Summary: I have been playing this game for about the past month, with the Japanese version of the game. My only other review for GI has also been for FF, the previous FFXIII. I recently passed XIII-2, so I thought I'd put in my two-bits on this game. Just quickly, overall this game is short. Much shorter than XIII. Even at my slower-than-usual grinding pace, I passed it under 50 hours. For me that's pretty fast.
Summary: Good gameplay with a not-so-great story(They've a lot to conclude with Lightning Returns). Still a fun game to play through even though maxing out characters happens way too fast(the leveling in general felt incomplete). A ton of great side quests even if you don't bother with the DLC. Really irked by SE not allowing players to earn ANY new outfits/armors in the standard game and making them buy all but one through DLC.
Summary: I like this game much better than the original game, it's not as linear and there are much more side quests than before. Also they fixed the big problem from before when the leader died it was game over, now when the leader dies it switches to the other character that's still alive. Overall it's a good game with great music and visuals, the ending was very sad, can't wait for the next sequel in the series: ff13-3.
Final Fantasy 13-2: Better Gameplay, More Fan Irks
Tim Gruver, Game Informer
5 January 2013
Summary: For the last several console generations, Square Enix’s franchise of Final Fantasy has built itself into a household name with any classic titles and a dedicated fan base. Accompanying a huge downturn in the franchise’s credibility in recent years is its latest entry of Final Fantasy 13-2, an interesting if not ultimately underwhelming addition to a once great series.
Summary: I honestly don't know if this is a good 'game'. And by that, I mean that I truly don't know if it could stand alone. The average person off the street who plays video games once in awhile would probably *HATE* this game if they weren't already a die-hard FInal Fantasy devotee. It expands upon the universe of XIII, and though that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does present it's difficulties.
Excerpt: You, know, I've spent most of my life as an athlete above most other things. Mind you, the last few years I haven't exactly been MUCH of an athlete, what with the new "protective layer" covering my six-pack... (I swear it's in there somewhere!) But there was a time! ... ah but on to my real point...
Summary: So, im guessing that this review is not relevant cause the game has been out in the market for a while now but it doesnt matter. Compare to the final fantasy XIII, this is more than an improvement. The easyness of the battles has been remove, the story has more sense in a way and you connect more with the characters, even Noel (the new character that battles with Serah)that reminds me a lot to Tidus from FFX.
Summary: Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a fun game that retains some of the cool things from XIII and also adds newer things. But its story is pretty bland. If you like games that are fun for a challenge or are simply fun to play, then this is it. If you like well-thought out plots, it's not it. But it is still fun though.
Summary: Note, I am about 30 hours into this title. I beat FFXIII, and I enjoyed it for the battle system, soundtrack, graphics, and convoluted story-line. Part 2 has kept the same basic battle mechanics, but added to fun with a few adjustments. You have some control over the dialogue so that story seems less linear. Also, the areas have opened up and you have control over how you go through the adventure, so not a linear walk through.