Final Fantasy Versus XIII--2007 Square Enix Party Trailer Impressions

Butts, prepare yourselves to be kicked. Square Enix shows off an action-packed trailer for its upcoming FFXIII side story.

MAKUHARI, Japan--If you're a fan of waiting in long, interminable lines, the "closed" stage at this year's Square Enix Party is for you. It's here that the vaunted publisher is showing off extended trailers for a number of its upcoming projects, including new looks at all three Final Fantasy XIII games, collectively known as Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII. While you can check out our impressions of Final Fantasy XIII here, it wasn't the only action-packed trailer on hand. Just as impressive was a new CG trailer of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a completely original action role-playing game that will take place in the same universe as FFXIII but feature new settings and a new cast.

The trailer opens with the words, "This is a fantasy based on reality," before cutting to a car moving at high speeds along the freeway in a futuristic city. Riding in the backseat of that car was a spiky-haired, pensive-looking young man, clad completely in black leather. The car he rode in was being accompanied by a pair of cars of the same make and model, but other than the trio, the streets were empty. The trailer then cut to a wide angle shot of a building that looks a lot like a museum, accompanied by a quote from William Shakespeare: "There is nothing either good or evil, but thinking makes it so."

Inside the building, sitting on a throne of sorts with his eyes closed, is our sullen-looking hero. After a few moments, he notices something is amiss, opens his eyes, and heads outside the building, where we see the building is completely beset by troops looking to do him harm. As he calmly walks down the stairs, a few troops open fire with their automatic rifles, but the bullets harmlessly bounce off an invisible, perhaps telekinetic, shield he controls. After he lets them spray some more lead his way, he leaps into the air and summons, oh, around 20 nasty-looking swords out of thin air. Grabbing one, he bull-rushes headlong into the crowd of enemies, slashing and slicing his way through the faceless soldiers. At one point, he wedges his sword through a soldier's arm, twisting so that the arm is turned backward; as the soldier continues to fire his weapon, our hero guides the soldier so that the spray of bullets hits the soldier's surrounding comrades.

Perhaps bored with the simplicity of the opposition, our dour hero teleports up the steps again, when he notices soldiers rappelling down the side of the building. In an instant, he's teleported to the face of the building itself, slicing ropes and stabbing bad guys as he zips and ports from spot to spot, or uses his sword as a spring to hurl himself higher up the side of the building.

Back inside the museum, the throne we saw near the beginning is engulfed by magical symbols and bathed in a pure white light. As the main character returns to his seat, we see a robed figure who looks like he's none to happy with our hero's exploits. As the trailer ends, both characters have cast some impressive-looking spells as they look to face each other down.

While the origins of the robed figure, the spiky-haired butt-kicker, and the soldiers remain a mystery, it's clear from this trailer that Versus XIII is going for a dark and violent (in some cases, even bloody) look, much more so than the bright and colorful action in Final Fantasy XIII. We're curious to learn more about these characters, the world they inhabit, and the gameplay that will comprise this project in the coming months. We'll be bringing you all the latest information on Final Fantasy Versus XIII as it becomes available.

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305-DADECOUNTY
305-DADECOUNTY

yo all haters i will get my Final Fantasy versus XIII and it will be mine when i get it for christmas and hey if u not a final fantasy fan you all sucks

shaun_mcwayne
shaun_mcwayne

you wait all this time for ff and they bring 2 out at the same time, should have spaced em out better. i defo get them both, but man im gonna be so hooked on them i wont have time to eat, sleep, talk or socialise. bugger. food, sleep, and people are over rated anyhoo.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

looks nice, still the story could be too commercial, the saga is getting more and more commercial since 7 and I don't see any deep plot coming from the advent children team and neither from the KH team (I say it though I liked KH) anyway I hope the story is great and I'm sure the gameplay will be amazing

Rugby_Gentleman
Rugby_Gentleman

Both games look great (they are the reason I'm going ps3) but one thing I'm concerned about is that it may be similar to FF8 in that all the characters look the same....

lowkey254
lowkey254

I can see this as of the best FF's in a long time. Probably since Vi or Vii.

Zexell
Zexell

Impresive first look , the main caracter is awesome , if you see the picture inside the car , its full of details , the textures are so smooth, simply incredible , square-enix has definitely overcome themselves with this game.

lamepunk
lamepunk

This looks freaking awesome. We get to play as a guy who does some hardcore butt kicking. And even better, we get to do it in real time too, about time!

MidniteShadow
MidniteShadow

And yet again Square has outdone themselves :)

grandterra
grandterra

i watched both trailers and all i have to say is WOW to both of them; YAY i gonna enjoy these two games actually all three might as well just get em all.

avendegme
avendegme

I think versus will be great just because of the battle system as its more fast paced 13 will be good if the go back to the older control system not that of 12

Solid_Devil
Solid_Devil

I think both FF 13 and FF versus 13 is going to be two great games to add to one's game collection.

thekodaman
thekodaman

This game will probably be better than 13, the story seems a lot darker and generally more badass.

oumir
oumir

IS THIS A MOVIE!! NO! IT"S FFVXII

ACars52
ACars52

King, the third FF is Agito and sadly its coming out for cell phones, i think if they're gona make a mobil game make it for ds or psp, idk thats my opinion

aerisol
aerisol

WHERE CAN I WATCH THIS TRAILER!? i have seen the start of it but thw one i saw had no fighting, just the main guy walking in to machinegun fire from a bunch of soldier dudes.

