SE celebrates FF Anniversary at Metreon

Two. Two is the number of cosplayers who prominently donned their garb and turned out for Square Enix's Final Fantasy Anniversary at Sony's store in the Metreon. Harajuku, San Francisco is not. Still, fans of the series were no less eager to get their hands on the newest remastering of the first...

Two. Two is the number of cosplayers who prominently donned their garb and turned out for Square Enix's Final Fantasy Anniversary at Sony's store in the Metreon. Harajuku, San Francisco is not. Still, fans of the series were no less eager to get their hands on the newest remastering of the first playable Final Fantasy game on the PlayStation Portable, Final Fantasy Anniversary. Previously, the series had only appeared in the form of the UMD movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Near the stroke of six, the first few Final Fantasy faithful calmly filed through the Metreon's side door (this is a reputable place of business, after all), to be greeted with a grab bag including every eventgoer's ultimate prize--that's right, a free T-shirt. Sony's Metreon store isn't exactly a spacious venue, so the lack of buster swords turned out to be a boon.

Human contact was unavoidable as the throngs huddled around video displays of in-game cinematics, green screens, and a huge plasma screen displaying, of all things, coverage of the Square Enix Party in Japan last month. SE also had several kiosks set up that were running Final Fantasy Anniversary, and representatives were quick to point out that the second installment is releasing next month.

Urging fans to stick around, Square Enix reps raffled off gift certificates to its recently announced North American online store. Also occurring at regular intervals was a 20th anniversary video montage of highlights and epic moments from the series. Despite SE's better efforts, all the attractions were trumped by Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition itself, as more than a few fans seemed to be content standing around, staring into their PSP screens as they revisited the town of Coneria one more time.

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DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

If only instead of FF7 sequals, prequals, crapquals on the PSP, can we just get FF7 on the PSP itself? That was debatably the best Final Fantasy game ever, and could change history by making a GOOD PSP game.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

What exactly are they celebrating? Media disdain for their product? To those with both handhelds and the cash on hand, spend it on Dawn Of Souls.

MysticDynamite
MysticDynamite

I've never played a Final Fantasy game. I'll just let that sink into your heads for a moment.

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

Please guys...people in the States virtually never do good cosplays, that Squall is horrid. If you can't do a decent costume don't even consider doing it.

Ragnarok1189
Ragnarok1189

In all honesty, those were the ONLY cosplayers there. In a little over 100 people and only 3 cosplayers. I was actually dissappointed. Course me and my friends were gonna go as FF1 characters, but we didn't. Watching the editors of EGM and such bomb on the trivia was pretty funny though. But they had to kick us out after like an hour so more people could get in, it was BS.

bigmick07
bigmick07

to bad i sold my psp, but im not much of a big rpg fan anyway so..... my 360 is right for me

Sheiko
Sheiko

Those guys should've got a reward. Sure their FF hooligans but hey its FF.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Why doesn't Sony pressure Square Enix into releasing a Final Fantasy: Complete Anthology just before the Final Fantasy XIII release. They could fit every game on one Blu-ray. That'd probably give PS3 sales a great boost.

Pete5506
Pete5506

well more things for the sony fans

Vincent9mm
Vincent9mm

One of the strongest franchises to ever grace the media of Video Games. Truly a remarkable event of 20 years non stop, with very little time inbetween projects. Go Square and FF Team.

blackace
blackace

I could care less about FF Aniversary. I'm still playing the remakes that came out on the PS1. Why would I want the PSP versions?

KnightsofRound
KnightsofRound

How come everyone who does cosplay always somehow has the worst costume possible and makes themself look like a bumbling idiot? There are very few instances where I've actually seen GOOD costumes. Although the Auron guy did a pretty good job, the other one is just terrible.

