So did you have to buy that Lightning DLC for FFXIII-2 to get the real true ending where Serah dies? Cause Serah didn't die in my FFXIII-2 playthrough.
Anyways, based solely off the demo, the combat didn't really grab me. The potential for deep combat is there, but the enemies didn't really pose a big enough challenge where I felt I needed to play strategically or where experimenting with a different schema set yielded any noticeable difference. It was all very spammy. Throw a shit ton of attacks and then cycle to the class with full ATB. Still unsure of how staggering works. Do I just spam their weak element or do I just have to attack with their weakness once and then keep attacking with anything to raise the stagger "meter?" I kind of just stumbled into 5 starring the demo boss.
And fucking hell, it just reminded me how much I don't like Lightning. She should have been called "Ice." Because she was an ice cold bitch in the beginning of XIII and then turned cold, dull and boring. I think it's in large part due to her monotone voice acting. Compared to Snow, Lumina, and Hope, she just sounds like she'd rather be doing something other than saving the world.
I really liked XIII-2 and I want to like Lightning Returns, but the demo is kinda turning me off of it. The combat in the early goings of FFXIII was really shallow and dull too, so I'd bet it gets better and deeper later on in Lightning Returns. But as it stands, I think this game went from day 1 purchase to waiting on a discount.