Sure things may seem bright and happy with the way that the characters look in Final Fantasy XIII-2 but things are anything but. It seems that Noel is from a future where he was the last person born on the planet, and has traveled back in time to change the future.
In these screenshots we also see a number of things, including plenty of combat and the quick time event styled moments that will change up the battlefield. Also shown were a few pieces of cutscene featuring Lightning doing battle with Chaos Bahamut as well as fighting with an armored figure. If there is anything that you can take away from these screenshots is that the game looks absolutely beautiful, and should retain that quality when it is released early next year.