Final Fantasy XIII Trailer Impressions

We check out the trailers to three games bearing the Final Fantasy XIII name.

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TOKYO--At the DK Sigma 3173 event in Tokyo, Square Enix showed off trailers for its trio of Final Fantasy XIII games. The following is a roundup, but after the end of the trailers, there were a few surprise announcements. In particular, Final Fantasy XIII for the PlayStation 3 was confirmed for a 2009 release, and a playable demo will be bundled with the first shipment of Final Fantasy VI: Advent Children Complete (Blu-ray). Final Fantasy Agito XIII has been announced for the PSP, with no word on the mobile-phone version's status.

Final Fantasy XIII

For the most part, Final Fantasy XIII's trailer consisted of CG cutscenes that were shown in previously released videos. To recap what's been revealed so far, the story of FFXIII involves a large, floating, circular city called the Cocoon that's protected by machines and monsters created by a sentient crystal. The people living in the Cocoon are afraid of the outside world, which is called the Pulse, and the Cocoon's holy government exiles anyone suspected to have been influenced by the outside world.

The new trailer shown at this event confirmed that the tall blond man and the reddish-brown-haired girl who were seen in previous trailers will be friends with the game's protagonist, Lightning. One scene in the trailer showed the three characters walking together in an icy area, at which point they suddenly found themselves surrounded by soldiers with guns. As the three members braced themselves for battle, Lightning actually showed some signs of anger on her face, which is probably the first time that she's revealed any emotion in the trailers.

In another scene, we saw the reddish-brown-haired girl being escorted by soldiers who carried a cybernetic-looking object in front of her that looked a bit like a white coffin. The girl was wearing a white robe with her hands attached together, rather than the usual savannah-like outfit from previous trailers. As she walked toward a battle plane together with the soldiers, a blond-haired lady in a military outfit came out of the plane and walked toward her. We're assuming that she's some sort of commander or general working for the Cocoon's holy government.

Final Fantasy Agito XIII

Originally announced for mobile phones, Final Fantasy Agito XIII's storyline has remained somewhat fuzzy up until now. Previous trailers hinted that the game takes place in an academy and that it involves crystals. With the PSP version now announced, we were shown a better trailer that gives us an idea of the Agito world, and as it turns out, it's more than just a school story.

The new trailer started off with a brief look over the map of Orience, which is the name of FF Agito XIII's world. According to the narration, the four main countries of Orience have been in peace, thanks to a treaty that they've been respecting. But things took a change when a country known as the Milites suddenly decided to mount an invasion. Using its latest technological weapons, the country cut off the magic powers of Peristerium Suzaku, rendering its people powerless and forcing them to give in and break contact with the crystal. (Peristerium Suzaku is apparently the name of the location that we've seen in previous trailers. From the narration, we're assuming that it protects the other countries or something along those lines.)

The trailer showed a scene that looked like a Nazi speech from World War II, in which the leader of the Milites stood on a platform and zealously gave a speech to his soldiers in the middle of a street. As he raised his hands, the buildings on the side of the street suddenly rocketed up into the air and flew away. They turned out to not be buildings, but rather flying war vessels headed out for invasion.

The screen then changed to the world map again, with arrows showing how the Milites have rapidly started to conquer various areas of the Orience. The narration then told us that, given the grave situation, Peristerium Suzaku decided to assemble a small, elite team of warriors to free its capital city.

After the map scene, the screen surprisingly changed to in-game footage from the PSP version, which looked pretty solid and of high quality. The screen layout looked very typical of the usual Final Fantasy role-playing game, with a command menu and party-status window on the bottom. A gray-haired girl in a school outfit was seen attacking an enemy, followed by another battle scene in which three characters fought as a party against giant mechs. There was also a scene that looked like a monster summons, in which the player character went off the screen and a black knight appeared on a horse (probably Odin) to attack the enemy.

The trailer ended with a scene in which teams of soldiers wearing gray robes assembled together, each one holding a different weapon. The screen went pitch black, and the words "PSP version coming" appeared.

In another piece of video footage, the developers revealed that Agito may have seemed like a school game up until now, but you'll end up controlling more than just the student characters. There wasn't any specific mention of the game's release period or how far its development is just yet, although it was mentioned that they barely completed three characters to show them off for the battle scenes in the trailer.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

The trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII was nearly the same as the version shown at Tokyo Game Show 2007, albeit with some new cutscenes that included a few seconds of real-time rendering by the PS3's game engine.

