Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Final Fantasy XIII-2 E3 gameplay footage

Gameplay footage of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, showed that the Paradigm Shift system will be retained, along with the basics of the gameplay. One new inclusion, however, are quick-time cinematic events, and the one that stood out the most to me was when Lightning was riding Odin while fighting a monster off in the distance. This could mean that Square Enix is retooling the way the Eidolons are used in FFXIII-2. As for the story, not a whole lot was revealed, but there was enough to tease fans. A new Bodhum has been constructed on the surface of Gran Pulse since the conclusion of FFXIII, and it was made clear that Lightning and Serah have been separated, with some of Snow's friends from Nora believing Lightning to be dead. A handful of new characters were introduced, though only one of them was shown in combat as an actual party member (who bore a resemblance to Final Fantasy X's Tidus), fighting monsters alongside a now much more combat-capable Serah. No sign of Sazh or Snow in this trailer, though I'm sure there will be plenty more footage to come before the game releases in early 2012.

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