Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sidequests gameplay will please fans

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Square-Enix are not slowing down in their frequent gameplay teasers for the upcoming western launch of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and we’re pleased to say that we have another one for you to look at. This time, the action focuses on some of the sidequests and fun minigames that you’ll be able to take part in away from the main storyline.

If you ask any Final Fantasy fan, they’ll say that sidequests are a crucial part of the Final Fantasy legacy and it was an area which was severely lacking in Final Fantasy XIII and was one of the key reasons why the game came in for notable criticism.

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Thankfully, Square-Enix are looking to make up for that with the sequel and it looks like players will have plenty to do when they get bored of following the main storyline. For instance, we can tell you that a gold saucer-style sidequest makes an appearance in the game, allowing players to play slot machines and wait for it – race Chocobos as well.

You can also take part in a quiz thanks to ‘Captain Cryptic’ and try to solve various puzzles, some of which are reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII. There’s rewards such as fragment pieces up for grabs for those willing to take part in side missions, so it looks like Square-Enix has finally listened to the community and given Final Fantasy XIII-2 a lot more variety than the previous game.

The sidequests shown in the trailer look fairly decent, but let’s hope that they offer the same amount of enjoyment and replayability as those seen in Final Fantasy VII. We would love to see snowboarding make a return, but perhaps we shouldn’t push our luck. Who knows, maybe Square-Enix are planning to add even more sidequests via DLC, seeing as they are well aboard the bandwagon now offering exclusive weapons and a playable Lightning character.