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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Is a Bad Idea: Reasons Why

It has been suggested recently that Square-Enix are looking to do a follow up to Final Fantasy XIII, with a possible FFXIII-2 title. It is merely ideas from Square-Enix at the moment, but we and probably the majority of FF fans hope they are joking.

It is fair to say that Square-Enix are the kings of RPG games, but FFXIII was a total letdown for die hard FF fans. We’ve all read the criticisms on the game in the past, so we won’t go into it, but they really shouldn’t be thinking of another game.

Director Motomu Toriyama wants to make a spin-off game where Lightning ends up ”happy”, but we really think Square-Enix should scrap the idea completely and start fresh on a Final Fantasy title which is closer to either FF7, FF8 or FF9 – the three games which are considered their finest work yet.

I’d even prefer no game over a new FF XIII game actually, or better yet – spend more time polishing up Final Fantasy Versus XIII – since early signs are looking like it’s nothing like XIII – which is obviously a good thing.

Am I being a bit harsh on the original FFXIII, maybe a bit – but I feel it would be time wasted for Square-Enix if they really gave the green light to this project.

Do you think a spin-off game would be a bad idea?

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.

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Kara Bjork

People complain about the littlest things in a video game when really they should look deeper into the game and not so much on small outer details. The company made a game that they thought would really hit it off. Obviously if it was put as a PS3 Hits game it did fairly well. More people liked it than most people think because somehow it made it as a greatest hits game. If they made too many games like 7, 8, and 9, people would get bored with the idea. Somewhere, they had to make a change in the franchise.… Read more »

Concerned Gamer #9
Concerned Gamer #9

Once again foolish internet troll, do your damned research, FFXIII sold 13 million copies and you say it was because you just want ANOTHER FFVII

Jason
Jason

Aweful game FF13. Its screwed proper FF fans over. 7 8 and 10 were the bet games I've ever played. 13 made me angry more than anything, how dare SE do this to their loyal fans. FF was all about freedom, and exploring a fantastic new world with a great story Not grabbing you by the throat and forcing you down a path, followed by a boss, a cut scene and repeat. Awful characters (who was the main one? God knows) Awful story (I mean wft was it about?!) and awful characters (waa lets cry, oh no a monster is… Read more »

Gus
Gus

I disagree with this article completely. FFXIII is my most favourite game of all the FF's, and I am really pleased they are making a FFXIII-2. I may be in the minority here, but I think FFXIII is the best of the final fantasy's. In my opinion.

Incendia
Incendia

Well, a sequel sure sounds fun! I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I would love one. 😀 'Cos XIII only stops when the gang are on Pulse. THEY NEED TO REBUILD CIVILIZATION!! :O And…I want to find out what happens next. :3 The controls were quite OK. (IMO) Sure they're different from Crisis Core and bla blah…but it was pretty fun too! (cos I'm a lazy person and all) Just wait for the ATB gauge to refill, and then press Triangle whenever you feel like it. 😀 Moreover,a sequel would be good too 'cos..y'know how some people… Read more »

Flappy
Flappy

where are the reasons why?

i think a sequal would be awesome, lightning is my favorite main character and ive played 7,8,9,10,12,and 13

the story has a lot to expand on and given the situation in the end there is a lot of things they could go into, i think a sequel would be great

Jasian6
Jasian6

I think a full sequel, not a spin-off, should be made for 13. I do agree that FFXIII was not up to par with previous games, but I blame the scenario writing that doesn't bring out the characters effectively. The pacing felt forced for me too, but i think its because we don't relate strongly with the characters, causing us to care less about advancing the plot. Also, I think there's a lot of holes in lore. Just look at all of the extra areas! It seems like there's a big story behind how it all came to be, but… Read more »

Mason
Mason

You lost all credibility when you said XII, XIII, and IV were their finest works and they should stick with that. We all know what would REALLY happen. They would make a game exactly like one of them, and it may not be as good as the originals and EVERYONE who wanted them to stick those traditional ideas would say, "Sqaure, seriously, it worked once. Now, think of something new before I get angry. Wah wah."

