Summary: I have played every Final Fantasy game sense FF5, and FF13-2 is my 3rd favorite from the series. I love this game not so much for the story itself (like FF6 & FF7) but more for the gameplay and tempo. It use the same battle system as in FF13 for the most part with a few adjustment. I like that you can tame various monsters and use them as a 3rd party member and upgrade them with different skills (this is a lot more fun than upgrading your weapons in FF13) Bottom line is...
Summary: Haven't gotten very far in the game so I can't say much; the normal game listing will probably be much better for that, I'm just a casual gamer. The novella (basically a FFXIII epilogue, featuring a bit of each character) is 37 pages and comes in a slipcase with the game, and at $21 (price I bought it for) adding $2 dollars (the game was $19 then) to get the extra book seems fair (a good deal even- I've seen people sell just the novella for more).
Summary: With this It is clear that a second part can be better than the original game. It's fun and it's mechanics are addictive. Being able to tame monsters and use them as part of your strategy to beat bosses? This is new and I totally like it. You've more things to do, the maps are wide open and it is not SO narrow and lineal.
Summary: DAUGHTER LOVES IT. SHE LOVES ALL THE SERIES. YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE SMILE ON HER FACE WHEN SHE RECEIVED IT AND WHEN SHE PLAYED IT. GREAT GRAPHICS,SOUND ,VOICE ACTING AND CONTROLS FROM WHAT I OBSERVED. SHE HAS TO AND LOVES TO EXPLAIN THE STORY LINE TO ME. I LOVE LISTENING TO HER AND WATCHING THE GLEAM IN HER EYES AS SHE EXPLAINS. CAN A FATHER ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE ? HELL YEAH, PLEASE DON'T GROW UP AND DATE OR MARRY SOME A#$H@%E.
Summary: After hearing from pretty much everyone that this was better than 13, I decided to pick it up and try it myself. As everyone said, the game is much better than 13, the only thing 13 had that was better imo was that it was longer. 13-2 felt short, very short compared to 13. Other than that this game improves in pretty much every flaw 13 had.