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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Dated & DLC'd

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All you Final Fantasy fans, mark your calendars, because Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be hitting Xbox 360s and PS3s across North America on January 31, 2012. This is a sequel to FF XIII, which I admit I never finished, because I simply lost interest in it. According to Squeenix, this sequel has level design that encourages exploration, which is better than being driven linearly through corridors. The new battle system lets you control monsters, so that could be fun, I guess. Although I'm curious how the game supports "multiple playthroughs." Do they think we all have that many hours to sink into an RPG? I'm lucky if I can finish it once, let alone go back for another 40 hours!

Square Enix also announced that DLC will be available shortly after the release of FFXIII-2, however they won't say what it is, yet. They did reveal that singer Charice will be singing the FFXIII-2 North American theme song, "New World," though, if that's of interest!

11 Comments

Kenneth said:

XIII is one of the few Final Fantasy games that I didn't lose interest in.

The game has multiple endings.
I'd imagine that and hopefully a New Game Plus option were what they were referring to by supporting multiple playthroughs.

Keith said:

Awesome! Looking forward to it!

Gamescook said:

NO THANK YOU.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is still being written by that sexist pig Toriyama who made XIII so childish and melodramatic and ruined Aya Brea. I'm hardly kidding when I say the way he wrote Aya in The 3rd Birthday as a spineless, sex object of a doormat was about the worst thing done to female empowerment since foot-biding.

Kenneth said:

@Gamescook:

You play as Eve in Aya's body in The 3rd Birthday.

JTSpender said:

@Gamescook

That's funny, because I thought XIII was the first one in the series with mature characters with actually complex motivations instead of the standard shallow fantasy stuff of the previous games.

Rosa said:

@JTSpender

Are you kidding? Surely you know the basic rule of video games: every single new game is worse than every one that came before it, and any game made before 1999 is better than every game made after. Terra Branford's dialogue being entirely constructed around "WHAT IS LOVE BABY DON'T HURT ME" was a perfect example of how writing can be emotional without melodramatic, while Locke Cole's "CALL ME A TREASURE HUNTER OR I'LL RIP YOUR LUNGS OUT" is a prime example of how to make threats sound delivered by a cool, level-headed adult.

And let's not even talk about how Cloud's arc in Final Fantasy 7 was handled without the tiniest drop of melodrama, deus ex machina, or simplistic emotions. It was by all intents and purposes Shakespeare.

Modern JRPGs with their competant translations and facial expressions to create empathy should be ashamed of themselves. Back in my day, Cecil certainly didn't spent the entire first 6 hours of FF4 sobbing into Rosa's bosom about how his heart was full of darkness.

SadClown said:

Well played Rosa, well played.

While I completed FF13 I must admit it was a stressful experience for me. I'd been warned the world didn't open up till chapter 11 so I grinded through the initial chapters over a holiday weekend losing some sanity in the process. I was well into chapter 8 when I stopped to realize how little fun I was having and got very depressed.

Felt a huge surge of relief when I reached Gran Pulse and purposely avoided progressing through the game for some time as I wallowed in the FF 12-esque grinding and monster hunting.

I eventually got around to completing the game. Looking back I appreciated the three heroines, the lesbian subtext, and the cutscene that introduced the ch 9 villain. I was saddened though by the realization that I would never again feel obligated to complete a Final Fantasy game.

Rosa said:

I actually didn't love FF13. Hilariously, I liked it better before the world opened up. I thought the combat was puzzlishly challenging and really enjoyed how most of the cast hated the other half, in the first part of the game. After the world opened, it all got repetitive, the combat got easy, and everyone became BFFs.

Still, I don't think it was remarkably worse or better than any past Final Fantasy, except FF2 gameplaywise, because everything is remarkably better than FF2 gameplaywise, and FF5 storywise, because everything is remarkably better than FF5 storywise. Most of the anger over the characters and plot and writing comes from the fact that it's a whole lot easier to overlook how shitty everything is when you're fourteen.

AJ said:

"They did reveal that singer Charice will be singing the FFXIII-2 North American theme song, "New World," though, if that's of interest!"


You mean they've still not learned from the last one that people don't want a "North American theme song" over the original?

XIII is by no means one of the better games, but I kinda enjoyed it nevertheless. Except that Leona Lewis ruined the ending cut scenes for me....

Kenneth said:

@AJ

It's the same song that will be in the Japanese version, but in English.

Balthamos said:

XIII was really bad. The combat much too automatic and confused, not encouraging at all. The story....... well, FF has always been clich├ęd, but XIII was really really bad. Totally uninteresting and confusing story. I hope XV will make things better again.

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