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Posted by Asadasa5

I like the concept of "ask me anything". Just saying.

Posted by Radiotic

Great, now I want to play Final Fantasy 13 now.

Posted by Veektarius

I don't like some of the things I'm hearing about how the game is handled, but combat looks like a lot of fun.
Posted by Mattalorian

Hmm... Not really liking what I'm seeing. Graphically, the characters and animations are nice, but the U.I. and 3D environments are disappointingly bland. Plus, I've never been a fan of the mad Japanese over-the-top high drama stories that are always present in Final Fantasy games.
On the other hand, the music is awesome, and the combat looks rather intriguing. 
On a separate note, this "Ask Me Anything" preview-esque feature seems excellent.

Edited by RandomInternetUser

That Hope dude looks like this annoying ass chick named Hope I used to know, except she had greasy black hair.

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

I'm sorry, a 3-D sphere grid?, as if the original wasn't hard enough, I want the basic FF9 system back, that WORKED :(

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@crusader8463 said:
" Wow that game looks bad. Combine the repetitive looking combat with the unnecessarily complex level up system, the horrible character designs and a story that, from what has been shown so far, looks as bland and cliche as ever i understand now why the game flopped in japan. "
What the hell are you talking about.  Not only do I disagree with everything you say, but the underlined statement from you is so far from reality it's not even funny.
Posted by Mooshu

Still a little iffy about this game after all the talk about its linearity.

Posted by copycatzen

What? Brad died? that should count as a quick look dead
Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

I didn't play the previous 12 FF games so I'll probably have to skip this.

Posted by Malc
@asadasa5:
Indeed. I like the idea of future videos being presented like this for games where they haven't got the game to quick look yet.
Posted by lightsoda

I want to play this. I like what I'm seeing, and that UI is sooo slick.

Posted by eroticfishcake

Good concept this "Ask Me Anything". Piqued my interest in FF13 now because of this.

Posted by artofwar420
@Lind_L_Taylor: But isn't it like its own thing? Sure it takes place in FF universe, but the story is totally on its own.
Posted by Myrmidon

This looks really good, but it just doesn't look like Final Fantasy to me. I'll still play it, but it doesn't have the same hook to it.

Edited by FluxWaveZ
@artofwar420 said:

" @Lind_L_Taylor: But isn't it like its own thing? Sure it takes place in FF universe, but the story is totally on its own. "

Yes.  Every single main Final Fantasy game has had its own, singular story.  The only sequel in the main games has been FFX to FFX-2.
Posted by JJOR64

Great, the sphere grid level up system is back............    That's the one thing I hated about FF10 and why I didn't get very far.  I miss the good old days when you level up, your stats would go up and you didn't have to mess around with skill points and all that jazz.  I does look a little more stream lined so I guess that's good.  Either way I will probably end up getting this game.

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Posted by Animasta
@crusader8463 said:
" Wow that game looks bad. Combine the repetitive looking combat with the unnecessarily complex level up system, the horrible character designs and a story that, from what has been shown so far, looks as bland and cliche as ever i understand now why the game flopped in japan. "
yeah, 1.5 million sold in one country is a huge flop
Edited by Wiseblood

Is it me or do those battles look like they're taking way too long, even the ones with smaller monsters?   At least there aren't random encounters (right?).

Posted by Woodwater

Liking this segment. Love the quick looks. Adore the podcast. Keep up the good work ladies.

Edited by fox01313

Node based skill tree in 3d space doesn't make much sense, why hasn't Square heard of a pull down menu enough to want to use it (or at least a 2d node based skill tree). Game, like the previous in the series, still seems overly cluttered with menus & UI stuff compared to the RPGs from Lionhead which lets you have enough screen to admire the art.

Posted by CashBailey
@ThatFrood said:
" Who is that funky fro-man? I love him. All of these effeminate boy/girls and then BAM. FUNKY SOUL BROTHA. "
I agree. I'm getting pretty sick of the girly, swoopy-haired emo boys in these games. It's just getting ridiculous.
Posted by nrain

I canny wait.

Posted by Cetra

This is awesome guys. Thanks a lot :D.

Posted by ReFracture

I like the concept of this video. Hope to see more like it.

Posted by JJWeatherman

Cool feature guys.

Edited by natetodamax

Really enjoyed this video. I'll probably watch it again because the video quality of the Giant Bomb iPhone App is poor

Posted by AdH0c

After watching this. Totally want to get this when it comes out but... still not finished Dragon Age and yet to start Mass Effect 2.
Does anyone know, in FFxii do all the characters get exp or just the ones that are fighting?

Posted by corgorav

I don't know if this makes me a bad person though certainly not a huge rpg fan but I've almost always regarded combat in rpgs, especially in jrpgs and turn-based rpgs a chore, keeping me from the story and other elements of the game. Not that I'm even a fan of those stories but I guess even I need my fill of anime-esque, corny from country boy to savior of the world fantasies, and those pretty unique to japanese character/art designs. SO anyways nice vid Brad n Vinny but nothing to get me excited...

