Hope's Mom are on while Snow and mates are in a firefight, both in the attempt of rescuing resident loli-pop Serah-chan. Lightning and Sazh fight a giant flying robotic scorpion with sawblades and a giant fuckoff lazor while Hope's Mom is tough but Snow is a ManBearPig and both fall off a walkway to their doom where Snow shrugs it off and Hope's Mom is a tough stain to remove thus now Hope wants to write his name into Snow and Vannile is still there. Then they all meander to the Fal-cie and Serah-chan's side where she crystallizes tragically and everyone is now in the wrong place at the wrong time and become Hi-C. Then a lake froze over.
I like the game but LMAO over this!! I worked at a zoo for a little while and one of the parrots would say "HiC" until you were blue in the face. His name was Cecil, but he couldn't say Cecil. His former owner just called him "C", so he repeated that over and over. Anyway, I thought it was funny.
Seriously, if they just put more traditional town exploration in FF13, I wouldn't think it flawed at all. A big deal is made of Palumpaulum or whatever Hope's hometown was called, and then you there and don't get to explore. But I didn't mind the linearity of it and actually liked that it was stream-lined (ie, no grinding in the beginning or middle if you don't want to) with pretty easy boss battles. And I love that you don't need to heal in between battles.