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Final Fantasy XIII-2 poor sales figures can only be blamed on the quality of the product.

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As recently (yet unofficially posted) by NoeGAF sales figures of FF13-2 come in with a big shock. According to RPG Site they sold approximately 350K units (during one month in America region) and for most games that result would be pleasing, but for AAA titles like FF that it simply shameful and frankly in my opinion unacceptable. I actually wonder if they will break the 2million units benchmark.

But having actually purchased the game I can honestly say I am not surprised. Throughout my experience with the game almost every aspect of it felt like it was “recycled plastic”. I really struggled to see where developers actually produced something new and it felt like eating last day dinner. But that’s not the worst part of it. It seemed to me like the entire experience was heavily compromised and everything was badly executed, from cut scenes, storytelling to graphics. I personally would blame lack of development time for that.

It simply wasn’t the polished quality product we use to know from the series. And although I wouldn’t call it a horrible game, and it still managed to entertain and keep the player busy with quite a lot of content it was still a major let down. I generally wasn’t too happy with Square going down for a direct sequel but I didn’t see anything against it if it was developed well.

And my main concern is that, it is stuff like that, which unfortunately ruins the reputation of the series. If Square Enix doesn’t address some of those issues it will simply loose its audience which so far it’s seems to be taking for granted.

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Stalker 2 is Not A Revived Version of the Cancelled 2012 Project

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Stalker 2

Stalker 2 has been confirmed as an entirely new project that has no basis on the cancelled 2012 sequel.

Roughly a decade ago, fans were excited when Stalker 2 was announced. Unfortunately, in 2012, Ukrainian developers GSC Games World was shut down and all progress on the sequel was put on hold.

All went quiet until 2014 where the company resurfaced and announced that development on a version of Stalker 2 was underway. Despite a developer build for the original Stalker 2 making its way onto the web, GSC Games World chose to start from scratch and create an entirely new AAA experience for the series.

GSC Games World has so far not stated why the decision was made to start from the beginning, aside from the assurance that the new game is currently in development and will hopefully hit stores in 2021.

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