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Final Fantasy XIII-2: Demo available on PS3, impressions after play

We have some great news for Final Fantasy fans now, as just as promised we can confirm that Square-Enix has now placed the demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2 up on the US PlayStation Store. Fans now get their long awaited Final Fantasy fix again after FFXIII, this time in English of course.

The full game is already available to buy over in Japan, and while gamers are free to import at their discretion, playing the game with Japanese menus isn’t exactly an enjoyable process, even if the original Japanese voice acting is preferred to English.

With the demo release now available, you can get a sample of Square-Enix’ latest game, and find out for yourself if Square-Enix has made improvements from FFXIII. For those of you that don’t have the demo yet, it should be appearing today on the Europe and Asia PlayStation Stores as part of this week’s update. As for Xbox 360 owners, the demo should also be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace sometime today as well.

We can tell you that the demo will take place in the Bresha Ruins and puts you into battle against a giant monster known as Atlas. Two players are available in the demo, who are Noel and Serah. The demo will give you a chance to preview the new QTE elements that are now featured in the FFXIII-2 battle system. We would have liked a bigger helping of gameplay in the demo like previous titles, but you can’t blame Square-Enix for wanting to just offer a slice of gameplay in the hope that fans flock to pick up the full game at the end of the month.

Just to let you know, the demo comes in at just at under 2GB. If you have already had a playthrough of the demo, let us know your impressions of it. Is it significantly better than FFXIII, or are there still some aspects that disappoint you?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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