This is now the WORST Final Fantasy game I have ever played so this review ain’t gonna be pretty. Therefore, if you actually enjoyed this game, I suggest turning away now because it’s just gonna be a diarrhea of reasons why I think this game is terrible. As we learned in the past, most stories that feature time travel and time paradoxes never end well.
Let’s start with the 2 good things about this game that I liked.
Adult Hope-kun wasn’t just an ikeman, but he was also EXTREMELY helpful to Sera and Noel the whole game. He did so much technological research and progression and even left hidden message for them to discover 700 years later. He constantly talked about how he wants to save Light-san and everyone and I just love him and honestly he is the only reason I kept playing through this dumpster fire.😒 And the 2nd thing I like about this game is unlike the first game, if your party leader dies – it just changes party leader so you can res everyone back up without the battle ending so your party members actually mattered in a sense in case somehow you got 1 shot (which for some reason I did several times on the last boss fight.) Also, they added a feature that let you save at any time in the game which was helpful when the game crashed 20 times on me.
And now for all the things I freaking hate about this game!
The Time Travel Bullshit is CONFUSING AS FUCK
Instead of it being a linear – walk down hallway style game that despite the many people hating – I actually enjoyed – this game is all over the place. You go to area 1, get some item in a box, fight some durdles, open a gate, go to another area. The areas open in completely random places with no rhyme or reason. The worst of it was when I got to the Tomato Flan boss where I had tried to fight him twice, but got instantly killed both times because I had to first go to area B, fight boss Z, pet some sheep, pick up some hidden box and then that somehow magically turned the tomato boss tiny and made him easily defeatable. Whut? Then you couldn’t even unlock certain areas unless you had Gate Key C from area G and only then you could unlock if you defeated the boss in area H. I was able to pretty much play the first game blindly but in this one I had to actually pull up a guide telling me where to go and what the fuck to do. Sometimes the quest markers would be on the map labeled as a ( ! ) but then you’d go to it – and nothing would happen. You then had to go back to the time gate area (Historia Crux) in which you had to randomly look at which area you may have not visited yet, go there, and hope some new cut scene would pop up. ಠ_ಠ
There are rage inducing puzzles for no fucking reason
Oh boy don’t even get me started on how much bullshittery this game had. There are 3 specific areas of this game that not only irritated me, but made me almost wanna rage quit the game mid way. The first one are the idiotic “solve the time paradox” puzzles in which you connect the stupid dots. Okay, annoying, but easy and doable. The next one though, involved some kind of stupid clock which made absolutely NO sense to me. You had to pick the numbers on the clock, the clock hands would then change to another set of numbers and you keep doing that until you’ve “stepped” on all the numbers. I managed to yolo the first 3 times, but the last one I had to actually pull up some guy’s website and put the clock numbers in and it literally solved the puzzle for me. W T F. ಠ_ಠ
The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was this utter garbage final boss puzzle. It basically had a bunch of rotating platforms and you had to jump between them to activate some glowy cubes to then rotate OTHER platforms and make your way to the boss room at the end of the map. Okay, fine, this is shit, but I can eventually figure it out with some trial and error – EXCEPT LITERALLY THE MOMENT I SPIN MY CAMERA I AM ATTACKED BY TRASH MOBS. THE MOMENT I GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION TO TRY ANOTHER WAY OUT – I GET ATTACKED. THE MOMENT I LITERALLY MOVE 1 FOOT, I GET ATTACKED. WHAT THE FUCK SDHGLKJGHSJDK Honestly it was actually worse than FFX in a sense where in FFX I could turn battles off or speed through them. In here? I had to fight so much that by the time I got to the final boss I had maxed out 2 jobs on Sera and Noel without even trying. It was specifically this one platform:
Holy shit I don’t even know where to begin with how idiotic that platform was. The fact that it aws in the middle too which you would often jump on to try and figure out the best way out means you spent more time wasted fighting trash than you did actually figuring out where to go. The other thing I was lucky to have was the jump skill which you acquire by turning in some Fragments at
the Gold Saucer Serendipity. If you didn’t have this jump skill jumping on these platforms would probably be a real shit show – again another thing that the game doesn’t really tell you until the very end and then forces you to go looking for this shit in other timezones/worlds when you are literally a few stupid jumps away from the final boss. ಠ_ಠ None of the guides I found for this were helpful in any way so I ended up just kinda figuring it out on my own between 50 trash fights.😒
The Pet System is Bullshit
