Currently Burning: Sophie Belle
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII. Typically, the final fantasy series are completely different from each other, but SquareEnix does, on occasion, release direct sequels. The first was Final Fantasy X-2.
This game is similar to Final Fantasy XIII in terms of battle tactics, but the leveling system is pretty different. It's still based in the "crystarium" but instead of leveling each battle role on a different path, you choose which battle role to level on the same path. I'm not sure that I'm a fan of this, but it is what it is.
This time around, there are only 2 characters that are playable and controllable. Serah and Noel. Serah is Lightning's sister from Final Fantasy XIII who was trapped in crystal. Noel is from 700 years in the future. Essentially the game is about time travel. A lot of areas from Final Fantasy XIII are explorable in different time periods. Serah and Noel have to travel up and down the timeline solving paradoxes.
Instead of having a third party member, this time around you can capture monsters to play for you. They level up in a similar way, and each have a particular battle role. This helps with creating paradigms which are configurations of different battle roles (such as Medic (healing), Synergist (buffs), Saboteur (debuffs), Commando (phys attack), Ravager (magic attack), and Sentinel (defense). )
Overall, the game is not my favorite Final Fantasy game, but it is definitely worth checking out if you're into this style of game. I really liked the tie back to the Final Fantasy XIII storyline, but I think that I liked Final Fantasy X-2 better as a sequel.
Now onto the daily review!
Sophie Belle (5): This is in the same vein as Bella Swan and Butterfly Kisses in that it is a sweet, complex floral. Victoria lists the following as the scent description: "A wonderful fresh aroma of carnations, baby's breath, and rose petals, with middle notes of cyclamen and muguet, underlined by apples, peaches, pears, fresh cut grass and white musk." I'm not sure what some of those things actually smell like, but I really do like this one. It's a very pretty scent. The throw on it is pretty strong too.