E3 '07: Lost Odyssey Trailer Impressions

We take another look at Lost Odyssey, based on the trailer in Microsoft's E3 press conference.

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We last took a look at Lost Odyssey during last year's Tokyo Game Show, where we managed to get a lengthy hands-on demo of the title at Microsoft's booth. It's also making its presence known at this year's E3, though, although it was shown only in trailer form during the press conference.

Much of the information appears to be new, though, at least compared to the older demo that we played. The trailer revolves around the character of Kaim Argonar, an apparently unkillable soldier that survives a cataclysmic meteoric crash during a major battle. While he doesn't know why he is apparently immortal, he does know that it's been personally ruinous for him, as he's seen his family and loved ones fade away from him, with one of them apparently committing suicide in front of his eyes. Over his thousand-year lifetime, he has apparently seen nothing but battle, bloodshed, and pain, at least according to his telling of the story.

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Some more plot details were revealed here, though, as apparently Kaim's world is being infested with magical energy that is infecting its soil, which should remind some gamers of the ecological themes of many Final Fantasy games. That's not unexpected, since Hironobu Sakaguchi, the producer of Final Fantasy, was the creator of Lost Odyssey.

The trailer ends with some of the combat systems of Lost Odyssey being shown, with large robots, dinosaurs, birds, and even a robotic dinosaur being shown in combat. Since Kaim lives for at least a thousand years during the course of the game, it should be interesting to see how the progress of time affects the unveiling of the story. One of the last lines of the trailer indicates that the experiences of Kaim over his millenial lifetime will be integral in solving the problem of the magical infestation. Since all of these games in Microsoft's press conference were promised to be coming this year, we theoretically will know more about Kaim's life by the end of December, although no official release date has been set yet.

Discussion

55 comments
jorgeb_giorgi
jorgeb_giorgi

it looks like a good game ... i hope it has a great gameplay

xbill1
xbill1

Has anyone else noticed that the game looks a lot like the Myst series? Not that that's a bad thing, as long as the gameplay is better.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I'm pretty sure from the vids I've seen on this game that the fighting system is turn-based. Still looks amazing though

whaler06
whaler06

I have all the faith in the world in anyone who partook in final fantasy games. Im sure it is going ot be amazing

Dmac4330
Dmac4330

Did anyone see how the game was played. I think it is going to be sweet. It was sweet to see in the fight how he went from one group to the other and messed them up. This turn base looks different from others that I have played and seen and it is coming on the 360. Is it like anything else.

Lach0121
Lach0121

i am so looking forward to this game, i think it will rock i love rpgs all types action rpg, turn based, open ended. i like all sorts of games well except sports games, well maybe the occasional racer. but i love alot of different genres rpg and fps and action/adventure mostly though.

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

the only questionable thing about this game is how the game play is going to be.

Sabotage
Sabotage

Robot dinosaurs are awesome. I think that alone kind of sealed the deal for me, I don't know about the rest of you. I'm digging the steam punk look of the game as well. It's kind of refreshing. A bit of a bummer that it's turn based in combat, but that's not enough to break the experience and eventual buy.

veryape666
veryape666

i am very happy that this has turn-based fighting.finally an old school rpg that looks amazing.i cant wait.

pjizzile11
pjizzile11

Jazzman he could get knocked out. And once your entire party gets knocked out its gamer over.

Jazzman84
Jazzman84

What will the gameplay be like? How do you have combat in a game with an unkillable protagonist?

heroface
heroface

Let's crush Final Fantasy with this game I agree!!.. but please pleeeeeeeeease NOT TURN BASED COMBAT!!! I might die if it does, the first trailer makes it look far too action packed

Sasuga
Sasuga

If the final game is even half as awesome as the first trailer, we're in for a treat! Sakaguchi has stated that his aim is to crush Final Fantasy, and this looks like just the game to do it.

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

"a release window of winter '07 is not the same as a release date, so no he didn't mess that up. offhand it could be the date's been revealed, i didn't hear about it, and every media site is slow. but otherwise, a quick check shows there's no actual confirmed official release date" If you follow interviews about this game, its been confirmed that the release date is 2007... but no actual date has been given. So unless something happens to delay the game we will be playing it this holiday.

Nexeus
Nexeus

oh yes 360, touch me, talk slow, yeha baby thats it, you know how daddy likes it....

Binzen
Binzen

This game sounds so sexy. I'm quite excited. In fact, I've an erection.

