I think XIII is fine. It has a lot of problems with pacing and storytelling, which is a shame as the world they built for the game is actually very interesting. They just hid most of the interesting stuff in the in-game archives that you had to read through to even understand the main storyline at times. The combat system can be a lot of fun once it opens up all the way 20 hours in the game, the music is genuinely excellent, and visually it's still quite beautiful. It's nowhere near the best games in the series, but overall it's a decent game that just failed to live up to the hype and expectations that fans had built up over the years. There are at least at least seven non-online mainline Final Fantasy-games better than XIII, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad or anything.
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