New Final Fantasy XIII-2 screens reveal time travel and more gameplay details

The latest batch of Final Fantasy XIII-2 screens reveals a wealth of new information, including details on new game mechanics, new locations, and some background on new protagonist Noel. We get a good look at Valhalla, part of the alternate dimension in which Lightning now resides (along with her trusty summon Odin), and a hint that time travel might be a big part of the story.

There's a lot to absorb here, but some major points of interest are:

Above: The Historia Crux overmap - It looks like you can travel to various locations at different points in time

Above: Noel is from the future! It seems likely the story will revolve around changing the past to affect the future

Above: We saw this at the E3 presentation - the time gate involves tile-based puzzles that act as short breaks from the normal gameplay

Above: This batch of screens includes a lot of details on Valhalla, one of FFXIII-2's new locations. Odin seems to have a more prominent role this time too

Above: A closer look at Lightning's rival

Sep 8, 2011


  • tekkenLilli - September 30, 2011 9 a.m.

    I think the best thing about this game would be Lightning and her male Rival. Sounds interesting. Serah and the new guy looks boring. The trailers were boring with these two in them too.
  • tekkenLilli - September 30, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Serah still looks like she is 12 years old and Snow looks 30 in FF13-2. Sad. Not excited for the game one bit. The original was best.
  • soranamineforever - September 11, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Oh, because time travel ALWAYS works with, plot-wise. Dear God, can anyone name me a game that uses time travel that DOESN'T create a million bleeping plot holes? And beyond that, just looking at the mini-maps proves that this game will still be linear as all hell. You're going to make a sequel, and NOT fix the original game's biggest and most agreed upon problem? Smooth move, Square. Smooth bleeping move.
  • quincytheodore - September 8, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Not sure if Noel can be an interesting protagonist. Why Japanese devs often change already loveable main char with new unproven ones such as Raiden (MGS2) and Nero(DMC4)? I think Lightning is already good as she is. In fact one of the few reasons XIII didn't feel as cliche as the rest of JRPG was her. Add that with Pokemon / time travel mechanism, this sounds really dubious, like the devs are trying a bunch of stuffs that they think will appeal to the fans without knowing for certain. "Hey, if we add more stuffs to it, something bounds to pleased the fans." I'm a bit concern, but I'll still try it though. The graph and OST alone are intriguing enough.
  • dcbernman - September 8, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    I can't wait for the PS4. Then I'll buy a used ps3 and go to town on all the great games ^^ and FFXIII is among the first things I want to play
  • whywai - September 8, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Haven't played halfway through FF13...
  • mattersnotnow - September 8, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    Still waiting for more characters to be revealed as playable. I don't look forward to Serah as a main char and if her and the new guy are the only ones I won't be getting this. Part of the reason FFX-2 was bad was because there was far too few characters and they were mostly alike (Except for Paine, but even then...). In RPGs varied characters and development of said characters is important because different gamers relate to different characters. If it's just the two of them, I don't feel like I'll enjoy it.
  • g4m3rk1dd - September 10, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    id like the say the same thing...but the game will probably bitch me into buying it on day 1 anyway... at least we caught a glimpse of Hope (cringe) in the PAX we may be able to use other characters.
  • n00b - September 8, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    Valhalla, Odin... wow you so sly Square Enix also Noel is Fang and Snow's son hence the absence of both characters
  • Clovin64 - September 8, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    Still hoping that Lightning plays more than just a support role in XIII-2 (and Sazh for that matter). Even so, this is definitely one of my most anticipated games of 2012.
  • cchen04 - September 8, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    Still think the quick-time events in the battles look real tacky.
  • Letter11 - September 8, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    I'm with you, even just the name "Cinematic Action" makes me groan. I have to get it though, it looks so pretty.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 8, 2011 3 p.m.

    Better than just watching.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - September 8, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    The more I see of this game the more I want it.
  • jackthemenace - September 8, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Oh god, it's gonna get all Dr.Who-y. I still wish I'd had the patience (And time) to finish XIII myself.
  • lovinmyps3 - September 8, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Holy crap. The game looks amazing. So many graphics! I love XIII, I can't wait for this.
  • justinbanda - September 8, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Holy crap. I'm excited.
  • BaggerdyRoll - September 8, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    so... Chrono Trigger?
  • Rustash - September 8, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    My thoughts exactly.
  • SonicX_89 - September 8, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    That wouldn't be a bad thing would it? Also, I really need to play through FF XIII.

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