilogy.

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    Honestly, playing them all now in succession, FF would have been fine as a brand if they just didnít bother with XIII and XIII-2 and only released Lightning Returns lmao

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    Wow, now that you put it this way, i think you made a lot of sense!

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    I'm very much looking forward to your entire playthrough of FFXIV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quintuky fied Chicken View Post
    I'm very much looking forward to your entire playthrough of FFXIV.
    You have no idea how many people are looking forward to it lmao

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    not many people tbh just one or two really loud members

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    Seriously man, i nvr played FF XIV. Could use a synopsis. :b

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shauna View Post
    not many people tbh just one or two really loud members
    Thatís still more than have ever waited for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christmas View Post
    Seriously man, i nvr played FF XIV. Could use a synopsis. :b
    it is fun

    also you get a lot for free

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    And thatís Lightning Returns done!

    I never thought Iíd come out of this trilogy this positive, but I actually really loved this game! Itís almost as if all of my grievances with the previous two were directly addressed here, but it also didnít feel like pandering. It genuinely felt like the game the creators had in them all this time that they couldnít realize before due to inexperience and mismanagement. Itís the most competent and most coherent of the three games and I just genuinely enjoyed the way the story unfolded too! Itís really a shame so few people got to even play it, due to the reputation of its predecessors. All I can say is, unless you really just hate Lightning, I think thereís a fair chance this one might win you over just like it did me.

    So now itís time for XIV! My sub is active, my game is up to date, so now itís time to roll my character and see what all the fuss is about!

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