Once again, Square Enix has given us some lovely eye-candy with these latest screenshots for their upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2. If you’re feeling like you’ve just experienced déjà vu, I can’t blame you. This isn’t the first time the company has decided to market a direct sequel to one of their Final Fantasy titles by tacking on a hyphen and number. It also helps that they’re using the same exact graphics engine as last time, giving us those jaw-dropping visuals that we’ve come to associate with it. Unfortunately for many of us, we’ll probably experience yet another bout of déjà vu after picking a controller as it looks as though the gameplay — if we can call it that, the game practically played itself — will be similar as well. I wasn’t very fond of the script or plot last time around, but maybe they’ll get it right. The game is currently set for release stateside next January.
As you can see in the screenshots above, the battle system look similar to what we experienced with Final Fantasy XIII. The subtitles for the English dialog also seem to share a similar appearance.
Incredibly detailed environments will be making their return. Say what you want about the gameplay, but the visuals still look top notch and definitely convey a real sense of scale.
Finally, here’s a full-body CG portrait for the character Sarah, featuring her wielding a bow. I like the character design, but I loathe the color of those shoes.
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