Final Fantasy XIII-2 Environments Trailer

Probably the main criticism against Final Fantasy XIII from traditional Final Fantasy purists was its exceedingly linear level layouts that, until reaching the more open-ended world map roughly halfway through the game, had players doing little more than charging forward in a straight line, only stopping for the occasional battle or scripted sequence.

As shown in this latest gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2, shipping January 31st for PS3 and Xbox 360, Square Enix is introducing a mix of brand new locales to explore on top of familiar environments given a new look. If the dungeon map shown around 55 seconds in is any indication, the level layouts appear to be more complex and open to multiple paths. The more I see of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the more I come around to the idea of it being a deserving sequel.

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