The Average Gamer

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review (PS3)

Spoiler Warning: This review features major spoilers regarding the ending of FFXIII and minor spoilers for XIII-2 itself. You have been warned.

Final Fantasy games usually revolve around the traditional universe threatening super evil and XIII-2 is no different. XIII finishes with our troop of heroes prancing happily around the fields of Pulse with a fallen cocoon suspended in crystal holding Fang and Vanille sleeping in its core.

Serah (our intrepid XIII-2 heroine) is reunited with her sister Lightning and given permission to marry the dashing blond slab of muscle that is Snow. All very good right? XIII-2 flips that on its head. Why? Someone has mucked about with time! Lighting is now trapped in battle with one of the most outrageously-designed bad guys that RPGs have ever seen, with his Soul Calibur-inspired sword. So follows Serah and angsty teen Noel bounding through time like a fantasy Doctor but with a Moogle instead of a Tardis.

Really, it’s all downhill from there, story-wise. There is something about this narrative which greatly annoys me. Maybe it’s all the time bouncing. Maybe it’s all the talk about paradoxes and folds in spacetime and artifacts that open gates to other times and alternate realities and Chaos and Time fighting each other.

Okay, maybe this time travel malarkey isn’t too bad – you can travel between several different periods to retrieve items or solve wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey paradoxes. In essence, that means repeated maps. Other than minor area changes and adjustments to monstrous denizens, very little difference can be found between locales. In total there are probably only a dozen locations, each only taking 5 minutes to travel from one side to the other.

In fairness these 12 locations do give access to a complex and sprawling world, packed with missions, monsters and paradoxial madness for the willing adventurer, but they don’t feel connected. Gran Pulse is a world with scale yet even the intimidating expanse of the Archylte Steppe, the first major opening point of XIII, is small and claustrophobic. The Historia Crux and its map of gateways into different times only serves as a further divide.

As I said in my demo impressions post, the Paradigm system works, although it is still like marmite. The addition of monsters on your battle team is only relevant to a certain point – find the right trio for your troupe and you don’t need to worry about catching any more.

Word to the wise, investing in a strong Sentinel from early on is essential. If you grind ahead of the curve naturally then you should have no problem flying through the traditional combat in a whir of staggers and reward screens. Nothing much has changed in this way from XIII. Extra Gil (money) can earned from the casino of Serendipity with its slot machines and Chocobo races for those with the patience to master the craft.

One thing is clear though, this isn’t Final Fantasy as we know. Smaller areas, faster combat, conversation choices and a much shorter play time are a long way from the epic sagas of VII, IX or X. Cameo appearances from several of XIII’s more likeable characters kept me smiling for a few moments, despite the almost ridiculous scripting and narrative I have ever seen in a FF game. The standard adventuring fare and my addiction to XP is all that kept me going.

XIII-2 has me torn. I want to love it but, as with XIII, I can’t say it has won my heart. In essence FFXIII-2 is for completionists and series obsessionists. With all its changes it may even push those away.

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  1. yester64

    8th Mar, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Sounds horrible. But i admit. I never played FFVII :(
    I did, however, play X and i loved it. Story was good, fighting was ok and the linearity was bad.
    XIII-2 sounds to me as a real different game. Graphics surely look better, but the soul of the game seem to gotten lost. Such a shame.
    I really hope that i will see a Dragon Quest for the PS3 at one point. Had more fun playing DQ8 on the PS2 then FF12.

    • cedric thomas

      20th Sep, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      u should try FF7 it is fcking omg the story line is so omg
      for me ff7 is the best
      till now ever made
      i remember when i was playing it on ps1 i finish it like 25 no kidding
      list of best game
      1= finalfantasy 7
      2= chrono trigger
      3=star ocean on ps2
      now im playing the ff7 it remind me the old good time ps1 where story line was omg

      • pakyo

        14th Oct, 2012 at 12:09 am

        stupid fanboy

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  3. SinPrime

    5th May, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I thought the game was great! Don’t care if others think not, because I understand their objections! If you look at 13-2 as a game of it’s own, then I’m sure even you will think it was great! As for the same maps, that was part of the kick… I liked seeing how 3d modelers and mapping evolved, adapted and historically change the ffXll-2 world.

