Final Fantasy XIII-2 PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a direct sequel to FFXIII, and will once again star lead protagonist Lightning.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    90
    I absolutely love the game, and found myself totally absorbed in everything it has to offer.
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    89
    This is definitely a step in the direction of that old Final Fantasy feel we've come to know and love. It feels like what the original Final Fantasy XIII should have been.
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    85
    Final Fantasy XIII-2 is what Final Fantasy XIII should have been, with lots of sub-quests, mini-games and a little more exploration. Despite responding to fanbase requests, the team left unaltered the fighting system and the linearity; so this is not the comeback of a classic Final Fantasy.
  4. FF XIII-2's reliance on recycling locations and reluctance to indicate the next course of action hold it back from scoring as highly as XIII, despite its improvements – but its grand ideas, bigger monsters, and bigger still haircuts make it an adventure worth getting lost in time for. Lightning can strike twice after all.
  5. Feb 6, 2012
    80
    A superior game to its predecessor, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the game that probably should have been originally released. Even if it doesn't quite achieve everything it sets out to do.
  6. Feb 9, 2012
    78
    If you hated its predecessor you will surely not warm up to this sequel. On the other hand Serah and Noel do a lot better than Lightning and her friends in Final Fantasy XIII. Here's more to do, more to discover, more roleplaying.
  7. Jan 31, 2012
    50
    This is a big game, clocking in at about the 40-hour mark, but the lack of challenge in combat combined with the formulaic missions and frequent cutscenes too often make it feel like a sticky trudge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 203
  1. May 8, 2016
    10
    Final Fantasy XIII has worse story. Same in XIII-2. But this game is enjoyable for me. The combat system can change leader. The monster systemFinal Fantasy XIII has worse story. Same in XIII-2. But this game is enjoyable for me. The combat system can change leader. The monster system was great. Serah have a great personality. She know about if she change the future. She'll die. but she can accept that. This world cannot know how much i love this game. it was very excited for me. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    The Game Sucks but I'm a SweatShopBot payed by Squenix so I ma rate it a glowing 10er ;)

    enjoy the Finalfantasy so much better than 7, for
    The Game Sucks but I'm a SweatShopBot payed by Squenix so I ma rate it a glowing 10er ;)

    enjoy the Finalfantasy so much better than 7, for real exploration true colour hair so pink, most Toriyama wish I also have. Together we can difference these Fans don't know the true Final Fantsies in my heart will never forget. So much fun. After hanging around with Cloud Strife helping the village Chocobo this music never left me with XIII-2 I overly satisfied.
    Can anyone blame so good game?

    :P
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  3. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    Without a doubt this is worthy of a main FF game number. If it had different characters they could have named it FF 15. Do yourself a favorWithout a doubt this is worthy of a main FF game number. If it had different characters they could have named it FF 15. Do yourself a favor and buy this game, play it, and judge for yourself. I loved XIII very much, however many griped about the linear story line...well part 2 is far from linear. I am glad that SE listened to their fans and made adjustments. Enjoy it and happy playing. Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2012
    8
    Very different to FF XIII, instead of being an exclusively story centered game, this one is a player centered game allowing you to roamVery different to FF XIII, instead of being an exclusively story centered game, this one is a player centered game allowing you to roam around, solve puzzles, play minigames and pick monsters as your battle allies. The story is centered around two new and very well developed characters, Noel and the antagonist Caius in addition to Serah whereas Lighting only makes some brief appearances. While the world is a lot smaller than that of XIII it still manages to give about a max of 70 hours of gameplay. The 2 points it loses are because of the low challenge, the graphics not improving and the occasional poorly written dialogue. Expand
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    6
    I really wanted to love this game. I did not play XIII due to the negatives I read about it, and when I heard that many of those were improvedI really wanted to love this game. I did not play XIII due to the negatives I read about it, and when I heard that many of those were improved in this game I was excited and gave it a try. I have not played a FF game since 9, and my favorite is 3. I am a very old school ff player, as such when done with FFXII-2 I was left wondering what the heck I just played. It was an interesting game, with very nice graphics, a bit of a lame storyline, but it was not a Final Fantasy game in it's old school meaning. It had the perception of being a freely travelable world, but I still found it too linear. I found myself missing the old ways of leveling up your characters, and found the new system too basic. I absolutely hated controlling only one character in battle instead of the standard four, and the fact that the easiest thing to do in battle is just keep hitting the auto battle drove me nuts. Overall I felt they had taken the Final Fantasy idea and simplified it to the point where you hardly need any strategy to complete the game. I never had to spend hours leveling to be able to defeat a boss, or collect coins for equipment, and that just doesn't feel right. Expand
  6. May 26, 2012
    5
    I would give FFXIII-2 a 5 solely on the graphics and and the ability to "tame" monsters and have them as members of your group. The game isI would give FFXIII-2 a 5 solely on the graphics and and the ability to "tame" monsters and have them as members of your group. The game is sleek-looking, yet lacking real substance. The storyline is flimsy and uninvolving as the previous installment of FFXIII. If you are looking for a good JRPG with somewhat of the same elements, check out Persona 4 or any of the other Shin Megaten Franchise games. The Shin-Ten franchise seems to improve on its gameplay and story elements while the FF franchise is dying a slow and painful death. I feel that this franchise, the Final Fantasy name as a whole, needs an entire rebooting from the top down. Get better writers in please, keep the team that is graphically designing the game because it is beautiful to behold. The music is sub-par screamo emo music that does not seem to fit the action of the game. I would have had it during certain bossfights, yes, but when I am walking on a quiet beach I would have pulled out ambient chill of the previous game. The introduction of certain elements such as chocobos seemed as thrown in and uninvolving. As a questing game, why would you not make it an interesting subplot concerning chocobos? I am not saying to make it a 3 hour drudge like FFXI, but would have rather not just casually thrown in there as "ok, here is your chocobos you asked for!" This game is forgettable at best. If you absolutely have no other game to occupy your time or a diehard fan of the genre and franchise as I am, rent it. I am going to own it one day though, from a clearance rack most likely for $5-$10, which will sit in my collection and gather dust as the past 3 installments of the series. Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2015
    0
    CONS - Hardly ever challenging, hideous protagonist, low number of bosses, finally jumping would be amazing if it was not actually uselessCONS - Hardly ever challenging, hideous protagonist, low number of bosses, finally jumping would be amazing if it was not actually useless outside the scripted circles, battle system sucks as much as the previous game, story really not that catching.

    PROS - Co-protagonist is a kinda good considering the whole game standards.
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