So in the first game you have your team you can set up of actual people and do their skills etc. In this game, you are always only Serah, Noel and – a monster pet. Depending on what kind of monster pet it is, it can be a specific job. For example I had a Cait Sith who was a healer and a Chocobo who was Commander. At first it just seems kinda like a little sidekick, as in you don’t REALLY need their help to finish battles. It’s almost like a cute addon. As you get further in the game though, it’s painfully obvious that you need to grind out GOOD monsters and grind gil and spend tons of money trying to get a really good pet to help you fight the final boss. Unfortunately I could not be assed and I wanted to get this game overwith ASAP so I finished the game with a level 61 Cait Sith Healer (named Crumpet) and a level 56 Chocobo named Buttercup. Buttercup’s AI was utterly braindead and he would constantly attack things that me and Noel were not attacking so when we would get one of the final boss’s adds staggered we needed all the help we could get to burn it down but no. Buttercup is on the other add with buffs and doing like no damage. THANKS YOU BIRD BRAIN. Then there’s Crumpet. Oh Crumpet you useless nyanko. I spent half these boss fights raising him because his HP was so abysmally low (because there’s literally only like 2 heal pets in the whole game and I didn’t bother raising a 2nd one since I spent so much gil on the first one!). The final boss fight took me 40 minutes because the stupid cat kept dying and I was busy raising him instead of actually damaging the boss. In retrospect, I should have just used my tank pet, which had like 8000 HP to give us shields instead. That or I should have raised a Saboteur pet instead because healer pets are crap. This is further intensified in the “end game” content where if you don’t have a good pet (I saw some guy on youtube have a damn Behemoth) you literally cannot complete anything. But oh hey at least I could give them cute accessories and names amirite? 🙄
The Music is Awful
Well that is unless you actually enjoy listening to Death Metal! If you watch the video above, this is an example of music you hear in a lot of boss fights as well. Some of the background music in some of the areas was some terrible rap lyrics as well. Overall it was just so awful compared to the music in the first game I’m just like ??? Who the hell made this creative decision?? ಠ_ಠ
The Steam Port is UTTER GARBAGE
Ohh boy this is a good one. First of all, when I began playing the game it crashed twice in a span of 30 minutes. Because of that I had to redo the first battle at least 3 times until I googled up and found out that apparently playing with Steam Cloud on will always crash the game. Once I turned it off it was a little more stable, then I found out the hard way that changing between headphones and speakers ALSO crashes the game. After that I basically saved after every couple trash mob fights, any cut scenes and any boss fights. I HAD TO BASICALLY SAVE EVERY 5 MINUTES BECAUSE I WAS LITERALLY AFRAID THE WHOLE TIME THE GAME WAS GONNA CRASH ON ME AGAIN. (ノ ﾟ溢゜)ﾉ ┫:･’∵:.┻┻:･’.:∵ The other problem I had was the graphics. Look at Noel’s face above WTF? When I look at some people’s PS3/XBOX videos they don’t look this horrible but for some odd reason every single weird detail is clearly visible in the PC version that it makes it painful to look at. Most characters were okay but Noel looked like crap from start to finish except in the nicely animated CG scenes:
The other annoyance I had was with the controller – I was used to using the PS4 dualshock but the game only supported an XBOX controller which I am very unfamiliar with. Fortunately thanks to DS4 windows I was able to remap my buttons – but I had to keep an image file next to my game at all times to remember what the hell I changed all the buttons to 😂😂😂
Somhow I doubt Lightning Returns supports DS4 as well so I am likely to continue using my handy dandy jpg above for a little bit longer. 😂😂
The Balance of Enemies in Fields is Awful
Since the battles in this game are unavoidable for the most part the placement of enemies in each area becomes extra irritating. For example, when I was in 400AF Academia, I was following the story and exploring the map, then I ran into some huge monster that 1 shot me. Apparently that’s an end game monster that I am not even supposed to fight until later. This happened several times by the way. Then there was the opposite problem of where I had to return to some worlds to find some random quest item, and was forced to fight low level trash that took SECONDS to kill but was a huge waste of time because I had to keep killing on my way to get my “item”. In FFXIV for example, once you are 10 levels above an enemy, they will simply not attack you because what’s the point? You don’t get any exp. Here, doesn’t matter. Whether an enemy is too high or too low, you will still be attacked. And on the topic of enemies – HMPH YUEL (Caius) was the Seymour of this game, and I am pretty sure I must have killed him like 10 times in the entire span of playing it. (BTW his Japanese voice was god awful – his English one was actually better, but I preferred Japanese voices for pretty much everyone else so I stuck to the Japanese dub lmao.)
