Final Fantasy XIII Franchise Turns 5

Final Fantasy XIII, for better or worse, defined the franchise in the last console generation and became the premier JRPG of that era. Despite so many shortcomings and criticisms, XIII was still a bold and daring step towards a much different direction for the series. The first game landed back in 2009 and was surrounded by hype, and it received perhaps the most polarizing response from fans and critics. It would be followed by two games to form a cohesive trilogy, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, with the latter being a stark departure from the rest of the trilogy.

The XIII universe was dubbed as Fabula Nova Crystallis, and they had huge plans, but it all eventuated into the trilogy of XIII games with other projects subsequently rebranded. Final Fantasy Agito XIII became Final Fantasy Type-0, and Final Fantasy Versus XIII got completely revamped as Final Fantasy XV when the project became far too huge to be just a XIII spin-off.

We’ve given the XIII series extensive coverage. Have a look at our selection of articles dedicated to this controversial and yet memorable branch of Final Fantasy:

Finally, check out our detailed comparison of all three games in this epic feature special.