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WhiteLightning2322d ago

Thought it was from an American review there......phew

It's just Famitsu folks, apparently another japanese magazine Dengeki gave it a perfect score aswell.

I just don't understand how a game which has hardly improved on anything and has more of less the same crappy battle system, characters, story can get a higher mark then the first average game....although they both gave FF13 a high score when that came out

Optical_Matrix2322d ago

So you've played the full game through have you? No, didn't think so. Give it a rest. Yeah we know, you don't like Final Fantasy XIII-2. If it bothers you that much then why come into an article and cry about it for the 100th time.

Also what crappy battle system are we talking about here? It's the best in the franchise by far. Post game, in the insanely hard optional boss battles the game really shows you what the combat system was going for. It's tactical, fast paced and incredibly rewarding. Not condoning the fact that SE almost forced us to use Auto-Battle up until the end of the main quest but it was a good battle system once all that was out of the way.

Really don't understand all these people crying about FFXIII. They claim to hate it and dislike it, yet they're in every single Final Fantasy XIII-2 article handing out phantom disagree's and whining into thin air as if people are actually going to take their blind criticism fairly. If you don't like it, don't comment on the articles and don't buy it. Or as we like to say on GT Forums. Blog It.

Good day sir.

DeleteThisxx2322d ago

I love how he decided to dissect and reply to every sentence you wrote with the exception of the very first sentence XD

WhiteLightning, I'd love for you to elaborate on why you think the battle system in XIII so "bad." I've played and completed every FF in the main series and the system in place for XIII is BY FAR my favorite.

Oh, one last thing, while constructing your response, please remember one thing: Opinion's are subjective, don't generalize a whole group of people just because people these days love to show their detest for something more than their appreciation.

Example: Uncharted 2 is a fantastic game, many people loved it, yet you don't see articles talking about it anymore.

Final Fantasy XIII wasn't received well for many people and I'm still seeing people write articles and people complaining incessantly about the damn game because it didn't live up to their Final Fantasy expectations.

Skip_Bayless2322d ago

Just like we know the Sun is gonna come up tommorow, the game isn't a 10. It's impossible for it to get a 10.

ash_divine2322d ago

@White Lightning

What do you mean "hardly improved"?

You should probably watch this trailer :

We get it, you don't like the game. And you're not going to like the game no matter what.

But saying they "hardly improved" upon the original is just you lying to yourself.


What kind of effin kindergarten logic is that?

Firstly you haven't played the game. So how on Earth can you determine that.

And Secondly, NOTHING in life is 100% guaranteed.

Skip_Bayless2322d ago

Maybe your the person who has child-like logic. Has Square-Enix made a game in the high 9s? No System maxed out? Check

I don't need to go submerge myself under water to know that I will drown.

ash_divine2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )


So you're saying if a person submerges themselves in water they will automatically drown? Every single time? You're saying that it's "impossible" for there to be a different outcome?

As for you're questions...

"Has Square-Enix made a game in the high 9s?"

If you're specifically referring to Square-"Enix", then Final Fantasy XII says hi.

If you mean overall then: Final Fantasy's XII, X, IX, VIII, VII and VI advance. (and they may have others outside of the FF series.) According to Metacritic.

I don't know why you're asking, Are you trying to imply that a company cannot ever make a 9+ game if they have not in the past? Even if that were true you'd still be wrong in this case.

"No System maxed out?"

I really don't know what the hell this is supposed to mean. Or why it even matters.

Not trying to be rude but, why waste the energy hatin' on a game you won't even play? Couldn't your time be better spent?

morganfell2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

@Skip Bayless,

Quick, you need to warn all of the people planning on pleasure diving, underwater research, snorkeling, and spearfishing that they are surely headed for their death.

See that? It's called misconception. It's what you have about FFXIII-2 because you do not fully comprehend the scope of what it is you are discussing. And you fail to see all the possibilities in a situation because you are taking only one route of possibility. Submergence does not always equal death and FFXIII-2 may actually be the gem it appears.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to warn General Dynamics and the US Navy they are sending young submariners to their death.

gaffyh2321d ago

It sounds a lot better than FF13 from the reviewers' comments. Especially regarding sidequests and conversation options.

Tanir2321d ago

again, white lightning is the biggest ff13 troll out there, and he says he is never the first to comment on a ff13-2 article, seriously this dude has an obsession with the game and will probably buy it day one.

he is alwaaaaaaays the first to comment on these articles yet he says anyone who likes the game is an idiot.

so he is either trolling the articles cuz he gets no attention in RL or otherwise

or he has a vast hope for american reviewers to give it a 10/10 so he can run and preorder it.

eitherway its bad

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lumley6662321d ago

im pretty much inbetween, ff7,8 and 9 are to date my 3 fav games ever made, as much i was dissapointed over ff13 overall, it was still a fantastic game. its just the bar was set so high by the others. if ff13 wasnt called final fantasy there wud be no complaints

i cant wait for the sequal an deffo gettin it day one, i enjoyed the story and gameplayfrom 13 it just wasnt my fav in the series

bobrea2321d ago

People who don't like the game have just as much of a right to comment on it as people who do. that's like if CNN posted a story about democrats and you getting mad when a Republican chimes in with their displeasure.