    As for “soul”, what has changed? Beat the bad guy in order to save the world, powers of unimaginable strength, love and war!

    Also Serah was hot and I managed to convince my gf to dress up like her. great times…

    Both are good games, but in this case I find the sequel better! Great dark ending.

  4. darkl33t

    14th May, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    How dare you not include VIII in the epic saga category! Yeah in the whole XIII and XIII-2 gameplay I felt trapped, like I needed some air. Story was good of course, characters were alright. graphics and whatnot amazing but due to the lack of all the “side-quests” and “freedom” that final fantasy is known for it lacked in epicness. IF you bring back freeom it will allow for more side ideas that will really produce that extra kick it needs.

    That or perfect the battling system to a star-ocean/ff hybrid. Still waiting on the real FF XIII versus. It looks so much better, i have high hopes but then again I did for this one as well.

    • James

      3rd Jul, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Dude, he didn’t include 8 because other than tweens who never played earlier final fantasies, it is almost unanimously agreed upon that, not was 8 not epic, it was awful. I mean, let’s get serious, magic as a consumable item that also buffs your stats and if used de-buffs your stats until you replace the lost charges? Can you think of a better way to discourage people from using spells? I certainly can’t.

      • Joe

        7th Jul, 2012 at 12:40 am

        “unanimously” agreed as in it generally ranks as one of the most popular FFs?
        in japan, often higher than 7?

        “Can you think of a better way to discourage people from using spells?”
        how about the fact that magic generally became meaningless in FF7 as it became far more productive to just spam summons augmented to feedback MP infintely?

        more than “tweens” liked FFVIII.
        only people who don’t know what they’re talking about and lack any perspective think anyone “unanimously agreed” VIII was awful.

        • Adam

          19th Jul, 2012 at 4:38 am

          Thank you sir,i have played every FF except tactics advanced and crystal chronicals and i must say VIII was one of my favorite ones.It still is in fact.The graphics had drastically improved from VII and the story while maybe proving to difficult to understand for some, was amazing and very precise in its delivery.Not only that but VIII spawned a weapon that was so freakin amazing that square picked it to come back in XIII.that says alot.anyway the point is,is dont bash on something you have no idea what your talking about.

      • Mitch Burns

        29th Jul, 2012 at 4:42 am

        for a ff game on a time-frame it was brilliant 6-12 months was all they had to push a game out after the success of 7. Music better (just different) Graphics better. Story was OK. (fairly similar to 7) in my opinion.

    • Mitch Burns

      29th Jul, 2012 at 4:39 am

      I agree I loved Final fantasy VIII (8)
      BRING BACK A REAL 3dish WORLD MAP!!!!!!

  5. Kris

    24th May, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Another typical review: its bad because VII.

    just as great looking as XIII

    great story with Noel and Caius


    some searching around added

    just as easy as XIII

    top 70 hours of gameplay

    final fantasy is not really known for its freedom but its scripted fantasy stories. before people start crying, yeah, it was a feature in past FF games but a minor one

  6. Jason

    26th May, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Wow. I don’t think I have ever disagreed with an opinion that I fully thought that you were wrong. Final Fantasy XIII-2 not only trumps XIII, but makes Japanese RPG’s relevant again.

    Stop playing video games.

  7. Lewis

    26th May, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    @darkl33t : Sorry about that, I haven’t actually finished VIII yet so I decided not to comment :).

    @ Kris: I can see where you are coming from but I want to clarify a few points.

    1. I didn’t judge it against VII, I mentioned VII along with a few of my personal favorites FFX and FFIX as I felt these had the JRPG feel that I fell in love with FF for.

    2. The Noel and Caius story arc was cheesy and predictable, like with Hope in FFXIII I just wanted Noel to die and get it over with.

    @Jason: I’m interested to know why you feel FFXIII-2 trumps XIII, even more so to find out how it makes JRPG’s relevant again?

    If anything it simply places JRPG’s back in the corner of being anime styled, cheesy boobfests with little originality. Compared to the likes of Dark Souls and Dragons Dogma it does nothing to push the genre forward.

