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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantasy XIII-2, 6 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Standard Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
So brings us to another release in the main series of Final Fantasy, something that has been a big deal for quite a number of people ever since it's first and astonishingly successful entry into the EU with FFVII.

FFXIII (as with XII) was a long time in the making, XII had it's fair share of devlopment problems midway, but with XIII shown early at the start of this generation, a lot of people were left wondering just what was taking so long. Eventually in 2010 the game released, and coupled with the drama caused by a rather late and shocking annoucement of the game going multi-platform, there was a huge backlash from long term fans of the series.

Now I could spend all day dabbling in the "issues" of FFXIII, but lets face it, if you are one of those people who are going to complain about the direction of the series in terms of it's setting, characters and dialogue/dramatics, claiming there is no longer "fantasy" in your Final Fantasy (dispite the series never actually having a staple) and that it's apparently turned into one big "soap opera", then you will want to steer clear of this sequel, those of you who took issue with the linearity and lack of variety delivered by XIII however may want to take a gander.

I want to start off my comments on XIII-2 by saying that it is strikingly similar to the one other sequel in the main series, that being X-2. This could end up worrying a number of people as, dispite my love for it, I know there was a lot of people who out right hated it. XIII-2 is lighter in tone, is full of mini-games and has a non linear structure in which you will be back and forthing between "levels" or areas in an attempt to reach that critical "100%", again as in X-2, the story can be completed reletively quickly, but with a story so reliant on the player piecing it together, doing so will likely leave you dissatisfied, this is a game where you will want to try and get everything, unlike X-2 however, this is a lot more lenient as you can't really miss things and gives the player much more freedom to go back and collect things or try scenarios again.

Battle system from XIII is back, it's probabally the thing that has changed the least, only this time you will be fighting with the same two characters the whole game. The third member of the party will be taken up by a monster, of which there are MANY to "collect" in the game (think pokemon ;)). These can be trained/leveled and cover different roles dependant on thier type and then swapped in and out dependant on the paradigms you wish to create.

Now I have put in many hours since it's Friday release, and to be honest I still have quite a bit to go in order to feel completed, as a big fan of the series, let down quite a bit by XIII, I really do think this game has made up for what it didn't manage to give us, it helps that it came out so quickly too and as a full "XIII" package with both games together, I am actually thankful of this thirteenth entry.

Expect Melodrama, anime tendancies, eccentric characters (Chocolina is awesome! down with the haters :3), mini-games, a plot to really wrap your head around, tons of hours of things to do and collect, and a smidge of cute fan service too (Mog's adorable). FFXIII-2 is actually .... good, you heard it here folks.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2012 10:58:57 GMT
Bare Osaka says:
Decent overview of the game, well written and most of which I agree with.... But please god DEATH TO CHOCOLINA!!!! and THE FLIPPING MOOGLE!!!....KUPO!!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2012 16:35:40 GMT
S. Griffiths says:
How could you possibly wish such a thing upon such adorable characters, Mog is now upset "Kupo-Kupo" :(

Thanks for the comment =]
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