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Final Fantasy XIII.2 - Guided Tour Trailer

Here's a bit of a walkthrough of Final Fantasy XIII's sequel.

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Wait I'm confused... the title says this is a FFXII-2 trailer, but the video was DA2 gameplay.

Ugh, time travel. Just go into the future to a time when Lightning was already found and ask her where she went. If you go to the future and Lightning isn't there, then you never rescued her and there is no point in looking for her. PARADOX.

They did NOT just try to make QTEs a positive feature.

The fuck?

All of that sounds pretty good to me, although the droning robotic narrator did not help to get me excited. Still, this has eased my trepidation about this being another X-2 somewhat.

Nimbus:
They did NOT just try to make QTEs a positive feature.

The fuck?

Also, it seems to be akin to what Kingdom Hearts 2 did, which I don't remember hearing any complaints about. But I never played KH2 myself (sold my ps2 before it came out), so I dunno.

..I am still not convinced I want this, despite liking (to an extent) Final Fantasy XIII.

Mostly because I don't want to play as Serah, because her character is pretty much Vanille-light with the more occasional serious note. Noel, on the other hand.. if-if.

Give me more fucking Lightning, damnit! >_<

That guy's voice annoyed the hell out of me

Wait is this a joke... Am i suppost to laugh the first game was horrible. Why the hell is Square Enix even giving us control, just make the movie you really want to make.

ShadowsofHope:
..I am still not convinced I want this, despite liking (to an extent) Final Fantasy XIII.

Mostly because I don't want to play as Serah, because her character is pretty much Vanille-light with the more occasional serious note. Noel, on the other hand.. if-if.

Give me more fucking Lightning, damnit! >_<

I don't recall Serah having much of a personality, honestly. She was just there. And doesn't Snow care that his wife(?) is running around with some younger man?

SHOW MORE INTEREST IN YOUR WIFE, SNOW.

Slash Joel:
Wait is this a joke... Am i suppost to laugh the first game was horrible. Why the hell is Square Enix even giving us control, just make the movie you really want to make.

Another person who missed the depth of XIII's battle system. Oh well, no big loss.

Kopikatsu:

ShadowsofHope:
..I am still not convinced I want this, despite liking (to an extent) Final Fantasy XIII.

Mostly because I don't want to play as Serah, because her character is pretty much Vanille-light with the more occasional serious note. Noel, on the other hand.. if-if.

Give me more fucking Lightning, damnit! >_<

I don't recall Serah having much of a personality, honestly. She was just there. And doesn't Snow care that his wife(?) is running around with some younger man?

SHOW MORE INTEREST IN YOUR WIFE, SNOW.

Vanille only had a tolerable character whenever she was near Fang, really. Otherwise, she was just the awkward joke that tried to be serious when needed (and utterly failed). Serah at least had a voice that didn't make you want to poke out your own eardrums every time she talked, and had.. some plot relevance not completely convoluted.

And as for Snow, well.. we all know Snow is getting it on with that magical motorbike of his behind the scenes, of course. I don't think Serah can compare to a threesome that obeys your every command, now.

Kopikatsu:

Slash Joel:
Wait is this a joke... Am i suppost to laugh the first game was horrible. Why the hell is Square Enix even giving us control, just make the movie you really want to make.

Another person who missed the depth of XIII's battle system. Oh well.

The combat of XIII was quite frankly the least annoying aspect of the game, agreed. Though I didn't very much like the need to have to stagger to do more than 1/5 of the damage the enemy was already doing to you in return, either. Or the "lead character dies, everyone loses" thing..

ShadowsofHope:
The combat of XIII was quite frankly the least annoying aspect of the game, agreed. Though I didn't very much like the need to have to stagger to do more than 1/5 of the damage the enemy was already doing to you in return, either. Or the "lead character dies, everyone loses" thing..

Oh, I didn't say that it didn't have it's fair share of flaws. Just...the auto-attack function was really good in selecting the right attacks for the situation, but most people just see it as 'Mash X'. Except if you tried that during or after the first fight with Barthandelus, you got reamed. And the combat happened too quickly for you to select individual skills later on in the game anyway. The depth of the battle system lies in the Paradigms, not the individual actions...Besides, does anyone do anything besides 'Buff > Attack > Attack > Heal > Buff > Repeat' in every RPG ever?

