It's finally come to this.
I have tried so hard to make myself keep playing this game. I managed to fight my way through 70 hours of Final Fantasy XIII, and this game was supposed to be its superior in so many ways. I haven't touched this game in months, though, since maybe around May. Sometimes, I think I made it through the first game due to divine providence and pure Aries stubbornness. There's a whole book of problems here for me that aren't just underscored by this one game, but manage to effectively come together to make me quit playing this.
I tried to play this almost immediately after playing the first one, which probably wasn't a good idea in retrospect. I was already tired of the story by the time I got to the end of XIII, and while I guess they tightened up aspects of the story, it's still full of all the elements that made me feel some kind of way about the first game. I just find myself so frustrated with these characters and their situation.
The only thing I seem to like about this game, and this can be said of the last one as well, is the battle system. I know some people had their qualms with the battle system in XIII, but I actually loved it. It was the most exciting part of the game for me, especially when facing the eidolons. XIII-2 improved on that a bit, making it even more enjoyable. Adding the beast master element to the combat did make me want explore everything and catch all the monsters... for a little while anyway.
After the novelty of the combat wore off, which was coincidentally around the time I got my ass handed to me by the first tonberry I encountered, the game became a tedious chore as I traveled back and forth through time doing whatever the hell this is that Lightning wanted me to do. I don't care. I just don't care. And this is my punishment for deciding to play this particular game as my attempt to try the Final Fantasy series again. I talked about why I don't think I've ever gotten into this series in some detail in my thoughts about FFXIII.
I'm going to leave this game alone for another couple of weeks to finish some other things. Then, I'll try again and hope that I make it through this before condemning it to the DNR pile. I think I'm really just suffering from overload because I tried to play these two games back to back, which has made playing this seem a bit tedious.