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Final Fantasy XIII-2

8.1 reviews

Set five years after the events of Final Fantasy XIII, XII-2 revolves around Serah Farron, a returning character from the original title, and a young boy Noel Kreiss, as both try to find Lightning who has disappeared into an unknown world.

Genre Role-Playing
Platforms PS3  Also on Xbox 360 

Developer Square Enix Publisher Square Enix Release Date Jan 31, 2012

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Reviews PS3 

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9 reviews

cheatcc.com review
Yes, unfortunately the Final Fantasy XIII plot is sloppily retconned in order to fit with the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 storyline. Luckily, the rest of the story isn't nearly as fan-fictiony. Much in the style of beloved classic Chrono Trigger, you get to travel between multiple different times and alternate universes. Throughout the story and even the side-quests, you get to see how your actions in the past affect the future. Most of the characters you meet are actually genuinely interesting, and you'll feel compelled to see how your time-traveling antics affect each of them.
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9 reviews

thesixthaxis.com review
Scoring Final Fantasy XIII-2 is almost irrelevant. For every person who nods their head whilst reading this review, there will be one wondering just what on earth I’ve been smoking. I absolutely love the game, and found myself totally absorbed in everything it has to offer. The Paradigms system, the monster hunting, even level grinding was enjoyable, encouraging experimentation to put together the best possible team and Paradigms. 2012 has certainly kicked off with a bang.
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9 reviews

darkstation.com review
Despite it’s poor pacing during the second act and its less than satisfying end, Final Fantasy XIII-2 can hold its head up high as a large improvement over its predecessor in the places where it counts. The story is more focused and genuinely touching, there’s more variety in the gameplay and the combat has been iterated on successfully while keeping what made its forbearer’s special. I’d whole heartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, it’s haters however will find nothing to like here, and anyone who has no affiliation with the series will be lost cluelessly in its mechanics and deep and slightly confusing world and lore.
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9 reviews

nzgamer.com review
Ultimately, Final Fantasy XIII-2 feels like a smarter version of the first title, with a new storyline added for a ‘sidekick’ character who was always relegated to the sidelines. And the story, that deals with ideas about memory, how relationships change over time, and the bond between sisters, is a refreshing inclusion in the RPG genre. New players may find all the back story and references from XIII a bit confusing, however with the inclusion of a “beginner’s primer” in the menu, there’s no reason why longtime fans of the series as well as complete newcomers won’t get a brilliant gaming experience out of this title. Two thumbs up!
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8.9 reviews

psfocus.nl review
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8.8 reviews

gametrailers.com review
Perhaps it isn’t the sequel you saw coming, but Final Fantasy XIII-2 will definitely be the game you’d be glad to play if the first left you yearning for a more substantial JRPG experience. Unequivocally better than the original in almost every single way, XIII-2 presents a rehabilitated spin on one of the most polarizing Square-Enix releases in recent years, as well as a promising way forward for the franchise. It may not be enough to undo what’s already been done, but for what it’s worth, XIII-2 may just change your mind about the future.
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8.7 reviews

gamingxp.com review
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8.5 reviews

psxextreme.com review
Lastly, there’s one phenomenon I mentioned when FFXIII arrived, and it’s once again relevant here— Had this game been called anything else; had it been a separate IP that wasn’t in the Final Fantasy universe, I absolutely guarantee that review scores, on the average, would be at least a half-point higher, if not a full point. You drop a game like this into a critic’s hands without decades of landmark greatness and the expectations that go along with a legendary franchise, and I promise the scores would be higher. Take it with a grain of salt, if you wish.
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8.5 reviews

spaziogames.it review
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8.5 reviews

xgn.nl review
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8.5 reviews

tbreak.com review
The story starts 3 years after the end of the first game, Lightning, Fang and Vanille are gone but Serah is convinced that her sister Lightning is still alive somewhere. This is confirmed to us in the opening cutscene that shows an armored Lightning engaged in battle in the mythical Valhalla. It is there that she encounters Noel, a boy from another time, whom she sends to fetch her sister, Serah. The two protagonists must travel through time portals, searching for Valhalla and changing the future to save mankind, messing up the space-time continuum in the process.
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8.5 reviews

gamingtrend.com review
Final Fantasy XIII-2, like its predecessor, takes bold chances that pay off in nearly every way. It is clear that the folks at SquareEnix have listened to their fans and have made a great many changes based on that feedback. While there are some aspects that could use some shoring up, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is very worthy of the mantle of this long-standing series.
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8.3 reviews