However! Needing to stagger to do massive damage didn't really bug me that much...but that's probably because I'd played Resonance of Fate before XIII. (In RoF, machineguns did massive damage, but it was only 'temporary' damage that couldn't kill and enemies healed it back. Handguns did very low damage, but it was permanent. Generally, you machinegunned an enemy to low health, then took potshots with a handgun. Grenades were hard to come by and took up an equipment slot (Which is a big deal), but most do massive permanent damage. Most bosses were easily beaten by spamming grenades at them.)

okay now, did anyone else hear "smash hit: final fantasy xiii" in the first few seconds?
because i'm pretty sure i must have imagined it. i mean... why would those words leave anyone's mouth?

Well judging by the trailer its the Final Fantasy game I wanted XIII to be. But to be honest the trailer had me at 'towns full of NPCs', add a ton of extra stuff to do and a few mini games and I'm sold.
And there wasn't even a mention of that annoying Hope guy.

Maybe its time to jump of Square-Enix's back and commend them for actually listening to their fans feedback.
Now just take my money already!

So, yeah, this is a game that I will pass up with a smile.

I liked FF13 for what it did and what it was, played it to death, did everything there was to do and then some, liked the characters, the world, pretty much everything ( even Vanille ).

And now they come with FF13-2, they throw away almost the entire cast from the previous game in favor for a stale-background character that is Serah and some time-travel boy called Noel, with whom you will be stuck for the entirety of the game. Sorry Square, but I want Sazh, Snow and Hope back, a static, 2 player team isn't really appealing to me, sorry. I couldn't care less for the random animal-catch gimmick either.

I just want to further explore the world of Cocoon and Pulse with the characters that I have grown to love and like while playing FF13, I don't care for Serah or Noel.

Nimbus:
They did NOT just try to make QTEs a positive feature.

The fuck?

I was going to say the same thing.

I didn't really like the paradigm system because it seemed to limit strategy rather than help it in FFXIII. It seems that you still can't actively control the other characters in battle. Thanks a lot, Square Enix, for not getting the hint. I hated the crystarium-whatever thingy because it took forever to get points and losing them all was as easy as pressing a button. Maybe non-linearity would ameliorate that but I'm not sure that's getting at the root of the problem.

Hell, they should've just brought back the Sphere Grid system from FFX. Sure I was drastically overpowered by the end of the game but at least you could get the skills and attributes you wanted when you wanted them. Actually, maybe the License System from FFXII would be even better. It had way more freedom.

For God's sake, don't wait till half of the fucking game is over to allow us to freely choose which paradigm we can use. Why would we use what was kept from us for half the fucking game? No one has enough time and patience to level the delinquent paradigms up to adequacy.

And Vanille's gone now and she was, by far, the most interesting character in the game for me. Sure she was quirky as fuck but she sort of seemed like she would've been the main character if Lightning didn't hog up all the screen-time and gameplay time.

All in all, I'm getting FFXIII and, by God, I'm going to like it. I suffered through the entirety of FFXIII and this damn sure better be my reward.

EDIT: It's really interesting how many mixed views there are of what made XIII good and bad. For me, I guess the best part (or the only good part) was Gran Pulse, but that was short-lived.

ShadowsofHope:

Kopikatsu:

ShadowsofHope:
..I am still not convinced I want this, despite liking (to an extent) Final Fantasy XIII.

Mostly because I don't want to play as Serah, because her character is pretty much Vanille-light with the more occasional serious note. Noel, on the other hand.. if-if.

Give me more fucking Lightning, damnit! >_<

I don't recall Serah having much of a personality, honestly. She was just there. And doesn't Snow care that his wife(?) is running around with some younger man?

SHOW MORE INTEREST IN YOUR WIFE, SNOW.

Vanille only had a tolerable character whenever she was near Fang, really. Otherwise, she was just the awkward joke that tried to be serious when needed (and utterly failed). Serah at least had a voice that didn't make you want to poke out your own eardrums every time she talked, and had.. some plot relevance not completely convoluted.