    • TerrBEAR

      28th May, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Comparing FF to Dark Souls. LOL

      IMHO, XIII-2 trumped XIII. Got to choose what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. Seeing the changes in the maps interested me, and I liked the characters. TBH, Serah was my favourite character of XIII. I felt that this instalment was a step in the right direction!

      • Lewis Rayne

        30th May, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Why not compare it to Dark Souls, it’s a stellar example of originality and risk when developing a JRPG. It pushed the boundaries of what JRPGs are capable of delivering, FFXIII-2 could have done the same. Definitely not in the same way but I saw no pushing, nothing new brought to the table.

        I’m not sure about Serah, often She came close to actually being a strong lead female but then ridiculous scripting would kick in and turn her into a bumbling helpless femme that relied on her hero to save her.

        • Joe

          7th Jul, 2012 at 12:43 am

          “It pushed the boundaries of what JRPGs are capable of delivering, FFXIII-2 could have done the same.”

          by ding what? copying Western RPGs?
          because thats all the boundaries Dark Souls really pushed, being a “WRPG” developed by a Japanese studio.

          is that what boundaries JRPGs should be breeching? JRPG->WRPG?

  8. Lana Williams

    30th May, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I didn’t like the storyline but the graphics and gameplay are the most engaging out there right now-thats saying a lot. No other game entices the eye and awes with its detail like the FF series. I’ve noticed that other RPG’s try to compete but just don’t have the gorgeous color palette. It’s like watching an interactive work of art. And the music quality was extremely good. The metal battle theme was rocking. However, just because I don’t like how the story ended doesn’t mean that it’s not a good game.

  9. tom

    30th May, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    don’t you dare insult this game it was amazing, the person who did this review probably can’t play the game by the sounds of what they are writing, one of the best final fantasy games i ever played

  10. Lewis

    30th May, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    @ Lana (and others)

    I didn’t say XIII-2 wasn’t pretty did i? Even in my FFXIII Post Mortem despite all it’s failures one of the things I praised it for was being consistently beautiful ( and that is still valid in FFXIII-2. My point is it takes more than a pretty face to make a game brilliant.

    While it is beautiful it lost something compared to XIII, as I said in the review. Grand sweeping landscapes and sprawling cave systems reduced to small snapshots of places we have seen before. Beautiful? Yes. More beautiful than XIII or other games out there? No.

    With this said it only stands to the games mechanics to save or condemn XIII-2 and it just falls short. There are more than a few major things that just let it down so here are some of my favorites.

    A pokemon-lite feature that’s boring, grindy and badly balanced (Capture and level up Don Tonberry and you will never need to change monsters again). The inclusion of Hat’s and accessories for your creature is one of the most irritating and superficial inclusions in a FF series yet and that’s including the Dress Spheres from FFX-2

    An initially confusing leveling system that gives a false impression of control and even when fully statted up leaves you far outpowered by some of the standard denizens and almost godlike when confronting some of the bosses.

    QTE. If ANYONE likes Quick Time Events in their combat and cutscenes there is something wrong here. This is a tactical RPG, not Ninja Gaiden, having QTE dotted everywhere feels patronising and cheapens what are otherwise amazing cinematics.

  11. Lewis

    30th May, 2012 at 11:36 pm


    Thanks for joining the conversation, it’s nice to see you have something productive to say instead of just insulting me…oh.

    I appreciate your concern for my skill level, it’s been bugging me for a while. Obviously I got to the point where I only have 10 fragments left to recover on pure luck alone. Really I have no idea how I defeated Caius or Chaos Baphamut and my inability to draft Lightning to my team via the DLC is obviously to do with my lack of battle prowess rather than the ridiculous enemy drop rates.

    My eyes have been opened, I’m sorry for insulting what is obviously the last bastion of RPG hope in the gaming world.

    – Lewis Rayne ( the incompetent author)

  12. Ulkreghz

    30th May, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Wimpering quims everywhere.

  13. Ulkreghz

    30th May, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    *On a serious note, I’m in complete agreement with the original article, Mr Rayne.

  14. Peter

    21st Jun, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly.

  15. TakasugiJon

    21st Jun, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I could really care less how another game may criticize a Final Fantasy Game. The games have interesting stories, the best CG graphics of ANY game in the world, and the gameplay is fairly straightforward as long as you’ve played it for some time.

