Final Fantasy XIII-2 Xbox 360

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  • Summary: Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a direct sequel to FFXIII, and will once again star lead protagonist Lightning.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Jan 31, 2012
    100
    I had great hopes for this game, just like I had for the original title. Square Enix addressed nearly every issue from the previous title and delivered in a huge way. With a non-linear world, plenty of side quests, puzzles, and much more, Final Fantasy XIII-2 adds yet another smash hit to the RPG powerhouse.
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    90
    There are enough improvements to both exploration and combat to appease the old school FF players while keeping the game play fresh. If you're a fan of Japanese RPG's, you'll love the game. Despite the story slowing down at times, the game is really impressive and a lot of fun to play.
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    86
    A great improvement from FFXII, but a poor battle system takes away challenge. [March 2012, p.79]
  4. 80
    The true paradox of Final Fantasy isn't a temporal one. It's how it can conjure a feeling that's a combination of love, hate, derision and awe. XIII-2 gets less love than XIII. And the simplification dampens the open awe of previous games. But it's still the dominant feeling. And the fact I finished the game with only a quarter of the collectible fragments and very little idea of where to find them? Well, I just can't wait for the FAQs to start coming out.
  5. Jan 30, 2012
    80
    It's a unique and interesting way of handling time travel in games too, and while XIII-2 might fall foul of all the usual time-hopping pitfalls (read: it's really rather stupid at times) it's hard to recall a sequel that makes such major changes to a great game and still manages to get things so right. If XIII was making a case for the quickest route from A to B being a straight line, XIII-2 instead argues that a time gate directly to your destination is both more practical and more interesting. We're inclined to agree.
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    75
    It's fair to say Final Fantasy XIII-2 is an appealing return for the much-adhered franchise. It offers some truly unique and intriguing gameplay elements that will invite newcomers whilst challenging series aficionados. This is extremely important after the failings of XIII, as it shows Square Enix are prepared to keep building on the RPG formula they shaped. Serah's adventure is an entertaining and dynamic one, signalling that Final Fantasy is moving in the right direction once again.
  7. Feb 6, 2012
    40
    If there's no payoff - or, as is the case here, if the payoff is hidden behind such a clot of unavoidable tedium that it ultimately overwhelms how much I care about reaching that payoff - then hasn't the game failed? The balancing act for any game designer is to make me care in proportion to the challenge level you throw at me. And given how close I must be to the end, and how little I care to push on, Final Fantasy XIII-2 ultimately fails.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 84
  2. Negative: 15 out of 84
  1. Feb 19, 2012
    10
    I have been a huge FInal Fantasy fan since the days of the SNES--now most people that I know that enjoyed the SNES days didn't very much likeI have been a huge FInal Fantasy fan since the days of the SNES--now most people that I know that enjoyed the SNES days didn't very much like FFVII through current. XII was decent (I know a lot of people liked this one), but I just couldn't get into it, though I'm going to give it another shot soon. Now to the supposedly dreaded XIII. I didn't dislike this game--I enjoyed it, but in a lot of ways, it didn't feel like FF. I enjoyed the set story pieces, but the grinding wasn't fun, the lack of people, towns, etc. Overall, I think XIII was something between an 8.5 and a 9.0. I truly believe that if it were released by a different publisher with a different name, that would have been the case. So here we are--for only the second time a sequel in the main numbered series. XIII-2 for me has been fantastic. The biggest change from XIII is that it feels very much like a FF game, which I'm glad to see (I know the bioware fanboys in most of the reviews here would disagree). Anyway, if you were a fan of the old games, this one is much closer to them than XIII was. The battle systems has some nice changes which makes for fun party building, there are actually people to talk to, random conversations, etc. The shop system is not what I wanted to see, but not that huge of a deal (I won't go into details, I like to keep these spoiler free). The story is crazy--a little tough to follow sometimes, but I really like it. All in all this game isn't perfect, and it certainly isn't for everyone, but for me, I really like it a lot. I would really give it a 9.5 as a FF fan. As a gamer, I would give it a 9.0. But to buff the ridiculous score given by the Bioware loving fanboys here, I'll give it a 10. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    As we have reported in recent weeks, the newest RPG from Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII-2 continues to surprise in pre-sales in the U.S..As we have reported in recent weeks, the newest RPG from Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII-2 continues to surprise in pre-sales in the U.S.. Unlike Japan, where sales were not as good as its predecessor, the American territory, the game has surpassed more than 100 000 units Final Fantasy XIII on the same date, and that only the PS3 version, adding about 354 000 copies sold . In the Xbox 360 version, the game enters the top 10 with 115,000 units. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    So if you stopped being a FF fan, respect the thousands who currently enjoy the series, and go play and watch another game. If you think thatSo if you stopped being a FF fan, respect the thousands who currently enjoy the series, and go play and watch another game. If you think that the series has "died" why are you here commenting about it? Final Fantasy have their real fans and not needs those who once were, but today only know to criticize. You are a zero to the left! Very hard to find a true fan of the Final Fantasy series. What there are people who are/was fans of one or another episode, and all they know to do nowdays is follow the series news just to criticize and say that "it was the good on my time, now it is garbage". So pay no attention to haters, realize that each FF has something new and different to offer and has no obligation to please fans of previous episodes. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2013
    8
    Thought the story was better on the original (XIII) and there were hardly any cut-scenes in this. The fighting's still fairly rubbish and IThought the story was better on the original (XIII) and there were hardly any cut-scenes in this. The fighting's still fairly rubbish and I was mashing A for auto-battle a lot again, but this one improved it slightly tho by using monsters as the 3rd character.
    Part 2 was a lot less linear and u had more freedom to go where you wanted so extra points for that.
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  5. Mar 19, 2012
    7
    Final fantasy 13 was one of my favorite ff games (respect me, cause a lot of people hates 13 and i'm the few who liked it) I liked for it'sFinal fantasy 13 was one of my favorite ff games (respect me, cause a lot of people hates 13 and i'm the few who liked it) I liked for it's gameplay (don't judge me) the graphics and the soundtrack but 13-2 had potential but it couldn't keep up unlike it's predecessor 13-2 had a horrible soundtrack and the graphics went back to the good side unlike 13 which was in the best. The plot was good until the ending. I guess it ruined it for me and other ff fans that Lightning died and it offered no closure what so ever. I guess sqenix wants another ff13 game. Well there's nothing wrong with that just as long as sqenix never makes another ff14 game. Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2013
    6
    While FF 13.2 does everything it can to not be as linear as its predecessor, that is also it's downfall.

