Final Fantasy XIII-2 lets you become the Master of Monsters
One of the new gameplay elements of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is that you now have the ability to capture monsters and recruit them to your party for future battles. Like any other party member, monsters have special attacks and their abilities can be upgraded.
The latest gameplay trailer shows off the breadth of capturing monsters and customizing them to fit your party. With more than 150 different types to collect, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is looking to be the most expansive game in the series yet.
Once you weaken a monster enough, you can capture them within a crystal and recruit them to your party, allocating them to your paradigm arrangement. They can then fight alongside you in battle using their own abilities which can then be leveled up using various materials.
This is further expanded through infusing one monster with another to create entirely new abilities. You’ll lose one of the monsters in the process but the other monster will be enhanced with new passive attributes. Each monster can hold up to 10 passive attributes so feel free to experiment with what works best.
Finally, monsters have special attacks that require the player to input a series of commands with the controller. As you can see in the trailer, attacks range from simple physical attacks to powerful magical spells.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is due out January 31, 2012 in North America and on February 3, 2012 in Europe.