The Final Fantasy games have always been about great storytelling, strong characters and beautiful landscapes, with the release of a new game on the horizon, the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2 appears to be no exception.
FFXIII-2 is a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII which saw heroine Lightning and her teammates search and rescue her lost sister Serah Farron and of course stop their home world ‘Cocoon’ from being destroyed.
Set a few years after the events of the chapter, FFXIII-2 now sees Lightning missing and presumed dead. Serah, a non playable character in the first game, believes Lightning is still alive and embarks on a quest to find her with a mysterious man and new character named Noel.
As Serah and Noel battle, players will be put through quick time events called “Cinematic Action” which will allow them to deal higher damage to foes and gain the upper hand in certain battles. Further more, the player can also tame monsters and utilise their skills to defeat enemies in difficult fights.
Monsters no longer roam the map like in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XIII, they instead randomly appear on the field when the player gets close. Just as monsters are appearing, a red ring surrounds the player’s character and dial clock is shown on the screen, which is titled the “Mog Clock”.
Other adjustments to the gameplay include a move away from the much criticised linear gameplay of the initial title to a style that offers multiple branching paths for you to choose from as well side quests to embark upon as part of grinding and to expand the play time of the title.
Perhaps the most intriguing of the redesigns is the Live Trigger system, which actively encourages you to take on a situation by presenting a range of different options. The demonstration of this are out there but of course at this stage they are quite limited and do not reveal to much. We’ll keep a close eye on this and see if it truly develops into a gameplay enhancing mechanic.
The game is scheduled to launch in early 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. For a preview of FFXIII-2, check out this demo clip below from E3.