Initial Thoughts: Final Fantasy XIII-2

Posted: April 20, 2014 in Initial Thoughts
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Full Review: Final Fantasy XIII-2

Compared to Final Fantasy XIII, this game is great. They’ve lost the linear gameplay and reintroduced so many of the elements that I felt were missing from XIII. There are puzzles to solve, side missions to complete and a sort of world map to explore – all of which seemed to be lacking in the first game.
Unfortunately, the random encounters are back, but luckily, you have a chance to run away before entering into a battle. However, I still much prefer the way XIII showed you all the enemies.
The battle system seems largely the same as XIII and I still don’t like it. At least with the battle system from Final Fantasy XII it was up to you to determine the conditions under which actions were triggered.
The tactics side has changed somewhat though, with an entirely new way to upgrade your skills and equip items. Monsters now fight alongside you and you can unlock all paradigm roles almost immediately.
It’s more of a Final Fantasy game than XIII was, but the story doesn’t feel continuous to me – too much has changed. Perhaps this is something I’ll change my mind about once I’ve played it a bit longer…

Full Review: Final Fantasy XIII-2

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