Thoughts on Final Fantasy 13 Sequel

Final Fantasy 13-2

By CrAzian

It would probably be fair to say that I’m in the minority when it comes to Final Fantasy XIII because I actually enjoyed the game. I’ve played every Final Fantasy since VI, so I know what Final Fantasy was like during its Golden Era. You can criticize XIII all you want for its linearity and its annoying characters (Hope, Vanille) but XIII also introduced one of the most innovated battle systems I’ve ever played and its story is deep and touching.

Plus, if nothing else, the main character, Lightning, is a total badass who is also a hottie. Even better, she uses a gunblade, similar to the iconic weapon used by Squall Leonhart in Final Fantasy VIII. You can’t get much better than that.

So, it should come as no surprise that when I heard that XIII was getting a sequel, I was totally psyched. It doesn’t matter to me that no gameplay footage has been shown or there has been little to no information released about the game. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a chance for Final Fantasy to redeem itself and get itself back into prominence.

Let’s face it: there is no denying that back in its Golden Era, Final Fantasy was the bar to which all other RPGs were compared to. But now that title belongs to companies such as Bioware (Dragon Age & Mass Effect) and Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 3). And that’s because over time, it seems that Final Fantasy has forgotten what it takes to make an incredible RPG: the characters, the storyline and the world.

 

Final Fantasy 6

One of the all-time greats, Final Fantasy 6

 

Final Fantasy XIII both succeeded and failed on those three cornerstones. In terms of characters, it did a great job with Lightning and Sazh but also forced us to listen and deal with Hope and Vanille. The storyline itself was great but the linearity of the game made even a Final Fantasy newcomer feel like the game was trying to hold their hands. For longtime fans of the series, it was like a slap in the face. And finally, Gran Pulse was a world worthy of the Final Fantasy name. Too bad gamers spent most of the game trapped in Cocoon, running around in a city that too closely resembles our real cities to draw any excitement.

So, therein lies my excitement and anxiety regarding the sequel to XIII. If the sequel can take what was great about XIII and change what was bad, then my confidence will be restored. But, if it subjects gamers to another boring world with a linear storyline and poor characters, then it will make me even more hesitant to pick up the next Final Fantasy.

No matter what, I’ll still be picking this game up the moment it hits shelves. And even if all those terrible elements make a return, so will my girl Lightning, clad in sexy armor and still kicking ass. How could anybody say no to that?

Final Fantasy 13-2 Lightning

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