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FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 Demo Coming to PlayStation Network

Demo coming to US PSN on January 10th. (Final Fantasy XIII-2, PS3, Xbox 360)

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fluffydelusions  +   1053d ago
A demo of this sort of genre is kind of odd but eh OK.
Godmars290  +   1053d ago
But after JP release numbers, not exactly unsurprising. Sqaure needs to do some kind of damage control to make sure Western numbers are better.

I may even download it.
Troll-without-Bridge  +   1053d ago
That only means they are confident in the quality of the product.

i remember when square had demos for their Rpg's.
Ranma1  +   1053d ago
Anyone who buys this game will be dissapointed. heres what people who played it said:

BAD
-The towns are joke. You basically cant enter any house and theres hardly any NPCs in them

-The story is terrible, as bad as the 3rd birthdays

-No its not linear but once again there is really only one big massive roam area (archlytte steppe)

-Some people have conflicting views on the rap tracks

-The levelling up is worse than the crystarium, some bonuses are cool but its based a lot on chance so it can get annoying

-The dialogue is ATROCIOUS

Good
-The monsters being in the battle system is actually pretty brilliant. The sheer versatlity has improved by a lot

-The QTEs are more like limit breaks than anything else which is good and most of them look epic

-Chocobo being able to fly a bit is a good mechanic

-The Red chocobo story quest is wayy more epic than the actual games story

-Soundtrack is good.

source: http://uk.gamespot.com/foru...
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Biggest  +   1053d ago
"The towns are joke. You basically cant enter any house and theres hardly any NPCs in them"

How is that a valid criticism? There aren't ANY games that allow you into every building you see. And why should they? Unless there is something in there worthwhile why would you be in the building? The previous FF games had entry into buildings for purposes of shops or quests/missions.

That said... I am glad they're making a demo. I was set to pick the game up on the 31st anyway, but I'll take a sneak peek if they're giving.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1052d ago
@Ranma1

lol I just read a link that someone posted which got me interested in 13-2 and then you give a link that turns me off.

I'll just formulate my own opinion off the demo lol.
trenso1  +   1052d ago
@Ranma1 i didnt say that i can make my own opinion of the game thank you.
JoySticksFTW  +   1052d ago
Some of the earlier jrpg's back in the day you could enter almost any house you saw and go through drawers and cabinets, etc

And there would be residents in there with no relation to quests. Some are they to speak with adding a bit of flavor to the story or environment.

And some would yell at you for going through their stuff!

And I can't fully remember Baldur's Gate, but I think you could go in almost every building you saw. If you got caught stealing or broke in and the residents happened to be home, the guards would run in :)

Anyways, town exploration in rpg's is something that a lot of us grew up with. And it is a disappointment for many when that element is missing in a FF game.
TBM  +   1052d ago
I myself im getting it regardless of what anyone says i love the final fantasy series. i enjoyed FF13 and that's all that matters, im sure I'll enjoy 13-2 when it releases.
SilentNegotiator  +   1052d ago
We need more demos. Too many big time games don't even release a demo, or else release them really late.

Releasing late is probably done to avoid some people from discovering they don't care for the game, though, and those people buy on hype. Then those people who put off that WILL enjoy it, try it later, and buy it as well. Then those hype-fueled sales go undamaged. It makes marketing sense, but it's also pathetically backwards.

@Biggest
Clearly, the game should allow you to enter anyone's home and destroy their pottery and rummage through their stuff. lol
iamtehpwn  +   1053d ago
They must be quite confident in this game in order to release a demo. The last time Square did something like this overseas it was the FF14 beta, and that actually killed Pre-orders.
vuzuki  +   1053d ago
Every one who played the different demos in shows loved it. They have reason to be confident
FFXI101  +   1053d ago
"A demo of this sort of genre is kind of odd but eh OK."
To me is not odd, it actually helps me to decide whether or not to purchase the game.
adorie  +   1053d ago
Final Fantasy VII had a demo, so did VIII. It's not that odd to me.

I still have the the VII demo disc, but I forgot where I got it, lol. It could have been PlayStation Underground. idk.
Zezo  +   1052d ago
I used to like Final Fantasy. Then I took a FF13 in the knee.
Solid_Snake37  +   1052d ago
lol dont know why so many people disagreed!
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El_Assenso  +   1052d ago
Why disgree with Zezo's comment! Its a joke get with it! Oh I forgot this is N4G, too serious......
resistance100  +   1053d ago
Want this game to be good, i really do.

Hopefully the demo will give me some hope after XIII
iamtehpwn  +   1053d ago
Impressions from someone 102 hours in:

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz...
Biggest  +   1053d ago
Good read, but he is a large FF fan. If you didn't like FFXIII, his opinion shouldn't sway you one bit. FFXIII was his favorite game so far this generation. As a FF fan myself, I like what he had to say. I'm going to enjoy the demo and play the actual game on the 31st.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1053d ago
After reading that it does appear 13-2 is in fact better than 13. It seems like the linearity problem has been addressed which was 1 of 2 of my main gripes with 13.

