Final Fantasy XIII-2

XB360, PS3 / RPG / Release: Jan 31, 2012 / ESRB: T

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Weekend Confirmed 201 - Starbound, Rust, Lightning Returns

Weekend Confirmed 201 - Starbound, Rust, Lightning Returns

Jeff Cannata is preparing for his play's premiere on Friday night, so that leaves host Garnett Lee to lead Weekend Confirmed into Episode 201 with Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia playing the co-pilot role. They welcome in Sega Mobile's Ethan Einhorn and Area 5's (and former 1up Show alum) Matt Chandronait to break down what happened this week with everything involving Microsoft, EA, and Machinima, discussing how it could potentially affect an audience's perception of YouTube content providers. The talk then turns towards the world of mobile game development and how much of a brave new world it becomes for newcomers, especially those coming in from the media. The crew then recaps the Shacknews Best of 2013 (particularly Gone Home at #3 and the gradual backlash that's built across the online sphere towards The Fullbright Company's game) before jumping into the many possibilities presented by remote play through the Vita, the Wii U GamePad, and Nvidia's Shield. The show finishes up with a look back at Final Fantasy XIII-2 (and the lead-in to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII), Starbound, and Rust. The show wraps up with a fresh round of Finishing Moves, leading into next week's final episode from the Atlantis Group Studios.

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Final Fantasy XIII team to detail next chapter in September

Final Fantasy XIII team to detail next chapter in September

Given the complete lack of closure at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2, we became fairly convinced that another game is on the way. Square Enix is preparing to outline whatever will come next for the series, with an event planned for Tokyo on September 1, 2012.

Read more: 'Lightning's story' to be detailed in Tokyo »

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Final Fantasy XIII series to continue, director hints

Final Fantasy XIII series to continue, director hints

It seems likely that another story in the Final Fantasy XIII universe is on its way. Motomu Toriyama, director of Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2, recently made pointed statements about the open plot threads left at the end of the latest downloadable content, and promised that more answers are coming soon.

Read more: Clarity about vague endings 'not too far off' »

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Final Fantasy developer to pursue 'more distributed and outsourced development'

Final Fantasy developer to pursue 'more distributed and outsourced development'

Square Enix has openly admitted to the numerous struggles it had when developing Final Fantasy XIII. The project had taken four years, the result of a large, mismanaged team. "With a large-scale development team, we didn't use our time well," Motomu Toriyama, director of FF13, admitted. While the company was able to turn around a direct sequel relatively quickly, it appears Square Enix is looking to change its development structure quite significantly.

"We are also thinking that we will not do large-scale internal development any longer." he said. "We have a lot of great creators in Square Enix, but for larger-scale development we will be doing more distributed and outsourced development to reach our targets on time."

Read more: Embracing 'more Western technology' »

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Diablo III, FIFA 13, Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC - Shacknews Daily: May 15, 2012

Diablo III, FIFA 13, Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC - Shacknews Daily: May 15, 2012

Top stories for today's episode of Shacknews Daily include the announcement of FIFA 13, which will sport an improved career mode, and the announcement that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be getting some DLC in the near future--including the final battle that probably should have been included in the first place. Diablo III also officially launched last night at midnight, but server issues prevented many from successfully logging in.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning DLC named Requiem of the Goddess

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning DLC named Requiem of the Goddess

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is rolling out another character-based story episode, this time starring everyone's favorite stoic heroine. Square Enix has mentioned this episode before, but now we know a bit more detail about the "Requiem of the Goddess."

Read more: Coming in May in Japan »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting Mass Effect 3 costumes

Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting Mass Effect 3 costumes

Mass Effect 3 has so much DLC... that it's jumping into other games. Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be getting DLC from the Mass Effect universe, in the form of costumes for both Noel and Serah.

This isn't the first Western costume collaboration for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Assassin's Creed costumes have also been announced for the JRPG sequel.

Read more: Coming next week »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 adding Jihl Nabaat to Coliseum

Final Fantasy XIII-2 adding Jihl Nabaat to Coliseum

When Square promised we'd see cameos from past Final Fantasy games in the Coliseum of Final Fantasy XIII-2, our imaginations ran wild. Kefka? Ultros? Sephiroth? None of those fan favorites have materialized, but Square has announced another Coliseum addition: Jihl Nabaat from Final Fantasy XIII.

Read more: Lightning DLC coming mid-May »

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Field Report: Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Sazh: Heads or Tails' DLC

Field Report: Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Sazh: Heads or Tails' DLC

Square Enix left dangling plot threads at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and has promised more story through downloadable episodes. Sazh: Heads or Tails, on sale now for $4.99 (400 MSP) is the first such piece of DLC. It holds the dubious honor of being not only our first glimpse at Square Enix's content plans for this game, but its first tentative step into delivering story episodes as DLC in the main Final Fantasy series.

The story, however, is barely present at all. Minor spoilers follow.

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Chrono Bind registration is for Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC [Update]

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Chrono Bind registration is for Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC [Update]

Update: Kotaku reports that Chrono Bind is actually the name of a casino game in the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC. It seems likely that Square Enix is merely registering a dedicated domain for its casino game. Shacknews apologizes for the error.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Sazh' DLC dated and priced

Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Sazh' DLC dated and priced

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is getting another optional character as downloadable content, as Square Enix has announced a date and price for the "Sazh: Heads or Tails?" DLC today. The world-weary father will be available on February 28 for $4.99 (400 MSP).

Read more: Play as Sazh, two new casino games included »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 director explains controversial ending

Final Fantasy XIII-2 director explains controversial ending

One of the most common complaints for Final Fantasy XIII-2 is its contentious ending. Game director Motomu Toriyama has opened up and shared some details on the reasoning behind it, and what's next for the game's story.

Read more: Ending meant to encourage exploration, tease DLC »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Lightning' DLC coming February 7

Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Lightning' DLC coming February 7

Lightning is coming to Final Fantasy XIII-2 next week, Square Enix has announced. Titled "Lightning and Master Sergeant Amodar," this premium DLC pack pits you in a Coliseum battle against the Final Fantasy XIII heroine and her former officer.

Read more: More retro Final Fantasy characters coming »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 ending reignites XIII-3 rumors

Final Fantasy XIII-2 ending reignites XIII-3 rumors

Sequels are a rare occurrence in the Final Fantasy series. Square Enix has only let it happen a few times in the series' history, so the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII-2 came as a surprise. Now as word of XIII-2's ending hits, the renewed possibility of a XIII-3 is circulating.

Intentionally vague spoilers follow.

Read more: The future of the FFXIII series »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 review

Final Fantasy XIII-2 review

Final Fantasy XIII left me of two minds. The satisfaction of managing its frenetic but elegant battle system stood on one side, in stark opposition to its maudlin, convoluted plot and overlong tutorial. To my surprise its sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, manages the seemingly unlikely feat of furthering the rift between the two. While the combat and adventure structure show improvements that directly address its predecessor's critics, the story manages to spiral deeper into an unintelligible narrative abyss. The result leaves me torn once again.

Read more: a game that so badly wants to be liked »

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