Two years after its Western debut, three playthroughs later (yes, I actually thought it was worth finishing even once)* and in lieu of its sequel’s impending North American and European releases next week, here is my personal massive too-long-didn’t-read wall of text*, so objective it’s completely subjective*, and spoiler-riddled** retrospective on arguably the most divisive installment to Square Enix’s most popular, soon-to-be 25 years old franchise: Final Fantasy XIII***.
*May want to avoid reading altogether if you detest things that are too long to read and people who, for all intents and purposes, relatively enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII. If the fact that I cared enough to finish it once, much less three times, was not indicative enough.
**Written under the assumption whoever decides to “read more” either finished the game or simply doesn’t care enough to watch out for spoilers.
***No, there will not be a numerical or lettered score at the end of this article. This is simply an analysis of the game as a whole and not a review in technical terms.