E3 '07: Lost Odyssey Localized Update

Microsoft showed off an English version of its upcoming role-playing opus from Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker.

We got to check out an updated, hands-off demo of Lost Odyssey, the second of two Xbox 360-exclusive role-playing games from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi set for North American release in 2007. Where Sakaguchi's first game, Blue Dragon, is whimsical and cartoon-like, Lost Odyssey employs a serious art style and more mature tone as it tells the story of Kaim, an immortal warrior who has lived for a thousand years and has witnessed more than his share of pain, suffering, and loss in the process. Microsoft isn't ready to reveal much more about the game's storyline yet, but Kaim will apparently be integral to an effort to cleanse his land of an evil magical influence of as-yet unspecified origin.

During the demo, we got to see a handful of new battle and cinematic sequences. In the first, Kaim and another party member, a buxom, bespectacled girl named Sarah, were fighting atop a speeding train against a number of robotic enemies. In this battle, the pair were on the same train car as their foes, so they were able to use melee attacks, and this gave us a look at the game's timing-based physical attack system. You'll get a contracting circle onscreen when your character attacks, and if you time your button press just as the circle crosses a set marker, you'll get a damage bonus. When another round of enemies rolled up on an adjacent car, however, Kaim and Sarah were forced to employ ranged and magical attacks to take them out. Finally, a massive train-robot boss sped up behind the two fighters and initiated a boss battle, and then a Microsoft rep cut the section short.

The next section depicted a group of what looked like futuristic pirate-like characters arguing over a ship called the Nautilus in an underground hangar. We noted Kaim wasn't present during this scene, and indeed he won't be featured throughout Lost Odyssey's entire storyline. Just as the trio of ne'er-do-wells were approaching the ship, a massive beast fell from the sky and started another boss fight. This encounter contained a scripted path to victory, however, as the beast was positioned directly underneath a crane that was hoisting a number of explosive canisters. While the other two party members tried to keep the enormous, armored creature busy, the third--an old man armed with a rifle--attempted to aim at the switch on the crane and get it to move its arm directly over the enemy. After a number of unsuccessful attempts, he finally managed to set up the trap, and a cutscene ensued that showed the beast's explosive demise.

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The last sequence of the demo depicted a number of your party members stealing a large ship from a general's dock. Between this sequence and the previous one, we noted a couple of interesting cinematic tricks that Lost Odyssey will give you. For one, you can use the triggers to zoom in while you're exploring any area on foot, giving you a closer look at your surroundings, which you can pan around at will. Secondly, many cutscenes will contain close-up character inset panels on top of the main action, much like in a comic book or graphic novel, and these will appear onscreen to dramatically underscore particularly important events or dialogue.

Finally, we asked about a menu option we noticed on the demo's title screen called "A Thousand Years of Dreams." This feature (which Microsoft wasn't ready to show us yet) will give you a number of short stories written by novelist Kiyoshi Shigematsu that detail some of the episodes that have occurred over Kaim's thousand-year lifespan. These stories won't factor into Lost Odyssey's main plot, but they will provide a backstory that will show you where Kaim has been, and some insight into his character in the game. The stories will be text-based only, but they'll include artwork and music to dress them up a bit.

With character designs by Slam Dunk artist Takehiko Inoue and music by Final Fantasy maestro Nobuo Uematsu, Lost Odyssey is looking like a solid role-playing counterpart to Blue Dragon, as the two feature radically different visual styles but traditional Japanese-style RPG play. This Unreal Engine 3-powered game has been confirmed to ship this year on the Xbox 360, so look for more on the game in the coming months.

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speed45823
speed45823

so other than that minor battlefield issue, the game seems to be working fine. I went through 25 hours of this game. on disk 2. Enjoying it so far. Graphics are good. Gameplay is good. (Has so of the the Blue Dragon elements). Sound is pretty much what it should be. Overall...9 out of 10. Let me warn u though. This game is highly addictive.

speed45823
speed45823

so it might get a little repetitive...but theres a chance for u to flee from the battlefield if u choose to. I bought a whole lot of healing and magic potions just for this random battle occurance since I wouldnt know when the enemy's gonna attack. My advice to u....get a lot of magic n healing potion potion or else after doing several battles, u would probobly end up dead without em.

speed45823
speed45823

I recommand this game to u all. Its a good game. I know it cause I own it. Its released early here in Singapore. Man, the game is great. Its tuff but rewarding. The story is very nicely done. The downpoints of this game are most enemies do not appear on screen while I explore the map. I just happend to get attacked and the battle scene comes in. Thats when I can see them. Also...u cant really make them all go away. If u are for example in a haunted mantion, U'll frequently run againt the same enemy u just killed like a minute ago.