I am a little disappointed to hear that apart from the ability to have a monster in your party and all the good stuff that comes along with it... "the battle system is largely the same as XIII, the core mechanics are very similar although the game will now sometimes go into mildly odd (but very impressive looking) quicktime events."

The battle system of 13 was the 2nd thing I hated the most about 13 and to hear that the core battle mechanics of 13 is in 13-2 upsets me.

None the less that person's review has me actually considering getting 13-2 whereas before it wasn't even on my list of games to get this year. Maybe the demo might get me a bit more interested.
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PshycoNinja  +   1052d ago
You have been championing this game since it was announced iamtehpwn. Don't you ever get tired of it?

@Iamtehpwn

I have never said anything like that. I said that I didn't enjoy Final Fantasy XIII's world, characters, battle system or story. This game is more of XIII world, characters and story. So I made the logical conclusion that I MAY NOT like XIII-2. I have said on numerous occasions that I will give XIII-2 a shot.

I have only expressed more enthusiasm of Versus XIII because it has a different world, characters, story and battle system to XIII. That and the fact that I am a big fan of Tetsuya Nomura's games.

Edit 2: a paragraph from my blog where I clearly didn't say that XIII-2 didn't suck and that all I was saying was that I don't have high hopes for it:

"This is the reason why so many people (including myself) don't give two shakes about XIII-2. Why risk spending money on a game that's precursor wasn't that good? Now I understand why so many fans are trying to defend XIII-2, I get it. I understand that fans want to believe that Square really took in all the input from gamers and crafted something good. I just don't believe they did. For Square to say "Fans demanded a sequel and that's what we're giving them." is almost borderline stupid. Who on Gods green Earth ask for a sequel. I remember fans saying that Square made a total dud and they should scrap and rethink Final Fantasy XIII, but never did fans "demand" for a sequel. Understand that if you are thinking that picking up XIII-2, that's fine. Really. If XIII-2 is the Final Fantasy that you have always wanted than why should anyone stop you from having fun. That's why were all on here right?"
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iamtehpwn  +   1052d ago
@PsychoNinja, Haven't you been Championing Versus XIII all this time? In fact, you wrote an entire article about why this game is going to suck (even though haven't played it) and why Versus XIII (another game you haven't played) is going to be better.

You also go to every XIII-2 article and say how it's going to suck and its not Versus XIII.
betan21  +   1053d ago
lol that's a 1st coming from SE
i dont mind trying it out
Kurisu  +   1053d ago
Not a first, there was a FFX demo as well. I remember playing it and getting really excited for the full game!
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1053d ago
They used to have demos all the time.
despair  +   1053d ago
surprising but welcome news.
s8skanna  +   1053d ago
Nice looking forward to it
Leonesaurus  +   1053d ago
Awesome! As soon as I finish XIII (which I'm playing through right now) for the first time, I'm gonna download this next week and see how the beast taming aspect works in combat.
richierich  +   1053d ago
What about Europe?????
Lucreto  +   1053d ago
I hope the next day but knowing Europes luck it will be 2 weeks after the game is released.
rabidpancakeburglar  +   1052d ago
Exactly what I was thinking. I think I might have an American account though.
Menchi  +   1053d ago
Good, will help allieviate some of the unfair hate this game gets.

Yes, FFXIII wasn't amazing, so they made a sequel directly aimed at addressing the prominent complaints about the first one. Game at least deserves a chance to show us if they held true to that.
vuzuki  +   1053d ago
Everybody wants XIII-2 to fail.

But its better to be the underdog than the overhyped.
D3mons0ul  +   1053d ago
This is a good idea if you want to PROVE to people that XIII-2 fixes what's wrong with XIII or is any different at all. You should have released a demo in Japan too, though.

Then you would KNOW for sure whether or not most people avoided it because of the first game or if it might be some other reason like XIII-2 being an equally unfit game for the FF namesake.
vuzuki  +   1053d ago
It's obviously because of the first game japanese reviews and previews of XIII-2 were very laudative.
Hicken  +   1053d ago
I'm certain the game will be good. FF has not let me down yet (screw what the others say; I enjoyed XIII), and I doubt it'll happen this time, either.

That said, it's funny to see all the people going who are surprised to see a demo for an FF, or for the JRPG genre, since I recall playing a demo for VIII before it came out... a demo which almost made me hate all JRPGS, yet VIII wound up being my favorite FF ever.

Oh, well. As they- often erroneously- say around here, haters gonna hate.
elda  +   1052d ago
@Hicken I agree with you,out of 6 million people who bought FF-XIII how many hated the game? I love FF games & XIII & X are my favorites,playing XIII again for the 4th time until the 31st,can't wait.Yes haters will hate!
ElliePage  +   1052d ago
I won't even bother to download it. I've seen the gameplay from the Japanese version & the ending. I've watched enough footage to see how they didn't really "improve" anything. I mean even the towns are just dungeons with NPCs and you buy items from the same NPC that happens to appear everywhere (basically a reskinned computer that you bought stuff from in FF13).

As for the story, it's much worse because it takes FF13's ending, makes it a cliffhanger, and tells you nothing relevant. It's just a pure filler game. At least FF13 managed to make everything feel finished (and it should've stayed that way considering FF13 is the worst in the series).

