By KnightsofRound 6 Comments
NEW DISSIDIA SCANS.
So here we've got Paladin Cecil and Golbez. Let me just say that Cecil looks AMAZING drawn in Nomura's style... Obviously the characters from FFI to FFVI are going to look a lot more like their Amano art though, since he created them, whereas Nomura had nothing to do with designing these characters. The characters from FFVII - FFX so far all have Amano elements, but seem to still retain a lot of their designs from Nomura's official ones that appeared in the games. But seriously, this drawing of Cecil has completely exceeded my expectations. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Bartz, Terra, and Cloud will look like when they are finally revealed. Golbez looks pretty good too, but Cecil completely steals the show here. THIS is how FFIV should of been remade... enough of those crappy DS graphics, I'm sorry to DS fans but I really hate the art style they used for FFIV DS, which is why I have been really undecided on whether or not I want to bother with it (I currently am just sticking with the GBA version, which is an enhanced version of the original 2D game). I seriously think that FFIV is too much of a dark/serious game to be taken seriously in crummy 3D graphics. I know that sounds dumb considering it was a 2D SNES game, but seriously, the potential this game has for a really realistic remake is almost limitless... FFIV has one of the best storylines in the entire franchise, no joke... especially for a 17 year old RPG. Not to mention the fact that it actually has a really cool main character who is a bit older than most of the heroes from the other games, and RPGs in general for that matter. The only main character who is older than Cecil (20) is Cloud Strife (21).
Anyways, Cecil is one of my favourite Final Fantasy characters from the entire franchise, and I think he is easily one of the best leading heroes too... so I'm glad to see him getting the star treatment here, he really looks awesome.
We've also got Dark Knight Cecil, who also looks extremely badass, and stays extremely true to his original amano design. Since this is how Cecil begins FFIV I figure that this will be his default form in Dissidia. In a way it is a little disappointing because it goes against the story mode where Cecil redeems himself and becomes a holy/light warrior and rids himself of his past of darkness, but I suppose Dark Knight Cecil is simply too much of a badass to not be in this game, and plenty of people are also fans of this form of Cecil too. I figure that he will change into Paladin Cecil during his Ex Mode, which is basically a transformation that each character can activate to become more powerful once they meet certain conditions.
The only other thing I can think of is that maybe Cecil will be able to switch freely between Dark Knight and Paladin form, kind of like Zelda/Shiek in Super Smash Bros. (notice the little switcheroo icon in the Dark Knight picture). But if he can do this, it would make me wonder what the hell his Ex Mode would be.
For example, Kefka will transform into his god form (hasn't been confirmed, but it's pretty obvious), and Jecht transforms into his Braska's Final Aeon form for his Ex Mode (this has already been confirmed in screenshots).
And just for a comparison shot, here is some official artwork by Yoshitaka Amano from when FFIV was first in development 17 years ago.
I must say, even though I am a huge fan of Amano's artwork (probably more than most people would understand, I think his art is absolutely amazing, but a lot of people simply don't "get" it) I actually like Nomura's version of Cecil a lot more. Anyway, some Dark Knight brother vs. brother action is going to be pretty fucking cool once this game finally comes out.