'sigh' Well, at the very least, it's the best look yet at Final Fantasy XIII 's gameplay. We're not about to call it a "new vision" that rocks the world, or whatever, but it's still fun to watch.

The mysterious countdown has ended and as most of you already learned before the "momentous" unveiling, it was for a brand new FFXIII trailer. The good news is that despite not having any big announcements to go along with it, the video is both lengthy and even somewhat informative in terms of gameplay details. First of all, yes, the game does look that good – the real-time combat sequences are gorgeous – and the intricate character modeling is just insane. That's about what we expect from FF, though, right? As for the gameplay, it's a little difficult to distinguish how the battles will progress, but clearly, they're fast-paced with plenty of sweet action possibilities. For the first time, too, we get a distinct feeling of variety and diversity between the characters, although again, we're not entirely sure how everything comes together. Are we able to pause at any time? Do we issue commands on the fly, and can we change them in the midst of execution? How about magic? …or is some of what we see in this trailer considered "magic?" Yes, we still have lots of questions, but at least now we have some solid gameplay to examine.

If you haven't already seen it, go ahead and visit the Final Fantasy XIII website . It's a damn good piece of eye candy, but unlike the previous lengthy trailer (which was all CGI), this one gives you more of a sense that, yeah, this is a real game . We're gonna do stuff, and not just watch and drool. …as if we've ever done that in a FF, where they're typically 40-50 hours in total with maybe 4 hours of actual cut-scene or cinema.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

WOW this game looks phenominal, i recomend you all to watch the trailer……. i dont see how graphics liek that are possible on the 360, there the best ive ever seen, there up to the quality of Advent Children and the quality i was expecting this gen. The gameplay looks more engaging than 12. i really want to play this game!

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

sounds like someone is buying into some kind of hype. the 360 version hasnt even started yet so thats all ps3 footage

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

I think you misunderstand him. He's stating that he does not know how those graphics will even be possible on the 360 once they convert the game.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

How do you figure that? They are more evenly matched then you guys would imagine..

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Josh were do you get these wonderfully fanciful ideas bud?

Even the most hardcore fanboy has to eventually sit down and read the hardware specs do the deductive reasoning and statistical math and admit to himself and the rest of the world that the 360 is the lesser of the two machines from a hardware aspect and admit that the upscaling of standard definition graphics is just a crutch to make things appear better than they really are.

Granted the upscaling is done well but the true heart of it is that it is still upscaling and not native

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Spoken like a true fanboy. Like how its limp RSX forces it to use dual sources for its graphics. As if a slower spinning bluray disk has less trouble with framerates. Right.

Go pick up any multiplatform game and tell me how much better the PS3 version is.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

yeah its time to remove joshua, joshua blu ray spins slower than dvd, again more info per cycle, 10+10=20 5+5+5=15 framerate drop is because developer was unable to adjust software correctly. blu ray is not inferior to dvd in any way at all get that through your head. 360 was not better in graphics with hd dvd and it is certainly not better with dvd.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

So PS3 is better then the PC games to? You know..since they are on bluray?


Last edited by n/a on 1/28/2009 4:05:53 PM

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

well lets see if its on a 10gig dvd, no extra download and it has graphics equivalent to mgs4 then it is realy short game. now if you have a realy powerful graphics card, it has a 2 hour install, plus multiple disc then yeah its better, however 360 is not a $5000 pc so yeah joshua admit it blu ray better than dvd in every way, and yeah you should be remove

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Im not going to admit anything thats subjective.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

You people cant seriously moan at the sheer quality of that.


Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 1/28/2009 11:00:27 AM

GoldenShadow
GoldenShadow
11 years ago

Nice, even if it isn't as groundbreaking as it was hyped to be, it caused me to be even more exited about this game.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Well, I'd have to see more, of course, but based on what I see here…it very well COULD be groundbreaking.

Strifewind
Strifewind
11 years ago

I think he meant the trailer wasn't "groundbreaking", Ben. I think most of us will agree that the game will be amazing.

