Final Fantasy XIII-2 screenshots feature giant monsters, ridiculous hair

Haven’t posted anything game-related in some time, so here’s a little to whet your whistle. Squeenix is set to favour us with a new instalment in their trademark series, and after the serious issues that cropped up in Final Fantasy XIII, we can only hope for a return to form. Shiny pictures away!

These are all taken from the Xbox 360 version, which looks like it will be keeping up the high presentational standard of XIII. PC support is yet again not planned, which is a black mark in my book. Judging from Joystiq‘s preview, it looks like random battles, horribly complex levelling and the semi-tactical battle system from XIII are returning. We are yet to see if the major issues of linearity and backloading of good content are also to put in an appearance.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

I wasn’t the worlds greatest fan of the last direct sequel in the series, Final Fantasy X-2. Mainly, I suppose it was the lack of regard for the tone and themes of the antecedent epic that really stuck in my gut, although the choice of the virtual personality vacuum Yuna as the lead character didn’t help.

Seriously, female gamers really do have to put up with some bullshit. Madonna/Whore tropes are out of control in this industry, which could partly be accounted for by how many of the fundamental creative and writing roles are held by men. Not that I don’t think men are capable of writing convincing and active women, but there is very little tradition of game designers bothering to do so. A pair of polygonal breasts seems to be the limit of their alternate gender imaginings.

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