Friday, 10 June 2011

Final Fantasy XIII-2

This of course is a sequel to the popular Final Fantasy XIII which was released last year. It carries on from the end of the first game and generally looks the same. The areas, the monsters, the movement and the battle system are all practically identical apart from a few new extras which play a vital part in the story. As a first there is a new main character, Noel. Not much is known about him, apart from his impressive skills with his blades and that he enjoys Serah's company and travels with her by his side, it isn't quite clear whether he has a mission to perform, or if he just wants to get some.

Along with this new face accompanying you throughout the game there is a Moogle, which oddly reminds me of Navi. Your new best friend follows you around as you explore and travel, but from time to time it catches your attention(Hey!Hey listen!) by changing it's colour and then leads you off to go find some hidden underground treasure that for some reason it, and only it knows the location of.
A new feature is some magical dial which appears before each battle, and gives you random power ups if manage to get it in the green area, for example your moogle may transform into a sword or bow for your tag along Serah to wield.

Also included in the battle system is a cinematic attack, think summons, but without the summon. It's practically the same as the special attacks each character had in Final Fantasy X. There's some cut scene, and then you need to press the occassional button to do the most damage. On another note you can get a crystal which forces monsters in battle to become your slave, which you can then use to battle other monsters. Personally i can't wait to roam around with a couple of adamantortoises by both of my sides.

The second best bit of this game is the new open map, you can actually roam around and do what you want, you're not confined to a one way road that gives the illusion of splitting off into different directions just to join up again a couple a metres later. Thank god for that. And if that still is too linear for you then you actually have choices that effect the gameplay and the atmosphere, so much control, who would have thought it.
But the most outstanding new gimick introduced here is completely mind blowing. You wont even believe it. Wait for it... You can jump! Someone has finally saw the light over there and decided to let your character magically lift themselves into the air for a split second, mind blowing, it really is.
Our newly refurbished knight in shining armor stands back to back with the new kid, Noel
This game is set the hit stores this December for Japan and in early 2012 for the USA and Europe on both the PS3 and Xbox 360.

32 comments:

  1. I'm tired of FF sequels - they just need to remake the old good ones imo.

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  2. Hopefully this doesn't get pushed back for release like others this summer

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  3. never was much of a FF fan, but i've heard good things. maybe i will pick this game up!

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  4. I have an undeserved dislike for FF games...FOR NO REASON :S I think it's maybe because everybody raved about them when I was a kid and I never bothered with them, so I feel like I've missed my chance to play most of them now :(

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  5. I don't know how I feel about game companies releasing the same game over and over again... FF X-2 is possibly the most maniac example?

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  6. I can't wait for this to final fantasy to come out!

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  7. That actually sounds pretty sweet. My main problem with FFXIII was how linear it was; I'm glad they're fixing that.

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  8. i heard this game is going to be with multiple endings. Sounds interesting)

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  9. Too bad that I have sold my PS3. :(

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  10. I never was a huge fan of any Final Fantasy games. I was more of a Baldur's Gate fan.

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  11. my flatmate really like the newer FF's, im much more of a fan of the earlier ones, especially the one with the zepelling crash, and Vivi? Can't remember the number, but nostalgia!

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  12. I never got into the final fantasy series D:
    The turn based system never appealed to me.

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  13. Cinematic attack sounds kinda cool

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  14. a new one? when they gonna release XIIIIIIII-950... lol

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  15. I didn't play FFXIII due to all the things I heard about it, hopefully this will fair much better.

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  16. I really enjoyed XIII. Can't wait to get my teeth into this new game.

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  17. It looks alot better than its prequel!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. i got half way through the 3rd disk of the first one and i just couldn't do it anymore i hope they made the combat system a little more enjoyable.

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  19. Ive only ever played 7 and 8! Should get into the newer ones, i used to lvoe this game!

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  20. I have never really gotten into the final fantasy series yet maybe this can be the game that starts it!

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  21. I'm wondering when they are going to either stop making these, or just maybe putting names on the titles instead of numbers? It's getting outta control.

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  22. I was really disappointed in FF XIII.

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  23. I've been getting tired of the FF series, although I did really like the graphics in the newest one.

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  24. I've always admired the artwork in this series especially in the movies, but I have never been able to afford to have them myself. Are the earlier ones easier to find now?

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  25. I never got around to playing any final fantasy's. I probably should have, It seems pretty fun.

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  26. FF XIII was crap, i hope this version gets better.

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  27. I never really liked FF. Great graphics, boring and repetitive gameplay and standard storylines.

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  28. This series will go on FOREVER

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  29. looks OK I guess. Any idea how much it'll go for?

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  30. I dunno about you guys but FFX was by far my favourite

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  31. i dont like FF, the first one looks great but the last ones look so japanese boring

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