Anime News Network's Todd Ciolek writes, "Was Final Fantasy XIII really that bad? This is a question one should ask before taking on its sequel. If you detested Final Fantasy XIII to its core and thought it beyond redemption, Final Fantasy XIII-2 will not salvage your opinion. Rather than reinvent its predecessor, Final Fantasy XIII-2 just improves its ideas in smaller ways. It's more casually enjoyable than Final Fantasy XIII, but it's still unsatisfying in the long run."