Danger constantly snaps at your heels in FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, which is why Serah is transformed from a timid teacher to a conflict-hardened fighter after just a couple of hours’ play. With every victory against enemies large or small, grisly or sly, you’ll grow in confidence and master wildly different tactics.
Thanks to the Paradigm Shift feature, you’ll be able to approach adversaries with a strategy designed to hit them where it hurts. Early on in your adventure, you’ll run into the towering Gogmagog, whose giant, blazing fists seek to pummel you into the ground. A flick of the L1 button lets you switch your party members into different combat, defence or healing states, such as Twin Shields. Using this technique, you can taunt Gogmagog, block the resulting swipes and then counter with precision.
Tear into enemies as soon they appear with the Mog Clock, a dial which lets you strike with the element of surprise. With your target stunned, you can unleash a barrage of complex battle routines and earn special items, as well as buy yourself some breathing space while you synchronise your team’s moves.
With bustling worlds to explore, side quests galore to complete, relationships to forge and, of course, chicken-like chocobos to race, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is a dizzying accomplishment. Help Lightning strike twice on PS3.