Final Fantasy XIII-2

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

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting 'episodic DLC' in western regions

Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting 'episodic DLC' in western regions

We've heard bits and pieces of Square Enix's plans to release downloadable content for Final Fantasy XIII-2 in Japan, but it hasn't been made clear how much of that would make the journey westward. Now producer Yoshinori Kitase has mentioned "episodic DLC" in an English interview, confirming we'll get extra story bits in North America and Europe as well.

Read more: Episodes to 'expand on the universe and gameplay' »

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Report: Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting Lightning as DLC

Report: Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting Lightning as DLC

Final Fantasy XIII-2 focuses on Serah's search for her missing sister, Lightning. The lead character of the first game plays a smaller role in the sequel, but DLC will reportedly allow players to recruit her. The add-on content will potentially add story revelations as well.

Read more: Fiction expanding to include DLC, novels »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo releases next week

Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo releases next week

You could be like the protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and travel through time to a future where Square Enix's next console RPG is already released. Or, you could just wait a week for the free downloadable demo to release.

The Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo will be available on PlayStation Network on January 10th, and on Xbox Live Marketplace on January 11th. No word on what the demo will include, but you should expect spiky hair, giant swords, and a dramatic cutscene or two.

Watch: Moogles! »

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Most Anticipated of 2012: Steve's Picks

Most Anticipated of 2012: Steve's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2012, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2012 individually. Next up we've got staff writer Steve Watts with his list of 2012 titles.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

I don't think I'm in the minority when I say that I had my share of problems with Final Fantasy XIII. The overlong tutorial, the few and far between likable characters, the completely nonsensical plot -- by any measure it should've been a game I hated. But the combat system was so fast and frenetic that it kept bringing me back. The game didn't get much right, but it made battles fun and engaging for a more modern RPG audience.

Read more: The rest of Steve's picks for 2012 »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 gets Xbox 360-exclusive DLC

Final Fantasy XIII-2 gets Xbox 360-exclusive DLC

Microsoft has managed to win more exclusive third-party DLC. But, this one doesn't seem like quite the victory. Square Enix has announced that the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 will offer exclusive DLC: "Azrael," a bow weapon for Serah to use in the game.

"Azrael is named after an angel who represents spirits and death. It is believed to possess the power to change the owner’s destiny, and the player’s Chain Bonus will upgrade when equipped," the announcement details.

Read more: But it won't be free »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer details the cast of characters

Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer details the cast of characters

If you're one of the many Final Fantasy fans that took issue with XIII's slow start, Square Enix aims to address your concerns in Final Fantasy XIII-2. To ease in genuine fans of the 2010 release, Final Fantasy XIII-2 features some familiar faces mixed in with new guests.

Square Enix has released a trailer, introducing us to the new and reminding us of the old characters if the latest entry in the Final Fantasy series.

Watch: Say hello to your Final Fantasy XIII-2 cast »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer tames monsters

Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer tames monsters

The combat in Final Fantasy XIII-2 seems largely unchanged from its predecessor, but one major new addition is the ability to recruit monsters. Square Enix announced the feature quite a while ago, but now a trailer provides a look at the feature in action.

Read more: Make monsters work for you »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer explains sequel in a nutshell

Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer explains sequel in a nutshell

If you, like me, are still a little fuzzy on what exactly Final Fantasy XIII-2 is, you may find your answers in a new four-minute trailer explaining what's new and exciting in Fantasyland since Final Fantasy XIII.

The trailer covers improvements to the battle system, time travel, quick-time events, and all sorts of things likely to be of interest to Fantasyfans. Of course, if you, like me, are behind on your Final Fantasy, it may all be one confusing jumble of terms like Paradigms, Crystogen, and Crystarium.

Watch: Paradigms, Crystogen, and what now?

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Rumor: Sazh not in Final Fantasy XIII-2, may appear as DLC

Rumor: Sazh not in Final Fantasy XIII-2, may appear as DLC

Rumor has it that Sazh, one of the more popular characters from Final Fantasy XIII, may not appear in Final Fantasy XIII-2. A reveal from a Japanese magazine suggests that he'll be absent from the main story, but may appear later as downloadable content.

Read more: 'Final Fantasy XIII-2 will continue after release' »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 shows 'enhanced' combat

Final Fantasy XIII-2 shows 'enhanced' combat

Final Fantasy XIII had its share of complaints, but the more fast and frenetic combat system usually wasn't one of them. Now Final Fantasy XIII-2 is aiming to rectify complaints from the first game, but it's still making a tweak or two to the combat system.

Watch: A set of 'enhanced' battles »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting Assassin's Creed DLC

Final Fantasy XIII-2 getting Assassin's Creed DLC

The characters of Assassin's Creed are able to do more than leap across buildings and jump through time. They can travel from series to series, as well. Square Enix has announced that it will be offering an Ezio Auditore costume for Noel, Final Fantasy XIII-2's male protagonist.

No price or release info has been announced yet, but this is just the latest collaboration that Ubisoft has been working on.

Read more: Other Assassin's Creed cameos »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer shows Lightning in a war zone

Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer shows Lightning in a war zone

We know that Final Fantasy XIII-2 focuses on Serah searching for her missing sister, Lightning. So what exactly is Lightning up to, anyway? Apparently, she's waging an all-out war using her private monster army, and we get to see a battle unfold to that effect.

Watch: Lightning leads the charge »

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Square Enix focusing on 'shorter turnaround' for Final Fantasy series

Square Enix focusing on 'shorter turnaround' for Final Fantasy series

In spite of the franchise having reached the Roman numeral XIV, Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase thinks there isn't enough Final Fantasy in the world. Kitase says that the company is trying to adopt the quicker development cycle of its western peers, aiming to release games as quickly as a Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed game.

"The current generation console, Final Fantasy XIII, was obviously the first game, and personally I think we took a little too long getting it out," Kitase said. "When you think of Western triple A titles like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Assassin's Creed, they seem to work with a lot shorter turnaround--they make a new game in 1-2 years."

Read more: But what about Final Fantasy Versus XIII? »

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 collector's edition announced

Final Fantasy XIII-2 collector's edition announced

Final Fantasy XIII-2 fits on one DVD. But, if you miss the joys of owning lots and lots of discs, Square Enix has announced a new collector's edition for the upcoming RPG.

Available "in limited quantities" at GameStop, Amazon, and Best Buy, the $80 package includes "premium packaging" featuring artwork by none other than Yoshitaka Amano.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 gets long NYCC trailer

Final Fantasy XIII-2 gets long NYCC trailer

Final Fantasy XIII-2 seems like it's making good on some complaints from the first game, but so far the trailers haven't done much to explain what's driving the sequel's plot. Something about Lightning disappearing, and time-travel, and a kid who looks like Justin Beiber as dressed by Tetsuya Nomura.

That's why this latest trailer, released alongside New York Comic-Con gives us some hope. It's a full seven minutes long, and a large portion of that time is plot and dialogue.

Watch: An epically long trailer »

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