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Ogle The Final Fantasy XIII Trailer, Repeatedly

You've got at least another year to wait. Might as well put this thing on repeat and grab a brewski.

Those of you who haven't been paying much attention to video game web sites the last 24 hours or so may have missed the new Final Fantasy XIII trailer that came out. So here, please enjoy.

  



Ryan and I are pretty into this trailer--especially the super frenetic, action-oriented combat footage. I know Square-Enix has talked about creating a more fluid battle experience in this game, but then again, there's a big fat standard combat menu at the bottom there. So I'm not sure how much different it will be in the final analysis. Jeff got angry about all the no-context name-dropping going on in there, arguing that stuff isn't meaningful if you don't know anything about the back story before watching the trailers. But that's just how Final Fantasy likes to roll.

One thing I'm sure of: That's a damn pretty game. And since it's being developed first on the PlayStation 3, I feel like FFXIII is better poised than any other game to highlight differences in graphics quality and performance between the PS3 and Xbox 360. I'm really curious to see how the 360 version looks, next to the PS3 one.

Let's skip the exhaustive analysis of the trailer, since our Final Fantasy XIII wiki has just about all the info that's been released so far. Head over there if you want to know more about the known characters and such.

Lastly, since Square has made no secret that you won't be playing FFXIII in English this year, we put this list together to help you pass the time until it finally does hit shelves in the West.

The Final Fantasy XIII Gameplay Trailer Drinking Game


  • When you see feathered hair: Take a drink
  • When the hair is feathered upward: Two drinks
  • Inexplicable use of apostrophes: T'ake 'a drin'k
  • Laws of gravity are defied: Take a drink, upside down
  • When you're unsure who's talking: Drink until you don't care who's talking
  • Something looks like an animal but obviously isn't: Drink, then run around on all fours
  • When you think you're watching a trailer for Killzone 2: Finish your drink
  • When the trailer ends: Continue drinking until the game comes out

So, uh, what are you drinking tonight? And after you've had a few, what do you think of this footage? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Keeng

This is what I'm talkin about. This game looks like it's pushing the genre's limits. Screw all these lame RPGs that have released lately. Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, and Lost Odyssey look like SNES games compared to this. Yes. Fucking YES. Can't wait.

Posted by MeatSim

Ugh! what are they talking about anyway!

Posted by cikame

The graphics don't look any more technically impressive than any of the games out there already, though the levels looks fairly pretty.

Posted by Media_Master

NOBODY LIKES COMBAT BARS, Honestly, the reason why there are soo many 1st person shooters and platformers is because most people don't want to juggle 5 characters at once, taking turns. Otherwise, if the game was 1st or 3rd person, I can see why people would dig it, but until then, pass.

Posted by Hexpane

Looks like a bad mash up of FFX, DMC3 and Crono Cross.   3 of the most over rated games of all time

Posted by NathHaw

Wait, so it's a Final Fantasy game with music that sounds like a Final Fantasy game?  What a strange concept!  Hopefully, the game will be excellent like they used to be too.  I'm still holding out.

Posted by skrutop

Looks like there's sort of a mix between the Gambit system from FFXII and some twitch-based actions in combat.  Maybe you'll plan out a series of attacks based on action points (or something), then basically follow QTEs to do complete or extra your combos.

Oddly, from some of the way the characters were moving, it looks like combat is once again based on "good guys stand on the left, baddies on the right," as opposed to being seamless like FFXII.  Sure, sure, simply speculation based on 10 seconds of footage, but I quickly saw the way that the characters dash around, and how that the enemies were grouped, or in one case lined up like a battle line....could be totally different.

Like my mom's way of saying no..."we'll see."

Posted by Hexpane
skrutop said:
"Looks like there's sort of a mix between the Gambit system from FFXII a 
That gambit system, where did you see that?  I personally love the gambit system, even if it's simply a ripped off renamed version of Baldur's Gate II custom AI scripts.   It's far better than what JRPGs usually let you do. 

FF12 IMO had brilliant gameplay and awesome graphics, but the game got real boring due to horrible characters like Vaan dragging the story down w/ his gay jpop antics.
Posted by MrsIronNipples

Here are my speculations on it. 
-The Xbox360 version is going to be inferior graphically because Square Enix are addicted to Sony.
-The game always looks good but playing it is a different matter (The latter has gone down the tubes because Square Soft and Enix merged).
-It will gain critical acclaim however fans are going to look at and say "Yeah, it is not as good as I thought it would be".
-The combat will lack depth compared to its predecessors.
-We finally realize First Person shooters are becoming generic.

