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What you see before you is not a misprint -- and the only reason I don't give Final Fantasy XIII-2, a game I was looking forward to for a solid year, a flat ZERO is that I do not have the capability within this website to award this piece-of-*** story and Motumu Toriyama the ultimate dishonor.
When I was thrown out of Final Fantasy XI eight months ago for continuing to call the bulk of the playerbase the cheating sons-of-bitches they are (and isn't it funny that XIV has only been out a year and a half, and literally the instant that the people have to start playing the game, the population disintegrates such that the servers are halved?), I resolved to make XIII-2 the final purchase I ever make from the company.
Nothing from the end result of this game really changes that. This game *** killed the Final Fantasy XIII multi-verse, and there's enough problems in Square-Enix that you'd have to be an idiot to believe that they're going to be around long enough to even do a rumored XIII-3 (if anyone really wants to buy it after what this game put the damned players through -- Newsflash: XIII-2's sales in Japan aren't even close to what XIII did.).
So let's get down to the nitty gritty on this:
So where does it all go wrong?
*** MOTUMU TORIYAMA AND THE *** HE PULLED WITH THE STORY!
So let's go back to XIII and try to play this all the way through and you tell me how this makes any *** sense whatsoever!!
So Lightning and The Original Six from the first game realize that Dysley/Barthandelus are going to kill everyone to summon The Maker, so they destroy him and Orphan, Dajh reunites with Sazh, Serah reunites with Snow and gets Lightning's blessing to marry, and everything seems all right.
But the absolute instant that it appears as if everything goes all right, the second game basically shoe-horns in "Chaos", a black ooze to erase Lightning from history.
Plus, the entire defeat of Barthandelus and Cocoon has destroyed the timeline because the goddess of this ethos, Etro, had mercy on The Original Six?
What the *** was she supposed to do? In fact, by the end of the game, it becomes clear that the Focus of The Original Six was almost certainly the destruction of EVERYBODY -- that everybody was supposed to die to resummon the Maker, and that the defeat of Orphan and Barthandelus was actually a hindrance.
In short, The Original Six should've turned Cieth, not crystal.
So, the game starts three years later, as Serah goes from teacher to fighter with this futuristic hunter (Noel, the last human on the planet, almost 700 years later) because Lightning is believed dead and Serah is the only one on the planet (other than Noel) to know differently.
The pair are basically able to go through fractures in the continuum (in which all real common sense is blown to freaking smithereens, as I'll explain...) to try to "correct the timeline", all the while being thwarted by this immortal Guardian who would rather kill everybody (sound familiar?) to save the one entity he is designed to protect, a "Yeul" who we seem to see six or seven or forty-five of, whenever it is convenient to interject her into the mess.
Eventually, here's how the game basically ends, if you can make any sense of it:
We're basically left with one conclusion:
This entire game was a *** troll from Motumu Toriyama and Square-Enix to a fanbase that they are so desperate for money from that they'll buy any crap with Final Fantasy and a Roman numeral next to it.
Why? This article from 1UP.com -- a blog post stating four reasons that you will never see a Final Fantasy VII PS3 remake -- with the concept that Square-Enix doesn't have the money to do so...
"Eidos saved Square Enix last year according to
sources close to the company. While the Japanese side of the company
hemorrhages money because of games like Final Fantasy XIV, the company grows more and more dependent on Deus Ex: Human Revolution
and other successful Western titles. In fact, if not for their
acquisition of Eidos, Square would at the moment be very publicly
searching for a buyer or worse. The company recently credited their
former Eidos studios with introducing them to focus testing and other
money-saving development practices. While the Japanese side of the
company is still putting itself back together, there is zero chance of
them undertaking anything so daring and massive as a Final Fantasy VII
remake. If the company considered the project too expensive before
hitting financial trouble, there's no way the project would get a green
Square-Enix has done everything in it's power to destroy Final Fantasy... From an MMO division which is, at best, fraudulent (if not, at worst, complicit in the cheating!) to this game being so desperate of a money grab to keep Fabula Nova Crystallis alive that they basically *** all over every player who put their time into the original game (much less this one!) with inconsistencies and holes big enough to drive a Long Gui through!
So, now, everybody's either dead or swallowed by the Chaos... If you do make a XIII-3, I'll watch the spoiler videos first next time!
A waste of $59.99 that any self-respecting video game fan stays away from until Square-Enix can get back on it's feet financially -- which they probably can't, for doing so would be to admit the mistakes of the last ten or so years (starting with detonating two piece-of-crap MMO's).
The only reason I bothered looking at this "review" was to see if there was any merit or logic to be had in that ridiculous score you gave. And I found out that no, there isn't.
Even if you absolutely hated the game, it deserves at least a 5/10 simply because it works, the visuals are gorgeous, and it has amazing musical scores. A flat zero implies that the game is a buggy, unplayable mess of software, which just blatantly isn't the case.
So, in the future, you should consider giving a score that isn't based on your biased and spiteful viewpoint.