Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy XIII-2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Deep fantasy role-playing with elegant action sequences.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Nothing Wrong AT ALL!

Its PERFECT! It has the occasional 'ass', but very infrequent. The violence is BARELY shown. It has some magic, but nothing bad. Every now and then you may face an enemy called a 'demon'. Overall its an A-OK game for anyone 10 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 18+

RPG, Adventure, Fantasy

I think that it is a great game for some people who are say in there mid teens like 18+ as well as older but, I wouldn't let any kids that are 10 or younger play this as there are some language in this game that they can accidentally say such as the d word but yeah that's what I think.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Square Enix clearly set out to fix most of the things that players complained about in Final Fantasy XIII, including acute linearity, a lack of towns to explore, and minimal side quests. The Japanese studio largely succeeded. You can now hop about locations in spacetime on a whim, putter around town-like environments, and undertake plenty of little optional missions, such as finding lost watches and picture frames for the hapless people and entities you encounter. What’s more, Square Enix improved upon its already elegant and satisfying battle system, which has players deftly altering party member functions like a director guiding performers in a play that has more roles than actors.

However, Final Fantasy XIII-2 also takes a step backwards in a couple of crucial areas. In Final Fantasy XIII, you were provided a strong and confident female lead who was easy to admire. Our new heroine, Serah, is by contrast frustratingly dainty and childlike -- hardly the type to save a world in peril. Her fluffy speeches and constant worrying only exacerbates the game’s already overwrought Japanese-to-English translation. It’s still a polished and fun game to play, but these narrative issues drag it down a notch.

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