IpodHero176
IpodHero176

This game is looking better by the moment.

noxian
noxian

supermechakirby messed this part up too "Since all of these games in Microsoft's press conference were promised to be coming this year, we theoretically will know more about Kaim's life by the end of December, although no official release date has been set yet." the game already has an official Worldwide release of Winter 07 ---------------------------------- a release window of winter '07 is not the same as a release date, so no he didn't mess that up. offhand it could be the date's been revealed, i didn't hear about it, and every media site is slow. but otherwise, a quick check shows there's no actual confirmed official release date

Slimm457
Slimm457

i love JRPGs and their over-the-top art designs (looks at Tidus' clothing), no but seriously im looking forward to this game

jasonharris48
jasonharris48

Looks good now I really can't wait to see Sakaguchi's Cry On title for the 360

supermechakirby
supermechakirby

lol he messed up that too? "That's not unexpected, since Hironobu Sakaguchi, the producer of Final Fantasy, was the creator of Lost Odyssey." switch it around again messed this part up too "Since all of these games in Microsoft's press conference were promised to be coming this year, we theoretically will know more about Kaim's life by the end of December, although no official release date has been set yet." the game already has an official Worldwide release of Winter 07

gamer_girl15
gamer_girl15

Any game with a robotic dinosaur has to be good :P

Beesond
Beesond

AAAAWWWWW NNNNOOOO! I am on a really crappy computer at work, and it is too slow to run any of the vids! Dammit

Pete5506
Pete5506

That was my 1st time seeig anything for this game, it look different but I will be watching it

-DaNuTz-
-DaNuTz-

wow the game is awsome, can't wait for the release

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Bet this is gonna be the J-Rpg which 360 truly misses

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

I haven't been this excited about an RPG in a while. This one really came out of nowhere for me. Looks amazing. Brought me back to my FFVII/FFX days.

blacktorn
blacktorn

Mmmm my opinion on the game now is mixed,i was hoping for a slightly more dark and satanic rpg.

football_legend
football_legend

One mistake "Hironobu Sakaguchi, the producer of Lost Odyssey, was the creator of Lost Odyssey (should be Final Fantasy). It looks real good. This and I hope Microsoft gets FF for 360.

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

I thought this game was an action rpg, it looked turn based in the trailer. Still looked pretty cool.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Trailer looks friggin awesome..hope to see more of it

omegabyte
omegabyte

"bioware makes excellent rpgs and it looks like this one is gonna be the best" I think you're looking for Mass Effect, it's over there -> Anyways, this is just one of many awesome looking RPGs coming out soon on the 360. I'm downloading the Blue Dragon demo as we speak (finally I can see first hand what Mistwalker can do), and I've already played the Eternal Sonata demo, which was fun. Then of course there's Mass Effect and Two Worlds, and in the future, Cry On, Rise of the Argonauts, Too Human, Fable 2, The Last Remnant, and Infinite Undiscovery. My 360 is going to be very busy the next couple of years.

termadoyle
termadoyle

This is the first and Only RPG I'm really looking forward to on the XBOX360. keeping an eye on Eternal sonata too.

Cniinc
Cniinc

"That’s not unexpected, since Hironobu Sakaguchi, the producer of Lost Odyssey, was the creator of Lost Odyssey." Lol.

ChronoGuyver
ChronoGuyver

The graphics look absolutely great in this game. Gameplay doesn't look so good. It seems too old school. It is nothing that couldn't have been done on the PS2 or even the PS1. Atleast the graphics look real good.

Tanjavasi
Tanjavasi

- - - "I dunno about this one yet, looks kinda like a Final Fantasy rip off to me, and I didn't like FF to being with." - - - - Well, it is made by the man who created Final Fantasy...still; it will not be rip-off of FF, Lost Odyssey's mature and emotional story alone will make it a class of its own.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

bioware makes excellent rpgs and it looks like this one is gonna be the best

pang0012
pang0012

if FFXIII doesnt come to 360 hope this title can match up to FF quality so that we dont have to always pray FFXIII will come to 360.

kappareign
kappareign

i was very impressed by the new trailer. the graphics looked superb

whgresiak
whgresiak

I dunno about this one yet, looks kinda like a Final Fantasy rip off to me, and I didn't like FF to being with

Lightfellower
Lightfellower

Typo it was. It meant to be 'Final Fantasy' for the latter

Spincut
Spincut

I think there's a typo there, i'd say the producer being creator of the same game is rather expected, i think you meant to say Final fantasy for the latter didnt you?

neorub
neorub

"...since Hironobu Sakaguchi, the producer of Lost Odyssey, was the creator of Lost Odyssey..."and even a robotic dinosaur" lmao, awesome reporting, i guess its late.

decebal
decebal

@treelog187 "Cant wait for this game! Its one of the only reasons I still have my 360. Same here. This and Mass Effect are the only games keeping me from selling it. Oh, and prince of persia classic. :)

astro64th
astro64th

Lost Odyssey looks freakin' amazing! I can't wait to play it!

Tanjavasi
Tanjavasi

Lost Odyssey was the highlight - the game looks and sounds terrific! This is going to be an emotion journey, I cannot wait to experience it!

jazreal
jazreal

i think he meant to say that "the producer of Lost Odyssey was also the creator of Final Fantasy". and ya , the game will own :)