PS3 Attitude’s Most Wanted Games of 2010 #3 – Final Fantasy XIII
Heading full-steam ahead into our Top Three Most Wanted games of next year, it’s no surprise to see some of the huge AAA titles coming out to play. And they don’t get much bigger than Final Fantasy XIII.
With its darker, off-kilter variant already capturing eight spot in our list, you could say Final Fantasy – as a series – is due for a massive year in 2010. For us fans, it’s truly a treat: two FF games in the space of twelve months.
SquareEnix, you must absolutely love us.
A large part of any Final Fantasy game is its battle system. Plucking elements from XII and a return of the more traditional Active Time Battle mechanic, XIII’s approach to the game’s action is to create a sense of personal investment in the job at hand (you only control one character once a battle commences) and some truly spectacular confrontations.
Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan on the 17th of December and, as expected, is proving to be a massive success. Though Famitsu failed to award it a perfect score (it still received a stellar 38/40), that didn’t stop rabid fans of the series going out in their millions to buy it. 1.5 million in fact, and in just four days. North Americans and Europeans get their chance to revel in the futuristic yet acutely organic world of Final Fantasy XII in March.
RPGs (especially Japanese RPGs) have a tendency to fracture the gaming population into various cliques. For every fervent fan of the genre there are those who just have no time for the virtues of turn-based combat, characters with eyes the size of Frisbees and what is usually a thinly veiled ecological – and quite often trite – tale of friendship, courage, sacrifice and chocobo-racing. Then there are the other groups; whole divisions of people with varying levels of faith in the series. Some will pick it up just to see what all the fuss is about. Others, usually fans of earlier Final Fantasy games, will bite purely to see if the series has returned to its halcyon days..
No matter what secret cabal you belong to, there’s no denying that a Final Fantasy game finally hitting our shelves is a monumental event on the gaming calendar.