Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy Hands-On

Lightning and Kain Highwind join the cast of Dissidia characters in this sequel.

It looks like the battle continues in Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy, which was recently announced as a follow-up to last year's action role-playing game and fighting game hybrid Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Also for the PlayStation Portable, Duodecim looks to follow the same formula more or less from a gameplay standpoint. However, a new assist feature has been added that allows you to summon an ally to help you in battle. At the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix had a demo of the game on the show floor, so we got to play as the nimble and ever-so-moody protagonist from Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning. Also new to the game is Kain, the less nimble but possibly just as moody dragoon from Final Fantasy IV.

We weren't given a ton of time with the game (or any instructions in English), so we quickly jumped into a round using Lightning to get a sense of how she plays. Like in Final Fantasy XIII, she is fast and weaves around the screen easily, leaving a trail of rose petals behind her. She has a ranged gun attack, which can be used with the circle button, and the square button unleashes a devastating lightning attack that can end the battle rather quickly. Lightning can also use the paradigm shift feature in battle, which gives her the ability to swap between various roles on the fly.

While everyone has their own play style and preferences, we had more fun using the dragoon Kain. He was a bit slower than the acrobatic Lightning, but he had good range with his long spear and was able to cover a lot more ground by jabbing at the enemy. When you get a chance to toss someone in the air, the X button will appear so that if you hit it at the right time, you can get another attack in and keep juggling your opponent. The square button charges up Kain's signature jump attack, where he vaults high into the air and comes crashing down straight onto the enemy. If he doesn't recover as quickly as you would like, you can bring in what looks like a clone to help fight temporarily by using the L and circle button to use the new assist feature. It is a convenient feature when you want to take a step back.

It's called the FX mode here, but it's essentially the EX mode from the first game, where once your gauge is full, you can transform and execute new attacks. Kain ditches his dark armor and switches to a lighter blue armor and loses his helmet, which we've seen at the end of Final Fantasy IV. Like with the previous game, much of the appeal is really to see some of your favorite characters from past Final Fantasy games come out and fight with a new set of cool moves.

Along with the demo, we watched a new trailer of the game, which featured many of the characters you've seen before, like Cecil, Onion Knight, Golbez, Zidane, and Terra. More new faces are supposed to join the cast, and the last part of the trailer showed Sephiroth and Tifa, having what could be a heart-to-heart conversation (probably not). The entire trailer was in Japanese, so we can only guess as to what was going on. But it seems that the war between Chaos and Cosmos is not over.

Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy is set to be released in Japan in 2011.

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geomancer5
geomancer5

OK OK the in between realm of gia and terra from IX where freya is kicken sephiroths back bacon around

geomancer5
geomancer5

Give Me a chance with Freya from IX that would be fun!!!

domovoi246
domovoi246

We say a lot about characters but not venues and arenas. I mean Gold Sauser's battle arena FF7, The city of Esther FF8 ( not the whole city obviously you'd never find each other), The Moon Mirror Chamber FF4 (where Cecil became a paliden), and I know I already said one from FF7 but i can't pass up Cosmo Canyon. If you guys got any better ones speak up. Game companys read these to figure out what to improve upon so comment, comment like the wind!!!!

mrcoleman1991
mrcoleman1991

I want Cid highwind, with his moves being chain smoking, cursing, and drinking tea epically

PHPHPH2000
PHPHPH2000

I hope they added more characters than FF 13 ppl. Nevertheless i am getting this game

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Can not wait for the demo and March can not come soon enough.

kitty_slayer
kitty_slayer

Gamestop has the game dated for 3/31/2011. LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN.

josecuellar
josecuellar

In final fantasy 5 Gilgamesh is a powerfull comedy relief bad guy who sacrifices himself to save Bartz and company, from Necrophobe. So I think Gilgamesh in Dissidia 012 will start out as chaos warrior but later switch sides and save Bartz( if they put him in the game that is)>

mmm94
mmm94

i agree with all the charecters mintioned before but .. what about prince noctis ... yeeeaah

kim231102
kim231102

as much as i loved dissidia i can't wait to get my hands on this one

Wertman54
Wertman54

This would be so awesome if they added all the characters from final fantasy i have Dissidia and The Onion Knight is where its at i can't wait to play around with Lightning. Dissidia is by far the best game for the PSP right now in the fighting and RPG category

arzamond
arzamond

what we need is sexy female villainess... cod and ultimecia...

Chief9088
Chief9088

Are all characters making a return? I need Gabranth!!!

silverstone_911
silverstone_911

i played the hell out of the first one, amazing game, this should be a great sequel

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

hmmm I wonder? should I get the first one or this one?

BLiND_1
BLiND_1

yes yes i agree with the penguin!! they should definitely put auron in there. And more people from FFXII, like the other judges!! tee hee >.

errorcode69
errorcode69

Sora and Xehanort. Would be awesome. In this game. Just sayin.

jrpg24
jrpg24

So now each character has 3 costumes... thats pretty awesome :) I saw clouds 3rd and its ok... but i think his shinra outfit (the blue one) would've been cooler. Also... this game would be amazing if it had AURON in it! Bushido skills all the way :)

trainwreckryder
trainwreckryder

both the original and advent children tifa will be available in the game i believe except the advent costume will be the alternate

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

'Bout time we got Tifa. Is it the original Tifa from the game or the Tifa from Advent Children who had breast reduction surgery?

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

I personally didn't dig the first game too much, the fighting system was kinda weird, and I don't like the majority or FF characters, but i still enjoyed kicking some ass with Cecil

shadownicoy
shadownicoy

wow its coming yay lightning but i havent finished the first one yet ohh well

Raykuza
Raykuza

What's with the names of these Final Fantasy games lately? Less than half the title of this game makes any sense.

StArDr1fTeR
StArDr1fTeR

I'm ashamed I haven't played through the first one. I own it... I guess I better start and give some other games a rest.

hellpolice
hellpolice

Gamestop is not taking pre-orders yet.

hellpolice
hellpolice

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meconate
meconate

I loved the first one, so I'll definitely be pre-ordering this, but I can't help but wonder why Square Enix said Dissidia was an anniversary game, yet release a sequel? Hmmm...

YaDangSkippy
YaDangSkippy

Kain, Lightning, and Tifa!?! I WANT THIS GAME!!! I hope they add Seifer from FF8 and Auron from FF10.

BLiND_1
BLiND_1

When does it come out in America??!?!?

SurenTheHedgehg
SurenTheHedgehg

Umm...Gamespot...what happened to being on Xbox 360 as well? Ugh...So this is only going to be on PSP...bummer, I lost mine...

rsiddiqi
rsiddiqi

hope it comes out beginning 2011.... cant wait for this game...looved dissidia...will be following this till it finally comes to my psp.

blacknight06
blacknight06

I've been told this is a prequel... I could be wrong though

HoY4
HoY4

BOOOO give us some screenshots atleast D=

-Katsuri-
-Katsuri-

Tifa? YES! This is gonna kick ass.

Game_Guy567
Game_Guy567

I can't wait for this game, Dissidia is one of my favorite games ever! Kain will be my new character!

Boncio727
Boncio727

Lightning...Kain...Tifa... PSP....glad I have one... Dissidia.....glad I got it... Dissidia 2......want it oh-so-much....

cheolho
cheolho

Lightning AND Tifa?? Count me in!

januel_21
januel_21

I can't believe this but I love final fantasy games I wish it is already out

BeastlikethaT
BeastlikethaT

This game is going to be BEAST. can't wait 'til 2011