Now that we've worked our way through the box art controversy , what say we talk about what really matters? I.e., the game ?

More info and details have come to light concerning the gameplay of Final Fantasy XIII and once again, we emerge from this brief learning process more excited than ever. As summarized over at Kotowari , the world of FFXIII will be both deep and innovative in its own little way. Weapons can be customized, each character uses a certain class of weapon, you'll need raw material for the aforementioned customization, and a weapon "levels up" over time. Once it reaches a certain level, it becomes a "Key Item;" essentially, it will then be a piece of material needed for an even better weapon. At least, that's how I'm understanding the weapon breakdown. Another interesting tidbit comes in the Accessories section; it seems there will only be three base stats for each character (Attack Power, Magic Power, and HP…although doesn't there need to be MP?), and the rest of your character's abilities will be dictated by the accessories they wear. Yeah, I've seen something like this before.

Lastly, you've got the extra missions, which has you tackling a certain monster roaming about the dangerous plains. One example shown is that tremendously large Cactuar (ah, cactuars), although early on, many targets will be mostly common monsters. To me, all of this sounds like yet another fresh take on a Final Fantasy gameplay mechanic and yet…it still seems like vintage FF. How do they do that?

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I would like the equipped weapons and clothes to be shown on the battle screen. I have seen (if any) RPG do that, limited weapons, but never seen armors. It doesn't get me excited when i spend all this time hunting an armor, only to look the same on screen.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I suggest playing Dragon Age. Armor, weapons, ect… that are equipped are shown.

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

Lot's of WRPGs do that. Also, check out some of the trailers of Resonance of Fate (you might have to look for End of Eternity) that show off its extensively detailed clothing customization options, which will appear both in-game and in the cutscenes.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I like that only the weapon in hand changes in Final Fantasy titles.

Another RPG that show the change armor in on screen is DragonQuest VIII.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Limited: just to clarify, it seems only the armor and helms are shown in Origins. Gloves and boots never show up on my damn character, for some bizarre reason…

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Ben I've yet to play the PS3 version but I have Dragon Age for PC and the gloves and boots both show up.

Anyone else with the PS3 version unable to see gloves or boots?

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

I play the ps3 version and gloves and boots show up for me, that's weird.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Gloves and boots show up on the PS3 version as well, everything does. Your helmet and gloves just disappear on the cutscenes so you can see your faces and hands if you need to make gestures or handle anything.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

JRPG are more story driven. The essence of the game are the cutscenes more than gameplay. So the cutscenes will most likely be prerendered. Their clothes, i doubt, will change in battle, to be consistent with the cutscenes.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I'm not crazy. I'm telling you all right now that my mage always wanders around with bare hands, regardless of what he has equipped. And his shoes always stay the same, too.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Ben did you recently make a deal with the devil?

Just wondering…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I did, but it didn't take.

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

Honestly, everytime i read more about this game, the LESS i want it.

I REALLLLLY dont like the sound of it.

no defence attribute? only health?
wat is that!

sounds like an rpg for kids.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

There better be some kind of mini-game. How do you go from the brilliant Blitzball of FFX to NOTHING in FFXII?

If the only side-missions in FFXIII are hunting pallette-swap monsters a la FFXII, then Square Enix really HAS gotten lazy.

-Arvis

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

IMO Blitzball sucked. Bring back a card game similar to the one in FF8.

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
11 years ago

I also liked biltzball and feel that XII was missing some kind of mini game. Hopefully they put something in XIII.

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

You know, I've been a Final Fantasy fan for a looong time…long before the games even had minigames. I never really cared for any of the minigames that much and didn't miss their absence in XII.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I didn't care much for Blitzball either. In fact I was annoyed that it required so much play to get Wakkas ultimate weapon.

The card game in VIII was the most entertaining mini game to date in a Final Fantasy game.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

BOTH Blitzball and the Triple Triad Card game were totally awesome. Granted, it took longer to get into Blitzball but once I did, it was SO much fun.

The Card game from VIII might still be the best, though.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I hated all those bloody games, cept the arcade games in FFVII that were also part of the game.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Ahhh…snowboarding. 😉

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Oh my God, I actually loved the Blitzball so much. I made special backup saves just to make different custom teams.