Gracie
Gracie

I think they should make a sequel….there was a lot left unanswered and personal i loved the game…the story was good the characters where great and i felt for each and everyone, that is what i love about the Final Fantasy games, they really make you feel and i think FFXIII pulled that off well….there is of course a few things they could change or add. but isnt that part of what makes a sequel great….

I SAY SEQUEL PLEASE XD

Hope
Hope

There's one bit where I agree with you and that is that they need to think more along the storylines of FFVII, VIII, and IX, however, with all the Final Fantasy games that they have made, I wouldn't change any of them for the world. I love XIII's storyline and characters and I actually wouldn't care if they didn't make a storyline similar to VII or VIII because chances are they'd get so called die hard fans saying it's too similar. Guess what I'd do if I wanted to play a storyline similar to VII or VIII or X? I… Read more »

whatsgoingon
whatsgoingon

You people who keep talking nonsense about “true fans of the series” and whatnot are morons! Grow up guys. I read a post where someone claimed to have started playing in 1990 and he likes xiii and that makes him a true fan. Well all i know is if he/she did then he should be old enough like i am, in my mid 20s to realize just because someone doesnt like xiii doesnt make them a non-fan… gee whiz i didnt like xii or xiii at all but ff is still my favorite rpg series and i consider myself a… Read more »

joep
joep

The storyline of FFXIII was very good although the battlesystem was mediocre and the decision to remove towns and shops was just plain stupid. If Square made a sequel with towns/shops/sidequest just like FF should be it would be awesome,(same setting but this time with the element missing in the first one) if it's just more of the same then it's too bad and just wait for it to show up in the budged games. I think that the best titles of the series were FF6 (FF3 in America and Europe) and FF7. The worst FF until now was X-2.… Read more »

visitor
visitor

I totally agree with the whole no FFXIII sequel, but I'm not hating on FFXIII, personally I loved every bit of it and the graphics were absolutely amazing. Now I'm not saying to go back to something more traditional because I believe the battle system was a step up and it felt much more exciting, however, I did enjoy the older battle systems. I think that eif a new Final Fantasy is being planned, it should be something brand new with incorporating the best bits of previous games, that's what keeps me interested. I like not looking forward to the… Read more »

XIII Protector
XIII Protector

I strongly disagree with this article.The reason is that every person has his/her own taste of what is good and what isn't.Awful critics for XIII are all over the web just because you (the so-called die hard fans)don't want something new,you want to play the same thing in different versions,again and again.If you die hard(i would say that you are just morons who can't accept the fact that FF 7-8-9 and w.e else is over)fans like these then play these, many people loved XIII as much as you liked the others,get over it.The only thing I didn't like was the… Read more »

Erik
Erik

I would like to see an final fantasy xiii-2 and if any of you was real final fantasy fans. Ya'll would agree. Stop being in the past and move on to the future. Final Fantasy Xiii-2 should be made. I have over 38 friends who is agreeing with me, though they go to my school. So, final fantasy Xiii-2 please!!

Harry
Harry

(SPOLIER) Through i think by now everyone who is a fan would have finished the game. I think that a sequel to final fantasy xiii would be a good idea. Look where xiii ended, all of cocoon stranded on Pulse. There are awesome story possibilities there. In addition, the only major criticism I had about Final Fantasy was that it was too linear. Basing the game entirely on Pulse would give square the means to eliminate that. The combat system was fine, add some more flexibility (in terms of character development) and I reckon we would have an amazing game.… Read more »

Hannah
Hannah

Final Fantasy XIII was amazing. Its one of my top favorites as a matter of fact! Your just another one of those fan boys that has FFVII so far up your ass that you wish they would remake that shitty game. This article sucks and you shouldn't even be a writer.

Jamie
Jamie

A sequel is a good Idea. For many of us, the ended of FF13 was a bit confusing. Either it was left open for a story line, or gave us just enough information to sate our thirsts. I agree this article is a sham. You are only seeing it on the surface. This game has much more meaning than what you gave it. The story was quite good once you got into it. It wasn't forced, although I do feel you have to play the game a couple of times to fully understand it. The battle system, although new, was… Read more »

Nina
Nina

I think they should make the sequel because we hardly know the background history of the characters. I also thought the game was good. We also need to know what happened to Hope at the end and how the wedding went for Sarah and Snow.

