Alright perennial Final Fantasy fans, prepare yourselves for a dynamic new trailer freshly printed off the metaphorical Square Enix presses. Longtime fans of the series will find this trailer instantaneously familiar, as it provides the perfect blend of the three elements which define Final Fantasy: action, melodrama, and stoic characters wielding big swords.
The trailer opens with video of an attack on a peaceful seaside village adjoined with rather generic audio of moralistic musings by the main character of Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning. After this initial attack scene, several disjointed vignettes flash by. Myriad characters vocalize clips of heavy-sounding, but ultimately meaningless, dialogue throughout these scenes. Lightning’s sister, Serah, demands the primary visual focus of this trailer’s first minute heavily reinforcing that this sequel will focus on her story.
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As this trailer segues into its second part, we see Serah’s mysterious moogle companion transform into her stylized bow weapon. I’d question the leap in logic which grants the simplistic moogles this kind of power but, in a universe where skirts can be constructed solely from overlapping belts, it would prove to be an exercise in futility.
Throughout the rest of this trailer, frenetic gameplay cushions the “big reveal” placed about two minutes in: Hope will return in this sequel. Hope the character, not the psychological concept (although that will likely return as well).
From the comments section it appears as though this decision to return Hope has already generated some heated debate among fans of the series, as he was generally considered one of the weaker characters in the first game. Perhaps he received an overhaul in this sequel which will justify this continued inclusion.
If anything can be said of this trailer, it has definitely reformed my conception of Final Fantasy XIII-2, vis-à-vis its predecessor. All indicators point to the conclusion that this new game will tell a much grander, more action-y tale than Final Fantasy XIII.