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Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been released on 360 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Final Fantasy XIII-2 takes another stab at telling the story of Lightning, Serah, Snow in a more open and wild world. Unfortunately it replaces the charm and narrative drive of the first game with confusion, convolution and complexity. .."
- Juvenile Gamer (Tue, 24 Apr 2012)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will only be the second main Final Fantasy game to spawn a direct sequel. Are there hints of bigger things to come?
When Final Fantasy X-2 was released it was the first time a direct sequel had been released for a Final Fantasy story. However, while X-2 provided a light, colourful and (comparatively) brief jaunt back into a popular world, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (that's 13, 2 if you're struggling to keep up with the series' titles) is set to expand the universe further with a darker, more complex continuation of the story.
The game promises a tweaked and improved battle system as used in the original game and a new and involved story for Lighting, the protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII.
Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada has hinted that the series will move away from totally unique settings for every title and has even suggested that the mythos behind Final Fantasy XIII-2 may well drive the content of titles for the next few years.
Whether this is purely due to a planned shift away from the potentially confusing IP reboot that customarily follows any Final Fantasy release, or whether this is due to the economic realities of needing to sweat the enormous asset and backstory development that normally lies abandoned once a title hits the shelves, it's certainly good news for fans of Final Fantasy XIII who will be able to see their favourite characters developed and explore more of the world. Is it too early to speculate that Final Fantasy XIII-2 maybe the middle chapter in a trilogy?
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is currently planned for release on the PS3 and XBox 360 towards the end of 2011 or early 2012.
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