Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Finally


After being behind the curve on getting a chance to play this game,I finally found time this week to take a crack at it.

First off let me say that right off the bat this game surpassed my expectations. I am roughly half way through the game but I have found less to complain about than I thought.

My biggest complaint is still the battle system. I was not impressed with it in XIII and I still am not impressed with it in XIII-2. I have stated this many times, as everyone who reads my blog knows, FF needs to go back to the turn based battle system and eliminated the retry. If yoy you strategy and a little common sense, why would you need to retry? The retry makes for lazy battles and takes the fun out of it.

Another complaint I have, up to where I am, is the lack of playable characters. Yes you have all the monsters to choose from but it’s not the same as using a person. The monsters play no part in the story line so it feels like they got lazy and didnt want to develop back story for characters.

The only other complaint I have is the quiz system. It sucks! Enough said.

Now for the things I like that have stood out in the game. I will more or less just list them as I hope to come back later and go into much more depth. For starters I like how I have the ability to roam around again. I hated the linear feel of XIII. I love that the chocobo races are back. I love how beautiful they have incorporated the original characters into the story. This was one of the biggest surprises to me. And to finish off my likes as of where I am is Mog.

As always I look forward to your comments and hope to see you at the forums!
Althalus

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Final Fantasy XIII-2


The good news it the game has been out for a while and many of you have had the opportunity to play it. The bad news is that I have been so busy with other task that I have been unable to play it as of yet 😦 I hope to correct this soon and have lots to say about the game but until that time comes I didn’t want anyone to think that I had forgotten about the game.

From what I am hearing from fans who have played the game, it has been better than expected. I haven’t heard to many bad things yet, but then again I haven’t scrutinized it with a fine tooth comb myself yet either. Until the time comes when I add my two cents worth in about the game I would love to hear what you all think of it. Leave a comment, email me, something…. I want to hear everyones opinions, both good and bad.

As always you can get ahold of me at the forums or via email (althalus @ ffexodus dot com). Stop by and say hi. I enjoy saying hi to people

Althalus 🙂

Final Fantasy XIII-2 XBox 360 Trophies


Yesterday, I gave you the trophies that could be earned on PS3. Today I want to take the time to list the trophies for the 360.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the XBox 360 will have 31 trophies. The trophy that doesn’t exist for the XBox 360 but does for the PS3 is ‘Master of Time’.

Choco-boco-holic  
Spent a fortune at shops.  
Clock Stopper  
Responded swiftly to the appearance of enemies.  
Staggering  
Staggered a significant number of enemies.  
Quick Draw  
Performed a significant number of preemptive strikes.  
Wild Thing  
Successfully used Feral Link abilities a significant number of times.  
No Retreat  
Fought a significant number of battles without using the “Retry” option.  
Strategist  
Performed a multitude of paradigm shifts.  
Budding Hunter  
Defeated an army’s worth of enemies.  
 
Secret Achievements
 
Early Riser  
Accepted a new fate in a world where everything has changed.  
Time Traveler  
Left behind a normal life, and began a journey through time.  
Future Espier  
Visited the place where clues to the future lie waiting to be discovered.  
Past Gazer  
Visited the place where the saviors of the past dream in crystal.  
Threat Facer  
Acknowledged the threat facing the world, and decided to fight back.  
Sooth Seeker  
Prepared to face a test of your determination in the rift where hidden truths slumber.  
Promise Keeper  
Turned your back on empty dreams and joined the battle to save mankind.  
Trigger Finger  
Obtained five Cinematic Bonus rewards.  
Anomalous  
Witnessed every possible Paradox Ending.  
Epic Finisher  
Followed the story to its conclusion.  
Saddle Sore  
Went the distance on chocobo-back.  
Serendipitous  
Amassed a fortune in casino coins.  
Fragmented  
Completed an entire fragment category.  
Defragmented  
Completed every fragment category.  
Scarlet Medal  
Defeated a powerful enemy with graceful poise.  
Cerulean Medal  
Defeated a powerful enemy with valiant skill.  
Obsidian Medal  
Defeated a powerful enemy with perfect execution.  
Supreme Being  
Fully developed all abilities.  
Big Game Hunter  
Defeated every worthy opponent.  
Giant’s Fist  
Dealt 99,999 damage with a single attack.  
Beast Tamer  
Befriended a most unfriendly monster.  
Fair Fighter  
Defeated a powerful enemy on equal terms.  
Chronosavior  
Obtained the highest possible result in the battle to determine the fate of the world.  