Randy
Randy

If your a true Final Fantasy Fan then you would have been there through the ages! I started playing since Final Fantasy (The Original) in 1990 although it was release in Japan in 1987, to it's latest Final Fantasy XIV for PC. – Now I have a lot of criticism for some of the games that have been released such as Crystal Chronicles and such but still I liked playing it. WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SEQUEL! FFXIII creates an interesting new battle scheme that has a lot to offer and a cast of great characters that deserve to be… Read more »

Anthony
Anthony

Everybody has their own opinion, but I must agree with this article in saying that XIII was a let down… The largest problem with XIII was that I didn't care about the characters at all. If I don't care about the characters, then I won't care about the story, and if I don't care about the story, then I basically don't care about the game (as an rpg). The fact that you only control your main character certainly didn't help either. I actually have to say I liked FF12 better than 13, mainly because the gameplay was interesting enough to… Read more »

Cretin
Cretin

I know the standards of journalism have dropped like a lead balloon released from a tall building nowadays, but this is frankly taking the mickey.

At what point is 'FFXIII-Versus' not a sequel to 'FFXIII'? The clue is in the name !!!

Tyrell
Tyrell

SQUARE WILL MAKE SEQUEL!!!

Its already been decided by the true die-hard fans of Final Fantasy; Square WiLL make this sequel and it will surpass all of our expectations. The question now is will Masashi Hamauzu do the honors of blessing us with some more tracks for a second round—– Someone say "Sulyya Springs pt 2?"

matchy
matchy

i'm sure, bad game or good game, people will, including myself, purchase a XIII-2.
They know this and they will do it if they reallly wanted to.
KH2 was pretty linear in terms of environment too, in comparison to the first one, and people LOVE that game.
Maybe they were just trying to do what people liked, obviously it didn't work, and will try to fix things up in a sequel.
the FF12 sequel is completely different from FF12, and it was still well recieved.
I think it has a chance.

wenxuan
wenxuan

Personally I just didn't like the rigid 'run down a straight line for 50 hours without a break or world/town to explore and people to talk to'. Final Fantasy XIII feels too fixed for a Final Fantasy and lacks the branching explorative depth in other more traditional Final Fantasy.

I think I would prefer to play Final Fantasy XIII Versus or a Final Fantasy XV than to go back to Final Fantasy XIII.

Saix
Saix

What this person is saying is nothing. Not even explaining why it is a bad idea. Final Fantasy XIII is a JRPG and sticks to the classical style of Final Fantasy by creating a unique battle system. Probably one of the most innovative battle schemes. A sequel would be a great idea, just change a few things; gameplay (Allow more freedom, not making it so linear) – Add mini-games to add spice up the game a bit to stray away from the main story line. – Add better side quests so that you can go back to an area you… Read more »

minnie
minnie

Hi, I was just looking for more information about this (in my opinion) -awesome- news. I have only recently heard about them in the morning, and I couldn't have been more happier to even think about how Square Enix could go about it; I just know they will surprise us with something really cool for the fans of this particular game. When I was finished reading your article, I felt I had to disagree with what you were stating about the game and the news. I respect all opinions, but in fact, FFXIII is and could be a great and… Read more »

Rufos
Rufos

Oh and Mass Effect is AWESOME. It isn’t a crap.

Its a better RPG than FFXIII.

And the solds aren’t important.

Rufos
Rufos

Do you know how many copies FFVII sold? 9,8 milions!!! + 3 milions! And 2,5 milions in single weekend!!! The old ones are 3 milion times better than XIII!! Have you played them?! Oh I don’t think soo…. After you play them… Come talk to me. After play those games TO THE END, Come talk to me. Who speaks sooooooo well of FFXIII or Never play the old ones or then played but didn’t reach the half of the games… I’m not saying ” FFXIII is the worst game of Square Enix” of course i’m not!!! But i’m saying is… Read more »

Tom Ato
Tom Ato

This article is ridiculous. I'm sure most of the real FF fans would absolutely LOVE to see a Final Fantasy XIII – 2. Yes, the game was linear. Yes, the decision to remove towns, shops and talking to NPC's was stupid. However the game had one of the best story's i've ever played through, the quality of writing for the script was right up there with games like MGS4 and Uncharted 2. What I find hysterical is that so many people criticised FF XIII, saying it was awful, yet they bought it anyway. The game has sold over 7 million… Read more »

