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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review: Best story of its time

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Final Fantasy XIII was a polarizing game; there are some that love the direction that the series took while there are some who deride it for changing the classic Final Fantasy formula too much. When it was announced, Final Fantasy XIII-2, available for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, was said to have made with changes that would bring classic fans back to the franchise. Does Final Fantasy XIII-2 retain enough of what made Final Fantasy great or does it repeat the same missteps as Final Fantasy XIII?

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Dungeon Siege III

Even though Dungeon Siege has had two games in its series, many console fans will find themselves not knowing the name; this is due to the first two games being PC exclusive. However, when the series was sold to SquareEnix, who owned the series wasn’t the only thing that changed. With the newest release, Dungeon Siege III, the series will be available for the first time on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 along with the PC. Dungeon Siege III is an action role-playing game, along the lines of Diablo, even going so far as to use the same 3/4 perspective. However, Dungeon Siege III, now developed by Obsidian, does a few new things in an attempt to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Adam Jansen didn’t ask for this: After a terrorist attack destroys most of his body, Adam is refitted with machine parts, giving him abilities far beyond that of a normal human being. Unfortunately for him, he’s now caught in a web of corporate espionage and conspiracy that may unravel humanity as we know it. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the third entry in the acclaimed Deus Ex series soon available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, follows Adam Jensen before, during and after his cybernetic enhancements as he seeks to uncover the truth behind these conspiracies. Despite being the third game in the series, playing the previous two is not required; while there are nods to past games in the series for fans, Adam’s story remains interdependent and can be enjoyed by newcomers.

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Dissidia 012: Duodecim

With any long running series featuring multiple protagonists and antagonists, one main question gets asked among fans: Who is stronger? Would this current hero beat this past villain? Who would win if these two heroes fought? Dissidia: Final Fantasy sought to answer this question; this PSP exclusive title pit past Final Fantasy heroes and villains against each other in a game set in the fighting genre. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, also a PSP exclusive title, takes this concept one step further by expanding the roster of fighters, the number of levels and including a brand new story mode. However, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy is not just a sequel but a remake of the original Dissidia as well.

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Just Cause 2

The open-world sandbox genre is pretty crowded these days. You have titles like Grand Theft Auto dominating the urban portion of the genre and Infamous and Prototype dominating the more fantasy aspects of the genre. To stand out, you have to provide something special, and Just Cause 2, available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, does just that. Set on the island of Panay, protagonist Rico Rodriguez returns with one objective: liberate the island of Panay from its dictator by causing chaos. Whether on a mission or just roaming the island of Panay, Just Cause 2 places an emphasis on explosions; the bigger they are, the better for you.

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