Final Fantasy XIII--2007 Square Enix Party Trailer Impressions

Square Enix gives us a taste of Lightning in the newest trailer for its upcoming action RPG.

MAKUHARI, Japan--The 2007 Square Enix Party here at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center, just outside of Tokyo, has two stages showing trailers of the publisher's many upcoming games. The "open" stage features brief looks at many of them, but the real action is in the "closed" stage, a smaller, more intimate, enclosed stage that features longer trailers for some of Square Enix's most anticipated projects. One of the trailers being shown is an updated look at Final Fantasy XIII, one part of the so-called Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII collective series of games based on the FFXIII universe. Though we'd seen the game briefly at other industry events, such as the 2006 Tokyo Game Show, this was the best bit yet.

Unlike many of the trailers on hand in the "closed" stage, the voice-over narration for the FFXIII trailer was in English. As the trailer began, a pair of huge, winged creatures were seen gliding through a ravine, while a female voice described a perfect colony known as Cocoon, crafted by exalted beings. As the narration describes it, this civilization was protected by crystal creatures and prospered until an "invisible incursion" by an unknown enemy sought to undermine the civilization's purity. As a result, the society took drastic measures to "preserve order": Those individuals perceived as "tainted" were rounded up and shipped off.

At this point, the trailer focuses on a futuristic bullet train of sorts, blasting its way along a transparent tunnel built high above the sky. Suddenly, the tunnel is beset by huge birdlike machines; here, the narration continues, referring once again to crystals--a symbol of peace--that also have the ability to shape the fate of humanity. Thus one person, the voice-over continues, has been chosen to end the world--and that person, it seems, is Lightning, the female hero we'd seen in the previous trailers for the game.

Once Lightning gets in on the action, it's ample butt-kicking to go around for everyone. Beset by stormtrooper-like soldiers, Lightning wields her gunsword with skill, dispatching enemies by the truckload. It should be pointed out at this point that, at a certain point in the battle, the game seemed to transition from a CG-rendered movie into what looked to be actual gameplay, complete with menus in the lower corners of the screen for things like spell selection. If the actual final game moves as quickly as was shown in the trailer, and with as many dramatic camera angles, we're in for a treat when it comes to FFXIII's combat and in-game graphics.

Just as Lightning seems about to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of forces closing in on her, she's joined by a partner of sorts--a hulking dude with long blonde hair, wearing a bandana and plowing his way through bad guys as if they weren't there. It seems like the big guy's going to have more than just his brawn on his side; at one point, he casts a spell into the air, which shimmers and dissolves into a dramatic Shiva summon. This doesn't look like any Shiva we've seen before, however. Instead of one ice goddess, this summon involves two Shivas, both of which have some crazy mechanical contraption on their backs. Once the summon is complete, a roller coaster-like maze of ice tracks form in the sky, wherein our hero hops on his futuristic-looking motorcycle (perhaps composed of the two Shivas and their mechanical bodies?) and begins blasting bad guys out of the air as he loops and jets around the newly created ice tracks. Needless to say, it's awesome.

The identity of the new FFXIII hero, as well as his connection to the Lightning--as well as Lightning's role in "ending the world--are mysteries that will have to be solved another day. Nonetheless, it was yet another excellent teaser for a game that looks to inject some new life and inspiration into the Final Fantasy series. Stay tuned for more coverage on the game in the coming months.

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bibleboy93
bibleboy93

its all about money the people that make final fantasy do a Kick A. job they make some of the best games ive played (FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX,etc oh and the english version of FFVI) but if they did it just for ps3 there basically cutting sales in half (i think u guys still get final fantasy versus 13) if they sell it for 360 and ps3 then there doubling there profit.

Xanth93
Xanth93

This should have been a PS3 exclusive. Every Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy VII have been exclusive to PlayStation; also, the PS3 has far more capabilities than the Xbox 360.

awia
awia

I cannot believe this game is coming out on Xbox. I nearly wet myself when I heard.

monker490
monker490

man lightning is shockingly hot..........................no pun intended

alcangel_pa
alcangel_pa

YEA THAT IS REALY GOOD GIVE US ANOTHER COOL TRAILER THAT GONA BE GOOD DAMM GOOD

Vasot
Vasot

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nieuwuss
nieuwuss

yeah it's taking to long ,damn it give us a another trailer or something, the last one was indeed a year ago

Miteme
Miteme

NOTHING AT ALL has been released for this game in almost over a year except the annoucement that its now availiable on the 360. Anyone else wondering why it taking so long for even a release date?

alcangel_pa
alcangel_pa

all thats great but when are they gonna release it for ps3 cuz i seen they released it for x box and i dont think thats fair cuz because all the games for final fantasy were exclusive for the playstation systems only and how is it possible that the release date for x box already came out and for ps3 its still tba ?

