From the Publisher
When we started working on Final Fantasy XIII-2, our main objective was to develop a game offering maximum freedom to the player. Whereas Final Fantasy XIII is primarily a story-driven game, we wanted the sequel to be a player-driven experience - where gameplay and story are directly influenced by the player's choices.
This is the essence of Final Fantasy XIII-2. You can freely move from location to location whilst also dictating the pace of the adventure. Dozens of side quests are available at any given time, intertwined with the core story and offering plenty of opportunity to branch off the main adventure at any point. The existence of certain regions in different time periods means that you can tackle a variety of time-based challenges by exploring these areas and solving all sorts of puzzles. As you progress through the adventure, you realize that your gameplay choices culminate in creating your own personal version of the story. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is all about freedom.
With a game of this scale and complexity, we felt that it was essential to offer a detailed travel companion to our players. When the time came to start work on the guide, the choice of partner was obvious. Piggyback has been publishing guides on the Final Fantasy series for over ten years, and their level of expertise and understanding of our games is peerless. Collaborating closely with the team, Piggyback has created a book that I'm pleased to present to you here. This is the ultimate guide, with everything you could possibly wish for: from a step-by-step walkthrough to an all-encompassing Tour Guide, from side quests to advanced strategy and analysis, from exhaustive inventory and bestiary lists to puzzle solutions. You will find in these pages the keys to solving all of the game's challenges. In addition, all information is presented so that you can advance as you choose and at your own pace.
And this is perhaps the greatest surprise the guide has in store. Though completely comprehensive, it offers advice and explains the game systems in such a way that every accomplishment remains your own. It will help you enjoy each moment of discovery whilst giving you the means to complete your objectives on your own.
I genuinely hope that you get to enjoy all elements of this extraordinary adventure.