Reference: Xbox360Achievements
Althalus 🙂

Final Fantasy XIII-2 PS3 Trophies


When it comes to Final Fantasy, getting the trophies are not very high on my priority list, atleast not the first play through. I want to enjoy the game and the story. Now once I have enjoyed the game and the story I believe it is time to take a look at completing the trophies. I am one of those people that believe if you are going to play a game, then play it all. This includes the trophies.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will have 32 trophies that a player can earn. Here they are.

Master of Time
Mastered the timeline and obtained every trophy available.

23.35%
Uncommon
Early Riser
Accepted a new fate in a world where everything has changed.

94.06%
Common
Time Traveler
Left behind a normal life, and began a journey through time.

88.39%
Common
Future Espier
Visited the place where clues to the future lie waiting to be discovered.

82.65%
Common
Past Gazer
Visited the place where the saviors of the past dream in crystal.

80.11%
Common
Threat Facer
Acknowledged the threat facing the world, and decided to fight back.

72.03%
Common
Sooth Seeker
Prepared to face a test of your determination in the rift where hidden truths slumber.

60.63%
Common
Promise Keeper
Turned your back on empty dreams and joined the battle to save mankind.

57.99%
Common
Trigger Finger
Obtained five Cinematic Bonus rewards.

48.68%
Uncommon
Anomalous
Witnessed every possible Paradox Ending.

26.42%
Uncommon
Epic Finisher
Followed the story to its conclusion.

52.53%
Common
Saddle Sore
Went the distance on chocobo-back.

30.91%
Uncommon
Serendipitous
Amassed a fortune in casino coins.

31.69%
Uncommon
Choco-boco-holic
Spent a fortune at shops.

57.51%
Common
Clock Stopper
Responded swiftly to the appearance of enemies.

29.54%
Uncommon
Fragmented
Completed an entire fragment category.

52.59%
Common
Defragmented
Completed every fragment category.

26.90%
Uncommon
Scarlet Medal
Defeated a powerful enemy with graceful poise.

51.72%
Common
Cerulean Medal
Defeated a powerful enemy with valiant skill.

63.05%
Common
Obsidian Medal
Defeated a powerful enemy with perfect execution.

46.38%
Uncommon
Staggering
Staggered a significant number of enemies.

85.96%
Common
Quick Draw
Performed a significant number of preemptive strikes.

83.84%
Common
Wild Thing
Successfully used Feral Link abilities a significant number of times.

45.01%
Uncommon
No Retreat
Fought a significant number of battles without using the “Retry” option.

85.29%
Common
Strategist
Performed a multitude of paradigm shifts.

37.74%
Uncommon
Budding Hunter
Defeated an army’s worth of enemies.

86.92%
Common
Supreme Being
Fully developed all abilities.

36.81%
Uncommon
Big Game Hunter
Defeated every worthy opponent.

35.14%
Uncommon
Giant’s Fist
Dealt 99,999 damage with a single attack.

32.70%
Uncommon
Beast Tamer
Befriended a most unfriendly monster.

31.17%
Uncommon
Fair Fighter
Defeated a powerful enemy on equal terms.

28.71%
Uncommon
Chronosavior
Obtained the highest possible result in the battle to determine the fate of the world.

36.35%
Uncommon

References PSNProfiles

As always I hope you found this information useful and I hope you join me over at the forums to talk Final Fantasy
Althalus 🙂

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Demo



As all Final Fantasy fans know by now, February 03, 2012 is the release date (US) for the newest installment of the Final Fantasy series. Which actually isn’t a new game, but a sequel. Like all Final Fantasy games that have been release, this once is being closely watch by fan in anticipation of what is to come. For example, what will the graphics be like, how is the battle system going to work, etc, etc.

These questions are nothing new to a game getting ready to be release. Fans follow websites (hopefully mine :P) and youtube trying to get a glimpse of what the game has in store. Well this time SquareEnix has done something a little different. They have release a demo for play. Take a look

What did you thinK? Have you downloaded the demo for PS3 or Xbox360? Share your thoughts. Leave a comment or better yet, head on over to the forums and lets discuss the game. I look forward to seeing you there.

Althalus🙂

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Pre-order goodness


I interupt the wallpapers to bring you this little note on FFXIII-2. This may be helpful for those of you who like to pre-order games for all the goodies that you can get. This was written by bdagger over at Exodus and I wanted to share her research with everyone who hasn’t been paying attention.

Amazon.com – You get an exclusive boss battle with Omega in the coliseum. When you beat him you get him as one of your allied monsters. This will be part of the new monster collection feature of XIII-2.

Best Buy – Here you’ll get a FFXIII novella (hardcover) that bridges the gap between XIII and XIII-2.