The Ending is Shit, The side ends are Shit and the DLC is Shit
So yea if you played this game, or didn’t play it and wanna get spoiled – you know that the ending is bad. We literally have Lightning onee-san give Serah a moogle bow, go on this tedious idiotic puzzle time travel adventure, only to have Hmph Yuel, Yuel herself and Serah die and the world be in chaos. COOL WHAT DID I JUST WASTE 30 HOURS OF MY LIFE FOR!? Not only that but apparently there’s also like 8 “Paradox” endings which are alternative endings (like you know bad ends in an otome game) but you can’t just easily pick a choice and see the ending. (Well you can for like 2 of them.) 6 of those endings require you to GGRRRINDD your party (and pet) to be high enough to defeat Hpmh-Yuel another 6 times in order to see some 2 minute alternative ending where Vanilla turns into a table ornament or Snow finally gets some (inter)action with his fiance 😂
Honestly in my headcanon, Serah and Noel are a much better pairing though I guess I can see people shipping Noel and Yuel but she died like way too many times and Caius would go yandere if she was NTRed from him probably. 😂😂😂😂 The only DLC ending that made sense (which I watched on youtube because I was not gonna fight Seymour Hmph-Yuel for the 11th time) was the one with Lightning and Serah.
Basically what we saw in the normal ending where Serah just straight up and dropped dead, we saw what “really happened” where her soul gets sucked in by Yuel inside Valhalla and Lightning joins her on the throne..or some shit. I don’t know. I don’t get it, hopefully Lightning Returns will actually explain this sack of shite to me. ಠ_ಠ The other inconsistent crap was at the very end Sazh randomly showed up with his son. How in the fuck? I thought aside from Hope and Alyssa, everyone else just you know…died of old age. Also they never explained why in the hells name Snow became an l’Cie again or who made him one. I SURE LOVE PLOTHOLES LOL
And if he and his son are magically alive how come Vanilla and Fang are still dead the whole time? They literally show up 1 time to wake up Serah from her dream and the best we get is some half assed bullshit DLC where Vanilla is still a table ornament:
Anyway final thoughts – DO NOT RECOMMEND. I feel as if this game ruined whatever happy thought I had left behind in the first game. A lot of people complained about the first game but oddly enjoyed this one and im just
In fact I would instead suggest to watch someone’s movie cut scene play throughs of the game instead, particularly this dude here even includes the Paradox endings and the DLC cut scenes and endings which I thankfully watched and saved myself a whole lot of grinding. In the meantime if you wanna see ridiculous clips of my “adventures” feel free to check out my Twitch collection as usual!
20 thoughts on “RPG Review: Final Fantasy XIII-2”
Lol good to hear the last one wasn’t this bad. And oh nooo yanderes? I’m out lol
no issues with 13 or lightning returns, but 13-2 was horrid.
honestly graphics/frame rate/crashing aside, I just didn’t enjoy 13-2 at all.
i didn’t like emo noel, i couldn’t stand caius and his yandere obsession with yuel and Serah just wasn’t that interesting to me and in the end bam she fuckin dies after that 40 minute battle I had to put her through with the stupid healing cat xDDDD
Ngl I only wanted to play this because Noel looking fine as hell but I guess the steam ports ruined that? Did you have any issues playing XIII on steam? I only ever played the PS3 version and have heard nothing but awful things about the ports. Hopefully the final game in this trilogy is much better!
I spent about the same amount of time on 13 as I did on 13-2 so in that sense I was looking forward to 2 in hopes to see a conclusion to 1 but they completed farted on the story of the first one ( and now that I found out in LR why it’s even more rage inducing rofl)
After playing LR for a few days, I no longer ship Noel and Serah and I think Noel and Caius are both imbeciles and screw you Yuel /rage
I think despite the fact that Snow is completely irrelevant, he does have some relevancy in LR (and they made him look a little better xD) but it’s clear that they’ve definitely ingrained Snow x Serah in stone in that one lol
Lol funny you mention Kingdom Hearts because Noel’s freaking design/outfit made him look like a KH reject so I had to put a DLC costume on him to not rage all game XDD
And yea the music is awful, there are other examples of bad music, such as death metal boss fights, but that’s the one I knew coming into this game that was gonna be THE awful chocobo song 😂😂
ngl i actually enjoyed FF13-2 more than FF13 in terms of gameplay. maybe because i rushed FF13 and it literally made me fell asleep mid game, so i could play FF13-2. but yeah i feel the disappointment with the ending and i’m very happy to see Hope in 13-2 more than anything. also I ship Noel x Serah better than Snow x Serah 😂😂😂
I dont even play final fantasy games but well that chocobo music… Wh-… What was that lol. If it weren’t for the video I would of thought that someone edited it and put another music over it. I get that games tend to have music genres that are popular at the time… But yeah this music no. Its like if they tried to put that music in a kingdom hearts game… That shiet don’t go together lol 😂
