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Games I Regret not Completing - Final Fantasy XIII

Updated on February 13, 2013
Game Box Art
Game Box Art
Playable characters in the game (with the exception of Serah) [left to right]: Snow Villiers, Oerba Dia Vanille, Oerba Yun Fang, Lightning, Sazh Katzroy, Hope Estheim, and Serah Farron
Playable characters in the game (with the exception of Serah) [left to right]: Snow Villiers, Oerba Dia Vanille, Oerba Yun Fang, Lightning, Sazh Katzroy, Hope Estheim, and Serah Farron

Final Fantasy XIII (13), which was released for the Plastation 3 and Xbox 360 in the US in 2010, was actually the only canon Final Fantasy game I played since 7. Lightning's character caught my attention; with the exception of Sakura Haruno, the pink-haired kunoichi of Naruto fame, who else can have pink hair and be considered tough?

I loved the visuals and soundtrack of the game, which is partially what makes this series so famous. Unfortuantely, I did not have the patience to play through a game that is three discs long...

Here's everything I remember: Lightning (the main character) lives in Cocoon in a world called the Gran Pulse, which is ruled by beings called the fal'Cie. These "gods" brand humans as their servants, and they are turned to l'Cie. They are given their focus, a task that they must complete, through visions that they must interpret. If they complete the task in time, they turn to crystal and gain eternal life. However, if they fail, they turn into monsters known as Cie'th.

All the playable characters meet in their own ways (too long to truly go into detail without giving spoilers), and eventually come together. Also, each character has their own dramatic issue to face. Lightning hates a man named Snow Villiers, who is engaged to her sister Serah Farron. Serah was branded as a fal'Cie, and managed to complete her focus. She turns to crystal before her sister and fiance's eyes, and Lightning blames Snow for letting it happen to her. Before Snow runs into Lightning, he meets a boy named Hope Estheim and his mother. Hope's mother works with Snow to figt against an invasion from Pulse, the other world in the Gran Pulse. A road is destroyed by a crashed Pulse airship, and Snow holds onto the woman's arm to try and save her. She makes Snow promise to take care of Hope, then forces herself out of his grip, falling to her death.

Eventually, all of the characters come together, fight the first real boss, and they all get branded as fal'Cie. They see their focus and come to the conclusion that they must destroy a creature known as Ragnarok. I do not remember much after that.

I really wish I could have been able to finish this game. I really enjoyed it, but lacked the patience (and also skill) to get further. If I ever have the free time, I might consider buying it again and trying to beat it.

If you want to check it out, you should be able to find a used copy at your local GameStop for $12.99. There is also a sequel, titledFinal Fantasy XIII-2, and there is supposedly another Lightning-centered game in the works.

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