Posted by RHCPfan24

That was crazy! I don't know if it has me hooked because of the HUGE, OBTRUSIVE HUD, but, well, it is a FF game. I am sure it will be cool, but it looks as though Square has done no work yet on localizing this, so....expect it in 2010!

Posted by The_Icon

FF is always overhyped... i know FF XIII will be a flop.

Posted by darkjester74

This game looks waaaay better after a bottle or two of sake...hic

Edited by BaronSamedi007

Wow no idea what the hell the characters are on about and I still refuse to tuch this game it's got fan boy witting all over it.
I may as well get a CGI hollywood film play it then stop it get a chess bored out and move a piece then play film etc.

Edited by punkxblaze

All this cyberpunk shit looks the same to me. I miss when Final Fantasy was a medieval RPG.
Well... More or less medieval, I guess. Steampunk, maybe.

Edited by Hexpane
punkxblaze said:
"All this cyberpunk shit looks the same to me. I miss when Final Fantasy was a medieval RPG."
It's not true Cyberpunk tho, it's Jpop-stylish-action-homo-emo

This is Cyberpunk
Posted by SpaceInsomniac

I'm drinking Barq's root beer--Mmmm, yum--and I'm thinking that this could actually be a pretty good game.  Might even get me into the whole J-RPG genre again, seeing as I haven't played one since FFX.

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Posted by Bucketdeth

Why does everybody think this looks awesome, this makes me miss the hold FF games, this looks like over the top 3D anime bullshit : (

Posted by Meowayne
Bucketdeth said:
"Why does everybody think this looks awesome, this makes me miss the hold FF games, this looks like over the top 3D anime bullshit : ("
Quotes for emphasis.
Posted by Hexpane
Meowayne said:
"Bucketdeth said:
"Why does everybody think this looks awesome, this makes me miss the hold FF games, this looks like over the top 3D anime bullshit : ("
Quotes for emphasis."
It's not 3D that has ruined FF, nor the anime (anime is a very generic term, Ghost in a shell is nothing like DBZ or Elfen LIed)  it's this gay jpop nonsense and JPN devs designing all their chars to look like anorexic girly men cosplayers
Posted by captainawesomo

Boner.

Posted by Marconi88

I wish I knew Japanese so I could import the PS3 version.

Posted by KamasamaK
Hexpane said:
"Meowayne said:
"Bucketdeth said:
"Why does everybody think this looks awesome, this makes me miss the hold FF games, this looks like over the top 3D anime bullshit : ("
Quotes for emphasis."
It's not 3D that has ruined FF, nor the anime (anime is a very generic term, Ghost in a shell is nothing like DBZ or Elfen LIed)  it's this gay jpop nonsense and JPN devs designing all their chars to look like anorexic girly men cosplayers"
At least they just went with a female protagonist this time. The male characters revealed so far do not appear particularly girly nor anorexic. And Final Fantasy games have tried over the top action since as long as I can remember. It's just much easier to show now. It's cool to look at in a trailer, but it's just eye candy until put into context when actually playing the game. The important issues are whether these characters are actually interesting once you get to know them and if the story is compelling.
Posted by Hexpane

Further proof that FF 'artists" don't actually design characters, they simply copy pop culture REAL LIFE people into their game, why is no one suing?  If I were meg ryan or Wrath of Khan I would have sued


Posted by Zohar

I really wish they would localize the PS3 NA version, release it, and THEN worry about the 360... I don't want to wait.

Posted by fancifulunicorn

Hrmm, I've never been so not excited about a Final Fantasy trailer.

Guess my soul is dying.

Posted by ShiftyMagician

Honestly I wouldn't have minded having only Japanese voices in the game.  It's mainly just me nitpicking here but I always had an issue where the voices don't sync very well with the mouth movements when dubbed in English, and more often than not the voices are terrible in comparison.  Sure I can agree with the some of you that generally Japanese acting can sound like high pitch anime-based squeals from time to time but one thing is clear - they are clearly more passionate about portraying their characters in the right way more than english voice dubbers.  There are exceptions to this at times but unfortunately they are in the minority.

Anyways happy to see the gameplay looking more involving and nice to know how far they evolve the genre from seeing both sides standing there until their time bars are full to something that makes the action more fluid.

