Final Fantasy XIII trailer gets a retro SNES makeover for Lightning Returns

Get caught up on the long and winding Final Fantasy XIII story before Lightning Returns with this original 16-bit trailer straight from Square Enix.

Leading up to February's release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix put together a 16-bit retrospective trailer that recaps the story so far. The eight minutes of nostalgia-inducing footage gives the series an SNES makeover, making it look like an HD version of Final Fantasy VI.

If you wanted to jump into the series, but didn't want to play through the FFXIII and FFXIII-2, this trailer might be all you need. Now, what are the chances that, instead of the HD remakes Square Enix keeps putting out, we could get some official 16-bit demakes? I'd buy that.

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Arsyad00
Arsyad00

that caius love story was funneh

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

that Caius part was funneh

Moogle07
Moogle07

Anybody else catch Ultros? Awesome.

DWalker131
DWalker131

wow did i just predict the future ? lol a few weeks ago i said 'imagine they made the next final fantasy sequal' exclusively for snes and here we have a trailer lol

cellbuster
cellbuster

I don't see why the comments here are so negative.  I think it's a neat, clever little trailer.

Marc Mattaliano
Marc Mattaliano

I like some of the newer Final Fantasy games, but it's actually taken me a long time to finish FFXIII...mainly because, aside from enjoying a few of the characters, the lack of exploration and the abundance of linearity made it kinda boring. Heard that was going away in XIII-3, but...gosh, seems like a real trek to finish the first two games before playing it.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Square Enix:  We just wanted to show you how good and engaging our games used to be, before we get back to the drivel we feed you now.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

All this makes me want to do is go play Final Fantasy III.


Back when Squaresoft was a real company that made games.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

I wonder if Square realized the irony that the whole game would have been better if it was made like this, instead of wasting millions on shiny graphics yet soulless gameplay.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Where is this supposed Squenix announcement today? Do we have to wait for bullshit west coast time?

NTM23
NTM23

That was cool, except it doesn't really recap what happened very well since it jumps ahead through so much, and has dialogue to even heighten that fact; it's not necessarily a problem, but just saying. Hm, I still have to beat XIII-2, but I probably won't... I don't know. My brother will be getting the third one though.

franzito
franzito

I couldn't help to find this VERY cute and ridiculous nostalgic, although, for everybody who have played FF XIII and FF XIII-2, we know that the story dragged a lot and to get this comprehension of it was complicated.


Liked to see "old Ultros" appearing briefly : D

King9999
King9999

If anyone's confused by the recap, know that the stories are the same way in the games.

Ryan Wilhelm
Ryan Wilhelm

FF is dead to me. They have actually run out of ideas for the series. they are recycling the same shitty characters and the same shitty story.

justinka777
justinka777

is it weird that I understood the story from that video more than from the game when I played it?

Godlikan
Godlikan

They destroyed it after XII...

Vexov
Vexov

FF13 was just missing high-fives in combat like FF15 is going to have, don't worry guys FF15 is going to be amazing. 


Not sure why i would play a 16bit version of FF13 games..., I rather go play the classics.

Onallion
Onallion

This was awesome and beautiful. So much FFVI nostalgia.


Oh and I also noticed Chrono Trigger's "electricity" effect in there! Good stuff

ShepardCommandr
ShepardCommandr

a bit ironic isn't it(don't know if this is the right word)

The 3 16bit classics this is based on are the best ff games while 13,13-2 and 13-3 are the worst.

LowTechGeek
LowTechGeek

Just like the games on which this is based, I sadly lost interest about a minute in ...

iawesome07
iawesome07

GAHHHHHH.... PEOPLE. I will admit that while there are flaws with final fantasy XIII and XIII-2, making a 16-bit remake would be sweet but it is NOT A REAL solution. 


As someone who didn't really grow up with FF (all about N64 life), I didn't play the gems FF had until I was in my later teens, eventually stumbling upon XIII. A 16-bit remake could make XIII's gameplay more enjoyable but in my opinion it may do nothing to XIII-2, where the actual gameplay was much more refined, assuming a 16-bit game will most likely follow a turn-based system. I don't blame Square Enix for trying something new since attempts at progression are natural. While some moves such as the convoluted storyline weren't properly executed, Square shouldn't have to make similar games just to fulfill people's nostalgia boners. If each game was similar today, I'd speculate that people would say, "FF is teh same thing ovr again lik COD LOLZ."


