Several years in the making, Final Fantasy XIII is a testament to the sheer production value Square Enix puts into its flagship RPG series. A labour of love for almost everyone in the company, this instalment in the franchise takes equal inspiration from its last game, Final Fantasy XII and decade-old classics such as Final Fantasy VII. Starring a female character called Lightning, the game is set in the future where the world is divided into two significant areas - Cocoon, a paradise high in the sky which knows only peace and prosperity; and Pulse, the dark, dingy and dangerous lower world. Long ago mankind was blessed with the presence of the fal'Cie, who decided to watch and protect over the world. However, peace and tranquility on Cocoon was not to last.'