My god, this game continues to defy and impress. I just reached Academia 4XXAF, after all the Academia 400 and Augusta Tower stuff. Talk about unique locales and story arcs. I really don't understand how reviewers can say that "FFXIII-2 is better than it's predicessor, but it fails to offer anything new that we haven't seen before". Come on! I've never played anything REMOTELY like this game! These are the same reviewers that have no problem gushing over Skyrim, when I realized it was exactly like Fallout 3, Oblivion, and every other bathesda game, in a fairly generic norse fantasy world. Not to diss on Skyrim, it's a great game... but how can one complain about FFXIII-2 being unoriginal and then laud all these other games for innovation.
Another thing I love about FFXIII-2, and some wisdom they got from Doctor Who, "don't try to act like you know what you're talking about with time travel paradoxes". In the words of The Doctor, it's all just "Timey-Wimey stuff", similarly, Noel and Serrah basically say, "hell if I understand how all this works, but let's go with it." Fantastic!
I've been watching all the way through the new Doctor Who series at the same time as playing FFXIII-2, and some of the influence becomes fairly obvious, and as I said, I think the S-E writers learned some valuable lessons, unlike the writers of many other time travel sci-fi's.