XIII-2 is pretty awful. Take Chrono Trigger, drain away all the charm, and run it through a room of marketing men. Throw in a poorly implemented monster-catching system (done far better in games with far less budget), and a fanfic plot worse than Advent Children's, and there you go.
For a more concrete example, consider their attempt to please fans by adding a Gold Saucer style area, Chocobo racing and a Colosseum. Only, unlike the Gold Saucer, there are no fun mini games, just a generic slot machine; the Chocobo racing lacks any of the raising/breeding elements and none of the rewards; and the Colosseum is...empty. Unless you buy a mere handful of DLC monsters.
You can also pay for a POKER game, complete with awful AI, and some other weird clock-based card game. Generic cards that is. No Triple Triad here.
It's like a hollow shell of what FF games used to be.
(and since that applies to FFXIII as well, I don't have much faith in this third game either - oh Square, where did it all go wrong?)
Edited by Daryoon at 00:10:02 21-12-2012