After days of stressing over when my copy of Final Fantasy XIII was going to arrive on my doorstep, it finally arrived yesterday afternoon. But a Friday night for a college student isn’t exactly the optimum playing time. Luckily today is a rainy Saturday on the East Coast and I’ve gotten my foot in the door with Lightening and the gang.

I don’t think there is any game in the history of games that is able to give me the same feeling as when I play a Final Fantasy game. Whenever a new one arrives it’s as if I instantly transform into that little kid who got the N64 he wanted for Christmas. I literally was trembling with excitement as I unwrapped the cellophane.

With that said I am about an hour into the game and already feel like a Pulse born revolutionary. A rebel force battling for freedom from the evil government is a scenario found in a lot of Final Fantasy installments. Yet, Final Fantasy XIII still manages to recruit players into the ranks through lovable characters and their dedication to the role of hero.

After this short run I am just taking control of Hope for the first time. Switching between characters was a brilliant move on Toriyama’s part because it really makes you feel deeply for each character individually and makes the overarching storyline that much deeper.

Enough of that though, lets move on to the good stuff.

Most Awe Inspiring Moment
I would have to go with the opening train sequence for this one. Right off the bat they hit me with a scene that immediately made me think of Final Fantasy VII and that is the Final Fantasy to be compared to. For a minute there I could have sworn I was about to take down a Mako reactor. Any game that can draw on what many gamers believe to be their favorite gaming experience is a win in my book.

Biggest Accomplishment
Right now I haven’t been doing much except walking forward and pressing X occasionally, so I haven’t had an epic battle yet, but I did get a sense of accomplishment for the rebel soldiers after Snow made it back to where his companions were stationed and he found out that the children were safe. I know, I’m a bit of a sap when it comes to heroic acts, but in a Final Fantasy game it is hard not to idolize the story’s hero because they are just too darn captivating.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing my Final Fantasy XIII experiences with you in hope that you’ll do the same back. So leave a comment and let us know how you’ve been enjoying Final Fantasy XIII.