  16. Alex

    23rd Jun, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I can agree with you on some points, but on others I can disagree…
    And we’re all entitled to our opinions.
    I personally loved XIII-2, despite how clinically depressed the ending made me…
    It was a lot better than XIII, simply because it wasn’t so goddamn linear. And I must say, they did good with the battle system. It went from “viciously tap x and spam whatever moves work”
    “I have to plan this out, change paradigms, use the right moves, and be cautious.”
    As for the story… It could have used some improvements, but from how you wrote the article it seems like you had no hope for the game when it came out, and then let that cloud the fact that you could get close to the characters and see the story for what it really was.
    But I’m no one to judge, your article was well written with good facts and details.
    But as I said, we’re all entitled to our opinions…

    • Lewis Rayne

      6th Oct, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hey Alex, sorry for the late reply. I can see where you’re coming from. As for the story, I had a lot of hope, I wrote a demo impressions article here where I made it clear that I was excited for the release and it appeared to have been fixed. Sadly it wasn’t.

  17. Hector

    22nd Jul, 2012 at 1:59 am

    The fact of the matter is his review is dead on about FFXIII-2 the game really doesn’t change a whole lot of what’s currently wrong with FFXIII in general and doesn’t try to fix the problems. Not only that Square seems so hell bent on pushing graphics nowadays that they are forgetting that gameplay is also a huge factor in a video game release as well. Bioware is renowned for there games because they literally have taken what Square under Sakaguchi used to do and that’s have the best of both worlds (great gameplay and graphics) and mold them into outstanding games. Lost Odyssey , The Last Story , Xenoblade , Dark Souls and others have moved the JRPG genre forward to way it should be moved forward right now while the only team at Square that seems to have a clue as to how to make great JRPGS is the KH team heading by Nomura who you guessed it was an understudy of Sakaguchi. Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts seem to be Square-Enix’s only 2 games outta of Japan right now that have even a clue in how to move there respected franchises forward right now.

  18. shit

    22nd Jul, 2012 at 2:56 am

    To every dearly FFVIII fanboy, shut the fuck up please :)
    8 sucks, got it? 7 is much better than 8, got it?
    1-7, 9-10 are the real epics, got it?

  19. surrenderyourcookies101

    23rd Jul, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I found this article in line with my own opinions of the game. XIII-2, in all honesty, is probably my least favorite Final Fantasy to be released yet.

    Before I begin my burn fest, I must give Square-Enix a bit of credit:
    Fans complained about XIII’s linearity, and this problem was fixed. Only, in doing so, the game loses the engaging storyline that XIII had. Maybe it’s just my personal opinion, but (while linear games can be a bit irritating) a good story is much more important than being non-linear. But this is the only thing I can see as being an improvement over XIII.

    First of all, the battle system was completely ruined. I actually rather like the paradigm system from FFXIII (dodges projectiles). Having only a two-man party in the sequel takes away the option of having any diversity to your team, and demolishes the fun I got from strategizing in the situation of ‘what paradigms can I make when I can only use these two characters?’ or ‘what would happen if I used three Saboteurs at the same time?’ or similar situations and self-set challenges.

    Also, I tried to like the monsters-as-party-members thing. I really did. And, being an avid Pokemon fan, I should have, but it was just impossible to like. These monsters were no kind of substitute for an actual party member, and just wound up being a waste of the Phoenix Down I had to use to keep reviving them.

    Now, for the storyline. Wait, what storyline? Oh, noes! Time has become all out of whack when only three years ago, everything time-and-space-related was perfectly fine! Allow me, Serah Farron, to depart on an epic journey with some guy I just met and save time!
    Well, maybe that’s must my hatrid of Serah speaking. But that comes later.
    Honestly the whole time-space thing seemed a bit like an ass pull to me; sort of like Square couldn’t think of any other way to make a sequel.

