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New FFXIII-2 Trailer Brings Out The Monster Hunter In Us

Hope you like to catch those monsters.

As you probably know, the biggest new feature in Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the ability to catch and train monsters. They can be deployed in battle and obviously, they each have a unique set of skills and abilities.

The latest trailer from Square Enix, entitled "Master of Monsters," brings you inside this intriguing mechanic. It's probably deeper than you might think, because you can train your monster's abilities in very much the same way you'll train Noel and Serah. This better be mesmerizing, too, because Noel and Serah are the only two human characters that will ever be used in combat.

So, were you into the Pokemon craze way back when? Were you a fan of Blue Magic in the old Final Fantasy titles? If so, this should be right up your alley, and we imagine completionists will want to locate, capture and use every last monster in FFXIII-2. Right?

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2

Tags: ffxiii2, final fantasy xiii-2, ffxiii-2 video, ffxiii-2 trailer

12/15/2011 9:04:56 PM John Shepard

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Comments (22 posts)

Warrior Poet
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 10:05:33 PM
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The mechanics actually look pretty good. I really don't like monster collecting, so I'm hoping it's not a regular thing - but once this game gets cheap I'll definitely try it out. I just think it would be better if there were more human characters...like Sazh. Heh.

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OPHIDIAN
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 10:48:23 PM
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This might turn out great actually, though I remain very skeptical.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:09:38 PM
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How did this game get a 40/40?

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GuardianMode
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:14:57 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. >.>

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Oxvial
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 4:37:25 AM

Japan luvs their Pokemon antics.

Last edited by Oxvial on 12/16/2011 4:37:36 AM

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spiderboi
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 9:42:02 AM

I can forgive the monster collecting. But still the adrenaline-overdosed gameplay? I opt out... You lost me SE.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:15:19 PM
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Final Monster Hunter Fantasy

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:56:27 PM
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Yeah I don't care for that, I'll just pimp out a few critters and give em funny names.

I'm not buying this claim that it's only Noel and Serah, I saw Snow fighting too.

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nogoat23
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 12:49:12 AM
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So, can I capture the final boss and, as punishment for trying to take over the world, make him fight low level monsters for all eternity?

This looks pretty cool to me, but I'm one of those completionist types that loves to have things that need collecting.

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Beamboom
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 2:36:57 AM

I love collecting too. But sponge-bobs and gellyfishes? Not so much.

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nogoat23
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 4:38:55 AM

I used to collect basketball cards, and sifting through a hundred Ron Harpers was always worth it when you found that one Michael Jordan. So I don't mind collecting small weird monsters if I get that rare awesome one.

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Stabs88
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 6:17:29 PM

Pre-order and fight Omega then he joins your party

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dmiitrie
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 1:15:40 AM
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Yawn. I admit that I'm very unlikely to get this anyway, but seriously S-E? Not having been big on pokemon and the like, I only have a little experience with this particular mechanic, but none of the ones I've tried were any good. Probably the best was Legend of Mana, and even that got pretty tedious, pretty quickly.

If I understand things correctly, monster hunting games have always been much bigger in Japan than I'm the US, so i can at least understand why the would include it. but even so, every single thing I hear about this game makes me less and less willing to ever by a S-E game again.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 3:16:41 AM
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I just hope they let us use more classic FF monsters, I would love a Marlboro on my team, that would just be awesome. It seems they have added a lot of depth to this feature... I am actually looking more forward to the monsters than Serah & Noel... Which is so unusal for me, but I still cant see them as lead characters.

Now XIII-2 is unleashed in Japan, the real spoilers will start spreading, the next two months are cupboard time, I'll probaly only read articles within this site.

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Phoenix
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 7:09:36 AM

all I can say is.... TONBERRY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Gripheenix
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 6:16:02 AM
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Let me just add my 3 cents worth to the mix:

0.01) I took the 'Monster Hunter' as a reference to the game series of the same name, and was mildly disappointed when I realized that said reference was (hopefully) unintentional, because Monster Hunter is -nothing- like what I saw in that trailer. But...

0.02) When this game was announced, I was, honestly, skeptical. While I, fully, did enjoy FF13, and the other -2 FF (X-2), I was a little disheartened when I learned that 13-2 was (from what I gather) about time travel. Now, in my experience, stories involving time travel always come off as gimmicky, and often turn out being about "What if cell phones and guns were brought back to the dark ages?" or "Let's show them an 'inevitable' future, and then have the entire story be about -changing the end of the story.-". (Note: Chrono series excluded, for obvious reasons.)

0.03) However, after watching that trailer, I can honestly forgive the time travel bit, and put this on the "Maybe not first day, but definitely within a month of release" purchase list. Why? Because, I don't see Pokemon (a series that I loved once, but then got tired of when they just made the same game three more times, but with 'slightly' different looking critters). No, I see JADE COCOON! Now every time I drop that name, people give me the strangest looks. And, I don't mean that crappy sequel they made on PS2, I mean the first one, on PS1, where you were one kid, roaming this giant forest, and collecting bees, rhinos, and creepy looking gorilla things, then mashing them all together to make abominations that would make Darwin cry. Granted, you probably can't make such creatures in 13-2, but the general idea is still there.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:28:20 AM
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My personal turn-offs in this video:

1) Camera in battle is all over the frickin' place. Makes me dizzy. Changing the angle constantly doesn't make the gameplay faster... it makes me sea-sick.

2) QTE's seem like a VERY regular occurrence. Far too regular for me.

3) One of the QTE's was up, up, Y..... My controller doesn't even HAVE a 'Y' button.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, December 19, 2011 @ 10:55:39 AM

Loved that last one ;)

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Ultimate_Balla
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:54:35 AM
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Gotta catch 'em all, gotta catch 'em all,. . .

Underdog, c'mon, man. Number was because it wasn't on the PS3?
Would it be the same if you were watching a Skyrim video for the PC?

NoGoat, dude please, y'know they won't allow you to get them big-ass bosses for obvious reasons. But here's hoping, right? LONG GUI FTW! Snap, I'll dump(if I even get it in the first place) Serah & Noel for a 'Tortoise & Gui.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 1:16:24 PM

lol there was a reason I made it the last reason.

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 2:32:20 PM
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Hmmm........

This monster training theme reminds me a lot of my "Monster Rancher" PS1 game, but with souped-up graphics.


Sudden revelation.....

At least you won't have to pop in multiple discs to find all your monsters
(well, not on the PS3/PC versions anyway) LOL

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Raze22
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 9:52:17 PM

I'm glad you brought up monster rancher. When I was little I somewhat enjoyed the anime and I got monster rancher evo for the ps2. It is a okay game so far and haven't finished it yet.

Which reminds me. I'm surprised the turn based rpg fans on this site don't crave for pokemon and digimon dawn/dusk. Is it because they are nintendo exclusives?

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