I'd rather have a FFvs13 demo even if it's an unfinished alpha build.
rabidpancakeburglar  +   1052d ago
Time to break this down.

"I've seen the gameplay from the Japanese version & the ending"

I think there are 6 different endings.

"I've watched enough footage to see how they didn't really "improve" anything"

Something about that makes me doubt your entire comment.

"I mean even the towns are just dungeons"

The towns are not dungeons, they are towns. Have you ever been in a town before?

"It's just a pure filler game"

Translation - It's a completely different story which just happens to carry on from the end of XIII.

"I'd rather have a FFvs13 demo even if it's an unfinished alpha build"

This is not related to this game, I wish people would stop pining over it on these articles. I would probably have said something a bit ruder there but the mods deemed on of my comments off topic yesterday and I lost a bubble and don't plan on losing another. (the bubble system sucks, bubbled up 4 times in order to get one bubble and it only takes one "off topic" comment to lose it)
ElliePage  +   1052d ago
Me: "I've seen the gameplay from the Japanese version & the ending"

You: "I think there are 6 different endings."

I've seen all of the endings (including the true ending which you get after doing hours of tedious things; true ending is really just a 20 second clip of someone talking to you after the normal ending). After getting this "true ending" you can play it again and doing so also lets you play through the prologue again (after the prologue it puts you back to the menu where you select which time period to go to). You also get an unlockable that makes the game play super fast (walking/fighting/etc is like haste is always on even out of battles).
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Me: "I've watched enough footage to see how they didn't really "improve" anything"

You: "Something about that makes me doubt your entire comment."

Probably the "watching" part and I meant overall. Obvious there are parts that are improved compared to the last FF13 but at the same time they are downgraded. (Ex: Controlling Noel & Serah and being able to keep fighting when 1 falls in battle; Can't control other characters that appeared during FF13 in FF13-2)
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Me: "I mean even the towns are just dungeons"

You: "The towns are not dungeons, they are towns. Have you ever been in a town before?"

Yes, I've been in towns a lot in Final Fantasy games and I could always go into buildings to talk to NPCs and find items laying around as well as going into buildings to buy armor/weapons/items/etc. This is something you can't do in FF13-2. The town is nothing but a glorified dungeon where hostile monsters are replaced with friendly NPCs and there are NO buildings to go inside.
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Me: "It's just a pure filler game"

You: "Translation - It's a completely different story which just happens to carry on from the end of XIII."

Not sure why you decided to try and translate English to English but even by doing that you still did it wrong. It's not a completely different story, it's the same story that picks up right where FF13 ended. It just happens to take what could've been a wrapped up game and rips it open to try and shove more story at you which feels like an afterthought (they did this because they cut about half the game out when they decided to gimp it to make it multiplat and wanted to sell the rest of it back to people). The story says "To be continued..." at the end to make sure they release FF13-3 before FFvs13 so they can piss off what little is left of their fanbase.
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Me: "I'd rather have a FFvs13 demo even if it's an unfinished alpha build"

You: "This is not related to this game, I wish people would stop pining over it on these articles. I would probably have said something a bit ruder there but the mods deemed on of my comments off topic yesterday and I lost a bubble and don't plan on losing another. (the bubble system sucks, bubbled up 4 times in order to get one bubble and it only takes one "off topic" comment to lose it)"

Of course FFvs13 isn't really related to this game (outside of its different take on the FNC mythology). That's why people actually want it.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1052d ago
"The story says "To be continued..." at the end to make sure they release FF13-3 before FFvs13 so they can piss off what little is left of their fanbase."

THIS BETTER NOT BE TRUE >:( IF IT IS VS13 BETTER COME OUT FIRST.

If there seriously is a "to be continued" at the end of 13-2 I definitely will not buy it no matter what. Why can't SE just leave 13 alone and work on vs13 then move on to 15? They act there is a HUGE demand for FF13 sequels.
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rabidpancakeburglar  +   1052d ago
Fair enough, you have some legitimate points there. There are still some points where I still feel in the right and wholly disagree with your opinion or what you've said but I'll try not to be a d*ck about it.
The Rock Bottom  +   1052d ago
So.... SE is finally throwing us ps3 users a bone eh? Don't you guys get it!? SE is releasing a demo cause they know the game wont sell that much. So why not reel in the ps3 fans who as a whole, purchased more copies of FF XIII. Lets butter them up to boost sales... funny no one has noticed this.
D3mons0ul  +   1052d ago
That's a very...paranoid way to look at it.
The Rock Bottom  +   1052d ago
Dude the way SE has been functioning lately...I can't help but feel paranoid. LOL!
trenso1  +   1052d ago
is the demo already on the Japanese psn?
BiggsnWedge  +   1052d ago
Don't think they would, the game is already out in Japan.
BigDollarZoe954  +   1052d ago
Now this is some news cant wait
hazelamy  +   1052d ago
that'll definitely be on my download list next week.
BiggsnWedge  +   1052d ago
Well.. guess I won't have to even buy it in the bargain bin now, I'll put my final judgement down on this demo.
elda  +   1052d ago
Definitely getting the demo,then get the game.

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