Final Fantasy XIII Hits Stores, Initial Reviews In

The latest installment of one of the most popular video game series has finally hit the stores in North America, Europe, Australia and PAL regions. Final Fantasy XIII was released for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (PS3) on March 9.Final-Fantasy-XIII-Logo

The game is exclusive however to PS3 in the Asian region. It is also the first Final Fantasy game to have an official translation for the Chinese language.

The game, which took four years in the making, drew general positive reviews. The visuals and the new battle system seem to be the best features. Reviews indicate that the visuals were amazing with one declaring that it has the highest CGI qualities. The battle system meanwhile was criticized to be very sophisticated.  Edge Magazine hailed the battle system as “among the genre’s finest.”

The major drawback as seen by reviewers is the linearity especially during the first few chapters of the game. Play Magazine called those parts as “flat and lifeless”.  GamesRadar, however, appreciated the story’s linearity.

The game costs $59.99 in the United States.

Final Fantasy XIV Online, a massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) and the next installment in the series, is scheduled for release later this year. Final Fantasy XV, though not formally announced, has its domain already registered and has been discussed by the developers during some interviews.