GoldenShadow
GoldenShadow
11 years ago

Yeah I meant that the trailer wasn't as groundbreaking as it was hyped to be. The game has yet to be judged, but I have a VERY good feeling about it.

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

WOW!

rickytocky
rickytocky
11 years ago

I can't. I mean what trailer to final fantasy hasn't looked great. Every trailer looks great. But all those different movements probably begin to quickly repeat. I admit I am harsh on final fantasy and I admit I have played them all (j6/3U being my favorite). Honestly as long as this game has been in production this was supposed to completely blow me away. Graphics alone don't do it. storyline and gameplay do.

The whole xbox thing obviously is slowing it down for us in America and we know they had to tone the game down further to make it multiplatform.. The real kicker in the trailer is what it says at the end.. In Production.. Wow. Worst ending to a trailer ever. They wouldn't even say coming soon.. I came from NES and SNES final fantasies so pretty lights won't make me ignore all the nonsense that is coming along with this new era of square.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Well i think your are being a tad bit harsh i mean did the movemnt s of the other ff games bother you?

rickytocky
rickytocky
11 years ago

not at all. im just saying there is literally nothing shown here thats making me think this is worth the wait. Nothing that makes me think hey its okay we will get it severely delayed just for the production of the xbox version when they originally stated it would be a same time worldwide release. They go back on everything they have said about this game basically. I Won't lie and say i don't play it even if the main female always looks like a cross between every heroine in final fantasy since tifa in 7 just with blond hair. But I will not buy this in the store for sure. Ebay or off someone who beats it quick or something.

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

"Nothing that makes me think hey its okay we will get it severely delayed just for the production of the xbox version when they originally stated it would be a same time worldwide release."

They never stated any such thing. Stop making stuff up.

Soon after the original announcement of FFXIII they did make comments to the effect of trying to reduce the time between the Japanese and worldwide releases (reduce, not eliminate), however they stopped saying that well before the 360 version was announced.

As I have stated before, Square (and now S-E) has *always* taken 4-8 months to get FF games from Japan to the US. These are the facts. Look up the release dates yourself if you don't believe me. The most recent title, FFXII, took over 7 months. The shortest delay (4 months) was with FFIX, which was a fairly simplistic game. Given the size and scope of FFXIII, do you really think it's going to be a quick localization.

Current (admittedly rough) estimates for the release dates are entirely in line with that sort of timeframe. So what basis is there for claiming that the game has been 'severely delayed just for the production of the xbox version'?

Strifewind
Strifewind
11 years ago

I can't wait for a trailer in English. I hate reading subtitles and missing the stuff that's happening on the screen.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

well thats up to you i know i'll be getting this first way i can, if the Japanesse version has subs and menu translations, i'd import it but i doubt that so i'll have to wait.

JaXXX
JaXXX
11 years ago

What the heck!!! i agve over to that site and it says that there is 64 more days till the enxt unveiling, where is the trailer?!!?!? (i've registered already)

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Ha!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

I've been hearing people having troubles connecting to the sites

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/01/28/final-fantasy-xiii-countdown-ends-new-trailer-released/

Thats for you people ūüôā

InfiniteRetro
InfiniteRetro
11 years ago

i really REALLY hope the 360 looks crappy compared to this version. this version simply has to be the suprior product of the two.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Umm..you mean like all the multiplats?

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

It's great to see some PS3 footage finally. I just don't think the Xbox 360 port will hold up as nicely. That looks absolutely stunning, and it's still a shame that they made this multiplat. How many discs I wonder?

InfiniteRetro
InfiniteRetro
11 years ago

minimum 2 i reckon.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

I doubt any where near 2 discs, it's going to be a whole lot more than that. I mean Lost Odyssey was pretty nice looking and look how many discs that was on. *shakes head* The Xbox 360 is always the ugly blight in the gaming world. I mean hell Last Remnant looked good, but had framerate issues up the a**. I doubt this game will play well on the 360. I mean look how it looked, that was damn good.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Well its been a while since we've seen a FF game on multiple discs, but the quality of that looks on par (possibly even greater than) MGS4. I cant see how it can be on the 360 like that.