Ba0ng89
Ba0ng89

@ IHEARTCloud yes there are guys that look like them

Ba0ng89
Ba0ng89

Piggy PS3 is only 400$ now, everyone can afford unless u dont work..

piggy_tian
piggy_tian

hmmm... it's really hard to be poor. =( can't buy ps3, can't buy hdtv, can't buy a good pc, can't buy ANYTHING!!!!! @.@

IHeartCloud
IHeartCloud

this game looks freaking amazing. This means i'll have to buy a ps3 and i just saved up enough $ to buy a 360. it looks like this game won't be out for a while, so atleast i've got some time. then i'll have all 3 platforms. haha, yes. if it is possible for video game characters to be hott, the silver haired dude is like the hottest of them all. if only there were final fantasy guys in real life...

bin-hiding
bin-hiding

sounds good right now, if the gameplay for this game is similar to kingdom hearts it'll be an instant classic, i dont know about the devil may cry thing though, dont really like those games.

an0ther_atheist
an0ther_atheist

With *three* FFXIII games on the way, there's bound to be something everyone can enjoy (unlike XII, which no one could enjoy). I'm stoked.

zunit88
zunit88

Hope its not like FFXII cause its SUCKS...

valcrist09
valcrist09

lol i will be dead before this series of games comes out. I think they both will be cool, you cant judge on what will be better off a freaking trailer that was released over a year ago, these games are barly even started so dont start saying which will suck when they have a good chance of not being the same as what they origally started with.

god13g
god13g

i love FF but hate FFXIII but i like FFXIII versus its cooler and has a freash start

cejae
cejae

Now thats what Im talking about. Now can you pull it off Square?

echowind01
echowind01

FF13 versus sounds more like devil may cry with all the teleporting talk and dark violent stuff nun the less YIPEE luv the FF games and cnt w8 i wonder if we'll see any landmarks in both the ff13 games considering there in the same world and all and i hope they both have a FF7 feel to them cuz FF7 would have to be the most popular FF game all series

RPGOmen
RPGOmen

Oddly enough, according to the last Playstation Magazine (or maybe the one before the last, I didn't really check the date), XIII and Versus have almost nothing in relation to each other. In contrast to the rumors, the article made mention, in fact, that the games will be in two entirely different worlds and there will not be any of the same characters. In addition, Versus will have a Kingdom Hearts-like battles system while XIII will be more traditional. Lightning (The XIII's main female heroine), will be traveling between two worlds fighting a war, and that's really all that was told that can be fit in a short summary.

dentui
dentui

riseofnations36 you are right versus is like kindom hearts. I CANT WAIT OMG

riseofnations36
riseofnations36

Well , Verses is in the same universe as XIII , the thing is that they are different stories , casts , etc.... At this point the only thing we know that links the two games is that they take place in the same world.

knicknut17
knicknut17

I have recently begun to re-affirm my love of JRPG's. I loved Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and had ambitious hopes for Oblivion, but for some reason American RPG's just don't have "It." I can't explain it. I found myself playing Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III on the SNES) for about 3 hours tonight. JRPG's have that sense of style, class, and grandness that I absolutely love. So right now I'm playing FF: IV and FF: XII while waiting for the army of PS3 games to hit. I've heard about Versus and saw the trailer a while back, but I saw it again tonight... Impressive...so impressive...Square Enix always comes through. I can't wait to play this game. In fact, I'm more excited about this game than FF: XIII! I like the whole dark theme.

angkawsw
angkawsw

Damn cool graphics.. lol both FFXIII gonna be so much fun... cant wait!!!!

PS3Compass
PS3Compass

Two Final Fantasy games for the PS3! Wow! I have a question though. How are XIII and Versus XIII related? Is Versus XIII a side story or a sequel or what?

Zetzuei
Zetzuei

wow can't wait to see that video clip.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i hope the action is as good as the cg movie.

YourDaddy88
YourDaddy88

Part XXIII is shaping up nicely..all versions of it.

j7almeida
j7almeida

plain and simple, if the guys who did kingdom hearts and A.C. are working on this one, it will be the better of the two

sEnix-master
sEnix-master

Ohhoho...bloody. I heard right, right? Bloody. This sounds so much better than XIII. Hahahaha! I shall wait for it's release!

jag215
jag215

never been a big ff guy but I got to say both XIII and Versus XIII got me excited

Truf89
Truf89

Did I hear "bloody":twisted: I can't wait for this game to come out.

xJackelx
xJackelx

"Aldebaran91 ff sucks.the fighting system is just rubish.prince of persia is the best game ever." LOL

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

the history behind the final fantasy name is that it was supposed to be the last game the studio (square) did at the time before having to close its doors.(during the nes era). But it turned out to be such a success.. well.. you know the rest.

JonWatt
JonWatt

Another one!?!? I thought it was called "Final Fantasy" for a reason...

zanmato666
zanmato666

-Aldebaran91 "ff sucks.the fighting system is just rubish.prince of persia is the best game ever." Final Fantasy and the Prince of Persia are in two completely different genres. That's like comparing an RTS to a FPS ROFL.