Yeah, I think if you like Lightning, LR can be very enjoyable! Glad you’re having fun with it! And, well, I mean, Hope x Light is a good ship, even I ship it! wwwwww
I’m sorry 😂🤣, I had the same hopes too for Lightning/Hope and Noel/Serah too… but when I realized it wasn’t happening I quickly jumped ship 😝
HONESTLY I wanted to ragequit so many times with crashing/crappy system but I kept hoping for some Lightning/Hope content which I never got orz lmao
Then I was like ok how about some Noel/Serah content – which I also never really got
I honestly feel like I wasted 30 hours of my life rofl
I played LR last night and I’m already enjoying it a lot. Systematically smooth, much better graphics, homeages to old FF games I played and lots of cute animals (cats/chocobos) also battle system is a lot easier thanks to the DLC outfits lmao
I actually really like Lightning so that’s probably why I am enjoying LR and why I liked 13 more. I can see a lot of people are put off by the moody battle waifu but I have this gap moe with her since the first game where she’s this serious cold army soldier then she sees Hope and melts her icy heart (n*´ω`*n) (lmao shipping hope x lightning as I make my way through LR XDD)
Yea I didn’t like how 13-2 just kinda farted all over the ending of 1 just to give Serah her own game lmao. She could have easily just gone on an adventure with LIghtning but I guess that wouldn’t really put her into the spotlight.
I never really liked retcon/time travel stuff, as I mentioned in my opening paragraph in most games the writers can’t keep track of all the time details and end up forgetting things along the way leaving a swiss cheese plotline
I dumped this game… I played it for a few hours but was having the same reactions you did and gave up. I’m commend you for finishing it, and your rage is completely understandable 🤣👏
I’m the type that loves exploring as I go and that’s just something that didn’t really exist in 13 for the most part (loved the open area near the end of the game though XD). But yeaaahhh, random encounters can become really annoying when you just wanna get shit done, I totally get you!
I liked the pet system quite a lot actually (I don’t mind grinding all that much when I’m having fun), but I can see why it would be unpopular in a mainline FF game with a supposedly deep and engaging story. It’s not exactly what you’d expect to see? Plus, some monsters are just ugly af. Truth be told, I would’ve preferred cute pets like in World of FF myself! 😂
About LR, personally I thought it was the weakest game in the trilogy, but maybe that’s just because I’m not a huge fan of Lightning to begin with. Having only her as a playable character exhausted me rather quickly. I hope you’ll find it more enjoyable at least! Hope’s still a cutie so there’s that to look forward to…! 😊🌼
I think the stupidest thing about XIII-2 was that the original already had an easy setup for a sequel. You have a whole planet full of people now having to move to a place dominated by monsters! Rescuing Vanille and Fang could be an objective as well, but reestablishing civilization should have been the focus and let the story blossom from there. Including time travel and retconning the ending was an absolutely abysmal choice.
Yep I plan to start Lightning Returns today! 😀
I think I would have enjoyed the “freedom” of exploring maps more if I wasn’t attacked by trash mobs every 2 seconds which just made me want to get my objective and leave ASAP lol. So in that sense I liked the “hallway” system of 13 because I could see the mobs and avoid them if need be. In this one, it’s like X where I can’t see them, they attack me and I can only run away half the time lol.
I thought the pet system was kinda cute at first but it ain’t cute when you’re on the final battle and all you’re doing is raising the stupid pet and making a 10 minute fight go on for 40 minutes 😰
I heard LR is more highly rated than this game so I have my fingers crossed I will enjoy it more lol
I think that a lot of people who loved or enjoyed 13 agree that 13-2 wasn’t a good game, at least that’s the experience I’ve had when talking about the series. So I don’t find your rage surprising at all! ww Personally I’m not a big fan of the FF13 universe as a whole, but I will say that, in terms of enjoyment, I did prefer the “freedom” in 13-2 when compared to the linear play style of 13 (that, and I really like Noel. And adult Hope :3c). Though if that’s not an issue, I certainly see why one would like the first game more…timetravel stories are a pain in the ass and pet raising system isn’t exactly everyone’s favourite, either. Also, yikes, that Steam version makes Noel look terrible. 😒
Will you be playing Lighting Returns?
You’re loco if you think you’re gonna hide this chocobo
Everybody’s gonna wanna ride your chocobo
It’s choco-loco style in a choco-rodeo
Gonna ride him straight through hell in this chocobo rodeo!
Yeah, let’s ride!
GONNA RIDE THAT CHOCOBO
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