And Finally, Gamestop – You’ll get an exclusive costume for Serah, who, if you haven’t been following, is a playable character.

Now, for the collector’s edition here’s what you can expect: First and foremost, you’ll get the entire four disc soundtrack to the game (usually something you have to pick up as an import or directly from the Square-Enix webstore). You’ll also get a full 20 page artbook featuring concept art. You’ll also get a spiffy hardcover case with glorious Amano artwork on it.

And finally, a few last tidbits – If you’re not keen to pre-order or you just want to snag all three bonuses, the Serah costume and the Omega battle will be DLC you can purchase at a later date. (Which means Best Buy is the way to go – at least that’s where I’m going). And, there’s also been an announcement that Ezio (of Assassin’s Creed) will make a cameo in the form of a DLC costume for Noel Kreiss.

Althalus 🙂

Final Fantasy Quotes


I am sure that I am not the only one who walks around quoting games on an everyday basis. It is a habit I got into long ago and have never really seemed to be able to stop. Because of this, I want to encourage others to walk around and just spout off random quotes from Final Fantasy games for no other reason than they can. Here are some of my favorite quotes from various Final Fantasy games that I use or I have heard used in conversation.

Old-school Chocobo: Wark!
New-school Chocobo: Kweh!
Any Moogle: Kupo!
Any Tonberry: Doink!

“You impertinent fools. I, Garland, will knock you all down!!”
-Garland

Woman in Ur (FFIII): Hey, where are you four brats off to now? What…? You’re going to go save the world…? Did you get hit on the head or something!?

FFV
Galuf: Whose idea was it to steal that pirate ship, anyway?
Bartz: Yours, you old coot!
Galuf: … Oh, my head! I can’t seem to remember anything!
Bartz: And his amnesia oh-so-conveniently returns.

Cid: That lobster just got served!
Bartz: With cheese biscuits and mashed potatoes!

Bartz: But it’s fun! poke, poke, poke…

FFVI
Edgar : “That’s Shadow! He’d slit his mama’s throat for a nickel!”

Edgar : “If something were to happen to me, all the world’s women would grieve!”

FFVII
CID, ABOUT CLOUD – “Just when you thought he was smart, he’d go off and do some damned fool thing.”

Listen up! Teamwork means staying out of my way! (Seifer)

FFVIII
Seifer: Great, I have one chicken-wuss and one kid who just entered puberty in my team!

Laguna: I feel a draft on my butt…

FFIX
talking about Cinna’s face…]
Garnet: Oh, really? I am sorry. You startled me.
Zidane: Well, with a face like his, I’d be pretty shocked, too!
Cinna: Man, that hurts! I wash up every morning, you know!

“He called me a liar and a loudmouth and a brat!!!” (Eiko)
“…He’s right.” (Amarant)
“What did you just say? D’you wanna repeat that?!” (Eiko)
“Man, I hate kids…” (Amarant)

Bastards, we may be, but clever are we.
Zorn, Final Fantasy IX

FFX
“You can cram your happy festival, you big meanie!” Rikku

FFXII
Vaan: So, this Jules…is he an old friend of yours, Balthier? You two seemed…close.
Balthier: Close enough for fisticuffs…Driver! Faster, if you please. I would be loath to expend any of the violence of my present mood on my companions.
Cabby: S-Sir? Yes, sir!

Ba’gamnan: The whole affair has the smell of money. I may have to wet my beak a little.

Althalus

Final Fantasy Flowchart


Jimmy has created a a wonderful flowchart that shows how everything Final Fantasy is related. From the main titles to the prequels, sequels and multiple spin-offs.

FF Flowchart
This is about the best description I have ever seen on how the Final Fantasy series ties together. I recommend this chart for everyone. This chart is great reference for not only the new comers into the world of Final Fantasy but for the veterans like myself also!

Althalus🙂

Faster Final Fantasy Turnaround?


Speaking with GameReactor, Final Fantasy series producer Yoshinori Kitase noted that he wanted the Final Fantasy series to have more rapid iterations, following the successful business model set by Western triple-A titles such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty.

“Final Fantasy XIII was the first game [we made for current generation consoles], and personally I think we took a little too long getting it out,” said Kitase. “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 (for more, see link) http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/225089/square-enix-aiming-for-quick-turnaround-on-future-final-fantasies/ and http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/9388/Kitase+on+Final+Fantasy+XIII-2/?page=2&sid=e982654edf6466703fc82e9470afdcde

Now for some thoughts

Yoshinori Kitase gave this interview to GameReactor. After reading it, I am left to wander if we are going to lose even more of our ‘Final Fantasy’ as they attempt to release games quicker. If producing a game quicker means that it begins to suck more and more with each passing game, what is the point? It seems with each new game the Final Fantasy series is becoming less of an RPG and more of a crapfest.