InfiniteRetro
InfiniteRetro
11 years ago

this year the games on the ps3 will prove how archaic the xbox will become. and ff13 despite its multiplatform status should be one of those to prove it.

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

Awesome! Where can i pre order?

It is a lot of action in it and have to think fast.

If the story sticks and is driving me on further in to the epic on a full 1920x1080p res. It will be 1080p right? they can't allow them self for any lower.

Final Fantasy is known for pushing the graphically side of gaming. They have time to further polish on this game so I don't think that is final product.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Is there any way I can be put into a medically induced coma until this game releases?

Shatterday
Shatterday
11 years ago

Yes. Absolutely. We can do that.
*Calls Dr. Kevorkian*

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

Pulling an Eric Cartman, World? You better be careful with trying to freeze yourself ūüėČ

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Caaaaats Iiiiin Spaaaace!!!!

lol, someone thumbs upped the Kevorkian comment, someone out there dislikes me?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/29/2009 12:53:55 AM

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

You guys do know that the majority of that was a CGI cutscene right?
because when it switched to actual gameplay every thing had jaggie lines. still looks like alot of fun though.

Zaben
Zaben
11 years ago

I sure wish my computer was good enough to watch the trailer in HD but I had to YouTube it to be able to watch it smoothly.

Pretty awesome trailer, gameplay looks fantastic. I hope we get to see some FFvXIII trailers with gameplay soon enough.

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

Would love to have seen more fighting involving magic and also where are the Summons/Espirs or whatever they wanna call them this time around.

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

WOW, looks amazing. I'm not a FF player i do like watching my husband play the games, he'll be happy to see after work the trailer. I can see this being a problem importing to the 360 though due to graphics and i know i wouldnt' want a cramp load of discs for one game. would they charge more for the 360 version due to so many discs it may indure? or will they just make it equal to the PS3 version for price.

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

This game rocks!! those people who said that they're gonna boycott this game will probably change their mind once they see the new trailer.. they're gonna eat their own words.. hehe!.. ^_^

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

Wow, a trailer. Who knew? Oh wait, I did. That's exactly what I said it would be in response to the last article…

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

To everyone hoping for a gimped 360 version:

I can all but guarantee that SE is going to do everything in their power to make the games identical in every way. They are trying to appeal to a larger audience and to do anything short of near identical will have the community in an uproar and that will piss all over Microsoft's party and hence cause drastic financial repercussions for SE in the future. They know it deep down we all know it. So that being said I believe that they will compress run native 420p and rely heavily on hardware upscaling for the 360 version and then put in some exclusive DLC to soften the fact that it is not natively in true HD. Anyone worth their salt will know that the superior system for running a game of this endeavor is the PS3 but visually they will be very very similar and no one is really going to care that the 360 version is a bumped up SD version of the game since the upscaling of the hardware is actually very good and I don't think that anyone who has played a 360 can argue that.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Well f**king congratulations smart-ass….

Well ovbiously alot of it was cgi clips, some were in game cutscenes.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Who exactly is this directed to?

Mystearica
Mystearica
11 years ago

Looks cool – hope has come back to me for that game <…<

Now plz no more back news… apparently 3 characters in battle and more than just the blondie, thunder and the African American dude… though they could be temporary.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

You know the saying, be careful what you wish for.

Well, M$ft better be careful because I agree that the 360 version will probably pale in comparison to the PS3 version. After all, it was developed exlusively for the PS3 late into its development cycle.

M$ft dodged a bullet when Kojima and Konami stated MGS4 could not be done on the 360 so there would not be a port.

Alas, S-E doesn't have Konami's integrity seeing as how it is willing to whore itself out for M$ft green.

Well, now we'll see if the 360 can pull off a decent port; but I doubt it.

This might be the first game with a really inferior 360 port.

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

you mean Kojima's integrity

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Yeah seconded on that NightHawk

Kojima is the man responsible for the integrity level there.