Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII is a science fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Released in Japan in December 2009 and worldwide in March 2010, it is the thirteenth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series. A sequel, titled Final Fantasy XIII-2, was released in December 2011 in Japan and in February 2012 in North America and PAL regions. The game takes place in the fictional floating world of Cocoon, whose government, the Sanctum, is ordering a purge of civilians.
About Final Fantasy XIII in brief
Final Fantasy XIII is a science fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles and later for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Released in Japan in December 2009 and worldwide in March 2010, it is the thirteenth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series. The game takes place in the fictional floating world of Cocoon, whose government, the Sanctum, is ordering a purge of civilians who have supposedly come into contact with Pulse, the much-feared world below. The former soldier Lightning begins her fight against the government in order to save her sister who has been branded as an unwilling servant to a god-like being from Pulse. A sequel, titled Final Fantasy XIII-2, was released in December 2011 in Japan and in February 2012 in North America and PAL regions. The player directly controls the on-screen character through a third-person perspective to interact with people, objects, and enemies throughout the game. It is the flagship title of the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection of Final Fantasy games and is the first game to use Square Enix’s Crystal Tools engine. As of 2017, the game has sold over 7 million copies worldwide on consoles. It was added to Xbox One Backward Compatibility along with its sequels making it playable on the console. On November 13, 2018, it was also Xbox One X Enhanced allowing it to run at a higher resolution. In September 2014, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy XII series has been widely successful and has shipped over 11 million copies globally.
It has also been announced that Final Fantasy VII will be released in Japan later this year, with a release date of December 2015. The final game in the series, Final Fantasy VIII, is expected to be released later in the year. It will be the first Final Fantasy game to be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as the PS3 and the Xbox 360 versions of the game for the PS4, the Xbox One and the PS Vita. The PlayStation 3 version has been released for the Nintendo 3DS, the Wii, and the Wii U in North and South America, with the PlayStation Vita and the PC version scheduled for release in South America and Europe later in 2014. The Xbox 360 version has not yet been released in the U.S. or Europe, but it will be available in Europe and North America in 2015. It also has an in-game datalog that provides incidental information about the world of Finalantasy XIII. It includes elements from the previous games, such as summoned monsters, chocobos, and airships. As in Finalantasy XII, enemies are integrated into the open field and can be approached or avoided by the player. When the player’s character touches an enemy, the screen transitions from the regular map to a separate battle screen similar to those used in previous Final Fantasy titles; the character’s health is fully restored after each battle. A maximum of three characters may be in battles, a variant on the series’ traditional Active Time Battle system first featured in Final Fantasy IV.