Posted by get2sammyb

Vinny seems like SUCH a nice guy.

Posted by Ariketh

Yay! A video with Brad in it! Gotta represent NC!
 
Final Fantasy XIII wasn't a big deal in Japan, at least not in my area or among my friends even.

Posted by AllanIceman

New Feature!? Great!

Edited by Ventilaator

First video of FFXIII I haven't found funny for the wrong reasons.
The observant observer may also notice that the video had no story parts in it.
 
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There's your problem
 
Not getting this game.

Edited by Konanda

Snow, Fang and Vanille are totally going to be my party whenever possible.  Also March 10th is more like 3.5 weeks. Great video by the way.
 
@fox01313
said:

"

Node based skill tree in 3d space doesn't make much sense, why hasn't Square heard of a pull down menu enough to want to use it (or at least a 2d node based skill tree). Game, like the previous in the series, still seems overly cluttered with menus & UI stuff compared to the RPGs from Lionhead which lets you have enough screen to admire the art.

"

The sphere grid was amazing you shut your mouth. It's not the game's fault that you are too lazy to figure out how to exploit it to make your characters godlike in battle.
Posted by MaddProdigy

sweet

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

that was awesome. thanks GB. this game is looking gorgeous and cool

Posted by CommodoreGroovy

Looks fine to me. The battles looks fast, intense, and entertaining. I don't understand why nowadays instantly makes the assumption that linearity = bad. 

Edited by leecanread

good: expedited battle system where actions go down all at once ala grandia
bad: lame character designs
good: the game world looks great, not just technically but stylistically(style > polygon count always, imo)
bad: sphere grid BARF
uneasy about: ai controlled party members
 
i would really like to play this, i don't have a ps3 and probably won't for a long ass time, but I'm definitely interested. I've heard a lot of good things about the battle system and bosses and the endgame and all that, but the story is going to be the make or break deal for me.

Posted by Banjo_ace
looks great
Posted by super2j

wow, my interest in this just peaked. i generally hate rpgs, except pokemon and chronotrigger. I can see game play is very similar to that of chronotriggers timer count thing and that automatically makes me happy. Turn based is my enemy, i always was pissed off i couldnt get pikachu to jump to the side to avoid an attack like in the show.

Edited by Maxism

Looks like most are buying this for the nostalgia/brand name. This game will most likely be mediocre at best, and after playing a ton of WRPGs, I can say this game looks like an old game covered up in a shiny coat of paint. 
 
I've grown up from JRPGs. It was cool to be an otaku when you were 12, but now, most of us have responsibilities, and don't have time for 30 hours of grinding.  Seems like most of the Game Industry covers these repetitive, and generally mediocre games so they don't piss off all the otakus.

Posted by JoelTGM

It looks good, but I've never played a real turn based game like FF, and I don't think I'd like it. 

Posted by BUCK3TM4N

to many good games out and coming out 

Posted by infestedandy
@Mooshu: I really hope you're just kidding. Every single Final Fantasy game is linear with the exception of FFXI but I don't even consider that a Final Fantasy game. Why people associate the word "linear" with bad is completely beyond me. Linear doesn't automatically make it bad and as a matter of fact, practically all of the best games are linear.
 
With that said I'm not excited about this game. It's absolutely gorgeous but I just can't wrap my head around a few things. One, the fighting looks extremely chaotic and not being able to control my other party members is really off-putting. I'm also hoping this demo showed us monsters with an exorbitant amount of health because this isn't Oblivion. If it takes that many hits to take down a pack of four goblins there's an issue. I also am not a fan of this transformer-esque style all the Summons are following. Odin transforms into a horse? Seriously?
 
Hopefully all of this will be negated by what appears to be a wonderful game, but I'm doubting it. At this point I'd rather wait for that remake of FFVI which will hopefully not be exclusive to the DS like IV was. C'mon Square! Make VI without the cartoony style!
Posted by Bettenfutter

So there are no random battles... God be praised!!!!  I might actually be able to play a final fantasy past the first few hours - no random battles to make you want to throw your controller out the window!

Posted by NickNorman
@get2sammyb said:
" Vinny seems like SUCH a nice guy. "
I want to touch his face. Not that that's weird or anything, right? 
 
I hope we see more of Ask Me Anything. It'd be great to see trailers and gameplay with some commentary from you guys, even if you aren't playing.
Posted by Milkman

I really like this feature and I hope we see some more it but I don't know how many opportunities would actually present itself where this feature would make sense. 
 
As for Final Fantasy XIII, all I can ever think of when I see footage of this game is just how GODDAMN gorgeous it is. I'm not even a big Final Fantasy guy but shit, does this game look visually amazing.

Posted by Daniel_Newton

That looks pretty crazy, maybe this will be the Final Fantasy game I buy and actually play... we'll see.
More videos like this please, very cool.

Posted by Funkydupe

Good stuff. This is the first time I've watched a video of any Final Fantasy game more than 10 seconds.

Posted by Nasar7

Looks great; can't wait.