Not surprisingly, the Final Fantasy XIII demo has been in the news a lot lately; you'd have to be living under a rock on Mars to not know a one-hour playable demo just recently shipped with the Blu-Ray edition of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" in Japan.
It's not available outside of Japan, but we all assumed the gameplay would be leaked not long after the demo made its way into the hands of the Japanese public. And so it has happened: feel free to watch a live streaming video (courtesy of Justin.tv) of the demo over at FinalFantasyXIII.net . While it may be true that this demo is based on an outdated build of the game – a sensitive topic amongst the fans – it still looks great. We've seen plenty of gameplay details already, and some of us were a little worried that FFXIII would represent an almost complete departure from the gameplay we all know and love. But while there will be more of an action-oriented focus in certain aspects of the battle, you can see in this video that Square-Enix hasn't left their roots behind. We're excited to see a good amount of flow and diversity in the combat, and of course, we're thinking about the vast potential… You never see the biggest, flashiest stuff in early demos like this, and FF is often all about "flash." Hence, what might a massive summon look like? Or how about the most impressive physical attacks? And what about those unbelievable multi-character combos we've been hearing about?
Anyway, this may be the closest most of you ever get to this demo, so drink it in while you can. There is a chance that Square-Enix will let gamers nab it off the PlayStation Store and/or Xbox Live Marketplace at some point, but that'd be a ways off…if it ever happens at all.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII