Reminder: Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo is live on PS3 and 360 today

Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been on long road from a surprising announcement almost a year ago to its January 31 release date. It’s passed many milestones, including a Japanese launch and too many trailers to count. Today marks one of its last goals before launch: an English-langauge demo is now available. 


Downloadable on PSN and XBLA today in the US, the demo takes place in the Bresha Ruins, which is one of the first places the protagonists Serah and Noel end up when they jump through time. It’s an unpleasant future, filled with abandoned buildings and a monstrous time anomaly known as Atlas. In one of our playthroughs this boss fight was pretty tricky. We’re curious to see if this segment gives you readers the same trouble.


  • xarab4lyfex - January 10, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    Well after playing the demo, I can sincerely say it's already blown XIII out of the water. I'd rather have a smaller cast of characters I care about then a large cast of people I'd rather shoot (Hope and Snow), although I'm not sure if the demo is a big representation of all the characters you meet. I almost don't want to go back and finish XIII because the gameplay seems primitive to this demo. Thank God for no more leveling of the weapons. It's like how it should be all along, you meet the vendor in a new area, they have better stuff for sale, end of story. Also the monster thing seemed weird at first, but it was awesome that you can possibly recruit any monster onto your team to fight for you and they each come with their own skills. Definitely an improvement over XIII, I just hope the story and character development are all in there too, this could possibly be the best Final Fantasy since X. (No offense to XII). And Serah and her bow/sword are badass, k im done.
  • Cyberninja - January 11, 2012 3:54 a.m.

    its also a really good thing that you cant get stuck since in FF13 you really couldn't backtrack to level grind which is why i quit at the second owl guy fight, but With The HC this will either auto level enemies or have some really high level and low level areas both of which i am ok with
  • xarab4lyfex - January 14, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    Well eventually you do get to a point in the game where you can level grind all you want, but I can understand why people quit this game without finishing. I personally liked that you couldn't level grind because it added strategy to the boss fights (worst thing to me about an RPG is being overleveled and destroying bosses when the fights are supposed to be the best parts of the game.) But I guess there are people who like to level grind. But im glad that it gives the gamer their own option of playin through the game. Seriosuly the end of january can't come soon enough. Makes me wanna drop college lol.
  • xarab4lyfex - January 10, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    Downloading now.....WHY DOES IT TAKE 30 MINUTES TO DOWNLOAD A DEMO =(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
  • darron13 - January 10, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    Wow, you're complaining that it took so little time? :( It took me 2 1/2 hours
  • xarab4lyfex - January 10, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    damn that sucks lol
  • The_King_of_Nothing - January 10, 2012 6:36 p.m.

    Played it...Loved it. It seems even better than FF13, which was well worth full price despite what some people think. It's still weird when I hear people complaining about things that wasn't FF13. The only thing I've heard that is slightly legitimate is it's linear gameplay. Haters gonna Hate and this game will prove them wrong. Readeater: I still am not sure what mechanics apparently needed fixing because it works perfectly fine for me. It is also noticeably different from FF13. If you're having trouble seeing that...bummer.
  • Corsair89 - January 10, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    I agree. I thoroughly enjoyed the demo. Just about everything from FFXIII was improved upon and I can't wait for release.
  • samsneeze - January 10, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    I liked bits and pieces of Final Fantasy XIII and thought it was well worth the twenty dollars I spent on it. If I had spent any more money than that say a full sixty, I would most likely be mad. Very, very mad. But my care for this game. It doesn't exist.
  • Redeater - January 10, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    I found it exactly like FF13. I thought they had mentioned they were fixing key mechanics. Guess I will wait to see on launch day.
  • xarab4lyfex - January 10, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Well it is a demo, and if it's just combat (I have yet to play it) there was really no problem with XIII's combat which I found to be one of the best in the series, especially later in the game. By key mechanics, I assume they mean better character development, better story, and less linear gameplay.

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