FFXIII Producer Responds to Critisism

The western Final Fantasy XIII reviews are beginning to roll out and so far, everything seems to be going pretty well for the JRPG with comfortably high review scores. However, there are niggles that “the west” seems to be enjoying picking apart. Mainly the game’s linearity, which early reviewers feel is not something they’ve signed up for considering this is a Final Fantasy title.

But Yoshinori Kitase doesn’t agree with the criticism. He feels they’ve “got a story to tell, and it’s important the player can engage with the characters and the world they inhabit before letting them loose.”


Being someone who gets off at the very idea of a linear, story driven title, I completely agree with what he has to say and think that what everyone else is critisising will probably end up being my favourite element of the game.

And as Motomu Toriyama (the game’s director, keep up!) adds, reviewers are looking at the game from a western standpoint. “When you look at most Western RPGs, they just dump you in a big open world and let you do whatever you like… [it] becomes very difficult to tell a compelling story when you’re given that much freedom.”

Once again, I’m inclined to agree. Games like Oblivion and Fallout, as addictive and fun as they are, only ever manage to pull me into their worlds, but never their story.

Still though, it can’t be that bad. It’s standing strong over on metacritic and for those who are really worried about its linearity, Kitase does say that the game opens up a lot more in the second half. So you can rest easy, for at least half your night, tonight.

Source: Xbox World 360 Magazine, via CVG