When Final Fantasy XIII was released in 2008 by Square Enix many people who were fans of the series got something that was slightly different from previous games such as Final Fantasy XII or Final Fantasy VII in terms of gameplay. The gameplay in Final Fantasy XIII part 1 did not give players the option to control other characters as they were only allowed to use the main character depending on what part of the game they were on. Also, there were other features like the Crystarium level up system that many people complained about because it felt too much like the Sphere Grid from Final Fantasy X. While many people had complaints about Final Fantasy XIII part 1 more people had seemed to enjoy part 2 even more.
The visual presentation and the cinematic cutscenes for Final Fantasy XIII were among the many defining features of the game. Also, in terms of worldwide sales the first part of Final Fantasy XIII did great in terms of sales. When Final Fantasy XIII was released for the PlayStation 3 it had managed to sell over 5 million units worldwide. Not was Final Fantasy XIII successful on the PlayStation 3 but it also managed to sell over 3 million units worldwide for the Xbox 360 since its release. While Final Fantasy XIII did include many interesting characters such as Lightning, Snow, Hope, Sarah, Noel Kriss and others the game is often regarded as one that stands about from other titles in the series.