Anyway, a lot of long-time FF fans didn't like FF13, and they're voicing their displeasure. And apparently FF13-2 hasn't changed what a lot of people hated the most, (the battle system,) so they aren't happy. Just ignore them if it bothers you that much, but don't bitch about them commenting on a site with a COMMENT SECTION right under the article.

Razmossis2321d ago

Final Fantasy XIII had the best story in any game or movie to come out in years. If all I had to do to see it through to the end was tap X a load of times... then so be it, I enjoyed every second (apart from that long part just before the end :P ).

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iamtehpwn2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

The game is good, people are mad. The Game is bad, people are mad.

"zomg gimm3 Versus XIII GOSH"

Yes, Versus XIII will restore Final Fantasy, even though Versus XIII couldn't be any further from a traditional Final Fantasy than you can imagine. With the except of a World Map, not much about Versus XIII is more Final Fantasy.

Oh yeah, Versus just screams classic Final Fantasy with it's Kingdom Hearts action battle system, Third Person Shooter Mechanics, Real World-like setting, etc.

Not that I'm not excited for Versus XIII, but JEsus Christ, stop bitching.

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trenso12321d ago

Have you even played the game at all? No you haven't the game feels way better than the first one from my time with the demo. It deserves a high score because it is making improvements over the XIII. Stop complaining over a game you havnt played yet.

Troll-without-Bridge2321d ago

I think you have been living under a bridge these past few months, because the game improved plenty.

Kos-Mos2321d ago

This child thinks americans is better at reviewing games than Japanese...I rest me case.

Ddouble2321d ago (Edited 2321d ago )

"Thought it was from an American review there......phew"

That just shows that you want the game to be bad yet you want Versus to be good even though both games are from the same company.

I understand being skeptical after XIII and with reviews from Famitsu but wanting the sequel to be bad is just pure hate.

frjoethesecond2321d ago


Your comment reeks of xenophobia.

D3mons0ul2321d ago

So basically "I don't want this game to do well"

You invest too much thought in things you have no interest in. You shouldn't even care about this, especially if you are just looking forward to Versus.

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Olvipoika2322d ago

il pass.. waiting versus xiii

PshycoNinja2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

Oh Square! Why won't you tell us anything about Versus XII!!!

On Topic: "Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice shame on me." This is how I feel about XIII and XIII-2. I am sorry to the people who actually liked XIII but I tried my hardest to like that game and enjoy it but it gave me no reason to. I played the whole game all the way through. Awesome CGI. Poor story, characters (except Sazh), and battle system. I will not be fooled into buying another game with the same world and characters. Which is why I am looking forward to Versus XIII: Story looks great, beautiful graphics, awesome battle system, great cast of characters and Nomura. I have never disliked a game that Nomura has directed so I highly doubt that I would dislike the game that he has put the last 5-6 years of his life into.

Edit: "One reviewer believes the game lives up to XIII" *facepalm*

Parapraxis2322d ago

Maybe they are handing Versus XII over to another team, Kojima style.

(I'm actually looking forward to MGR, but I had to say it)

Tenkay232322d ago

"Which is why I am looking forward to Versus XIII: Story looks great, beautiful graphics, awesome battle system, great cast of characters and Nomura."

You haven't played this game and yet you are making these assumptions it will be great? In case you were wondering, ever since ff13 was shown at e3 2006 ppl were expecting this game it be the new standard for ff games and rival ff7. People got disappointed. Versus may look good now, but until you play it you won't know. Maybe you will probably play it and hate it too and the cycle will continue.

Son_Lee2322d ago

I'll never understand the hate for FFXIII-2. First, people bashed FFXIII, then Square FIXED most of the problems with FFXIII-2 and people are STILL pissed? Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Oh well, I let them hate, cause come January 31, I'm going to be in gaming heaven while the haters continue to sip that haterade.

TheBlackMask2322d ago

"I'll never understand the hate for FFXIII-2"

You know I was half way through my comment then Whitelightnings reply to the above appeared. He explains it perfectly

Oh I will say this, you really think Square has fixed all the problems, HELLOOOO this is Square Enix were talking about, when do they listen, they just heard about the problems from the backlash of FF13 and decided that since this game is for a quick buck with the crappy start of FF14 had and the fact they had left over DLC they didn't want to waste, remember Square Enix hate wasting content, they decided to get as many people to buy the game as they can. These problems with FF13 that Square has "fixed" are just over exgaerations to get people to trust them again so suckers like you will buy the game again expecting to see all these problems dealt with in the sequel. The game was terrabile and wasn't anything like Final Fantasy, it didn't even deserve the title of such a great franchise.

