Enter the world of Cocoon
Final Fantasy XIII is an action adventure role playing game (RPG) that takes place in the world of Pulse. Here, the story revolves around mechanical beings of immense power emanating from magical crystals inside their bodies. Over 1,000 years ago, one of these beings created a floating city known as Cocoon, which resides high above the surface of Pulse.
When the story switches to the present day in the Final Fantasy universe, a ruthless government controlling the city of Cocoon quarantines and exiles anyone from the city that may have ventured into the world of Pulse, owing to the fact that anyone who has been there suffers strange side effects.
In it you play as a number of characters including Lightning, Snow and Hope Estheim as you try to bring about the downfall of the city of Cocoon in a battle to save your own world from obliteration.
A classic in the making
Final Fantasy XIII has been in development for over five years and thanks to the time and efforts of the developer, it is sure to remain one of the most stunningly presented games on PlayStation 3 throughout 2010 and beyond. For fans of the classic RPG series, playing Final Fantasy is like taking control of an interactive movie set in Square Enix's amazing world of robotic monsters and larger than life characters.
The score for the game was produced by the famous Square Enix composer, Masashi Hamauzu, who also worked on previous Final Fantasy games on PlayStation and PlayStation 2. Anyone familiar with the music of British singer and pop sensation, Leona Lewis, will immediately recognise her voice over the game's titles, as her track My Hands is in fact the original theme song for Final Fantasy XIII.
With a spellbinding story, amazing graphics, enchanting soundtrack and a variety of characters to take control of, Final Fantasy XIII is a PlayStation 3 experience you don't want to miss out on in 2010. The journey to save your world starts here.
The stars of Final Fantasy XIII
As you progress through the game you take control of a number of characters with various abilities. As Lightning - the lead character - you are a former military leader wielding a sword and gun in battle making you a formidable foe. When playing as Snow you use your fists, handing out hard and fast punches to take down enemies. You have a special weapon too in the form of a grenade to throw at large groups of enemies, which is ideal for inflicting vast amounts of damage.
Other intriguing characters you can explore the world of Final Fantasy XIII as include Oerba, a young girl who wields a three-pronged whip, Sazh, an ex-pilot for the military capable of firing dual pistols which are ideal for long-range attacks and Hope, a boy who uses boomerangs in battle.
With such a varied roster of characters to play as, you will get to experience the epic story of Final Fantasy XIII from a range of different perspectives making for a truly unique gaming experience on PlayStation 3.
Let the battles begin
Gameplay in Final Fantasy XIII is all about exploration and taking part in battles with armed soldiers, mechanical beasts and enormous bosses. As you explore the huge world you encounter enemies, which then trigger a battle. Each battle is turn-based, where you can select your attack be it using a traditional weapon such as a sword, gun, fists and special attacks or by summoning Eidolons, creatures that can inflict massive amounts of damage. Unlike previous Final Fantasy games, turns can be overlapped meaning you can strike an enemy even if you are being attacked.
Combat is built on timing your attacks with that of your two other partners in battle. The better you become at that, the more damage you can inflict on an enemy and take them down much faster. It's also important to keep an eye on your team's health. Should it run low, simply select items from your battle interface and heal everyone with a potion to continue fighting on.
One of Final Fantasy XIII's newest features is the Paradigm System which allows you to change the roles of your team during battle. Here, you can assign each character different objectives such as hurling magical attacks, healing the injured and attacking using melee. Mastering this system is paramount to overcoming some of the game's much larger foes, by switching character's roles to tailor the end battle result and score the maximum amount of points.