    The story is decent but the time
    While FF 13.2 does everything it can to not be as linear as its predecessor, that is also it's downfall.

    The story is decent but the time travel aspect just turn it into a chaotic mess that can be very hard to follow. Combat is fun, but the monster system makes this game feel like it is trying to mimic what made Pokemon or Shin Megami Tensei series successful.

    Serah is a good protagonist and you really do get to like her. Noel, on the other hand, looks, sounds and feels like a rejected Kingdom Hearts character (Sora's loser brother.) I utterly detest him and feel the game would have been far better off without him, or at the very least a serious redesign.

    Then comes the ending and DLC. While the ending was a bit of a nice surprise, it also was perhaps a bit too dark when you look at the tone of the rest of the game. I'm aware the later DLC resolved this, but this brings the much anticipated argument why pay for the ending that we should have gotten in the first place?!

    Overall:
    FF XIII-2 was a noble attempt to correct the "wrongs" of FF XIII, but ultimately it just made a mess. It is a fun mess that is really enjoyable at times, but there are far too many things wrong when compare to what is right.
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  7. Jan 31, 2012
    0
    Outdated Everything. Story doesn't make any sense. Annoying voice acting. Combat still unimaginative, the game plays by itself, just flashyOutdated Everything. Story doesn't make any sense. Annoying voice acting. Combat still unimaginative, the game plays by itself, just flashy battles. How about some real fighting. Not here. Square Enix is just milking the fanbase. The fanbase of neckbeards that like little girls with pink hair. Expand

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