And as for Snow, well.. we all know Snow is getting it on with that magical motorbike of his behind the scenes, of course. I don't think Serah can compare to a threesome that obeys your every command, now.

Kopikatsu:

Slash Joel:
Wait is this a joke... Am i suppost to laugh the first game was horrible. Why the hell is Square Enix even giving us control, just make the movie you really want to make.

Another person who missed the depth of XIII's battle system. Oh well.

The combat of XIII was quite frankly the least annoying aspect of the game, agreed. Though I didn't very much like the need to have to stagger to do more than 1/5 of the damage the enemy was already doing to you in return, either. Or the "lead character dies, everyone loses" thing..

I just want to know: WILL I BE ABLE TO CONTROL MORE THAN ONE DAMN CHARACTER?!

That is all I really care 'bout.

im going to keep my post breif. i liked FFXIII the combat was more complicated then it seamed. not alot granted. and XIII-2 could be cool. the first ever true FF Sequel (if anyone so much as mentions "the thing" i will find you so help me god i will and it'll hurt).

but why, why cant they look back and see ok FFX. VII, IX and for me VIII are easily the best FF made (i havn't played anything below 7 because 1 i'm only 20 2 not Japanese and 3 don't play handheld games much) and go so lets make something like that, but 3d and HD with Micheal bay 'splosions (NOT TOO MANY).

final part :) i loved FFX its my favorite by far. yes it was liner, but it had exploration within its linearity. and the combat was fun, the story was enjoyable. the characters were to me all cool. except when Tidus is trying to be funny, that's awkward. the ending was batshit crazy. i want a FF thats like X dammit. why Squeenix why you hate me so

Capitano Segnaposto:

ShadowsofHope:

Kopikatsu:

I don't recall Serah having much of a personality, honestly. She was just there. And doesn't Snow care that his wife(?) is running around with some younger man?

SHOW MORE INTEREST IN YOUR WIFE, SNOW.

Vanille only had a tolerable character whenever she was near Fang, really. Otherwise, she was just the awkward joke that tried to be serious when needed (and utterly failed). Serah at least had a voice that didn't make you want to poke out your own eardrums every time she talked, and had.. some plot relevance not completely convoluted.

And as for Snow, well.. we all know Snow is getting it on with that magical motorbike of his behind the scenes, of course. I don't think Serah can compare to a threesome that obeys your every command, now.

Kopikatsu:

Another person who missed the depth of XIII's battle system. Oh well.

The combat of XIII was quite frankly the least annoying aspect of the game, agreed. Though I didn't very much like the need to have to stagger to do more than 1/5 of the damage the enemy was already doing to you in return, either. Or the "lead character dies, everyone loses" thing..

I just want to know: WILL I BE ABLE TO CONTROL MORE THAN ONE DAMN CHARACTER?!

That is all I really care 'bout.

Can't say I know, buddy. Can't say I know..

All I want is more Lightning portions. >_< Is that so much to ask, Squeenix?!

Nimbus:
They did NOT just try to make QTEs a positive feature.

The fuck?

LOL My thought exactly

itchcrotch:
okay now, did anyone else hear "smash hit: final fantasy xiii" in the first few seconds?
because i'm pretty sure i must have imagined it. i mean... why would those words leave anyone's mouth?

Because it got good reviews and sold extremely well?

bluegate:
So, yeah, this is a game that I will pass up with a smile.

I liked FF13 for what it did and what it was, played it to death, did everything there was to do and then some, liked the characters, the world, pretty much everything ( even Vanille ).

And now they come with FF13-2, they throw away almost the entire cast from the previous game in favor for a stale-background character that is Serah and some time-travel boy called Noel, with whom you will be stuck for the entirety of the game. Sorry Square, but I want Sazh, Snow and Hope back, a static, 2 player team isn't really appealing to me, sorry. I couldn't care less for the random animal-catch gimmick either.

I just want to further explore the world of Cocoon and Pulse with the characters that I have grown to love and like while playing FF13, I don't care for Serah or Noel.

I DON'T LIKE CHANGE OR STORY PROGRESSION! I WANT TO PLAY THE SAME CHARACTERS IN THE SAME SETTING FOREVER!!! That's you. That's what you sound like.

