How can you call the game Final Fantasy, I mean come on, haven’t there been like 20 of them already and even the sequels have sequels… right… amiright! Friends, what you have just read is the “joke” that someone you know is likely to make at you when they see you playing Final Fantasy XIII-2. And you will have complete permission to slap them right in there terrible-joke-making mouth. In fact it’s quite likely that our comic man, Zac, is going to slap me for just even making the joke ironically. But isn’t slap-happy combat what Final Fantasy is all about?
There are actually so many entries in the franchise now through spin-offs, quirky handheld versions and of course, re-releases, that the implied finality is actually moving back to the beginning of its life cycle, thereby completing its lifespan in a sort of infinite loop that makes the idea of it being “final” actually mean that it will continue forever. No, really, I saw Stephen Hawking give a talk on this. Either that or I was up late watching Donnie Darko again while running on very little sleep.
If all of that was a little confusing, just know that with Final Fantasy XIII-2, it won’t be the first time or the last time that the first time was the last time for your first time, at last. Most importantly, though, three words: Mog the Moogle. We all clear on that?