The lights are on
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
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
"Eidos saved Square Enix last year
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).
I couldn't agree with you more. I was a DIE HARD final fantasy fan ever since I was hooked with the one-two punch that was FF6 for SNES and FF7 for Playstation. Since then, it has been diminishing returns and this sinking feeling that something I loved was in a downward spiral that would ultimately reach terminal velocity with the terrible FFXIII and FFXIII-2. It has been like watching your own mother slowly die of a severe heroin addiction. The stories and characters became more ridiculous, and more sissy looking with every new game. The 'fantasy' and 'magic' angle that was present in the first 7 entries of the franchise became a nonsensical warchest used by the developer to string together lame story-telling and convenient worlds. I played FFXIII and was in disbelief. The character choices, the tone of the game, the storytelling, the gameplay, EVERYTHING departed from what defined a FF game. And the graphics were beautiful. That made the offense more unbearable. Then when I heard about FFXIII-2, and played through it, I said goodbye to Square Enix and Final Fantasy forever. I don't know who on their board of directors is passing out ecstasy and pacifiers to the entire development team, but every person involved must be totally GONE. Again, BEAUTIFUL GRAPHICS, which only beg the question further: WHO THOUGHT THIS GAME NEEDED TO HAPPEN???