Joined: Jun 2011
January 12, 2012 03:22:31 PM
I liked the demo, played it for about 2.5 hours. I think they successfully corrected some issues that XIII had, like the slow growth system and not gaining money every battle. Still, at least for me, the demo felt... weird. It took me some time to nail the reason, and I finally concluded a simple fact: they overdid it. Example: the growth rate was incredibly slow and those caps were annoying, however, the Crystarium\'s design was simply beautiful and interesting. Instead of leaving the design as it was, they changed it into this single Crystarium containing every character and monster and \"constellations\" depending on which character you chose as well as a nonsense and confusing zoom on the next node so that you can\'t see all your nodes but only the next one. They overdid it. Too many unnecessary changes.
The monster system is really cool. It is quite useful and interesting. Despite that, the party feels composed of two characters instead of the three characters in XIII. The reason is the plot, which I think would\'ve been better if the good, old characters we all love and enjoy had been added to the party. In this game, apparently we have only two real characters available and an additional slot for some monster which, no matter how cool it may be, it will never be a character with a personality.
I do appreciate the fact that Square listened to the opinions and corrected the problems, but I\'m afraid they made the same mistake they always make: not asking their fans exactly what would we suggest be corrected and what is perfect as it is. I bet we\'d prefer Hope or even Snow over that Moogle. I bet we\'d prefer the Moogle being able to get into the party rather than it being Serah\'s weapon (which is too Japanese for my taste. Couldn\'t she get an actual weapon and avoid its weaponifying traits? I love moogles, but having it turn into a weapon with pink \"poof!\" is just too much I think). Also, why couldn\'t they add the other characters into the plot as well? (I haven\'t played the full game, but at least that\'s what it seems like). Oh well. I guess we\'ll never know what exactly is going on inside those Japanese minds of theirs.
All in all, this game seems interesting. It would be a great game by its own right. However, I think that the \"XIII\" on its \"XIII-2\" weighs far too much for its own good. I feel like it somehow manages to feel inferior to its predecessor.
At least that\'s what I felt.