Final Fantasy XIII Denied Perfect Score: “Too Linear”


Gaming rag Famitsu’s review of Final Fantasy XIII has proven something of an upset, with the game getting 39 of 40 instead of the expected 40, due to the game’s story being “too linear.”


In all other respects the game is said to be exemplary.

Considering that in the last 2 years Famitsu has awarded more 40 point scores (7) than in the preceding 10 years combined, it seems likely Famitsu either felt it had gone overboard or Square neglected to be generous enough with its advertising spending…

The Japanese release is not far off.

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    Comment by Tateha
    10:57 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    probably didn't bribe them enough. not that their scores have meant a rats ass as of late.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they did this just to silence the critics. A lot of people were talking about how 40/40 means nothing from Famitsu these days, they're giving it out like candy, FFXIII would be a shoe-in, etc.

    Nothing but a move to salvage credibility.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *cancels preorder*

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    09:50 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Games now a days are so linear this isn't a surprise to me :P

    Personally I think they should start making more games like oblivion or fallout 3, where you can do whatever the hell you want when you want :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just download an MMO emulator and play that, guaranteed non-linear gameplay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol this is so hilarious. Square fan boys are shitting themselves over a freaking score, telling me that the only thing that's important to them is that Final Fantasy XIII gets worshipped and could care less if it's actually good or not. Who cares what Famitsu gave the game? You either like it or you don't. I like games they've probably given a single digit score. I hate games they've given 40s. Quit crying about your stupid games and their legacies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    1 point from a perfect score. Big deal. Though I don't think linearity is something to complain about unless the game is meant to be played however you choose to play it, like Grand Theft Auto, for instance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. And at the end of the day from a corporate standpoint, -1 point in reviews doesn't matter when you've got as huge a frothing-at-the-mouth fanatic fanbase as the Final Fantasy series has. Enix may have had the Japanese gov't mandate they only release games on weekends due to mass truancy of students purchasing and playing their games...

    ...but they'll never have the religious fanbase of the Final Fantasy series. Jenova's Witnesses for example, preaching the joy of Reunion, for example. ^.^

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I prefer linear.I'd trade freedom in branching for well structured story any day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why weeabos are so gay about this F.F games?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why are people having a cry? final fantasy games have never been perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Famitsu's scores are shitties !
    40/40 Bayonetta 40/40 Super Mario Bros 39/40 FF 13
    Fuck off no way a game get a perfect score !

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow you kids are easy to troll

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    39/40 it's too bad score.. and all ffs are great in its own way

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kotaku puts it differently, saying:
    "Interestingly, one Famitsu reviewer noted how up until the mid-way point of the game, the story seemed be linear and that it didn't offer any new "gimmicks" in its story telling."

    Some people are taking to mean, after the halfway point, it gets interesting...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, the review actually says "Linear until about the half-way point", which is typical for Final Fantasy. The first chunk is more linear than the rest of the game when the airship and side-quests become accessible.

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    Comment by Mario1-7
    09:17 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    New Super Mario Bros Wii got a perfect score bitches!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well at last Famitsu score better than some website reviewer

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    Comment by Apirant
    09:22 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never trust the reviews from game sites.

    More importantly, don't read just the numbers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't really have a choice here. Famitsu doesn't exactly give detailed reasons for why a game gets a certain score. Just a sentence or 2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rating games has always been a stupid thing, it's never good nor useful, IGN gives Tony hawk and such games 9~10/10, while good RPGs like Star Ocean get 3~6/10.
    everyone got their own likes and dislikes, and no side is bigger than the other.
    I'm not an FF fan but I support the game, but lately it has been more like a Modeling game than RPG, and Square used to the leading company in graphics, but now it "phails" big time.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by ScarredBushido
    08:54 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haahah what a shock 1 point gone oh no....

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? It got less than the worst Final Fantasy(XII) ever? Famitsu seriously fails since two years.
    Besides a game being linear is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reason for one reviewer giving the game a 9 for being 'too linear' is completely retarded when FF12 got a perfect score and that was just as linear as any other jrpg out there.

    All jrpgs are linear, you can't downgrade ff13 for being too linear and not downgrade ff12, its plain stupidity.

    My guess is square didn't pay enough bribe money.

    You also have to remember is that companies like square pay famitsu money to advertise in their magazine, for that reason alone a square game will never receive a bad mark because companies on the shit end of bad reviews may pull out of advertising in the magazine and famitsu will lose money, they simple produce safe review that won't upset publishers, how else can a garbage game like dirge or cerebus receive 8's and 7's out of 10.

    Its almost 2010, in this internet era a worthless, shitty magazine like famitsu shouldn't even exist. Why do we cut down trees to publish this shit?

