Final Fantasy 13-2 review.
Posted by lcenteno
At last it has arrived. Final Fantasy 13-2 was released yesterday for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360. The question that is on everyone’s mind is, does it make up for the errors of it’s predecessors? The answer is yes and no.
Graphics: Much like it’s predecessor, Final Fantasy 13-2’s presentation is fantastic. From the moment you start the game. The CG introduction cutscene sucks you into the story. The worlds in Final Fantasy 13-2 are not only exquisite, but fascinating to look at. There are a few minor issues with frame rates at times, but this doesn’t hinder the flow of the game. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: The musical score of Final Fantasy 13-2 is somewhat impressive, but doesn’t have the same emotional feel as the works of Nobuo Uematsu. Voiceovers are well done and very in tune with the feel of the game. Score 8.5/10
Gameplay: The game’s ATB system returns for yet a second time around. This may be familiar to fans of Final Fantasy 13. However if you were not a fan of 13’s battle system and hoping for a change, you will be very disappointed in the end. Most people are not big fans of controlling only one character while the others are assigned their individual roles, but I personally like this system. It’s innovative and keeps players on their toes. Score 9/10
Final say: Final Fantasy 13-2 is an improvement over it’s predecessor. However it is still lacking in story, character engagement, and satisfying mini games and side quests. Overall a great JRPG and it’s nice to hear that Square-Enix actually listens to their fans.
-Unsatisfying extras: Unfortunately even though Square-Enix answered the calls of their fans this title still doesn’t satisfy. There are mini games such as Chocobo Races, slot machines, and trying to find all the story fragments in the game (160 to be exact). These sidequests don’t seem to satisfy players like previous Final Fantasy games. It seems more like Square-Enix created a muzzle to put around the mouths of their complaining fans.
-No bonding with characters: The two main characters are Lightning’s sister Serah, and a mysterious individual named Noel. Noel is sent by Lightning to bring Serah to her while she remains in Valhalla fighting a war against a mysterious individual named Kaiius. I didn’t feel an immediate bond with Serah and Noel, and to be honest I found them to be very bland and incompatible as characters. Fans will be more interested in Lightning and Kaiius’ story than Serah and Noel.
-Closure: For the sake of not revealing any spoilers I won’t say anymore about this. I’ll let you see for yourself.
Click here to see the amazing introduction cinematic cutscene for Final Fantasy 13-2
Final review: 9/10