It's like it's cool now to "love" the game and then hate on the so called "haters", like we havent got any reason to hate the game...were just hating it for the sake of it when thats BS because we have plenty of reasons and valid ones aswel.

Kenshin_BATT0USAI2322d ago

I do believe the main gripe people had with FF13 was that it was a linear game, they addressed that. A lot of people didn't like the battle system, they changed it up a bit too. Towns? They got that too. NPCS? Present.

Honestly this is coming down to people hating because it is a sequel of a game they didn't like. If you don't like it still boo-hoo it's not like they'll cancel it now.

PshycoNinja2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

1) I am standing my ground unlike most flip flop FFXIII haters turned defenders of the game and actually not going to get this game because I know exactly what Square is trying to do. As the person above me has stated so well.

2) If this is the same company that said "Everyone loved the battle system in XIII" and the classic "Everyone asked for a sequal"(bold face lie; no one asked for it) I doubt they actually listened to the criticism they got because if they did, we wouldn't see Hope back in the game!

3) Why do I care so much about this? One, I am invested in the Final Fantasy series and want to see it return to greatness and profitability. Two, I own a bit of stock in Square...

sirdrake2321d ago

you know what Square Enix is trying to do!!!??!? Do you work there!?

How do i get in!? i wanna know exactly what they are doing to!!!

catguykyou2321d ago

People in Japan really liked the game. They were asking for a sequel. Like most Japanese companies, they were addressing/ listening to the people that live in the country they are based in.

It's a new game. No one here has played it yet. Judge it for it's own merits. If you want to do a wait and see, do it. I've seen enough to peak my interest and I'll be buying it. There is literally no reason to hate on a game that hasn't come out yet. It's just a game. It didn't beat anyone up and take their lunch money. You either buy or you don't.

forevercloud30002322d ago

Call it a lucky guess but maybe its because....
1. Skeptical due to FFXIII failing to meet most epectations
2. You can only play with 2 characters period with stupid monsters to help in battle like its fucking pokemon or something.
3. Even more obnoxiously colorful than XIII which is saying something especially when the themes are supposed to be taken serious.
4. Pulled Time Travel out their ASS just to give this sequel purpose it seems. No hint of it anywhere in XIII and from rumors it sounds like some of XIII's story has been "revised" in order to fit this game in.
5. Still can only control one character at a time in battle. BIGGEST issue with the system
6. VO still hit or miss

bakasora2321d ago

If a few people hate FF13, the problem lies on that few people. If half of the people hate it, then there is something wrong with FF13.

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iWishTifaWasReal2322d ago

its really hard for me to be open minded on this game. Having played the previous FF games.
I just couldn't take the "cheesyness" of the story. It's so CLICHE. an example? here " i gotta save my sister and save the world" wooo exciting (-,-) ALSO square enix made it even worse by giving out SPOILERS. and now instead giving us Versus this year we get a sequel THAT NOBODY ASKED FOR.

to the people that are new to FF or just ignorant
Square Enix is milking this FRANCHISE, so they can make more profit out of it.

PshycoNinja2322d ago

I agree with you 110%. Story and characters for XIII was so bland (for those that don't know, those are supposed to be the best things about a Final Fantasy game). And you hit the nail on the most important thing... NO ONE ASKED FOR A SEQUEL. Even people who are looking forward to XIII-2 didn't ask for a sequel. Where in the bowels of the internet did Square see someone ask for a sequel?

SuperLupe2322d ago

Yeah the linearity didnt bother me. Its the boringness (not sure that word exists) of the story and the cliche characters (come on even its the year 2010 and they are still capable of making cliché characters).
I play videogames for the story, thats why I dont play games like Skyrim and FF13's story was just retarted.

radphil2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

I find it funny how people say ALL characters are cliche, yet Sazh is about one, if not the most down to earth person out of the game, and connected to.

I mean he contemplated on suicide and grieved after he thought he lost his son, and then came to realization that he could save him after thinking about what happened with the others.

I remember when people complained about Final Fantasy Mystic Quest wasn't a "final fantasy" game way back, and today there's people that love the game.

Also, it's funny how people say that when the first game sucks, the sequels suck, yet for example Assassin's Creed 1 -> 2. People disliked 1, and loved 2.

D3mons0ul2321d ago


Barrett >>>> Sazh

Tenkay232322d ago

Just like all other gaming compatriots with their annual sequels (CoD, Assassins Creed) or frequent DLC? Gaming companies want to make money first. They spent Years developing the engine for XIII they don't want it to go to waste so they decided to make a sequel addressing all of the fans dislikes about the first one.

frjoethesecond2321d ago (Edited 2321d ago )


Your name is awesome.

RBLAZE19882322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

What really baffles me is how many improvements that famitsu seem to point out yet they scored FFXIII a 39/40 which, to me, says that I should take the review with a grain of salt either way. It sounds like a better game but apparently FFXIII was also a great game, worthy of only a point less.