It's been about two months since I've finished Final Fantasy 13, so decided I'd start Final Fantasy 13-2 as one of the games I'm playing. After four hours of playing, I'm probably going to quit early and not going to review. One less bad review right? But yeah, this game is so bad.
Same gameplay as Final Fantasy 13, and as I said in that review, it's actually somewhat of a good idea as they're very little strategy behind it, but instead of choosing your attacks, you're just hitting L1, switching paradigms, and letting the game pretty much do all the work for you. You can have up to three monsters in your monster party at one time, and you can set each monster in your different paradigm shift roles. So you'll need your characters to focus on all the major roles you'll use, and monsters can focus on just a few roles. You'll want a ravager monster for three ravagers, and I'm not too far, but I've also got a medic and a commando.
The whole open world thing, you'd think it'd be better than the straight line, but each area you're in is a small hub. Much smaller than Gran Pulse for those of you who have finished Final Fantasy 13, and you're constantly doing a lot of back tracking having to go here, then back here, etc. Whether you're looking around with the right analog stick or moving around, monsters with drop on the field requiring you to fight them regardless, but whether you get a melee attack on them in the field is whether you get first strike or not.
In the four hours I've played there's pretty much no story other than traveling through different times collecting artifacts, but the way it's written is even worse than Final Fantasy 13. It's like literally everyone in this game knows everything about everything regardless whether it was their very first time in contact with it or whatever. I've only been in this time stream once, but I know exactly what it's called and why it's here.
For those that were maybe thinking of trying Final Fantasy 13-2, and most of you probably have common sense not to try the second game when you know it's got the exact same gameplay, if you didn't like Final Fantasy 13, then you're not going to like this game. If you did, and you don't mind a bad story, which I'm sure you don't because you liked Final Fantasy 13, then you'll like this one.