The demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released on Xbox Live today (for free but only available for Gold members) so I decided to check it out. I didn’t plan to buy FF13-2 until later this year but after completing the demo I don’t want to follow that plan anymore, I want to play it now!
As I’ve said before I love the battle system in FF13 and they have certainly spent time on improving it; you can now tame monsters and use them as a part of you team, which is awesome and offers great variety in battles. I really LOVE this new feature! The tamed monsters are almost like pets since you can collect adornments for them and even name them.
Another new feature is the “Cinematic Action” which works as a QTE (Quick-Time Event) during cinematics, rewarding you in some way if you perform well. It’s a quite nice feature I think.
One thing I don’t like on the other hand is the voice acting of Chocolina (a traveling merchant). She looks pretty stupid too. It’s not like this really matters of course, but still… Why couldn’t it be a cute traveling Moogle merchant instead!? Luckily you have a cute Moogle traveling with you (at least on the demo) and it even helps you find hidden treasure, kupo!
The demo takes about 1-2h to complete so it’s definitely worth a try if you have any interest in the game at all. If you haven’t played FF13 it may take some time to get used to the battle system, especially with all the new features, but it’s really fun once you get a hang of it. :] The graphics are amazing too and some music scores are wonderful. I don’t know much about the story yet though so I can’t give my opinion on that but I’m sure I won’t be disappointing since I don’t have particurlarly high expectations.