Summary: Final Fantasy XIII was not a "4" for me , but I wouldn't have given it much more credit. The story was, at times, confusing and very hard to follow, the proper nouns it used made my ears hurt, and the summoned, transforming Eidolons were so silly that I was embarrassed for Square Enix and videogames in general.
Excerpt: Whether you loved or hated Final Fantasy XIII, anyone who cares about its sequel wants to know how it compares: is it better than FFXIII? How different is it? Well, Final Fantasy XIII-2 definitely improves upon XIII… in some ways. As with XIII, your enjoyment of XIII-2 will greatly boil down to personal taste, but speaking generally, XIII-2 is markedly catered toward longtime Final Fantasy fans compared to its vastly divergent (and therefore highly divisive) predecessor.
Pros: More freedom, more exploration, more discovery, Story driven by characters, Battle system still rules
Cons: No summons, Some difficulty dips and spikes, Only two party members
Excerpt: It’s no secret that Square Enix’s first high definition entry in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XIII, was polarizing. It introduced an amazing new battle system that felt like a revolution for Japanese role playing games. This feature was widely praised by critics and gamers alike. However Square changed many others things in the [...
Summary: The unfolding drama of Final Fantasy XIII continues in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Explore a richly developed world featuring both new and familiar faces, and an exciting and highly developed strategic battle system. In this ongoing saga, the future is about to change...
Excerpt: When I first heard about Square Enix making a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, I was pretty excited. Although I have to be honest, I had high hopes and low expectations. I just finished the massive thirteen when I started the second one, so I had the plot stored in my memory. The story of XIII-2 takes place three years after the events of thirteen. Lightning has disappeared, and most of the population lives on Gran Pulse.
Excerpt: A lot of Final Fantasy fans weren’t very enamoured with the 13th iteration of the series, with a major reason behind the lack of love being that many genre staples were omitted, such as towns, NPC interaction and as for the exploration aspect, well there’s probably more potential for adventure up your garden path than what much of the game had to offer.
Excerpt: It's a bit fitting perhaps that Square Enix used a time travel-centric plot for Final Fantasy XIII-2 , as the developers used the continuation tale to literally go back in time and correct what's widely considered to be one of the worst entries in the long running RPG series. The original was too linear?
Conclusion: From the very beginning of the game you will be dazzled by the visuals here. Square has always had a very high bar when it comes to presentation and they haven’t slouched here. Though there are much fewer movie quality cutscenes in the game, which is a shame but you are still treated to highly detailed and for the most part, convincingly emoting characters, who are also voiced superbly, even if the dialogue isn’t always spectacular.
Excerpt: There’s almost no reason to forgo picking up XIII-2 , with one qualifier. As you would expect, the story continues from the story in XIII . If you didn’t like the story before, I doubt you’ll like it any more now. And if you didn’t play or beat XIII , I highly recommend doing so, or at least finding a way to watch or read the story from it. You’ll gain much more appreciation for the world, the story, and the characters if you do.
Pros: Story is great; characters, addition of towns works well, feels like a cross between
Cons: You won’t get as much out of it if you haven’t beaten