The trailer opened with the words, "This is a fantasy based on reality," before cutting to a car moving at high speed along an empty freeway in a futuristic city. Riding in the backseat of that car was a spiky-haired young man in black leather, looking outside the window in a bored manner. There was a radio broadcast that could vaguely be heard, telling us that the world had been in a cold war for the past few hundred years, a war that is expected to end soon with a new treaty and talks on how the crystal's powers will be shared.

In some new, additional scenes, we saw our main hero together with three other guys around his same age, somewhere in their late teens or early twenties. They seemed to be pretty buddy-buddy with each other. In a scene that took place on a dusty plane, one of them with blond hair had fun with our hero, laughing and putting him in a headlock. The blond-haired youngster also got headlocked by another guy who has slick black hair and a rough shave, wearing a T-shirt and a short-sleeved leather jacket. An intelligent-looking guy who wears glasses and has a hairstyle similar to FFVIII's Zell was seen in the background, sighing as he watched his friends act childishly. In another scene, the smart-looking guy was driving everyone in a car at night, and they were all having some kind of argument. In one of the last scenes, they were all looking at a building from far away, and we noticed that it was actually the City Hall in Tokyo. Given that some of the scenes from previous trailers also looked similar to areas in Tokyo (the Shinjuku district where Square Enix is located, in fact), we're left to assume that the game takes place in an alternate reality.

In the last scene, we got to see some real-time renderings with the PS3. It was simply a scene in which our hero walked up some stairs to meet a blond girl in a dress, so we didn't get to see how much action the engine can actually handle. But the graphics looked quite on par with the prerendered CGs, and we're looking forward to seeing more in-game scenes in the future. The trailer ended with the words "For PlayStation3 Only" followed by "Worldwide" appearing on the screen.

In separate video footage, the developers showed off some real in-game screens in which they moved the spiky-haired hero around a few locations in development. The game seems to run in third-person perspective, and we saw the area from previous trailers where the hero fought against a horde of soldiers in front of a building. Apparently, you'll be able to move around that area as well as the street that faces it. We also saw the hero walking around a rocky landscape, and to our surprise, a coliseum, which the developers referred to as "Olympus."

Discussion

331 comments
detectivepbert
detectivepbert

reading descriptions of trailers rather then seeing them. lame. . .

mmm94
mmm94

hey 360 boys ITS A PS3 EXCLUSIVE HAHAHHAHA EAT THAT

Gammet25
Gammet25

I wonder why they called it versus...

Gammet25
Gammet25

I wonder why they call it versus.

Gnesh500
Gnesh500

I soooooooooooooo want to get it for psp!

nhadglz19
nhadglz19

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JBro_Hymn
JBro_Hymn

I cant't wait to buy Final Fantasy XIII for the XBox 360

VendettaEternal
VendettaEternal

This is actually coming out on xbox 360?! Amazing...it does need a good game coming up

Gammet25
Gammet25

its nice square enix is sharing final fantasy with microsoft's xbox 360. it kinda needs it.

ThGy007
ThGy007

rachkovsky Posted Sep 20, 2008 11:59 pm GMT FF sigh I never played it in my life it's crazy!! THEN PLAY IT! I just got into the series with FF X and crisis core. Changes your life! Your gaming life that is...

HobosNeedCable
HobosNeedCable

wat is the diffecence for versus and regualar? other then it is for the ps3 only.

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Oh yeah, pretty excited about this. But we need more to see!!!

ZackPSP
ZackPSP

gimme gimme :) hope it'll be even better (harder and longer) than crisis core , not that it was dissapointing or anything

RoxasF
RoxasF

I LOVE FINAL FANTASY SO I WANT THIS GAME

ChippEricX
ChippEricX

Totally cool and very realistic preview can't wait to play this one!

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Yay. 2009 eh? I'll believe it when I see it.

leonheart_z
leonheart_z

yeah..i totally want this game game, FFXIII VS and Agito look good cant wait...

haishido
haishido

FF XIII VS and Agito are on my list. After I finish Disgaea psp and crisis core, look out agito!

