Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

10 February 2012
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review Screenshot of Lightning

Welcome to another Let’s Talk video, where I will be going over Square Enix’s sequel to the (somewhat disappointing) Final Fantasy XIII, for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Here’s my Final Fantasy XIII-2 review!

Players take on the role of Lightning’s sister Serah Farron and time-traveler Noel Kreiss in this installment and must fix the timeline, save the future and rescue Lightning from a Chaos dimension. The future rests on your shoulders…

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  • In this review I attempt to cover all bases and detail what the new take on the Final Fantasy series has to offer.

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    Overall Final Fantasy XIII-2 improved everything that had been established in Final Fantasy XIII. The ending made it for me, but the game daringly broke away from the traditional formula and experimented in all areas with much success!

    Don’t play this expecting a classic-style Final Fantasy title; Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a whole new breed. What you can expect however, is the old-school enjoyment factor that was present in say FFVII or FFX.

    This game has filled me with hope – no pun intended – for the future of the Final Fantasy series.

    I would personally give the game an overall fun-factor of 9!

    So what do you think? Were you a fan of 13-2’s predecessor? Perhaps it put you off playing the sequel? Are you enjoying it and/or what do you think of the ending? Please leave your comments and opinions in the section below!

    Side note – all of the tracks playing in the background are from the official Final Fantasy XIII-2 OST composed jointly by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Mitsuko Suzuki and Yoshitaka Suzuki, and purchased from The songs are (in the order they appear):

    1. New Bodhum
    2. Ending Credits
    3. The City of Academia


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    Meg Smith

    By Meg Smith: An avid gamer with a two year degree in Video Games Art and Design, she lives to broaden her gaming horizons and loves any game that captures the imagination or tries something new. Read her posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

    • Takbot001

      I think it is an amazing game, it defiantly brought back some of the awesome that FFXIII lacked, no offence Square Enix.

    • I second that! 😀

    • joe

      what score would you give it? and what did you score 13?

    • Ex_shadi79

      another awesome game from square enix

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! It was a departure from the formula but I think this experiment suceeded 🙂
      Thanks for commenting!

    • Anonymous

      My personal enjoyment factor was a 9 out of 10.

      But everyone has their own view of what makes a good game, so don’t take my score as gospel. Always make up your own mind 🙂
      Thanks for commenting!

    • Anonymous

      Haha it certainly brought back the awesome-factor. Someone has described XIII-2 as feeling alive, whereas FFXIII felt lifeless and dead and I have to agree.
      Thanks for commenting, I’m glad you enjoyed the game 🙂

    • I’ve only had the chance to have played the game for about an hour at a co-worker’s house from DISH, and I love the new changes! First of all, the combat involving the paradigm shift remains basically the same, but Square/Enix has added a cinematic for boss/mini-boss battles where you must follow the correct sequence on the screen similar to God of War’s quick-time event button presses. I applaud this because it adds a sort of action-feel to the game. Another thing I noticed the nice addition that Square did with every character in the game has a voice over, and they aren’t reused. If Square did re-use voice actors for NPCs they did a darn good job of hiding it, and I’m pretty good at catching that sort of thing. I wish I had the money to buy it right now, but sadly I can’t afford it right now, but at least I can justify adding it to my Blockbuster@Home queue to play it. I save a ton of money renting games for a flat monthly fee instead of buying them. After hearing all the rave reviews I decided I couldn’t go wrong by giving it a try, I can’t wait until it gets here.

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