    Next, the characters. Good God, the characters. The only saving grace Serah has in my book is that she’s related to Lightning. Her sweet, over femininity and incorruptibly-pure-pureness shtick drives me crazy. No one wants a heroine that acts like a damsel in distress. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but to me, it seems like she was the favorite character of the game designer, and it shows heavily.
    Noel was tolerable. A bit angsty, but tolerable.
    Oh, look, Hope is back. Meh. I think I liked him better as a kid when he still had his cheek-pinchable cuteness going for him.
    In the end, the character cast was one of the worst fails of the game. My two favorite characters (being Lightning and Fang) get maybe 10 minutes of screen time between the two of them, and Sazh is nowhere to be seen.
    At least there is less of Snow and his hero antics to put up with.

    But alas, I end my rant. I just found this game hard to like compared to its prequel. I actually quite like XIII, despite the fact that the rest of the fandom seems to hate it.

  20. ShadowOfDoom

    25th Jul, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    i hate alloff this noobs here i love ff games and dq games and crono trigger ff13-2 may not be the best game but it was fun dont cry and stop speak bad things about darkssoul and ff8 u guys know nothin off this game i have dark soul here best game ever to xbox 360 in 5 years and now ff13-2 came its was fun maybe not story like but its was closest to ff game since ff7 8 and 9 right and ohh wait u guys know nothing about 8 sr :) but still awsome games my fev game are Star ocean Tale of vesperia dragon quest 8 ff8 and 7 and 13-2 and lost oddasy dragons doogma last but the best game ever Dark souls.

  21. Ochi

    2nd Aug, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Guys,let us all wait for FF XIII Versus :) But welp,since I have finished FF XIII-2,I’m kinda curious about what’ll happen to Lighting. They said “to be continue” right? Maybe they’ll release FF XIII-3 later :/ I hope Noel can cooperate along with Hope,Sazh,Snow,Fang,and Vanille since Serah is dead -_-

  22. BryceM

    3rd Aug, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a pretty good game, ill agree with that, but as a FINAL FANTASY game, however, it and XIII fall short, for a number of reasons. You can’t make a game on the basis that youre going to fix the problems that people had with the first one, thats why the economy in America is in the shitter. Mostly, where’s the love story? No male/female interaction on even a slightly romantic level, no impending doom looming on the horizon for one character’s love, nothing. It’s like watching quantum leap with a chick.

    • Lewis Rayne

      6th Oct, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      “like watching quantum leap with a chick” Favourite comment ever XD.

  23. davie campbell

    4th Aug, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    hey guys i read all the comments and it was actualy really interesting to hear all the different oppinions and its help me to make mine so here we go…

    I only got FFXIII-2 about two weeks ago and in all honesty i liked how as soon as you chose the New Game option you were transported straight into the action which i thought was great the action it’s self throughout the whole game is increadible it’s fluid seemless and beautiful as for the weapons i loved Serah’s Bow Sword because it reminded me of Leons Gunblade in FFVIII now character designs right i love Serah, through out the whole of the first disk of FFXIII I was practicly begging that the game creators would give me a chance to play as Serah however if you have played FFXIII you’ll know how that turned out for me… in FFXIII-2 however i was made the happiest fan in the world and in all honesty no offence to the people who said that serah feels to much like a damsal in destress come on guys she doesn’t have combat XP and i liked how the creators put that across by not having her doing fancy “FFXIII lightning style” flips Noel well in all honesty i think he looks to much like an older Sora from Kingdom Hearts however i didn’t actually find him to be angsty i actually thought he was quite funny and more cheerful than Serah but only by an inch lol however i understand the complaints about the QTE’s dont worry i hate them aswell all in all even though i dont nessecarily agree with your article i thought it was well written and a pleasure to read :)

  24. Majerie

    5th Aug, 2012 at 7:25 am

    We must all remember that this is someone’s personal opinion, and not to jump completely down their throat for it.

    I’ve been playing Final Fantasy since I was a wee girl. Seven was my first and it will always have my heart, but I’ve gone back and played other FFs as well. I tried 8 and sincerely couldn’t get past the first disc. It was tedious and I found the story to be lacking. The main character wasn’t likeable, in my opinion, and Final Fantasy ALWAYS over-does the love aspect in their stories.

    Now, before someone replies with some smart comment about how I haven’t said anything about 7 being flawed – it was. It was a great game, with a great story, but it had it’s issues too. However – to date it is one of the MOST identified with games and has probably the most shoot-offs and references in any other final fantasy.