Brandon2127
Brandon2127

Oh my God... I am nursing a semi right now! I CANNOT WAIT!

Sortek
Sortek

how much longer do we have to wait?!

scorpia991
scorpia991

im gonna get all 3!!! as well as kh:birth by sleep and kh:358/2 days!!!!cant wait square!!!!

grimskunkMGS4
grimskunkMGS4

i need help from a lot of reviewers, all that i need is for ppl to aggree or disagree to this comment. if you think FFXIII will be better on PS3 agree to my comment, if you think the 360 version will be better plz disagree. ty everyone, PS i know the last one only place disagree either hes a fanboy or he wanted to disagree to what i said. ty everyone so 15/15

Xdra
Xdra

If you were to play any of the FF's to get a background to that game it would be FF7 obviously. As crisis core leads onto Final Fantasy 7. The Final Fantasy's are all based in different universes. Only recently have there been games in same universes but you dont need to play the other ones to understand any of the FF's. I guess thats whats cool about it.

Wonderboy2790
Wonderboy2790

Yes you most definitely could. For the most part Final Fantasy games have nothing in common (as far as story is concerned).

D3monicd34th
D3monicd34th

Hey guys. I'm extremely late to the final fantasy party, and Have never played any FF's except Crisis core. Do you think I could play this game with little knowledge of the FF universe?

kalon1986
kalon1986

NO FFversusXIII is a ps3 exclusive as far as i know.But i'm going to get them all lol. i guess it helps to own every system:)

LK9988
LK9988

All 3 of these games look and sound awesome. But is FFversusXIII coming on the xbox 360?

rachkovsky
rachkovsky

FF sigh I never played it in my life it's crazy!!

hellpolice
hellpolice

I'm glad they make this move because FF on the cell phone don't see very appealing to me. I'm a console guy I can't help it lol.

d_love
d_love

Again, an ARTICLE about video TRAILERS. Gamespot, at least give us a camera off screen video!?!?!?! YOU'RE KILLIN' ME OVER HERE!

bin-hiding
bin-hiding

man 3 FF... i just wished they stopped delaying the games and released them already...

amateratsu
amateratsu

ff13 looks amazing, but taking it to xbox was just a terrible idea.

Mafia217
Mafia217

no video presentation of the trailers? o.0

DaleButt
DaleButt

Can't wait to see some visuals of the PSP Agito. I really do hope they go back to turn-based gameplay found in all games before FF11. Can't comment on FF11, but FF1 was a huge disappointment for me, I just didn't like it and I couldn't appreciate the changed gameplay.

obaid1
obaid1

cool news i really want 2 here it

Kvain
Kvain

Ah, I'm looking forward to these. A psp version is, of course, a bold move, but I think it'll be pulled off quite nicely.

guitarg33k
guitarg33k

ff has yet to let me down. ever since i picked 7 up all those years back i was hooked. this sounds promisin too.

amman98
amman98

mann cant wait until ff13 and ff13 versus are in my hands

lol-patrol
lol-patrol

very much looking forward to the psp version of agito, i can really see how square enix will fight for as much graphic quality as they can get out of the psp, but i hope the gameplay is like that of ff12.

Meko_Gear_Solid
Meko_Gear_Solid

hmm.. interesting.. but i was intrigued how they would all connect but it seems they only share the number XIII..

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

No matter how bad an FF is, it's still better than other mediocre games... I need to know about the gameplay square-enix!

ZaroRansolo
ZaroRansolo

It seems pretty cool, ever since FFX i've been kinda disapointed in the "recent" FF's. Hope it's good.

yousif_aj2000
yousif_aj2000

It look Great ... Enix doing allways good .. but we didn't see any GF or Summoners long time ...... i hope we found it .

Makiree
Makiree

I hope they make good music

wogboypaul
wogboypaul

oh i rekon they'll have all the ff, hopefully well excpet for 12 and 13 since 12 is dumbbb and 13 is too new go zidane

The-SewerShark
The-SewerShark

Down with Gambits, and bring back the AT Bar Battles

fonze333
fonze333

this better come out soon and it better be good. why does it skip some of the final fantasy's?

Kirko8585
Kirko8585

FF4? Try FF Mystic Quest or the old FF1 for plain nintendo, now they're old.