Skid Row Trash
Skid Row Trash

I hate the fact that there is a Final Fantay Versus 13… is this the game I was supposed to get but instead they gave me the regular ff 13? This game was fucking garbage compared to all other final fantasies, even FF 1 was WAY better than this. I don't understand how square thought that running down a path for 50+ hours, until you get to the "open world" would be fun? What about the fact that you don't control your characters in battle, you can choose one of 6 autobattle types for them to use.. are you fucking… Read more »

Tyrell
Tyrell

FANS SAY YES TO SEQUEL!!!!

I dont know which Final Fantasy fans you've been hanging with, but the real fans still want more from FF13, the REAL fans see the great potential for an even greater, more epic FF13, in a FF13 sequel. SOME ONE REMOVE THIS ARTICLE NOW BEFORE SQUARE SEEs IT!!!!

Leandro
Leandro

Square should make a game closer to FF7, FF8 and FF9? Sorry, but they're the crappiest of the series.

SITHLORD-GAMBLE
SITHLORD-GAMBLE

No Way! FF13 was crap! Total Disappointment! … and this is coming from some1 who has played EVERY final fantasy including NES and FF11 online … ALL of them were good except FF X2 and FF13 … Give us side missions, TRUE open worlds, Secret Weapons/Bosses … then maybe we will be happy but IMO FF13 was an epic fail! A sequel would be a bad idea … just make FF15 … and where the hell is Versus???

Add me on PSN people! : SITHLORD-GAMBLE

Rufos
Rufos

I agree with this article. Final fantasy XIII it’s a bad game, its small, and don’t have sooooo story like the others have.

They should look to FFVII and FFVIII.

I love FF games but XIII was horrible and XIV was a terrible idea.

Do sequel or remakes of those games and live the old times!

PS: Square… Don’t do any game like FFXIV.

Big Kat
Big Kat

The only gripe I had with FFXIII was it's linearity and lack of side-quests up until chapter 11 but everything else about the game made me overlook that fact. Seriously, some mini-games in Nautilus would have been awesome. If SE add more freedom for the player – allowing them to explore and do more in a sequel then I would be a very happy bunny indeed.

I see a sequel as being redemption to those that were disappointed with XIII. For people like myself who liked it, it's extra deliciousness for us to taste.

Miffy
Miffy

This article doesn't explain why a sequel would be a bad idea, it's just a big rant. You hate final fantasy xiii – we get it, now get over it.

Displeased
Displeased

Yyyyeeah, for a die-hard fan like me it was tough to see my favourite series being deteriorated into what is now FFXIII. The characters were bland and unlikable stereotypes, the battle system was piss easy (excluding eidolon battles which were awesome) and the story felt forced. And now it's getting a sequel. With the same plot as FFX-2. Which was basically PowerPuff Girls: The Videogame.

tkirki
tkirki

i wouldnt mind a sequel but id rather have them finally do kingdom hearts 3 or get versus 13 out already

Vince Aguon

I'm with these, guys.

This article is a sham. As Fans of Final Fantasy; we declare to see a sequel for XIII. And let Square Enix do their job of doing it, loser.

P.S.

Long live Final Fantasy. 😀

Mokky
Mokky

what we fans like is a good story line and battle system,square enix can try to create a final fantasy wif a more tradition way,like ff9, or ff 7, a true final fantasy should be those i mentioned,not to futuristic nor to old fashion. and the side quest should be very hard and interesting,like ff 10,go all the way around the world just to get a legendary weapon. Unlike ff13,just need to upgrade till its a ultimate. What square enix can consider doing is,make a game that story line is awesome,good and cool battle system, story must be longer than… Read more »

jokerspawn
jokerspawn

terrible article.

Jim-x
Jim-x

Sorry, but… you're wrong.

Maybe I am in the minority as your post suggest, but the fact is I consider myself an FF fan too. I've played every game in the series apart from V and VI. XIII is one of my favourites.

I'm too tired for this right now… but the point is, I personally would love a sequel and I'm sure I'm not alone. If you don't like it, don't play it.

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