Posted by HypotheticalSolution76

I'm not super excited about FFXIII really, but that won't keep me from keeping my eye on it. One thing that I did notice was that horizontal line stretching all the way across the screen about 3/4 of the way down. It bothered me a little bit to see it always there in the combat screens, but I'm sure it serves some purpose? I guess if it separated the parts of the combat from the selections available it'd make more sense to me, but the combat clearly goes below the line. I guess I'm nitpicking at it.

Crazy fast action for sure though. And I agree - not knowing any of the backdrop information, names, parts to the story etc..I can't get into the dialogue. It's not meaningful to me right now.

Edited by daniel_beck_90

Wow Is that real time for real ?!!! 

Posted by Mcubed

Yeah, I think I'm pretty much done with Final Fantasy games. They are really awesome games, but I finally realized that these huge ass rpg's just aren't for me. Took me years to figure out as I own FF 8, 9, X, and 12, and never finished any of them. I just seriously hate level grinding, and the only Japanese rpg I ever managed to finish was Legend of the Dragoon. Which strangly is still one of my favorite games from when I was younger. Though it's more-than-one-button-press-combat system certainly helped with that. So yeah, I think I'll pass.

Posted by get2sammyb
Hexpane said:
"Further proof that FF 'artists" don't actually design characters, they simply copy pop culture REAL LIFE people into their game, why is no one suing?  If I were meg ryan or Wrath of Khan I would have sued


"
I don't think they look alike at all.
Posted by Kayin

Really? Lol well I highly doubt Square Enix is using famous people for their games. Her style is a very common one anyway. Glossy lips, pig tails, hair color thats not black or brown, ear rings, very common in japan.
 She was just modeling as the typical asian woman then the artists might have done some searching for fashion then tie it in to the games settings. Happens all the time, so no one's copying anyone, its just mere coincidence.

Posted by bcfish

I don't understand one damn thing about that trailer, and yet my heart is still pumping!  Thank God for a 360 release, saves me money!

Posted by theuncannygiraffe
get2sammyb said:
"Hexpane said:
"Further proof that FF 'artists" don't actually design characters, they simply copy pop culture REAL LIFE people into their game, why is no one suing?  If I were meg ryan or Wrath of Khan I would have sued


"
I don't think they look alike at all."
I think Dakota Fanning is a closer resembelence.

*shudders* A ginger Dakota Fanning.....
Edited by Seram

I miss Final Fantasy VII.

Posted by Kohe321

If I'd have to play that drinking game, I'd be completely smashed after that trailer...

Posted by ahoodedfigure

The graphics are pretty, the potential of some of the ideas are interesting... 

And all the pretty little characters slaughter all the supposedly evil guys in their uniforms, everything moves faster than the eye can track, more goofy names for things that seem unpronounceable, visions of fighting for an extra hour so you can steal that one stupid item from that monster in order to complete your collection of baubles which you suspect may unlock a side quest which, if done in real time, would mean that the end of the world would have happened way before you returned to the main quest, and the monsters are likely the same mishmash of FF standbys like some sort of endless fan service no one asked for, with some new take on a combat system which ruins whatever verisimilitude swordz and gunz combat could possibly have.

At least, what was it, XII?  That looked like it was taking things in an interesting direction.  I'm sure this will sell well, and I'm sure it'll have some sort of weird plot that will make me realize that this property is a step above your standard RPG, but I don't think I can feel the excitement many people seem to have, not anymore. 

Looking forward to the review whenever it comes :)

Posted by AGold

I've had more than a few, and I think this footage is mind-blowing. I cannot wait to play this. I've been waiting since 7 for them to return to scifi completely. I cannot wait. I hope the story's good, and I can already tell they've spruced up the old battle system, and made it more active again.

Can't wait!!!

Posted by ScottEFresh

I will repeat.  This game looks Fing amazing.


LOL @ people talking about the combat system and controls....these same people will buy the game anyways....uggghhhh I wish gamers knew how business works.

Posted by Lassegp

Cant wait!

Posted by republique

Fantastic. Haven't been this amped for a game since MGS4. 

Posted by NoK

meh

Posted by lightwarrior179

The trailer was mostly the usual stuff. Fast action,random gunfights,more chases etc. But the in-game battle system footage was definitely the highlight of the trailer. It looks quite different than it did way back in E3 06. There is no mini-map at the bottom and it now resembles more to Crisis Core (battle-system-wise) which isn't a bad thing at all.

Nomura has actually gone ahead and created some unique "non-JRPGish" type of characters for this game so here's hoping this will be another memorable main Final Fantasy.