Excerpt: Final Fantasy has been one of the most well known franchises in the entire video game industry. Square Enix used to do Final Fantasy games as one shots, and never visited that fantasy universe ever again. Thankfully years ago they decided sequels to fantasy universes would be allowed. Hence the release of Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Conclusion: Final Fantasy XIII -2 offers a great battle system and phenomenal graphics, but its story is often muddled at best, and fails to tie up the loose ends from XIII . Final Fantasy fanatics don’t want much from their Final Fantasy games, but some traditional RPG tropes like chocobos, towns, and open world gameplay are certainly among them.
Pros: Excellent, dynamic battle system, Monster recruitment system is addictive and deep
Cons: Storyline doesn’t make much sense or tie up loose ends, Seasoned RPGers will likely find little challenge in late-game play
Conclusion: I rarely found myself frustrated or confused in the story, and I am confident that most fans of the series will find it far superior as well. I remember originally it was rumored to be a three part series, so I'm still anxious for more!
Excerpt: The first noticeable difference with FFXIII-2 is its surprisingly short storyline, running approximately twenty-five hours of gameplay from start to finish. The Final Fantasy titles have always been epic in scope, with eighty-some-odd hours of gameplay to offer; so while a twenty-five hour experience is about average these days for a single-player adventure, it falls drastically short for the series.
Excerpt: Ever since Final Fantasy VII was released in North America in 1997, the series has become the archetype of what every RPG should be. This reputation carried across many releases, and when Squaresoft (which subsequently became Square Enix) announced their titles it became a foregone conclusion that the review scores would be high, and every other developer would be scrambling to make something similar.
Summary: " Final Fantasy XIII-2 " does exactly what it sets out to do, addressing XIII’s issues of combat difficult, linearity of world design and lack of towns. It creates a deep and rich world that can easily draw you in if you let it, even with its giddy childlike cast of characters. But it is still very much a Final Fantasy game, it will not expand the fan base, but it will finally offer fans the game they want.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XIII may have been a commercial success, selling millions of units around the globe, but it also could also be considered one of this generation’s biggest disappointments. It wasn’t so much that the game was bad, just that a number of fundamental concepts which make Final Fantasy games so enjoyable were stripped away.
Conclusion: Final Fantasy XIII-2 isn't a full blown return to the classic Final Fantasy games many people know and love, but it is certainly a step in the right direction and offers a great deal more invention, exploration and good, old fashioned fun than its predecessor. The story and characters are a little weak in places but it is hard not to get swept along by the charm of it all.
Excerpt: It’s hard for veteran gamers to approach a new Final Fantasy game without their arms folded stubbornly across their chests. That’s because the specific kind of foolishness that runs through games like Final Fantasy XIII-2 carries a potent capacity for making sensible adults with a modicum of taste feel old, sad, and incredulous.