Full Final Fantasy XIII-2 review roundup
Just under two weeks ago we offered details on an early review of the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII-2. However, we were unable to gauge a more complete idea of the game, since there was just the one review to go by. The game is now due for release in the US in a couple of days, so the embargo has been lifted and we now have a better idea of what to expect.
So much has already been said about the game but this consisted of what to expect from the game, such as features etc. However, what none of these reports did was offer you a detailed review of a hands-on experience of the game. Such as the one written by Just Push Start, who was worried the game was not going to impress them and fall short when compared to the previous version.
However, you will be pleased to know they thought it was a vast improvement over its predecessor although there was said to be a few flaws, which do make the game suffer a little. Most areas have seen advancements but the story is where the game lacks most; overall they have given Final Fantasy XIII-2 a rating of 4 out of 5.
As for OFM, they get right into the review, not build up, just direct to the point. What we find strange is how they pick up on so many negative points; yet still manage to score FF XIII-2 an 8 out of 10. They leave it to the end of their review to offer some positives, which are larger monsters and majestic ideas – not sure if this is enough to persuade you to get the game?
Digital Spy begins their review on the right track, which is a little history lesson on Final Fantasy XIII. This is one of the better reviews, as for those who cannot remember the previous game; it gives you something to go by. Overall they have scored Square Enix’s latest game 4 stars out of 5, the only thing that stopped it achieving the 5 stars was the side-quests, as they believed this was a little underwhelming.
An article here has done things a little different, as they have broken the review down into different categories. These are as follows: gameplay, graphics/sound, lifespan and conclusion. Each of these has been given 4 out of 5 stars; yet they have still only scored it 9 out of 10. It does seem as though a perfect score will elude Final Fantasy XIII-2; then again better games have failed to score the big number.
Eurogamer has failed to score Final Fantasy XIII-2 a 10 as well, instead opting for an 8. While they also agree vast improvements have been made, being a newcomer can be a daunting task, as the game can be somewhat complicated and unfriendly. However that does not stop them from appreciating the game, even with those faults.
While The Guardian may not be a dedicated gaming site, doesn’t mean to say they do not know what they are talking about. Their game blog section builds the new game up nicely although they do ask if it’s for newcomers. This would have been a no in previous versions, but Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the first game from the series to make this a non-issue and even newcomers can just jump right in thanks to the open-ended structure of the game. The reviewer also agrees that fans of the franchise will find this more perfected than the previous version.
So there you have it, six reviews you can call upon to give you a far greater insight into Final Fantasy XIII-2, now its up to you. Will you be getting this game the moment it becomes available in your part of the world?
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I like how there’s a ton of sidequests throughout the game. There are simple fetch quests, killing quests, detailing a map, obtaining 100% of the beastiary, solving puzzles, answering questions, and much more. While I was watching a co-worker of mine at DISH play, I noticed the nice addition that Square did with every character in the game has a voice over, and they aren't reused. If Square did re-use voice actors for NPCs they did a darn good job of hiding it, and I'm pretty good at catching that sort of thing. The best thing is the story of the game and how many different choices the player has at their disposal, and the content of the game is very impressive. I can’t afford to buy it right now, but at least I can justify playing it by adding it to my Blockbuster@Home queue. After hearing all the rave reviews I decided I couldn’t go wrong by giving it a try, I can’t wait until it gets here.