Who Wants To Retract Their FFXIII Review Scores?
First of all, before I even begin, let me clarify by saying that I have no intention of changing my review - which I still stand by - and I doubt Arnold would want to alter his analysis. It's not about us and it's not about specific reviews or critics. It's about a question that came up during the time when Final Fantasy XIII reviews were assaulting the web.
Due to the length of a game like FFXIII and the gamer's insistence that high-profile titles should have in-depth reviews the day of the product's launch, a debate ensued. Should critics complete a game before issuing a review? I've already spoken my piece on this issue; it's a conundrum that unfortunately sees no easy fix. We need the time and most gamers require instant gratification when it comes to the score results for something like FFXIII. But we all have to admit that many - perhaps even the majority - of scores were assigned to the game in question before the reviewer finished the adventure. This being the case, and now that most understand just how drastically the game changes at about the 20-25 hour mark (when one reaches Gran Pulse), I'm wondering if there are critics out there who would like to assign a different score... And I'm not implying that all the scores would go up, although I believe most probably would, due to common complaints.
Personally, while I maintain that Square-Enix wrenched too much of the control and strategy out of my hands in FFXIII, running around and exploring Gran Pulse makes it feel a hell of a lot like FFXII. We still don't run across any true-blue RPG towns but the open-ended exploration is finally here and one can quite literally grind Crystogen points for hours on end. The optional Hunts also add to the variety. In short, in many ways, it feels like a completely different game...so what critic out there is willing to man up and say, "I wanna another shot at the review"? The flaws are still obvious - yeah, the enemies can smack me around while we go through the Paradigm Shift animation; that's not intensely lame and annoying - but hey, Gran Pulse ain't anything like the first ten hours or so. Just thought I'd throw this out there.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
4/1/2010 9:19:36 PM Ben Dutka