I don't mean to come off as an FF13 fanboy (I'm going more a devil's advocate thing here), because it took me over a year to work up the boredom needed to try 13 and I had to forgive quite a few glaring flaws to like it. I'd rank it above 10, which I hated, and below 7, 9, and even 11. I'm perfectly happy to acknowledge legitimate criticisms of the game, but don't try and dismiss the game before you've even seen it just because the story has *gasp* progressed!

As for the creature capture thing, I actually find it kind of intriguing in a pokemon sort of way.

As if I needed more of a reason to get it.

Pokemon elements in FF, how very strange, but I just hope that it's as badass as they say it's going to be in that regard.

I'm happy they brought back the fighting system, that was pretty fun to play around with when I wasn't battling a boss of course, I'm not that big of a masochist.

Nimbus:
They did NOT just try to make QTEs a positive feature.

The fuck?

Compared to the battle system it (and FFXIII) uses, it is a positive feature.
That's how I rationalize it.

So, I am kinda looking forward to this. I wasn't able to finish XIII as I felt little drive to complete the final boss fight, but overall I still enjoyed it and loved the combat system. If they combine their character driven story with a better plot, which a more fleshed out world would allow for, I think XIII-2 could be pretty good. I still want Versus and Kingdom Hearts 3 more, but this will have to do for now I guess.

I am still getting this game even though I have yet to beat the first one(school's a bitch for a senior). I liked the trailer, but I felt that it could have been better if the announcer gave a bit more emotion, or if they had done it in japanese audio.

Either way, I'm gonna buy it, and then I'll buy Versus XIII. Who knows, maybe these two games will be precursors to what we might see(battle wise) in Kingdom Hearts 3. It looks fun and a bit more fast paced than XIII.

Isn't "Final Fantasy XIII" "guided tour" a bit redundant?

NO THANKS

sorry, I can handle cheesiness, but this is ridiculous.

atrocious art design, its looks like kingdom hearts got gangbanged by my little pony and pokemon. This is Final Fantasy??

lol @ "WE ACTUALLY HAVE TOWNS AND NPCS, AMAZING FEATURE!!!"

lol @ "QTE'S MAKE THE BATTLE MORE ENGAGING"

but at least its more customizable? even though they really dont tell us how? zzzz.

I dont know, I'd rather not be so incredibly negative, but I just cant help but feel all this stuff theyre adding is just unnecessary fluff that really wont bring much to compensate for an incredibly pointless and boring story that doesnt involve playing as the one only likeable character (lightning), and revolving completely around the most pointless characters (sarah, hope, random guy with shiny pants).

Like the time travel stuff and revisiting parts of the story for "what if" scenarios seems... pointless. Does it affect the overall story? I highly doubt it. Its like only an illusion of an "open RPG" because of their popularity right now.

TL;DR - all these features look like added crap that will most likely bring absolutely nothing to the OVERALL experience and are just there to make the game more marketable. I could be wrong, but I really doubt it. gotta just wait and see.

Kopikatsu:
Ugh, time travel. Just go into the future to a time when Lightning was already found and ask her where she went. If you go to the future and Lightning isn't there, then you never rescued her and there is no point in looking for her. PARADOX.

Do one.

The time travel thing was pulled off to a genius level in Chrono Trigger, and it's looking good here. It's called suspension of disbelief, and pretty much all non-fiction needs it.

I was as vocal a destroyer of 13 as anybody. I truly love the early FF games, and 13 let me down in a big way. But I'm actually quite keen to learn more about this game. Having to keep one party member alive at all costs would seriously dampen my enjoyment though, that made for such cheap and shitty fights...

Also, the time travelling thing could be pulled off really well and add some serious depth to the game.

Cautiously optimistic.

It's such a hipster thing to hate on FF13. I hated this game before you did. No, me. I love Final Fantasy and I hate this game. No, I hate Final Fantasy and I hate this game ever more because I don't even like the horse it rode in on.

I thought FF13 was okay. Not fantastic, but pretty okay. It's no more linear than FF10, no more anime melodramatic than FF7, and no more impenetrably written than FF5. It's a middle of the road edition of the series that does some things right and some things wrong. Definitely not the best game of 2010, but also not deserving of the sheer level of bile it gets.