Keepa at max Level = Tank!

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

Blitzball?? Brilliant?? GRRR!! I went through 4 friggin controllers because of Blitzball, those were good times lol. It could have been waaay better in the control though, should have had real time passing and shooting. They also could have put more effort into special moves too.

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
11 years ago

This sounds awesome! I agree with godsman that hopefully the equiped armor/robes/clothes or accesories will in some way be shown visibly on screen.

Another tidbit floating around the web is that the main story alone will take 50+ hours!!! How great is that? But would we reallyexpect anything less??? I don't think so.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

nope, I expect 60 at the very least, anything less and you know they gimped it.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

I refuse to buy a game with some sexed up tart on the front cover showing a bunch of unnecessary skin.

Now where did I put my copy of DOA:Beach Volleyball?

Anyway on to a more serious note, I would like to see them have Weapons in this game and what they will be like. And, I mean Weapons as in Emerald or Ruby and Ultimate and the like. Also, I would hope they are planning on adding some good in depth mini games as Arvis said. Maybe a return of a type of card game, which was not my favourite minigame was quite in depth when you got into it.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I don't care if a picture of my entire family being burned alive is on the cover of a videogame. If the game is entertaining (as all FF are) than I'm buying it DAY 1.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Haha

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

@LV – That's so funny because it's true!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

TRUE. Lightning could be sexing a monkey on the cover and I wouldn't care.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

I think bestiality on the cover would keep me from owning ANY game.

…..maybe I could just put the disc in a blank case?

-Arvis

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Hahahaaa! Sexing a monkey! I nearly spit out my juice.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Sorry I left off the sarcasm comment tags on that one but it looks like most people caught it.

Yes I will definitely be purchasing this day one. Actually if the preorder is up on Amazon now I am doing it as soon as I check my checking balance.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Aaahhhh tarts.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

If Lightning was sexing a monkey, I would steal the game and run on Day 1!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

On the fence with this one since I have never played a Final Fantasy game before.

Fallout 3 was the first RPG type of game I played. I then bought Sacred 2, and am now playing Dragon Age.

I love the exploring, leveling up, customization, and choices in each of these games.

If Final Fantasy XIII is like this, consider me sold.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Your missing out. The Final Fantasy series is why I bought a PS1. VII got me hooked.

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
11 years ago

If you're just now getting into RPG's this isn't a title to be on the fence about. Go ahead and commit. I've played almost all of them, (the 12 main and several others) and while some of them weren't my favorite games, even those were well worth buying and playing (usually more than once).

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Never…played…a Final Fantasy…?????

Can those words even exist in that order?!

No.

Can't be.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

Well guys, I'll take your word on it, and make the plunge on this one. I have seen the demo in action, and it looks like something I might like now. If the aforementioned is there, that is.

Yeah, Ben, shocking, I know. Never touched a Final Fantasy game before. I was always playing Madden and Gran Turismo. Just recently have I ventured out of my box.


Last edited by maxpontiac on 12/2/2009 1:30:32 PM

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

wow

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

well your not alone, I hadn't played any final fantasy games untill 2 years ago when I got the rom for FF3 online, and just recently got FF7 of the PSN

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I think you will be pleasantly surprised, especially if you like a good story and strong characters, JRPGs always have much deeper stories and more complex characters than WRPGs. Also the battles are far more intense and exciting.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

LOL – That's good to know BTNwarrior. If FF13 turns out to be something I really enjoy, I'll go retro on the older games.

WorldEndsWithMe – I love a story that I can connect to, IE – Uncharted 2. With the Japanese games, I can enjoy something like MGS4, but I am not a fan of anime.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Haha Max(?) I'm shocked 😉
Deeply shocked. Hope you enjoy your new adventures.

And Final Fantasy is way better than anime.

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
11 years ago

Leveling up weapons? I still miss Materia, but this sounds promising.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Just Got Demons Souls, that will keep me busy until FFXIII I suspect. Can't wait.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Good luck man, keep us posted.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

10 hours in and I still can't defeat the Tower Knight. Ha!

rell
rell
11 years ago

DemonSouls is a awersome game. I can't wait for WKC, and ffxiii an ffxiiivs.