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Submitted by majiesto 641d ago | opinion piece

PS3A Writer’s GOTY: Final Fantasy XIII-2

PS3 Attitude writes, "As we rapidly approach the end of the current console generation, it should have come as no surprise that 2012 was a relatively quiet year in the world of videogames. Even so, we were still treated to tons of great titles including highly anticipated sequels such as Mass Effect 3 and Black Ops 2, new IPs like Kingdoms of Amalur and Sleeping Dogs, and let’s not forget the launch of the PlayStation Vita!

However, since the start of the year there has been only one contender that could ever hope to earn the title of my own personal game of the year: Final Fantasy XIII-2." (Final Fantasy XIII-2, PS3, Xbox 360)

Gamehard  +   641d ago
lol if you look up the term "Flamebait" in the dictionary, it would say "see this article."
Ranma1  +   641d ago
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iamtehpwn  +   641d ago
While certainly not a traditional Final Fantasy, FFXIII-2 was definitely a huge step up from XIII. The main character Noel Kreiss was also a step in the right direction in terms of Final Fantasy lead character should be--he alone, was more interesting than the entire cast of original XIII. And although the combat looks the same on the surface, anyone who's tried it will tell you the combat is a huge step up from XIII.

And it's a shame not many people tried it because they didn't like XIII.
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Griffin4871  +   641d ago
Yea many people "assumed" it was bad because it had the number 13 in it. In fact, the hate toward 13 is really just a bandwagon. I confess it isn't what made us love FF, but the game was not an atrocity. It could have used better and more memorable characters. FF8 had a wack story with a not-so-favored battle system, but the cast was likeable, except Irvine.
zerocrossing  +   641d ago
It's not that the hate for FF-XIII is just some band wagon the "cool kids" have jumped on, "hate" may be too strong a word but the fact many gamers disliked FF-XIII in comparison to earlier titles isn't entirely unjustifiable.

I actually thought it was an OK game, not quite capturing the magic of the previous games but still OK.

I also thought a sequel wasn't really necessary nor deserved (I admit I have yet to play FF-XIII 2) In all honesty though the the disdain some vocal gamers show towards the XIII franchise is really just frustration by the fact we're all still waiting on FF-Versus IIIX & Kingdom Hearts 3, while Squenix seem content on carrying on with XIII: Lightings extended adventures, regardless of fan outcry and opposition.
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rainslacker  +   640d ago
When I first played 13 I didn't like it. It wasn't until I went back and played it after a couple months and took it for it's own game, not a FF game, that I actually enjoyed it, and took time to really learn the battle system. It wasn't the best game out there, but it really wasn't as bad as most people say, and certainly wasn't the worst game ever made. 13-2 was a definite step up, but if it never released I wouldn't be bothered by it and just take 13 for what it was.
Hicken  +   641d ago
I didn't like XIII-2 as much as XIII. Noel was somewhat interesting, but he had nothing on Sazh. The others were a bit more typical, but enjoyable, nonetheless.

XIII-2 isn't bad, but it just... didn't hold me like XIII did. Whereas I played the first game for weeks on end, I only played the second for about four days before I broke away.

That said, if I were to give GOTY to a PS3 game(which I did), it'd be Journey. Second would be Borderlands 2, followed by Tales of Graces f.

But, as the author says, it's a PERSONAL GOTY, so I can respect that.

Edit: You are right though: it's a shame people passed it up because they didn't like XIII. Worse is the people that didn't give XIII a chance, and will continue that trend with Lightning Returns.
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Julie  +   640d ago
@iamtehpwn
I bought it because you keept saying how awesome FFXIII-2 was ... and i have yet to finish it. I can't find anything worthy for to make me keep playing...

It saddens me i have all FF i even replay the old ones being VI, VII,VIII,IX and X my favorites :(
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guitarded77  +   641d ago
Wow... I guess everyone has different taste.
goldwyncq  +   641d ago
Inb4 ffxiii-2 hate comments.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   641d ago
Honestly I really enjoyed this game. I 100% it faster than XIII but it was a much better game. Sidequests, Gameplay, etc...the only thing that irritated me was the ending and lack of difficult bosses.
iamlegend9999  +   641d ago
Game of the year? Ill take it.
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ShaunCameron  +   641d ago
Cool game, but nope. And why is it that in a 2012 RPG you can fight with only 3 characters at a time?
PS4isKing_82  +   641d ago
"Ff13-2 GOTY"
See kids? This is why drugs are bad for you.
Kratoscar2008  +   641d ago
This guy hasnt played too much games i guess?
cyberninja  +   641d ago
no need to get offensive, it's all about opinions.
GenericNameHere  +   641d ago
I'm sorry I keep mentioning Persona 4, but Persona 4 Golden is, IMO, a LOT better game than FFXIII-2. Granted, I don't play a whole lot of JRPGs, but I've never thought I would pick another JRPG over Final Fantasy. Heck, Final Fantasy XIII was my favorite JRPG of 2010, despite Pokémon coming out the same year (I imported the game as I am huge Pokémon fan too). I admit I liked FFXIII-2 in some degrees.
The game does have it's fair share of difficult boss battles (especially the enemy you have to fight for the "Fair Fighter" trophy and the "Big Game Hunter" enemies), and I still like paradigm shifts. Voice acting is pretty good. Quests are plentiful. And collecting/leveling up monsters was pretty fun.
However, the game was still pretty much linear despite time travels. Story of Yeul, Noel, and Caius were "meh". How the heck was I suppose to feel for Yeul if you keep *spoiler spoiler*?! Caius was boring as a main antagonist, as he did nothing too devastating, and his final boss fight was pretty weak. Noel was decent as a character though, and I like his and Serah's relationship. Graphics were decent. Frame rate drops are really bad when they happen, LOTS of jaggies, and only 2 (read that, 2!) CG-cutscenes during the entire game!! I was so disappointed I couldn't see Serah's pretty face in CG!!!!! And lastly, the music. Ohh, the music. Music is one of the most important aspects of the FF series, and SE just had to go and butcher it with lyrics!! I know FFVIII used lyrics with Eyes on Me, and I freaking love that song!! But FXIII-2? There's like vocals in over 3/4 of the soundtrack!! I got the Collectors edition of the game, hoping to listen to the soundtrack and have a good time, and I only happened to find 5-7 songs decent out of the 60+. WTF??!! And the ending song? Doesn't effing match!! I guess whenever I go to a funeral now, I'll bring rap music or something* :/
... Huh, went on a FFXIII-2 review there, huh? :( Oh well, I'm just gonna FFXIII-2 was good, and I had decent time getting the platinum (took me about 64 hours this time, compared to FFXIII's about 110 hours), but I felt Persona 4 Golden was definitely the superior JRPG this year.

*notes: I won't really do it. That would be a huge disrespect to the deceased... Unlike they like rap?

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