Retailers Get Final Fantasy for Xbox 360, PlayStation

Square Enix, a publisher of interactive entertainment products in the Americas, has announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system is now available at retailers.

According to the company, the game surpasses the quality of its predecessor in every way, featuring new gameplay systems, cutting-edge visuals and audio. In this game, players have the freedom to choose from a range of possibilities and paths; their choices affect not only the immediate environment, but even shape time and space.

Square Enix also announced that extensive downloadable content is planned for Final Fantasy XIII-2. The planned content includes Coliseum Battles pitting the player against adversaries from previous Final Fantasy titles that, when defeated, can be recruited into the player’s party.

The Coliseum battle “Lightning and Master Sergeant Amodar” will be distributed on Feb. 7. In addition, there will be episodes which enhance the experience and complement the narrative of the game with storyline branches for key characters in the story.

Full details on each piece of content will be revealed at a later date, says the company.

Since the release of Final Fantasy in 1987, the company says, this Role-Playing Game (RPG) series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world.

Released Tuesday, Jan. 31, Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes with a price tag of  $59.99 and it is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.

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