OXM Online: To say that the original Final Fantasy XIII was controversial would be something of an understatement. The game’s incredibly rigid structure, while great at delivering a gorgeous cinematic experience, alienated longtime Final Fantasy fans who enjoy the thrill of experimentation and discovery. The slow ramp-up of gameplay elements was also contentious: after all, how many people are willing to give a game 20 hours before it gets good? Consequently, Final Fantasy XIII proved a massive disappointment to many, and those who felt burned by the game may feel inclined to automatically turn up their nose at Final Fantasy XIII-2. But doing so would be a huge mistake.