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This review is from: Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Standard Edition (PS3) (Video Game)The sequel to the popular Final Fantasy XIII is a fantastic piece of gaming mixed with sensational graphics and a beautiful cinematic story.
I would recommend playing XIII before giving this a go, but the game contains descriptive details of past events and characters up to the point this epic story starts.
We see Lightning fighting a mysterious foe before she tells a young hunter to travel back in time and find her sister Sereh, and then the story begins.
Travelling across time Sereh and hunter Noel fight their way across time and galaxies in an emotional adrenaline fuelled story, which is worth staying gripped to until the very end.
Sereh and Noel make a great duo and their ally Kupo is cute, if a tad annoying on occasions! Travelling across times and resolving paradoxes and gathering fragments of different times gives this fantasy a very science fiction flavour which is great if a little confusing.
Personally I felt more attached to Sereh and Noel than the previous characters; this is a more intense and emotional journey and that makes the game more enjoyable.
The game play is really good. The paradigm battle formation from the previous release returns here but seems easier to control and utilise. As with the previous game you control which character you chose, roaming around different worlds battling various foes. When an enemy appears you strike it with your sword engaging battle, great to get a pre-emptive strike, took a bit of getting used to but a necessary attribute.
A new feature in battle is "wound" which reduces the maximum HP. Synergist no longer can apply haste, a great annoyance in long battles. The big feature however is having a monster in battles with you. As soon as I realised this I was immediately against it. However over time it came a necessary accessory and with the right monster becomes very interesting.
The greatest feature however is the "cinematic action" where the story is happening and you must hit a certain button quickly to give a character an action, which creates tension and adrenaline, a fantastic addition. There are some very good battle segments, the final boss is very enjoyable and intense.
The ceith stone missions in FFXIII were great and took ages to finish. This game is over relatively quickly for a final fantasy game. However this time round you gather "fragments" across time. There are 160 to collect, most obtained as the story progresses but fragments can be anything. Hidden in a floating box, part of the story, a paradox reversal etc.
I do not wish to spoil anymore because this has been the best game I've played in a long time. The intensity of the story is great, the game play is improved and easier to use, the graphics are breathtakingly perfect and a story that makes this sequel better than the original and certainly worth checking out.