Asmadeus
Asmadeus

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the-other-snake
the-other-snake

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silent_riku
silent_riku

Uhm... Translator for Mr. jason19... Well, I hope there's an option to get japanese audio and then english subtitles... cuz I really wouldn't wanna hear everyone going, "Hey Lightning! what are we gonna do Lightning?!" No offense to anyone who's really named Lightning in an english family but... I'd like to stick to hearing 'Raikou' instead of Lightning...

jason19
jason19

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jason19
jason19

well i hope that be new final fantasy x111 form final fantasy 12 oinin games to bad that games well win flinal fantasy is me build i tack up next lvl

mikeisaniceguy
mikeisaniceguy

I never understood the story of the games. Thats because I never played any of them. I think I really missed out. do you guys think I should get this even though I know nothing about it?

csfs_omega
csfs_omega

God like. And the main char a female? Bloody hell thats a new turn, an awsome turn in my opinion, wonder how they would deal with any type of ''love story'' that final fantasy games usualy involve.. hmm im a great fan of the series was abit disapointed in XII but i wasent expecting much from it anyway.. have huge hopes for this though. Also im very happy thats its on 360! since... PS3 i never got because meh.. price is lame and 360 has tones more games and a brighter future.

THE_HYPNOTOAD
THE_HYPNOTOAD

Turn-based games are 'stupid simple' huh? Ever heard of a game called 'Chess'? Try telling a chess grandmaster their game is stupid simple. If Final Fantasy is just 3-D version of Pokemon, then chess is just Pokemon with wooden pieces. Try actually playing a Final Fantasy game before you put down a series that's been running for over 20 years. As for calling all Japanese RPGs childish, name me one RGP that isn't childish. "ZOMG! MY MAGIC MISSILES HIT 4 100 DAMAGE, I PWNT THAT **** LOLZ"

Vasot
Vasot

Fallout 3 and Fable 2 will be better from this Anime Playstation port... Maybe they should keep this Anime **** for Playstation only... I do not really care about this japanese childish RPG titles called Final Fantasy. PC has way better RPG titles... XBOX360 should stick to PC game ports and not to Anime PS ports

iatowla
iatowla

Final fantasy = The MOST overrated game series ever made. It's a 3D pokemon, seriously, where's the challenge in turn based battles? There ain't any, thats why the japanese love this, because its stupid simple.

Pexalottle
Pexalottle

NOOO!! Square is now a bunch of sell outs :( (can't wait though)

aggelos6
aggelos6

FF XIII and Versus XIII are definitely the best reasons to buy a ps3.

mingfu
mingfu

gonna be SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

h0bo_r3demption
h0bo_r3demption

This is going to be awesome. I know I'm gonna sound like a noob, but is this turn based or real time?

geneticlone
geneticlone

ok this is like 5000 times cooler then gta 4

rbgixxer750
rbgixxer750

if MS can cough up enough big money to get SE to let FF13 go 360. than sony should counterstrike to get Infinite Undiscovery, not a big name game., but it shouldnt cost that much as MS to pay up FF13. Infinite Undiscovery could be another great rpg below FF series.

ilovemyelbows00
ilovemyelbows00

i'm hoping that if XIII sells really well on the 360, square-enix might let kingdom hearts cross over too

jjorland
jjorland

so glad this is coming to the 360.

Falru
Falru

It looks actiony, like, way actiony, like "OMG I JUST KILLED 900 SOLDIERS AND NOW I'M KILLING 400 MORE!11!2@" I reallyrealllyreallyreally hope SE doesn't blow this, and I can easily see it happen judging by FF12(also known as: Final Fantasy XI: The Single Player Game). I hope they dont forget about character development, story, and all the immersion that made the old FF's so great. Action's great, don't get me wrong, I just hope they don't get caught up so much in there action that the story is as complex as "She's out for revenge for her dead parents that died at the hand of the Evil Guy." If the action is FUN, yet not EASY, and the story, character development, and environment are amazing, then this game will be awesome.

