Final Fantasy XIII-2 Launch Thread

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Jan 31, 2012
  1. prowler
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    :blank: :blank: - RELEASE DATE -
    :blank: :blank: NA: 31.1.12
    :blank: :blank: AU: 2.2.12
    :blank: :blank: EU: 3.2.12

    :blank: :blank: - REVIEWS -
    :blank: :blank: RPGSite - 80%

    Story is Final Fantasy XIII-2's downfall, and in that area it falls hard - but thankfully it shines more than enough in other areas to redeem that fact. It is in general a much-improved, fun experience - it's just wrapped in an often nonsensical story that is almost ruinous to the rest of the game. Despite that, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is definitely worth the time of even those who were disappointed by the original title, as many problems have been brilliantly and tactfully addressed.

    :blank: :blank: IGN - 8.0

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 proves itself the better game, but it lacks the same focused storytelling employed in the original. It benefits from an improved battle system, open environments, and an overall level of polish that deserves a nod of respect. Despite its severe lack of closure, Final Fantasy XIII-2 still deserves your time, especially for a few poignant moments set at the end of days.

    :blank: :blank: Gamespot - 7.5

    Just remember to keep your expectations in check: Final Fantasy XIII-2 isn't a timeless adventure in the grand tradition of the beloved series. But if you're curious to see the next stage in this ongoing tale, there's no reason you shouldn't chase after Lightning. After all, she can't defeat Caius without you.

    :blank: :blank: Eurogamer - 8/10

    For all its mechanical cleverness and forward-thinking design, Final Fantasy 13-2 is also convoluted, complicated and unfriendly to newcomers. In Square-Enix's desperation to discover what its flagship series looks like in the modern world, what should be an interesting curio has been inflated to blockbuster proportions.

    :blank: :blank: 1UP - B

    As a whole, the package doesn't come together nearly as well as FFXIII did. It's a mishmash of interesting systems and bold ideas that never quite gel. Still, it's an encouraging step in the right direction; if nothing else, it at least demonstrates that Square Enix is open to other studios being involved in the production of its tentpole franchise and realize they can't expect to sell on name alone.

    :blank: :blank: Joystiq - 3/5

    Ultimately, if Final Fantasy XIII took the series five steps back, Final Fantasy XIII-2 takes it one hesitant step forward. Features like non-linear dungeons, optional side quests and NPC-populated towns are wonderful and all, but they were RPG staples twenty years ago. While Final Fantasy XIII-2 does quite a bit to fix the mistakes of its predecessor, it does very little to stand out on its own merits. It's enjoyable, but it's also disappointing in many ways. Final Fantasy deserves better.

    :blank: :blank: Gameinformer - 8/10

    In most respects, the team at Square Enix did a great job singling out and addressing the chief problems. Progression is player-driven, combat is even more entertaining, and an array of other adjustments makes it one of my favorite RPGs from a mechanical perspective. I just want all of that integrated with a story that isn't laughable and borderline insulting, and that's where Final Fantasy XIII-2 falters.

    :blank: :blank: Metro - 6/10

    An improved sequel on paper only, with an overall experience that is still ruined by incoherent storytelling and unsympathetic characters.



    :blank: :blank: - TRAILERS -
    :blank: :blank: E3 2011
    :blank: :blank: TGS 2011
    :blank: :blank: Characters
    :blank: :blank: Moogle
    :blank: :blank: New Adventures
    :blank: :blank: Guided Tour
    :blank: :blank: Environments
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    I'm loving the game so far. Not really a Final Fantasy fan, but FFXIII-2 is very good. I keep thinking about whether, or not I should go play FFXIII before continuing. Also not a graphics whore, but they are pretty amazing.

    It gets a +1 from me.
     
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    Also I forgot to say USE SPOILER TAGS I don't care how far in the game you are, use them or you will literally feel pain
     
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    Oh, wow. How'd I miss it? If you go to the main menu, it has a option for the Beginner's Primer. Which tells you all about FFXIII. Just thought I'd let others know if they get lost withour playing FFXIII.

    EDIT: Holy, a "Story so far" video when you resume a save. :wub:
     
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    Man you guys are lucky living in the US i have to wait till friday to get my copy but man i still play the demo like 3 times a day btw just asking what the preorder dlc is like because thats what im getting with it. Yeah i can't wait
     
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    Europe Pre-Order Bonus (XBOX 360 and PS3)
    It depends on where you pre-ordered it from for DLC.
     
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    Come again?

    Well the article says "intentionally vague" spoilers, and from what I read it didn't really give anything away. It just said that at some point the story takes a turn for the worse and says "to be continued," and that Squeenix did register FFXIII-3 as a domain name. Anyway, that's not to say that they're definitely planning a sequel to this sequel, yet.

    I'm still going to give this one a try, eventually. It's not one of my priorities as far as gaming is concerned. I'm actually a lot more excited for other games coming out in February and March.
     
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    well im getting mine for the uk form game just asking but i shall do my research it will give me something to do today and about the to be continued ending does anyone get the feeling they may be bring out some form of dlc somewhere down the line.
     
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    I will definitely buy this game when I get a PS3. Noel screams like a bitch and it's hilarious. Plus, the gameplay is awesome. DLC has the potential to deliver. (It's Square-Enix so only time will tell.)

    Too bad Laura Bailey sounds like an amateur compared to the likes of Ali Hillis or Jason Marsden. It just brings down the story even more.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    The shipment of this game to our local game shop was delayed a day or two for unknown reasons (AKA the "if you don't know you can't be told, even though that means you'll never be told" reason)... We'll be getting this game and then stashing it in our game library for the day we beat the copy of FFXIII we got, well, yesterday.
     
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    Okay, this sold me on picking the weird/funnny options for live trigger
    Early in the game, no spoilers

    Edit: Also Noel would be hot if it wasn't for his default outfit.
     
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    Playing this in easy mode, as a first FF player (ok, i played it before on the wonderswan Color, but never got the hang of it)

    Seems like i can't die in easy mode? everytime 1 of the characters runs out of stamina, i get a you win, even if not all enemies are beaten.
    Think i pass this game to the son of my brother in law, he's more into such games :D (and not in easy mode)


    There are even live triggers in battle (think this is not a spoiler thing :P )
     
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    I have a question: do you get anything special for playing the demo of ff13-2? I also noticed it said I could choose a specific item from the extras menu when playing the game; are they talking about the extra menu on the title screen? cause this wouldn't make much sense since it's already available and during actual gameplay they mention it.

    Well thanks guys I havent had the time to play it but maybe someone could could inform me about this :)
     
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    well my preorder on game has a fulfilment number what ever that is kinda confused must be because its a bigish release anyway getting it tomorrow i hope so happy XD (if anyone knows what fulfilment means on the game website can you tell me i want to get a understanding of it thanks)
    and to any one in the us happy groundhog day
     
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    Soo funny just sooo funny XD
     
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    dont mind this found out what it all means quite useful but my copy has been shipped yay hoping i get it tomorrow looks soo cool.
     
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    Final Fantasy XIII-2 True Ending.

    Anyway. How are you Americans finding the game?
     
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