Not long ago, Square-Enix released an add-on for Final Fantasy XIII-2 that allowed players to obtain Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII for their party. After this happened, gamers began wanting even more characters from the previous entry. This resulted in the release of the Sazh: Heads or Tails? DLC. This add-on allows players to take control of Sazh, a fan favorite from Final Fantasy XIII, in an extra episode of Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Sazh and his son Dajh are trapped in the grand casino known as Serendipity and must try to find out a way to make it back into the normal flow of time. This conundrum results in Sazh having to gamble until he gains enough “Fortune Medals” to try and change fate and save himself as well as his son. You are given 10,000 Casino chips to start out with and can play Slots and the two brand new games Serendipity Poker and Chronobind. For different feats you complete in the two new card games you are granted a different number of Fortune Medals that go towards the 30 that you must collect to try and change fate.
Serendipity Poker is just like the title suggets, poker. There really isn’t anything that makes this different from regular poker other than the fact that the suits are not the normal four (Hearts, Clubs, Spades, Diamonds). Other than the strange suits, it is just run-of-the-mill poker. The game actually works very well and can be pretty addicting for those of us that love poker. I found this to be the most enjoyable out of the two card games.
Chronobind is a completely new game that reminds me of a combination of the Clock Puzzles in the main game with a card game. To start, everyone chooses a card and the person with the best card wins. There are a few different ways to have the best card but generally speaking you want to have the highest card that you can. The winner of that round then moves the clock hand either clockwise or counter-clockwise the same number of spaces as the number on their card (face cards increase by 1 as they go up). Then, coins are placed on some of the spaces and the game continues. Another round starts and you repeat this process until someone makes the clock land on one of the spaces with coins on it. That person is the winner of that game. I found Chronobind to be more confusing than fun but it is at least worth checking out.
The DLC does not end there. Once you finish the little episode, you then get Sazh as a usable “monster.” Sazh is, of course, a Synergist and while not particularly strong at first, he ends up being pretty useful. He is about as good as a Synergist as he was in Final Fantasy XIII and should work well with pretty much any team.
The Sazh: Heads or Tails? DLC comes in at the fairly cheap price tag of 400 MSP/$5 and when the Colosseum battles are $3, that is not a bad price. You get a decent amount of extra play time in that episode, some new games to play in Serendipity and a brand new ally. If you are either a big fan of Poker or you just love Sazh, this DLC is a definite buy. However, if you really don’t care about either of those, its a pass.
- New games to play in Serendipity
- New ally
- The episode itself is fairly short
- Unless you like Sazh or Poker a lot, its not that good of a DL