FFXiii - 3 demo up on Xbox LIVE / PSN (1/21/13)

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#1 Edited by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -
#2 Posted by Solh0und (1756 posts) -

Played the JPN demo on PSN and felt like I figured out much of the game after 3 battles. The battle system is interesting but I dunno if it would get me to actually like the XIII series.

#3 Edited by WMoyer83 (626 posts) -

Is there still the neat violin music and Leona Lewis jams?

#4 Edited by xyzygy (9891 posts) -

How is it? Wish I was able to play it :(

#5 Edited by Flappy (2127 posts) -

MICROSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOFT!

#6 Posted by Demoskinos (14561 posts) -

This almost makes me want to hook my 360 back up.....almost.

#7 Posted by SteadyingMeat (1110 posts) -

I have no idea why I keep playing these FFXIII games, but I do......Looking forward to trying out the PS3 demo I guess?????

#8 Posted by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -

@xyzygy said:

How is it? Wish I was able to play it :(

very short demo pretty much the opening of the game, but man so many color to choose from.

#9 Posted by Wikitoups (775 posts) -

I have FF13 and FF13-2 to play on my ps3 first so I'll wait later this year to buy this one!

#10 Edited by TooWalrus (13135 posts) -

I'll be playing no matter what, so I'll skip the demo. Do you still need Gold to play demos on XBL?

#11 Posted by IIGrayFoxII (303 posts) -

@bigjeffrey: What region? It is not available here in the States.

#12 Posted by XenoNick (1390 posts) -

Looks like the demo has been pulled in the UK.

#13 Posted by kishinfoulux (2253 posts) -

Heard it was taken down or something? How did it run for people that played it? Framerate looked awful the few videos I've seen.

#14 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

@wmoyer83 said:

Is there still the neat violin music and Leona Lewis jams?

The 13 series is pretty much founded on violin music. 13-3 continues this trend by remixing the 13 battle theme with more drums and violins.

Sadly, Leona Lewis was only in the first one as the second one had a pop song by Charice who is kind of like Leona Lewis? Maybe 13-3 will return to its Leona Lewis roots.

#15 Posted by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -
#16 Posted by crithon (3075 posts) -

well that's a big disappointment.

#17 Posted by Flappy (2127 posts) -

That's a shame. I was hoping to hear some impressions from y'all, but I guess Youtube will suffice:

That's some high-level shit right there, but if the combat can flow that well with enough practice/execution, I'm down to party with Lightning.

Apparently there's some editing to speed up the battles in some spots, but after looking at other videos, the game still moves pretty well. Did Square do the impossible and make a fun FFXIII game?

#18 Posted by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -

Demo back on Xbox LIVE and coming to PSN shortly

#19 Posted by EuanDewar (4753 posts) -

gonna check this out. didnt really enjoy FFXIII and didnt even play XIII-2 but im curious about this un

#20 Posted by Mijati (883 posts) -

"gold exclusive"

Well fuck you too. Why are promotional materials behind a paywall?

#21 Posted by Hunter5024 (5538 posts) -

Man you really went out of your way to find an especially punchable picture of Hope.

#22 Posted by EuanDewar (4753 posts) -

i played it and i think i like it maybe. i sure am immediately enjoying the combat a whole lot more than i did with 13. still dont love the world tho

#23 Posted by Wolfgame (695 posts) -

Is it even going to be possible to get into this game if you haven't played the other 2? I doubt it.

#25 Posted by Flappy (2127 posts) -

Downloading this alongside Toukiden, so I'll give my impressions in a bit. I will admit that Square has me by the balls with all the exclusive costumes for Lightning, though.

#26 Edited by Demoskinos (14561 posts) -

@flappy: I was nearly debating getting that $90 CE since it has the Aeris costume but... eh...

#27 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

Well, so much for my afternoon game plans, it's Lightning time.

#28 Edited by Tyrrael (150 posts) -

@toowalrus: You only ever needed a Gold account to get early access to some demos. You never had to have one to just play demos in general. So, to answer your question, no you don't need a Gold account, but then again, you never did in the first place.

edit: From what I've read, this is an early access demo, so you need Gold to play it, but what I said before still stands.

#29 Posted by Flappy (2127 posts) -

@demoskinos: I was thinking about getting the CE, but I didn't want to get another watch, even if it was a fancy pocket watch. I sure hope the Aeris andYuna costumes pop up on the store later down the line.

#30 Posted by xyzygy (9891 posts) -

I can't believe how fun that combat looks. Manual dodging and juggling and blocking and just going crazy all over the screen, it looks so much fun.

#31 Posted by pyrodactyl (1881 posts) -

@wmoyer83 said:

Is there still the neat violin music and Leona Lewis jams?

The 13 series is pretty much founded on violin music. 13-3 continues this trend by remixing the 13 battle theme with more drums and violins.

Sadly, Leona Lewis was only in the first one as the second one had a pop song by Charice who is kind of like Leona Lewis? Maybe 13-3 will return to its Leona Lewis roots.

But what about that sick metal track?

#32 Posted by kishinfoulux (2253 posts) -

Super hyped for this. Looking forward to giving it a shot later.

#33 Posted by Demoskinos (14561 posts) -

Just finished the Demo. Amazing.

