GP: "Square Enix gets it: a lot of us don't like Final Fantasy XIII. And with its disjointed storyline, linear gameplay, bland environments, and repetitive auto-battle system, there's been a lot to complain about.
They've addressed XIII's problems in its sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, by adding all the things the first game lacked, like towns, exploration, side quests — things typically found in most good JRPGs. So it's all good now, right? Everything's fixed? Not quite."