This is going to be the first of our Most Anticipated articles, which will be Tuesday and Thursday each week until the end of the year – each article will briefly highlight one of the games that I am most looking forward to that are coming in the next year.
Like everyone else I played Final Fantasy XIII – and unlike the ‘vocal majority’ of the internet, I loved every minute of it. So when I heard that there was going to be a direct sequel to let us see more of those wonderful characters and that beautiful world, I won’t deny that I actually squeed. Yes. I, a grown man squeed.
But then it got better. As more and more information poured in, it really and truly seemed like they’d listened to and understood the complaints that a lot of people had and are working to make something that bridges the best parts of Final Fantasy XIII with some elements of Western RPG development to take the best of both worlds and combine them into a fantastic new whole.
Trailers like the one below, courtesy of IGN’s youtube channel, have really made me even more interested.
The presentation is every bit as beautiful as FFXIII’s was, with amazing graphics and music. They’ve kept the elements that made the combat what I still consider to be the most fun RPG combat I’ve ever experienced but added some new interesting concepts such as ‘tame’ monsters and an improved form of quicktime event with multiple outcomes – a form of quicktime event where sometimes you just might want to miss the timing. They’ve taken the brilliant storytelling Final Fantasy XIII had and added, according to what they’ve said, an element of choice to it.
It almost seems too good to be true, but I sincerely hope that it lives up to its promise, and I eagerly look forward to finding out for myself on January 31st.
The game is also coming with a collector’s edition that is reasonably priced and includes a 4 disk soundtrack.
That is why Final Fantasy XIII-2 makes our list of ‘Most Anticipated games of 2012’.
Written by: Sean