multiplayer.it review
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8 reviews

eurogamer.de review
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8 reviews

incgamers.com review
While Final Fantasy XIII-2 doesn't exactly have the greatest story – or, indeed, the greatest grasp of good storytelling – it's hard to fault the actual gameplay, which stands in stark contrast to its predecessor. It's hard to recommend purely on the basis of its storyline (although anyone who saw Final Fantasy XIII through to its conclusion will probably be interested in seeing what happens next, and indeed, seeing what happens next and then seeing what happens 400 years in the future is fascinating) but anyone who loves a decent combat system, exploiting levelling mechanics, growing monsters, or simply exploring a number of truly vast environments to root out all the hidden secrets will have a ball.
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8 reviews

destructoid.com review
But, overall, for me, what really made Final Fantasy XIII-2 an enjoyable game was that Square Enix brought the fun back. They brought back some the inventiveness, creativity, humor and uniqueness that we sorely missed in Final Fantasy XIII. Maybe this game tries to do a bit too much, and it's probably too late to dig this story out of the hole that it's in, but it was made with a heaping dollop of that undeniable charm that we loved in the older series games, and that goes a long way towards making it enjoyable.
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8 reviews

eurogamer.it review
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8 reviews

ign.com review
Final Fantasy XIII-2 proves itself the better game, but it lacks the same focused storytelling employed in the original. It benefits from an improved battle system, open environments, and an overall level of polish that deserves a nod of respect. Despite its severe lack of closure, Final Fantasy XIII-2 still deserves your time, especially for a few poignant moments set at the end of days.
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8 reviews

gameinformer.com review
Listening closely to fan feedback can be dangerous for developers, since gamers have different – and often contradictory – opinions of what needs improvement. Final Fantasy XIII was a divisive entry in the series; from the story to the battles, every element of the game had its champions and detractors. In most respects, the team at Square Enix did a great job singling out and addressing the chief problems. Progression is player-driven, combat is even more entertaining, and an array of other adjustments makes it one of my favorite RPGs from a mechanical perspective. I just want all of that integrated with a story that isn’t laughable and borderline insulting, and that’s where Final Fantasy XIII-2 falters.
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8 reviews

palgn.com.au review
As much as you wish there were some better interface features such as a history log, what’s there will have players occupied and you’re given a brief re-run of events when you get back into the game. Otherwise, the general consensus so far is that you'll be completing the game somewhere around the 30 hour mark just to get to the end, but that's not including all the extra and 'good' stuff that you can get up to. Overall though, aside from somewhat dropping the ball with the whole time travel premise and despite being a superior game, Final Fantasy XIII-2 lacks that endearing factor that comes from a comprehensive package that screams unbridled class. Fans will enjoy it more, but it's a package that still leaves a little more to be desired.
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7.5 reviews

1up.com review
The problem is that all these factors lack a single unifying element or thesis. As a whole, the package doesn't come together nearly as well as FFXIII did. It's a mishmash of interesting systems and bold ideas that never quite gel. This probably shouldn't be entirely surprising given the involvement of co-developers tri-Ace, a studio whose entire catalog is defined by interesting systems and bold ideas that usually fail to cohere. In mimicking so many of the trends and styles of the current hot RPGs, FFXIII-2 frequently highlights how far it's removed from the cutting edge of the genre. Still, it's an encouraging step in the right direction; if nothing else, it at least demonstrates that Square Enix is open to other studios being involved in the production of its tentpole franchise and realize they can't expect to sell on name alone. Final Fantasy is sporting the clothes and attitude of its cooler peers; now it just needs to learn to wear them with confidence.
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6 reviews

metro.co.uk review
The game's marketing focuses heavily on Lightning, by far the most interesting character from the last game, but she's playable in the game for only a very short time. Instead everything revolves around her younger sister Serah and new character Noel, a generic Japanese teen hero who's the last remaining human from the future. The previous cast all make cameos in some way but the least endearing always seems to get the most screen time.
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5 reviews

edge-online.com review
If you want to read something that illuminates the story behind Night Springs, you’ll have to settle for Wake’s own thoughts, which are recorded in the collectible manuscript pages scattered about. These range from syrupy ruminations on friendship to awkward taxonomic breakdowns of the Taken menace. One passage describes the game’s spider enemies as “part of the Dark Place’s less significant fauna”, proving nothing neuters supernatural horror like a professorial explanation. Of an astronomer NPC: “her social life would always play second fiddle to the mysteries of space”. Dan Brown, eat your sacred heart out.
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