There was plenty to hate in Final Fantasy XIII. Unlikeable characters, utterly linear gameplay, boring, pretentious story, lack of any entertainment value whatsoever. Make your way further down that list and you might have taken issue with the game’s cheesy “pop” stylings. If this was your sole beef with the fetid gaming carcass that was Final Fantasy XIII, then you might be in for a treat when you fork over sixty hard-earned bucks for its entirely warrantless sequel.
According to an interview with producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama in Japanese manga magazine (mangazine?) Dengeki, Square Enix has decided to do away with the hyperglycemia-inducing sweetness of FFXIII’s tone.
“By playing Final Fantasy XIII-2 you’ll see the complete story. This game will cover the events behind the scenes of Final Fantasy XIII and have a dark feel to it. The story will have mysteries and won’t be straightforward.
“Dengeki’s interview also notes that the development team listened to criticism from people outside of the company and overseas. Opinions regarding the characters, story, and interface were taken in.”
Hopefully Leona Lewis will also be jettisoned into the sun.