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GF Rating
7.6

2578 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
10

Perfect

A journey to the future n one heck of a ride!

posted by joethekiller16 (PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL) Feb 7, 2012

Member since Feb 2012

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This is well worth it, a really action filled game, a rush bringer, and like said in the title a fantasy, this game is more then just a game of action, its a blissful story, plot twists in every story, I recommend this to anyone that loves a good story, shooters or anything that'll give u a rush. Trust me on this.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Small Fixes Negated By Newer, Bigger Problems

posted by Iamnobody (WILMINGTON, DE) Feb 5, 2012

Member since Jul 2008

12 out of 21 gamers (57%) found this review helpful

I originally had high hopes because the pre-release demo demonstrated the effort Square put in to fixing most of the complaints players had about FF XIII, particularly it's linearity. Unfortunately, the final product gets almost nothing else right and even manages to create a new flaw from its branching maps.

First, the few good parts. The game is surprisingly non-linear, featuring a large number of maps with significant branching and an impressively wide variety of levels to time-travel to. The already good battle system has been improved to allow both characters access to all roles and now includes a Pokemon-esque monster collection game to fill the third battle slot.

And now the negatives. FF XIII-2 may well have the single worst level design of any game I have ever played. It's not particularly bad for the first episode and a half, but it rapidly goes downhill after that. The second episode requires you to travel through an unmarked, barely visible side path in a level that the game not only implies, but directly says is a dead end. I wasted three hours figuring out where to go because the game specifically told me to leave the correct level. That is by far the worst example of Square's level design failure, but there are many more cases of either unclear paths or aggravatingly high encounter rates.

For its part, the story is an irredeemable mess. No plot event is ever explained with more detail than "TIME PARADOX", an explanation that is taken to truly absurd extents. The characters and plot events themselves are largely forgettable, both because they don't make any sense and because they simply aren't interesting.

The game earns a 5 because of the (mostly) very well-done graphics and complete lack of bugs. Still, I do not recommend this game unless you are truly desperate for a JRPG. Even then, there are almost certainly better options. FF XIII-2 is easily the worst Final Fantasy game and among the worst RPGs I've ever played.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Wrong direction for Final Fantasy continues

posted by Thadfg (CHARLOTTE, NC) Mar 3, 2012

Member since May 2010

5 out of 9 gamers (56%) found this review helpful

Let me start by saying it was better than it's predecessor
the story was actually interesting enough to not fast forward through all the cut scenes. However you have no Espers or summons at all. How can you even call it Final Fantasy with out being able to summon a monster? They still insist on taking control of your characters away from you that is the biggest problem here. You still only control one character while the ignorant AI hinders much more than it helps. If you were hoping for a traditional Final Fantasy RPG or just a good RPG don't waste your time here. A 4 out of 5.

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