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Seems Sony trying very hard to keep the next gen Final Fantasy to their console exclusively.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I would be pretty embarrassed if I were one of the two cosplayers...

ocdog45
ocdog45

thats stuff is too much for me. i just like to play games

xJackelx
xJackelx

"VladimirCrow lol, what's the deal with the costumes? I mean, seriously that is getting out of hand. It takes liking games to a whole new creepy level, I just play games, why dress up?" Do you wear shirts w/ logo's on them? It's the same concept. Why be bothered if people take it to another level, they enjoy their games and are happy to express it.

Ragnarok1189
Ragnarok1189

OK, I was SECOND in line. Me and the guy in front of me and the guy behind me did not get this so called "goodie bag". We did get the shirt though, it's kick-ass. But that was an awesome day.

ShinAkuma777
ShinAkuma777

BOOOO creepy foot doctor hurray beer drink red stripe OT who carez

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

Kraige: Hand us over DOA and we'll give you.... ... Warhawk! :P

Jac5232
Jac5232

Heh, FF1 for PSP is nothing special. Played it on the PS1, except that the PS1 version also came with FF2. Sounds like a rip-off to me, and even if I had a PSP I wouldn't get it.

wizardps2
wizardps2

Happy Any FF and thank s to sony for makind the game so god in graphics!!! lets start over again!!! PSP Rocks!!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Geez, has it been 20 years since Final Fantasy came out on the NES? Boy do I feel old. lol

Hondje89
Hondje89

MGS also got to celebrate it's 20th anniversary earlier this year.

ArchAngel2284
ArchAngel2284

that's cool. i would not have dressed up myself =b

Kraige
Kraige

Symphonycometh *So far... 5 mature members upset that FFXIII is going to PS3 only....* Sad. Make that six, though I won't moan about it as IMO SE has ruined what I used to like about FF, I prefer Skaguchi and Mistwalker now (though I do still like Dragon Quest and I'm glad its not confermed for P$3 yet)

IpodHero176
IpodHero176

I wish I was there(I would be dressed normally though).

steven141
steven141

Wow, a very popular series with a huge fanbase happy anniversary =)

Kraige
Kraige

sdkingsht it takes a special kind of loser/dork to dress up like that on any other day than halloween party nights. Says the man with a Spider-man avatar. ; P

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

God bless the Asians for being such hardcore fans.

jaSteRdcX
jaSteRdcX

square rocks, lol wats with the cosplay geeks?

bigstokes
bigstokes

The series that saved Square from folding.

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

sdkingsht: ...That's so cold....:( *Keep in mind I'd never dress up.*:P

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

it takes a special kind of loser/dork to dress up like that on any other day than halloween party nights.

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

Alvaro_20. Probably dressing like Tifa from Advent Children. ;)

Alvaro_20
Alvaro_20

weren't there any tifa cosplays? damn.. :P

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

Okay so they're celebrating the anniversary of the first game and yet no one dresses as a Black Mage? Amateurs...

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

*So far... 10 mature members upset that FFXIII is going to PS3 only....* Sad.

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

That Auron cosplayer is surprisingly close to looking like Auron....from a distance.

Juventus_10
Juventus_10

Happy Anniversary Final Fantasy! Hope you have a bright future.

Mark_HD
Mark_HD

Final Fantasy cosplays! yahoo1!

ManOfTeal
ManOfTeal

I played FF back in the NES days it was fun.....highly difficult, but still fun.

l337fool
l337fool

"JSharpe_187 " Wow, 20 years, they must have been one of the original titles for NES or Atari Wow young folk not even knowing the basics...

VladimirCrow
VladimirCrow

lol, what's the deal with the costumes? I mean, seriously that is getting out of hand. It takes liking games to a whole new creepy level, I just play games, why dress up?

LexLas
LexLas

Wow this look like a great event at the Metreon. It's great that there are people who represent like they do. Yeah !

PAJ89
PAJ89

Happy anniversary Final Fantasy.

R-Dot-Yung
R-Dot-Yung

yea i want crisis core too, oh well, sounds like it was a pretty meh party, they should have at least shown a FFXIII trailer or something to make it worth everyones time

DanC1989
DanC1989

Wake me up when it's Crisis Core, not this. How many re-releases have there been?