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Final Fantasy XIII-2: new heroes meet old faces in “Characters” trailer

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Here's a new trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2, focusing on the game's central heroes and villains. Final Fantasy's character lists are always a talking-point, with a good degree of variety to be found in the series' roster of fashion-obsessed teen battlers, and the new installment doesn't disappoint: there's enough buckles, attitude and hair product here to keep the cosplay market afloat for another few years.

Info on Square Enix's next big in-house production is coming thick and fast, with this clip coming on the tail of reveal videos for the game's enemies and battles. The game's set to release in January of next year, so expect our coverage to carry you through the downtime from whatever titles you acquire in the next week or so...

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7 comments

  • Clovin64 - December 21, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    Why does Square Enix hate Sazh so much? I can understand why Fang and Vanille wouldnt show up, but come on...
  • g4m3rk1dd - December 20, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    so then that other trailer teasing us with Sazh, Fang, and Vanille just means that they only get VERY minor roles in the story? like...telling how they moved on with their life/flash backs or something? ...pretty queer...
  • Helios - December 21, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Not necessarily. I read somewhere that Square Enix didn't include some characters in the video because it would be too spoilerific. Of course, if Sazh, Vanille, and Fang did play a big role in the story, it's odd that they were included in another video and not this one, but there's always hope, right? (pun not intended)
  • CancerMan - December 20, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    Still can't decide if I'm going to pick this up. Sure I loved XIII, but I won't be willing to overlook the same flaws again.
  • CUFCfan616 - December 20, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    "Final Fantasy's character lists are always a talking-point, with a good degree of variety to be found in the series' roster of fashion-obsessed teen battlers, and the new installment doesn't disappoint: there's enough buckles, attitude and hair product here to keep the cosplay market afloat for another few years." This is the main problem I know have with the series. It focuses on teenagers full of angst who somehow find their way in a battle to save a planet, but these characters are written by adults trying to imagine what a teenager thinks. I cannot relate to these characters now anymore than I could when I was an angsty teenager playing FF8, but it seems to be their target audience and so they're not going to change it any time soon. The only problem is is that it makes for cringeworthy plots and character development. Squall & Rinoa scream at me highlighting this. Tbh though, in FF13 I didn't really notice much in the way of character development at all and with everyone able to use the same abilities, they turned into blank models. All said though, the actual game looks like it might be a big improvement over FF13, but I probably won't be paying attention to the storyline that much if I pick it up (will probably just rent it for a week). In the meantime, Western RPGs really have stepped up in the past few years in terms of quality, scope and maturity and series like FF are starting to look (even more) stale in comparison
  • polarp - December 20, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    In defense of FF8, at least it wasn't filled with pretense of solemnity
  • sheah1 - December 20, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    So the returning characters are..... The two most annoying characters.... WHY THE FUCK DOES HE STILL HAVE THAT BLOODY BOOMERANG?!

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