The demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2 is out, and I spent a fair amount of time checking out what’s going on in Cocoon. Take a look:
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Good Lord, a giant hand!
One of the many things you’ll find in the new demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2, Square Enix’s return to Cocoon, continuing the story of Final Fantasy XIII. Serah and Noel find themselves in quite a predicament in this, as a giant “Paradox” known as Atlas is attacking.
You’ll see here that the battle system is not all that different from Final Fantasy XIII. You have one party leader, who in my case is Noel. You have Paradigm Shifts, where I can change between healers and direct attacks and stuff like that, and Serah will follow. You’ll have the big , over-scaled boss fight like this one here. You’ll notice here that Atlas isn’t quite in the world yet; later on you’ll see him in his full form, but this is the first time you’ll see him.
The demo also introduces a new side feature called temporal rifts. These are essentially Dissidia without the fighting: you’ll go through a path, gather crystals, get to the goal. You’ll see here that I have to follow not quite the direct way in order to solve the puzzle, and the next one as well. These are cool, but I’d like to know a little more of what they do. All they did in this demo was weaken Atlas so I could face him for real, but I’d like to know if there’s going to be more to this little feature than what I’ve seen here, because I can go play Dissidia if I want grids and crystals.
The demo also introduces Chocolina, who is the shopkeeper this time, not to mention a cosplayer’s dream. Look at those bird hand…wings…things…I don’t even know what’s going on there. She’s strange.
I love the demo, I think it’s really cool. It’s over a gig and a half, so there’s plenty to do. If you’re looking forward to the game, definitely give the demo a shot to strengthen your opinion.