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FFXIII-2: Over 100 Monsters To Recruit, Gotta Catch 'Em All

FFXIII-2: Over 100 Monsters To Recruit, Gotta Catch 'Em All

Written by Colin — 19 Jun 2011

Final Fantasy XIII-2 shares many similarities with the original game, in fact, a whole lot of it will be extremely familiar with fans, from the various classes, paradigms and even the fast-paced Active-Time Battle system. Square Enix is, however, adding some interesting new features, including the ability to recruit monsters to aid Noel and Serah in their quest.

It's a feature not unlike that seen prominently in Pokemon or PERSONA. There are over a hundred various monsters that the dynamic duo will be able to recruit to their party and, according to producer Yoshinori Kitase, each monster has their own unique roles and characteristics. While they basically act as a third party member, they add a new level of strategic importance to the game's battle system.

"A new feature to this game is collecting and recruiting around a hundred types of monsters that can work for you," Kitase explained. "They'll become your party members as well. Monsters have their own sort of roles - not exactly the same as human characters, we have roles for each monster - and you can actually pick and mix such and such a move if it's quite useful. You can fit these monsters into your tactics, giving the game more variation."

Paradigm Shifts and the Crystarium will be returning to FFXIII-2 as well. Kitase noted that the Crystarium won't be exactly the same, but wouldn't say to what extent.