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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

An in-depth look with screenshots and gameplay footage.

April 11, 2012
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Introduction

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a follow-up to 2010's Final Fantasy XIII. It's the second time Square Enix has followed up a main series entrance with a direct sequel, though XIII-2 is much more of a typical sequel than the fanciful Final Fantasy X-2. Beginning three years after the events of XIII, XIII-2 puts the player in control of Serah, the sister of the protaganist from the first game. Alongside Serah is Noel Kreiss, a time-traveling adventurer whose goal is to help stop Caius Ballad and rescue Lightning. With a tweaked leveling system, the ability to recruit monsters to fight in your party, and an enhanced version of the battle system from Final Fantasy XIII, the sequel looks to make up for some of the mistakes of the first game, while drawing the story closer to a conclusion.

This review is based on roughly 65 hours of gameplay with Final Fantasy XIII-2, while utilizing the collector's edition strategy guide. This review was written after fully leveling both main characters as well as a few dozen monsters, and beating the game and seeing all endings. This review does not yet cover any of the downloadable content available for Final Fantasy XIII-2.

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Sections

  1. Page
  2. Gameplay
  3. Storytelling
  4. Graphics & Atmosphere
  5. Conclusion
  6. Photo Gallery
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