Final Fantasy 13-2 continues Square Enix's long-time assault against the Arabic numeral system and Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of the word "final," but we couldn't be happier here at G4. Our own Leah Jackson, who pumped over 100 hours into her Final Fantasy 13 save, managed to get her hands onto a preview build and has reported back some encouraging details of features we can expect to make a return and others we'll be introduced to.
"One of the best and defining features of FF13 is back with the paradigm shifting combat system. Paradigm shifting is a battle system focused on strategy that allows you to decide which role you want your characters to play. For example, you can shift paradigms to make a character heal or deal damage or tank, depending on the situation. For FF13-2, Square Enix has introduced Cinematic Actions. These are the types of actions introduced in games like Kingdom Hearts 2 where a giant "X" pops up on your screen, and if you hit the corresponding "X" button on your controller, you get to watch a crazy-awesome action scene and deal a ton of damage to your foe. It's a neat mechanic and adds to the already action-packed combat system from FF13."
Now I myself have never been able to properly let go of Meg Ryan-- I mean Tidus... so I haven't picked up a Final Fantasy since FFX. Yuna and I weep together many nights. Still, this makes me wonder if I've been missing out. Why don't you guys check out Leah's full Final Fantasy 13-2 E3 preview and then tell me what you think?