My notes:

  • Combat is extremely fluid and the potential for exciting late game fights is off the charts.
  • Frame rate holds up after FFXIII-2 having a disappointingly low frame rate
  • Game still looks amazing even with Next Gen upon us
  • The Outerworld features seem neat you can leave messages and items for other players apparently?
  • Seems Serah is indeed dead. =(
  • I like having a built in screen-shot functionality

I might play around with it some more. Also, was playing with my DS4 which made it all the better. =D

#34 Edited by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

Is it weird that my favorite thing is that you don't auto heal after battles now?

I enjoyed the demo. Except for Lumina not being voiced by Laura Bailey. I miss her already. ;.;

Scratch that. New favorite thing: you can change the color of our outfits.

#35 Posted by Flappy (2127 posts) -

I like it. I like it a lot. The music is nice, the combat has a lot of potential, and I love it when Lightning punts things.

#36 Edited by Demoskinos (14561 posts) -

Is it weird that my favorite thing is that you don't auto heal after battles now?

I enjoyed the demo. Except for Lumina not being voiced by Laura Bailey. I miss her already. ;.;

Scratch that. New favorite thing: you can change the color of our outfits.

Didn't Laura Bailey voice Serah? Lumina is an entirely different being no? I'm a huge Laura bailey fan as well but I think Lumina's voice works she comes off as a playfully devilish trickster of sorts and I think the VO helps get that across.

#37 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

@donchipotle said:

Is it weird that my favorite thing is that you don't auto heal after battles now?

I enjoyed the demo. Except for Lumina not being voiced by Laura Bailey. I miss her already. ;.;

Scratch that. New favorite thing: you can change the color of our outfits.

Didn't Laura Bailey voice Serah? Lumina is an entirely different being no? I'm a huge Laura bailey fan as well but I think Lumina's voice works she comes off as a playfully devilish trickster of sorts and I think the VO helps get that across.

Yes...but...but the face.

Dammit, man, it's not Serah.

#38 Edited by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -

Also

If you can beat the Zaltys boss at the end of the demo and you post your score via Outerworld, you will unlock the Siegfried Garb in the full game. Who is Siegfried, you ask? Play Final Fantasy VI, and more will be revealed.

You have to connect a Facebook or Twitter account and then it post it there.

#39 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

Also

If you can beat the Zaltys boss at the end of the demo and you post your score via Outerworld, you will unlock the Siegfried Garb in the full game. Who is Siegfried, you ask? Play Final Fantasy VI, and more will be revealed.

Shit, son, Siegfried AND Locke? Lightning knows how to look dapper.

#40 Edited by Flappy (2127 posts) -

I will not quit until I 5-Star that damn battle.

Edit: Dragoon is the sexiest Schema in the demo. Tore the dragon apart with style and OP flair. This game is pretty fun, guys.

#41 Edited by EuanDewar (4753 posts) -

@flappy said:

I will not quit until I 5-Star that damn battle.

wait i 5-starred it my first time and i thought i did really badly. i kind of assumed you couldnt get anything other than 5 stars

#42 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

@flappy said:

I will not quit until I 5-Star that damn battle.

wait i 5-starred it my first time and i thought i did really badly. i kind of assumed you couldnt get anything other than 5 stars

You can definitely get lower ratings. I got two stars but then I was really adamant about using red mage and heartstealer so I was anything but optimal.

#43 Edited by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -

These shit are really tiny, which is a shame since you can take screenshots in game but they come out like this.

#44 Posted by EuanDewar (4753 posts) -

@euandewar said:

@flappy said:

I will not quit until I 5-Star that damn battle.

wait i 5-starred it my first time and i thought i did really badly. i kind of assumed you couldnt get anything other than 5 stars

You can definitely get lower ratings. I got two stars but then I was really adamant about using red mage and heartstealer so I was anything but optimal.

huh. i feel better about it now, might actually pick this game up!

#45 Posted by Turambar (6675 posts) -

So, this game is pretty dope guys.

#46 Posted by Demoskinos (14561 posts) -

@donchipotle said:

@euandewar said:

@flappy said:

I will not quit until I 5-Star that damn battle.

wait i 5-starred it my first time and i thought i did really badly. i kind of assumed you couldnt get anything other than 5 stars

You can definitely get lower ratings. I got two stars but then I was really adamant about using red mage and heartstealer so I was anything but optimal.

huh. i feel better about it now, might actually pick this game up!

What the boss creature? Yeah, I 5 starred it as well first try. I thought I did really badly too.

#47 Posted by Sessh (704 posts) -

Played it just now, and yes it is indeed very short, so I don't really know what to say.

Battle system seems fluent enough, and everything with a dragoon class in it is set to be great, but we'll just have to see really.

Anyways I'm excited to see a conclusion to the story.

#48 Posted by SteadyingMeat (1110 posts) -

So I just started the download and since this is PS3, it's gonna take about 2 years to finish, so I might as well ask what the demo is like. Is there any open-worldy stuff in it, or is it just like a cutscene and a battle?

#49 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

So I just started the download and since this is PS3, it's gonna take about 2 years to finish, so I might as well ask what the demo is like. Is there any open-worldy stuff in it, or is it just like a cutscene and a battle?

It is a cutscene and then you fight enemies in a smallish area, capping off with a boss fight and a trailer for the game. You get to mess around with some of the classes in the game but it's mostly pure battles.

#50 Edited by TheBlue (315 posts) -

Man I was jumpin' and Deprotectin' all over that mother and I still only got 3 stars. Oh well, I guess I'll go back at some point before release and do better. Some of the costumes look kinda silly but I appreciate the VI references.

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