    Now, 9 was an amazing game all-together. It’s severely under-rated, unfortunately. Ten was just…horrid, as was it’s counter-part. I never tried 11 or 12, but 13 had my heart the second I could put the controller in my hand.

    For the sake of Lightning and seeing her be a bad-ass Valkyrie I will play 13-2. But for the life of me I couldn’t STAND Serah or Snow, for that matter. So I take this review with a grain of salt and I will surely purchase 13-2 with a bit of trepidation.

    • Tifa's Glove

      6th Oct, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Well said Majerie. VII too is my first real ‘love’. I did play and flirt with other earlier FF titles on the NES, but VII is what did it for me. VII broke my cherry and I instantly fell head over heels…even to this day.

      In a word -EPIC! Final Fantasy VII paired with the PS1 is what re-established and re-infused what Final Fantasy is to the whole world back in ’97 due to its cutting-edge and unique epic romp through 3 CD-ROM’s. Even to this day its still stands out. You’re absolutely right that its of one of THE MOST identified FF game to date, and probably will be the only one.

      I love ALL of the FF’s actually. The whole Final Fantasy series is an experience; each of them has both good, bad, high, and low points. XIII and XIII-2 are playable and manageable and I won’t bash it. But in my humble, personal opinion, nothing can still top VII! ^_^

    • Lewis Rayne

      6th Oct, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Did you get round to buying it in the end? I’d be interested to read your opinions post playing :).
      (late replies wooooh)

  25. Noel The Ancient of Time

    6th Oct, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    All your studys are a fail since the beginning only a hater claims like you.

    Because you dont liked the experience of playing the second part of FF13 but has a lot of improvements thats the people wanted.

    Its very known in this days, the cheap yellow journals invades wiht thousand of hater reviews especially if the games comes from Japan,China,Korea.

    Because i am a Journalist i say and reply anything i want, you say suck because did not sold well, i dont understand who is posible put a 9.6 on Call of duty game or battle field game, sure because it was made it on USA and the dirty propaganda shut downs better games with artistics, detailed and wonderful histories.

    The decay of the videogames is the casualisation and poor histories the casuals theyre like whores only cares the moment theyre not loyal gamers and affects the industry.

    A lots of games has turning to be casuals. Because of the casuals, the enterprise believes we are the same and that is not, true.

    A lot of stupids buy sport games,shootters and no body claims about the software recycling they only invest in a graphic motor and some technologies and thats it you have the same games as the past year and shut up the journals paying a lot of money and paying publicity.

    We aint stupid.

    • Lewis Rayne

      6th Oct, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Okay let me try and translate this and hopefully clear a few things up for you.

      “Its very known in this days, the cheap yellow journals invades wiht thousand of hater reviews especially if the games comes from Japan,China,Korea”

      You missed the part where I explain how RPG’s and JRPG’s are my favourite genre.

      “Because i am a Journalist i say and reply anything i want, you say suck because did not sold well, i dont understand who is posible put a 9.6 on Call of duty game or battle field game, sure because it was made it on USA and the dirty propaganda shut downs better games with artistics, detailed and wonderful histories.”
      – I didn’t say it sucked because it didn’t sell well I said it sucked because it is still broken. The patches applied to FF13-2 only strain the stitching and it can’t take the weight of the title it bears.

      “A lot of stupids buy sport games,shootters and no body claims about the software recycling they only invest in a graphic motor and some technologies and thats it you have the same games as the past year and shut up the journals paying a lot of money and paying publicity.”
      – So I was paid off… Thanks for telling me, it’d be nice to have some money ^^.

      “We aint stupid” We aren’t stupid… I rest my case.

  26. Stevo

    14th Oct, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Anytime Final Fantasy introduces a time travel element, it’s almost guaranteed to suck. FF8 anyone? I rest my case.

    FF titles these days lack a lot in terms of character and story. I think the reason they’re losing popularity with the west (or at least with me) is that FF fans are growing up and the characters within are still angsty teenagers that save the world “with the power of LOVE and FRIENDSHIP!” C’mon.. get real, Japan. FF games are like that one friend we’ve all had that was really cool at first but then made a lot of bad decisions throughout life and is denying that they don’t need rehab.