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
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.
Conclusion: Direct Final Fantasy sequels, for the most part, are either really good or the worst thing to ever happen to the series, depending on who you ask. When word got around that Final Fantasy XIII was getting a direct sequel, people were very, very vocal about the news. Some people went “Meh”, others “Cool, I enjoyed XIII” while some of the more colorful “diehard” fans said something similar to: “OMG SQUEENIX IS TEH SUXXORZ I HOPE THEY DIE AND BURNZ!1!1!!! FF IS DED!1!1!
Excerpt: As heroine Serah leaps through time in an attempt to save the future, so too does a beleaguered Square-Enix make a bid to amend the past, aiming to quell player misgivings of Final Fantasy XIII in a sequel that seemingly does it right the second time around. Fate has taken an unlikely turn allowing these imperiled souls another chance at turning things around, but does Final Fantasy XIII-2 change history, or repeat it?
Conclusion: If you answered yes to any of the above, then stop reading this now and grab yourself FFXIII-2. Because to be honest I’m fed up of just writing about it and if a line is allowed for pure honesty – the longer I write this the less time I get to spend playing it.
Pros: Brilliant addition to battle system. Excellent exploration possibilities.
Cons: Slightly short main story. The story is hard work to understand.
Excerpt: Warning: Opening 2 paragraphs have a couple of FF XIII spoilers in. Sorry! Final Fantasy XIII-2 starts with a bang. Set in the realm of Valhalla, the scene shows Lightning (one of FF XIII’s protagonists) locked in a fierce battle with Caius, the villain of this story. Blows are traded, spells cast and monsters are brought into the fray as earth shattering attacks rock the screen. During this fight a time gate opens, and through it falls a young man, Noel.
Pros: Likeable characters., The battle/Paradigms systems are great., Looks fantastic., Some of the music is wonderful., Hunting monsters can get very addictive., Lots to do outside of the main story.
Cons: Parts of it are just too easy., Some of the dialogue isn’t that great.