Joined: Nov 2011
January 12, 2012 02:46:57 AM
I haven\'t finished it yet mostly cuz i got bored (lol), but i was also a bit rushed. My first impressions are a mix of good and bad. Most of the good is specific stuff, but the bad is all philosophical stuff and focuses on the general impression of the game.
On the good side: its pretty (but a good game that does not make), the music is better so far (although it certainly doesn\'t compare to the oldies), the voice acting is pretty decent thanks to the lack of Vanille, the level design isn\'t a straight path (although this creates other problems), and you can talk to npc\'s again (why they took that out in XIII is beyond me).
As far as the bad, there\'s a lot more of it. Okay, small stuff first: first, i HATE the way the moogle sounds and i really want to kill that thing now, second, Serah CLEARLY shouldn\'t be strong enough to pull back a bow string with her physique (the fact that she\'s somehow super proficient with one all of a sudden just ticks me off). Now for the important stuff: the pacing is TERRIBLE on all fronts! It feels like the game is being tossed at my face and i really don\'t have the time to stop and enjoy whats happening, or maybe it\'s that nothing interesting IS happening, idk which. The music is just a little too much, the graphics (while pretty) are just a little too much, the EXTREMELY random battles are a little too much, and when all combined i never really get to appreciate them individually. Don\'t get me wrong, i like random battle systems, but i find it annoying that, while you\'re trying to enjoy the scenery, get a firm feel for the music, and listen to what other characters around you are saying, monsters pop up out of nowhere and you have only a few seconds to get a preemptive bonus on them. It all feels too hectic and, as i\'ve said before, i dont have the time to appreciate each aspect by itself. This hectic feeling is only increased with the slow speed at which the character runs. The areas are much more vast and battles occur much more often, but i feel like the character speed has only decreased. I\'m glad that they made it less linear, but the character runs too damn slow and i always got bored out of my mind while exploring for treasure since i take the time to check every nook and cranny.
One of the many things i love about ff9 is the fact that your character runs at just the right pace to keep things rolling without feeling rushed or bored. Also, ffXIII-2 probably wont have a song like the Bran Bal theme that puts me into an uncontrollable cold sweat whenever i listen to it.
Sorry for the long post, this is kinda ridiculous.
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