GamerHawk
GamerHawk

I can't wait for this game :D hopefully we'll here more at e3??? :D

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

I'm certain there won't be turn based fights

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I don't know what's better. The Final Fantasy name, or uhhhhhhhhhhh.....................? I don't know.

itwiz90
itwiz90

I got my PS3 with MSG4 (the bundle), along with 4 other games. Hopefully, I won't have to go through them more than twice each before this comes out.

shredicalous
shredicalous

I bought a playstation 3 for MGS4, i've finished it..... now it seems i have to wait for the TBA 08 (pfft lies!) FFXIII to come out. nothing else in sight that really catches my interest enough for me to spend $100ish (AU) on it. i'm sayin 09 for FFXII....? i hope i'm wrong but i'l expect the worst, i've been let down before with release dates.

Rugby_Gentleman
Rugby_Gentleman

I will buy a PS3 for Final Fantasy. However I will be severely disappointed if they hold back on character development so that they can make sequels for the DS and crap like they did with FFXII. The fact that there are TWO final fantasy XIII's makes me wary of this occuring. Also are classic turn based RPG's dead on the PS3?

Aka_Oni
Aka_Oni

Why is it taking so long for these games to come out. I can't take it.

stevo_360
stevo_360

Sounds like a reason to get the PS3.

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

This is THE reason to buy a PS3 instead of a 360. I can't wait.

Uchiha_Matheus
Uchiha_Matheus

im crazy to play this game, its perfect.im sure it´ll be the best game i ever played xD

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I turned my Top 6 PS3 wishlist to a Top 7 one. 1: Final Fantasy XIII 2: Tekken 6 3: Soulcalibur IV 4: Disgaea 3 5: Street Fighter IV 6: BlazBlue 7: Resident Evil 5 That's it. Better, anyone?

ofakar
ofakar

yeah goddamnit.. I first read the date of this news as may 13, read on and suddenly realized: May13, --->2007

seany_lad
seany_lad

more news on this soon please square-enix :(

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I'm a true Final Fantasy fan to the end. The gameplay is always well thought out and the story and characters' personality is nearly unmatched. Without these elements, as well as others,(graphics, sound, etc.) it would be nothing more than just people fighting monsters. I doubt BioWare could make this. I'm sure this will be one of the best in the series. Because Square-Enix listens to RPG gamers.

Argent-de-C
Argent-de-C

hopefully this will be the definitive franchise player maker...roll on

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

I have been waiting for this one. Hope it is as good as FFVii and FFXii.

nf1994
nf1994

cant wait for this to come out!

kna3000
kna3000

PLEASE PLEASE PEOPLE ... stop with the FFVII remake talk.. i know that a lot of you played the game the same year that it was released in.. but, don't u think that at that time the story, characters, or even the CG were OUTSTANDING( i still do ). Thats why it is a classic. Lets us be the few people who played FFVII & Xenogears at their hyp... we were in heaven !!!

Raza213
Raza213

Some of u lot are mad, FFXII was so crap...the story line was straight forward and it was so predictable. FFX-2 is only good cause of FFX, the story was linked and therefore it was a hit, not a big one though. Vegnagun was a puff, they say he can destroy Spira but to be honest, SIn was harder and Penisis was WAY harder. Everyone should go to gamefaqs.com, people have voted FFX game of the decade so far. I know the battle system of FFXIII will be good but the story better be as good as FFX. FFXII just ruined it all, the side quests were so easy and killing Yizmat, that 50 million Hp boss, was easy. Oh, the Square-Enix HAVE to make a FFVII re-make!!!!!

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I've got this on my top 6 list of games to get for the PS3 when I turn 16 and get a job. 1: Final Fantasy XIII(I wonder if it'll be as good as X-2) 2: Disgaea 3 3: Soulcalibur IV 4: Tekken 6 5: Street Fighter IV 6: Resident Evil 5 That pretty much sums it up.

destrozz
destrozz

This is the only reason why ill buy a PS3 soon.