Final Fantasy is a series that everybody seems to think is something it's not. It's always been weird, linear, and melodramatic. Some installments more in some areas and less in others, but those are pretty much series staples. Does nobody else remember that FF1 takes place in an unstable time loop that makes no sense? This crap was always a disaster.

Wow. Did they just take all the things I hated about 13 and attempt to make it sound good? Also, I have to search for Lightning? You want me to actively find one of the least likable characters ever? No thanks. I have no issue letting this be the very first main Final Fantasy game I don't buy. I won't buy another one until you convince me that you can pull your head out of your asses.

bluegate:
So, yeah, this is a game that I will pass up with a smile.

I liked FF13 for what it did and what it was, played it to death, did everything there was to do and then some, liked the characters, the world, pretty much everything ( even Vanille ).

And now they come with FF13-2, they throw away almost the entire cast from the previous game in favor for a stale-background character that is Serah and some time-travel boy called Noel, with whom you will be stuck for the entirety of the game. Sorry Square, but I want Sazh, Snow and Hope back, a static, 2 player team isn't really appealing to me, sorry. I couldn't care less for the random animal-catch gimmick either.

I just want to further explore the world of Cocoon and Pulse with the characters that I have grown to love and like while playing FF13, I don't care for Serah or Noel.

Don't underestimate how much SquareEnix can change a boring character to a good main character. Yuna was originally a cardboard cutout who only had strong convictions going for her. In the sequel, she became a front-seat driver with a sense of fun.

To the game as a whole, it seems they're trying to remove the annoying linearity from the first and give some autonomy. QTEs (not "cinimatic action sequences... with quick reflex button prompts) are forgivable if then can have some context, and if they're not of the instant death/reset progress variety.

Nimbus:
They did NOT just try to make QTEs a positive feature.

The fuck?

Hey - think of it this way - now you can do more than just pressing X to win.
You can also press X to not die!

Jack the Potato:
I DON'T LIKE CHANGE OR STORY PROGRESSION! I WANT TO PLAY THE SAME CHARACTERS IN THE SAME SETTING FOREVER!!! That's you. That's what you sound like.

Lets see, if they are creating a direct sequel on a game is it too much to ask for the original cast to be playable? Some of the most liked sequels in the game industry featured characters from the cast of the previous games. Having characters playable that gamers have already pored a lot of time and investment in and have grown to like and love is a plus for sequels, it is part of what makes the Mass Effect series so lovable, its part of what made the original Suikoden I - II combination so lovable.

I am not against story progression, not at all, however, the story in this new game sounds a bit lackluster. Lightning suddenly disappearing because she is drawn into some time loop paradox god knows what they want to call it. I'm sorry but, this just screams "we pulled something out of our ass!". The least they could have done was wait a year or so before they pulled that shit instead of having it happen 3 seconds after the ending sequence of FF13. And although I don't know how the story will unfold entirely, I find it hard to swallow that Snow will let Serah go alone.
He fought his way through a lot of shit in order to get Serah back, he finally gets her back and then just lets her go?

By the looks of it this moment, the story looks like a badly written, plothole-ridden piece of shit, but the game might prove me wrong once it is released, there might actually be good reason for all of the shit going on in the trailers, lets just hope so.

bluegate:
Sorry Square, but I want Sazh, Snow and Hope back, a static, 2 player team isn't really appealing to me, sorry. I couldn't care less for the random animal-catch gimmick either.

I just want to further explore the world of Cocoon and Pulse with the characters that I have grown to love and like while playing FF13, I don't care for Serah or Noel.

Holy hell! Someone who wants Hope back?! Well he looks pretty grown up so I suppose he'll be tolerable this time around.

ShadowsofHope:
All I want is more Lightning portions. >_< Is that so much to ask, Squeenix?!

More Lightning, bomaye. More Lightning, bomaye!!

Looking good. XIII was a solid game with a few notable flaws, but still quite enjoyable. From the looks of things, they've ironed out those wrinkles. Not a fan of the QTEs, but whatever, the rest of the game will be fine.

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