I'm not against 16-bit games-- I think they are a lot of fun. But for those who think anything past VI is trash: get over yourselves. For those who are skeptical about the newest installment, LRFF13 has a really fast, entertaining, and engaging gameplay from the demo I played last week. It almost seems like the transition from the gameplay of XIII, to the gameplay demonstrated in the trailers of XV. I encourage you to try it out. My hope is that the storyline in this trilogy ends with a nice coup de grace. /rant

jophy
jophy

square enix is trying too hard for better graphics, new innovative battle system, fanciful ideas but they don't get that all we want is the same old formula with nobuo uematsu music

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

why am I enjoying this recap a lot more than I enjoyed the original game?

elitedemo
elitedemo

wow, now those would have been games to buy instead of the junk trilogy we got stuck with....oh well, at least bravely default looks to be getting it right

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

My wishlist for FF15: Characters I don't immediately want to throw into the vacuum of space. Fun game play. A more open world. Something that does more than just look pretty....

torbonator
torbonator

Gimme 16 bit version GIMMMMEEEE NOWWWWW! to be fair with FFXIII the story was there the gameplay was dire with FFXIII-2 they built on the gameplay made it good the story was dire. This trilogy could been awesome if they went back to Final Fantasy roots with it.

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

I loved FF13...I don't understand why so many people hate it. I am sure even if square does everything fans want them to, people are still gonna complain

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@King9999 Except they are far more fleshed out and this video skipped giant chunks of both games.

franzito
franzito

@Vexov So did you talk to Lightning about it? What did she tell you about FF XV??

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@iawesome07 Uh we've been saying that. FF literally is the same thing over and over. Same names, same moves, same monsters. The only thing that changes is the story and the art and the battle system, which really is the important thing to change.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@iawesome07The point with Final Fantasy was and is to do something new for every entry. On that account they have done well as they have really offered something different from all the others, but FFXIII sadly offers a boring gameplay and a story I do not care about. I can't finish the game because I can't enjoy it. Had the same problem with FFXII, because you could almost make the game play itself, and I hated the story and characters and the way they spoke. Doubt I'll play those two ever again.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@---Cipher--- 

They already made those games.

They are called any game before Final Fantasy XI.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Grenadeh @King9999 Except the game is just a giant hallway.  So no it's not much different.  In fact this clarified it far more than me seeing anything from the actual real game.

iawesome07
iawesome07

@JachAnen @iawesome07  I feel like I'm one of the few people that actually enjoyed XIII and is a fan of Lightning, maybe because it all had to with perspective. Playing through it all, I felt like I was watching a movie than playing a game, until I reached Gran Pulse, where I did enjoy the way how they placed you near the bottom of the food chain in that area. (But ohmygod please get rid of Vanielle's voice actor) XIII-2 was sweet in the gameplay department but the story got very complicated. Nevertheless, I played through it and liked it.


I don't blame you for not finishing the game; I just hope that LRFF13 nails it.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

@JachAnen @iawesome07 If they had taken the constraints off the battle system before chapter 11 and broadened the game beyond walking down a single corridor, it would have been much more enjoyable. 

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

@Thanatos2k @llantaeusll I didn't think the game was garbage. Enjoyed the gameplay and story. I struggle to like the game at first but as I played on, I liked what the developers where attempting to do. We all got what we like. I am sure if named some games that you really enjoyed, I would find one I didn't like.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@franzito @Grenadeh @King9999 I have yet to finish it. I'm pretty much at the end but I want to do 100% of the side crap first so I don't ever have to go back and do it again once I beat the game. I liked the battle system - because they fixed the gaping flaws in the original 13 battle system - and the crystarium is SO much better than the original 13 crystarium.


Having said that Chocolina needs to never ever happen again, I now hate mogs permanently....but there were elements I liked. I liked that Snow becomes a less whiney adult who actually gives shits about things but I hate every other character in 13-2 besides Noel now.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@franzito @Grenadeh @King9999 Indeed. At least in CT the quests were all more or less tied together with an overall theme but in 13-2 it was like, ridiculous.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@xeoneex66 @Grenadeh @King9999 I won't disagree there at all. FF13 is indeed one giant hallway even once you do have "free reign". FF13-2 is less of a hallway, it's like a bunch of parallel and overlapping hallways.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@iawesome07 I "enjoyed" the 13 series so far - where it allows you to, but it's sure as hell no oldschool Squaresoft game.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@llantaeusll@Thanatos2kThey attempted to simplify gameplay into walking down a hallway and succeeded.  They attempted to dumb down combat to controlling a single person and mashing "Auto" and succeeded.


Everything the developers were "attempting to do" was a massive step back for RPGs.  And that's what we got.