    I live in japan and I've never seen anyone buy famitsu ever, they just browse through it in the stores every friday and put it back, its a garbage magazine that doesn't deserve the publicity it gets.

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    Comment by Hyra911
    23:25 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey not all jrpgs are linear, obviously you didn't play enough jrpgs despite living in Japan.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    12:19 13/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ......Wait.....the game isn't even out how the fuck do they know the story.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 13/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    we want final fantasy 7 remake in ps3 ;)

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    Comment by man1
    13:42 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trusting only 1 review as the definitive verdict is oftentimes not a good idea. That's why we have 2nd opinions, or 3rd, or 4th, or... or (n+1)th.

    Isn't Famitsu famed for being the 1st to review new games. Also, 39/40 isn't good enough? Wow, your standards level must be well over the 9000 mark, not that it's a bad thing, I must say.

    I say it's still too early to make an educated judgement. Just let it settle for a while when other reviewers publish their take on the game. Hardcore fans need no advice for games would fly off the shelves and into their consoles before you could say "WUT??"

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    Comment by tyciol
    12:04 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell, I get pissed off if a storyline's not linear enough, I don't want to replay too many.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    13:56 20/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't a rpg suppose to be linear......did a new rule pop out or something...I'm confused.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 11/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calling a final fantasy game too linear is like calling a tree too woody.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good for Famitsu. I have no respect for Famitsu due to the criterion they use to grade their games (money), but I have a feeling that they're right about this one. From the looks of it, FFXIII is going to be a lot like FFX, which isn't a bad thing for most fans, but I'll bet that it'll be just as linear and the storyline will be just as cheesy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFX was rated 39/40 but to me was the best FFX storyline I've played. It's even the FF series to have a sequel.
    So in otherwords, I'm expecting a par gaming experience for FFXIII and FFX. I'm really gonna play this game.
    "Japanese and Western critics have generally given Final Fantasy X high review scores. The Japanese video game magazine Famitsu and Famitsu PS2 awarded the game a near-perfect 39/40 score" - reference wikipedia

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thou shalt not invoke the name of the only direct sequel... likely the only game in Final Fantasy history that was almost universally regarded as "Square's big mistake."

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Game's story being too linear = too much cliché used in the game

    Now, let's make Lightning a lesbian & turn Snow into a homo. Then throw in some 3D sex scenes like Dragon Age & Mass Effect to make the game's story "less linear".

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah! Great idea, but who might be their partner?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 11/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    snow can not be a homo. He is a pedophile. Lightning on the other hand probably is a lesbian and just does not know it yet. Time to get glasses girl to show her the path.

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    Comment by motaku96
    14:00 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It must be linear. I'd rather it be linear with a good story than give me a bunch of useless options that dilute the story.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    14:02 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    who cares what famitsu thinks. anyone who reads it religiously and likes ff games is still going to buy the game and any one who doesn't read it all the time won't know about them dropping perfect scores on every game they review, and will assume that the game must be good to get a 39 out of 40. every one is nit picking this shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i see too many FF fanatic defended this product....
    either they brainwashed so they lick anything SE throw at them or they complete fanatical moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    tales series way better

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolno. Not a big fan of FF myself but Tales is the most generic series next to the new Star Ocean games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those two are hard to compare since they have different styles of storytelling AND gameplay...
    realtime>turn based IMO.

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    Comment by Riiku
    03:09 11/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just HATE non-linear games!! Why you ask? Quite simply. If I chose one path, I cant help but to wonder what would happen if I took another path, so I reset, reload, see what happens on another path, then reload again on my primary path. It's annoying. Another good example is non-linear shooters. You come to the crossroad and decide to go, let's say, left. Then another location loads or cutscene happens and you cant go back. So I'm not gonna see what were on the right? There might have been some ammunition or items. So I have to reload and go take them, and IT FUCKING PISSES ME OFF!! FUCK NON-LINEAR GAMES!! DRAGON AGE ORIGINS SUCK ASS BECAUSE OF IT!!! I DONT HAVE FUCKING TIME TO COMPLETE IT AGAIN

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 31/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or you just play it through more than one time...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is because they put it in the shitbox 3fixme. Duh

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Once again, the console fanboys show the world that they are indeed the worst community on the internet. I mean, for crying out loud, all this baaawwwing because SOMEONE THINKS A GAME IS NOT PERFECT?

    I remember when a game having 40/40 in Famitsu actually meant something, as in the game actually brought something innovative or stood out above other games of it's generation, not because it was a shitty rehash with a big brand name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. And most important, who the fuck cares about reviews? It's not like the game magically get better if Famitsu scored it 40/40...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. People seem to be forgetting that a 39/40 translates to 97.5% or a 9.75 on a 10 point scale. What more do you want.

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