Hey there. Have you had a chance to play the latest game in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XIII? I received it as a gift for my birthday but because I recently purchased a new XBOX 360, I haven't had a chance to dig into the game. Until now, that is.
I've been having this week long discussion with my compa in regards to the difficulty of the game. He's played it a lot longer than I so he's farther along in the game. We're both die hard fans of the series and have been through the majority of the games. I've missed out on some of the DS and PSP titles. Anyways, he's had some quips about the difficulty of the game and the battle system that it introduces.
FFXIII introduces a new battle system which emphasizes on strategy more than the accustomed "menu-select action-wait your turn- Active Time Battle" system. Since the days of the NES version, fans grew used to having an enemy wait until you've inputted your commands before the battle starts, and with FFXII, they introduced a more "active" battle where you were allowed to move your character during battle, but the stopping of the action was still present while you were allowed to access the menus and select commands. In FFXIII, there is no stopping of the battle while you select commands. This is a huge shift for most Final Fantasy fans and from what I see, many are having a difficult time adjusting.
Now, I'm still in the "honeymoon" stage of the game where the battles are not too hard, but not are easy either. I'm not at the level where gamers are complaining of the difficulty. Nevertheless, I feel as if the shift in the battle system is what irks them the most. They can no longer go into a battle and then act accordingly. FFXIII forces you plan your method of attack BEFORE you head out into battle. If the game does get difficult in the up and coming chapters, I'm looking forward to the challenge! But until then, later!