Knightmare_King
Knightmare_King

While blue dragon was the first and pretty much a test to what's to come i'm really hoping this game is good cause I have my eyes set on this game. But for now i'm wishing for a playable demo to show up soon.

cesarblue
cesarblue

man I been looking for something to give x360 the edge, I cant believe i didnt here about this game, all i got to say is, this game is going to put the 360 over the top, Just think the guy that made the best rpg in the world is making it, Now I see why he put blue dragon out first, Pay attention people, blue dragon is a money generator like a mixtape for hip-hop, it might do well it might not but the word is out and that's what microsoft really wants.. damm I see what there doing, very smart, I would even go so far as to say it might not come out till the beginning of next yr that would really blow the roof off, ps3 top I know yall are saying i'm jumping the gun, but if you look at the games and how they are placed you can see a pattern, or is it just me, If this comes out this year look what you got, competing for game of the year,,,, bio shock, gears or war, halo 3, Mass Effect, and now this wow, is all i can say how can you not get a x360... I mean really what was holding xbox back jrpg, we didn't have any on the system so playstaion held it's ground but now....man this is going to be amazing for gamers... I thought it couldn't get no better after, Mass Effect , but wow was i wrong this put me in a state of shock, This is what i been waitng for form xbox since it started and we got the best. Damm bill Gates your a Genius,, you snatch up sony best man, and brings him to the usa team, capitalism at it's best. well yall can see I told you this was going to be the death of ps3 and that line up proves it, not even metal gear can save it.. they don't have enough power to save the system, look guys were getting re5 , gta4 so that's covered, we got halo and gow, and ghostrecon, what more do yo uwant,, now mass effect and this i'm on board and i'm coping my 360 this finally put me into the nextgen even if it's a jrpg.... this is what most americans needed evil green genius

bin-hiding
bin-hiding

I like the way the game looks right now but would still like to see a bit more of it, they never show enough of the game, just bits and pieces here and there leaving you to wonder wether the game is all that great or not. For all i know it could be another "enchanted arms" look great in the movies but end up being one of the worst games ever (in my opinion of course), and thomasperry i dont beleive they are saying this will be another FF game, but it has become a standard of the genre to compare all games to FF, even though that is not by any means saying the game will be as iconic or have the cult following FF has.

thomasperry
thomasperry

How can you even compare anything to Final Fantasy? There are 20+ games out for the series on a number of different systems. This is the first game in maybe a series.

senjutsu
senjutsu

looking great, but still a bit too much old school. FF games will be better than this one. Finally, I think I'm gonn buy a ps3 instead, I was waiting to see if that game could make me choose an x360 instead of a ps3, but I don't think so now. Final fantasies are better than that.

Merodach
Merodach

I'm a huge fan of Nobou Uematsu's work, I was always excited to hear his music when ever a new FF was released. But, now that he's not working with Sqaure anymore FF just hasn't been the same. Lost Odyssey however fills me with the excitment I used to feel for FF. I'm sure FF13 will do well but where ever Sakaguchi and Uematsu go I go.

icytower
icytower

After hearing the name A LOT, the screenshot does not look all that great IMHO.

msudude211
msudude211

I've heard a lot of hype about this game.

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

i really wish they could stop treating japanese rpg like saturday morning cartoons cause from the trailer, it just sounds like one. most japanese rpgs feature cartoony voice acting save for shadow hearts and final fantasy. there might be a few more but those 2 are the ones that I can think of now

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

awesome, more rpgs for 360, i havent played a good rpg on the 360 since oblivion, so this was long overdue

Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

Was i the only one that squealed when i saw this!? Freaking awesome. Voice acting and all. This will be one of my all time favorites.

gord_mose
gord_mose

Woohoo! Another great RPG, only for Xbox 360!

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Lost Odyssey sure does look pretty, I am afraid it might get caught underneath all the other better known titles however

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Looks great!! I'm looking forward to it!!

noumanmarwat
noumanmarwat

Nice game.Looks like one of the best RPG for xbox 360 yet.

BulletProof007
BulletProof007

One of the games for the 360 that looks very cool from a visual stand point aswell as a story telling point of view.

edhc44
edhc44

This is gonna be SO good! But give us a realise date already!

Dante2710
Dante2710

this and blue dragon will defintely keep me busy

cubeman
cubeman

Looks pretty good. Not a big fan of RPGs though.

Beesond
Beesond

Finally its been nothing but crap rpgs for a while, damn I need a 360

valestis
valestis

Finally very interesting JRPG for 360. =)

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Should hopefully prove good when it comes to the US.

Benny_a
Benny_a

WOW, im amazed. It reminds me FFX, in a good way. Im sure this game sell records in Japan, I was afraid that lately all RPG moved to action style (which I hate so much) but I see that there will be more JRPG's out there and good ones. For me after playing FF-12 this franchise is dead until they go back to turn base style. But this game is going to replace all others.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

One of the games I was looking forward to at e3 and i'm happy with it>_>

Tanjavasi
Tanjavasi

Lost Odyssey...my most anticipated game EVER! :D

Pete5506
Pete5506

I think its me, I just didnt find this game all that good looking

Nawras
Nawras

I was quite impressed with all the videos I have seen. Incredible graphics and music and the story is very promising

ananda81
ananda81

My most anticipated game !!! Needless to say, I am really excited to finally experience it! XD

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Wow. I'm expecting a deep story not only because it is Hironobu, but because they are including that "A Thousand Years of Dreams" feature.

xjet039
xjet039

yah this will be awesome