Review by DeadliestSynn
"Absolutley the best product Square-Enix has given in a long time."
I would like to start off by saying that I enjoyed Final Fantasy 13 immensely, with the exception of its linearity. Square-Enix really stepped up to the plate with a product that is truly fun and enjoyable. A lot of the originals problems are corrected and should be a real treat for any true fans of the series. Now moving on with that lets review the core elements of this game.
The musical selection is very good although it does seem out of place at times. Not often enough to be a problem, but it can be noticed that the music once in a while doesn't quite match the atmosphere. That aside the music itself is fantastic and is a very nice variety.
The story of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is solid and easy to follow as long as you understand the terminology used when the game or characters uses through out. If you played the original you should be fine; If your a new comer there is a brief story in the beginning that will bring you up to speed. This games story is better than the original and engrossing. You will come to worry about the characters and their plight. From the get go you have a good idea of what you are setting out to accomplish, with surprises along the way.
Gone are the roaming mobs of monsters and other enemies replaced with a sort of random encounter system. Enemies now pop up randomly in your immediate area and you can attempt to flee by getting far enough from them or you can attack them before they attack you to get a pre-emptive strike which has its benefits. Also gone are the narrow corridors that killed the original for so many. Now you have much larger maps that give you much more exploration. The paradigm system has returned with a few improvements that help the pace of battle. The biggest change to the combat system is that now you can capture and use monsters. They will make up your third party member.This system allows you to level them like any other character except you'll use items instead of CP. You are now given quests most of which are optional but some do offer great reward. The core game can be roughly completed in 25 hours or so. Choosing to undertake all the side quests and Trophy completion will run you 75 to 85 hours. Freedom of choice is a major factor in this game as it allows you to progress the story at your own pace. This gives the player the option to take a break from the main story to do side quests, mini games etc.
Graphics and game sound..... 9/10
I will say that the graphics do appear to be a step down , although they are still great by todays standards. The overly long cut scenes have been replaced with in game graphics and are shorter and more to the point. The voice acting is top-notch and the in-game sounds are fantastic.
This should be in the catalog of any RPG fan. I feel it is the freshest experience I have played in a long time.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 02/08/12
Game Release: Final Fantasy XIII-2 (US, 01/31/12)
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