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Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy XIII-2
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Final Fantasy XIII-2
Advantages: cambat system
Disadvantages: story line
Let's start with a bit of a background to these games for those that haven't heard of it (sure that's not many). Final fantasy is a RPG (role playing game) created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix. The first installment was released in 1987. Each final fantasy has its own story line, though they seem to have recurring plot themes and reuse a lot of names.
So, now on with final fantasy XIII-2. It's a console game based on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, and of course no different to the others, developed and published by Square Enix. The game is the sequel to final fantasy XIII in which you play the role of Lightning.
XIII-2 is based 3 years after the events of XIII, where everything is left with a happy ending with everyone being re-united. In XIII you play the role of Serah Farron, Lightning's younger sister. Now it seems the plot to the last game has changed as Lightning has now disappeared, with her sister being the only one that seen her and still thinks she's alive. A young man called Noel Kriess 'appears' in the town and claims to be a time traveler from 700 years in to the future, where he is one of few humans left. Paradoxes have erupted through time, so Serah and Noel set out to resolve them all, and hope to along the way find Serahs sister and Noel to change the future he came from. Sound crazy? Yeah...
So, the game play. It's pretty much like final fantasy XIII. You can play as either Serah or Noel, and travel around the area through a third person perspective or by chocobo (a creature that helps you travel faster). However there is no world map on this game, you travel through time choosing which time to travel to. Going through the game you open new time zones. Though once they are open you can revisit anytime. Personally I found this rather dull.
Again the combat system is pretty much the same as XIII, using Active Time Battle (ATB). You control the one character in battle, waiting for the ATB bar to fill up. You choose how you want to fight for example, attack, magic or use an item. The ATB bar increases throughout the game allowing you to attack longer and deal more damage. In the game you have Serah and Noel fighting for the most part, but on your journey you collect monsters to fight with you, however they are set with only one paradigm. As I said you only have control of one character in battle so the other is played by the computer, using the paradigm shift system.
The paradigm roles are Commando, Ravager (black magic), Medic (white magic), Saboteur (weaken enemies), Synergist (strengthen your characters) and Sentinel (defense spells). You go through the game learning things from each one helping you improve your character, however you can only pick three to use in battle. You can play as any role (my favorite was commando) while the computer controls the other character.
Something that did disappoint me was that you cannot play with Eidolons (guardian forces) in this game! Which I use to love doing in the earlier games!
So what do I think to it all? Not a lot really. Maybe I am a little old fashioned but I do prefer turn based battles or being able to control all of the characters in battle at least, and i prefer leveling up, not getting points to help improve. I found the plot to be very dull and boring. In a lot of final fantasy games the main character seems to be very quiet and secretive, I wish this was the same. Throughout the cut scenes the characters can be very annoying to watch and listen to. It seems like they all have constipation with the noises they make, think I just prefer reading what they say.
I know I'm not speaking well of this game, but I was left wanting to know what happens next and wanting the next game. How? Why? I do not know. Maybe it's because I am a loyal fan to the series and I am hoping things will get better. If they don't, they may just lose a fan.
Summary: Keeps you entertained, thats about it.
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