I am all for taking more time to create a more quality game. I believe that true fans of FF would agree.

Final Fantasy has lost it’s way


Final Fantasy lost its way. The creative experimentation seen in Final Fantasy XII and XIII, while admirable, steered the series in a direction that many devoted fans openly lament. Even Final Fantasy XIII-2 appears reactionary; it exists to advance a story, yes, but also to address numerous consumer complaints leveled at its predecessor. I enjoyed both Final Fantasy XII and XIII, though I can say without hesitation that Square Enix’s past works reached far greater heights.

Final Fantasy was originally released in December of 1987. Since then the series has come a long ways. In that time span there have been many games and many spin-offs of the series. Along the way many good things have come along, also many things have come into play that make some fans wonder why they continue to be a fan of the series.

You can ask any fan of FF what they think the best game is, and you will get many different answer. Usually the answer they give is an indication of how long they have been a fan of the series. I, like most old people who have been with the series since the beginning believe that nothing beats an original. There is no FF better than the first. I am not saying that there have not been some other good FF’s along the way, for that would be untrue. There have been many good Final Fantasy’s since the original along with some good spin-offs.

The recent retro craze — popularized by such games as New Super Mario Bros., Pac Man Championship Edition, Bionic Commando Rearmed, and Mega Man 9 — showcases how popular traditional gaming remains. Even in an industry saturated by eye-searing graphics and motion technology, many gamers just want the classics. And who can blame them; gameplay above all else, right?

So where have the creators of the new FF’s gone wrong? At which point or game did they lose their way? That all depends on who you ask. Personally I feel that Final Fantasy took a nose dive with XI and have continued to fall. Why XI you ask, because FF is a turn based RPG. Creating a MMORPG and calling it a Final Fantasy was the worst mistake Squeenix (my affectionate title for Square-Enix) could have made. And yet, they want to make the same mistake again with XIV.

What does Squeenix need to do to correct their mistake before they lose more fans? Simple, go back to the roots of the game. Stop worrying about trying to keep up with what the other games are doing and using. That is not what fans of FF are after. Here are some thoughts.

Story

The story itself needn’t tread entirely new ground. Crumbling worlds will continue captivate us with the right characters and enthralling dialogue. The most important point is to instill a sense of danger in us — create a problem that needs fixing. And if we care about the world enough, we’ll care about saving it.

Battles

Get away from the real-time battles and return to the turn-based or even the ATB (active time battle). Something where you are not just reacting to the fight, but involved in the fight. Thinking ahead, trying to determine the enemies next move, his weakness, his strengths. You don’t really have any of this in a real-time battle.

Another critical element to gameplay: equipment. The recent Final Fantasy titles did away with traditional equipment, so a return to form is in order. Each character should have slots for their head, arms, body, and legs, as well as an additional two slots for relics. Squeenix should feed our collective obsession with loot and invest serious time into developing a massive item catalogue — perhaps even randomize it. Remember the thrill of maximizing relics in Final Fantasy VI so one character attacks first with multiple strikes in a row? That potential for fine-tuning and meticulous customization would be a breeding ground for replay value.

The World

Ask anyone who is a fan of Final Fantasy and they can sum the solution for this up in two words “WORLD MAP”. Enough of the linear crap. That was one of the biggest downfalls of XIII. Where was our world map, where was our ability to free roam?

Final Thoughts

I believe that the potential for the best FF is there by combining the best elements of the past games and doing away with the crap that has been added over the years. What are the best and worst elements? Lets start with the worst things that have happened to FF over the years.

Creating an MMO (XI and XIV) and calling it a FF was by far the worst move ever. Along with this are the ability to restart after a battle instead of dying (XIII), making the game linear with no free roam (XIII), sequels (X-2 and XIII-2) to continue a storyline because they couldn’t get it right to begin with and real-time battles

Those are ones that pop into my head without having to think on it. I am sure when I go back to play the games there will be things that will pop out at me that could be added to the list. I do not want to focus on just the negative though. There are many aspects that have been added over the series that have been very fun and/or beneficial. I am not going to attempt to list them, because at that point I would be writing a book and not a blog. All fans of FF have their favorite things they would like to see return to the game. I will end this with telling you my favorite thing about FF that I would love to see return to the games.

Character class! White Mage, Black Mage, Fighter etc….

Althalus http://www.ffexodus.com and http://www.ffexodus.com/forums

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