TGS 06: Final Fantasy XIII Impressions

We check out a new trailer for Square's upcoming Fantasy at the Tokyo Game Show.

TOKYO--Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix showed off a bevy of trailers for their upcoming titles in their patented "Closed Mega Theater." Included among the cornucopia was an updated, expanded trailer for the eagerly anticipated RPG, Final Fantasy XIII. While concrete information, like a release date, is still up in the air, the trailer at least showed off a good amount of new eye candy for the audience.

If you've happened to see the trailer from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, not much of substance has changed in the new TGS trailer. The action still revolves around the same nameless woman that was shown causing so much property damage in the earlier trailer. In the previous trailer, though, her enemies were exclusively human; now, she's shown fighting against a number of monsters, as well.

In the first instance, the enemy that appears is a massive demon, looking somewhat like the Balrog from the Lord of the Rings movies, save that it glows blue and swings a massive sword that leaves energy trails behind it. The guards in the large city that's under assault manage to summon their own defenses, as they activate a blue energy field through which leap a few battle wolves, which quickly coalesce from pure energy into solid matter to take on the monster. The woman isn't bereft of tricks of her own, however; immediately preceding the precious few seconds of battle footage (which appear to be identical to the E3 trailer), she drops a grenade on a group of enemies and then slices through it with her sword, causing them all to go flying.

Afterwards, a bit of footage appears in which the woman directly engages another large monster, which somewhat reveals the Ifrit summon from Final Fantasy X, but in a bit of a bluish hue. This didn't appear to be battle footage, though, as everything moved around a bit too much for it to be anything other than a cutscene.

Lastly, the brief trailer is wound down by the appearance of a mechanized, flying manta ray-esque creature, which landed on one of the railway trains that are seen zooming through these trailers, and then ground it to a halt by pressing it against the track. It stayed there for a moment, causing the woman to leap up from the train and see what all the fuss was about. As in the previous trailer, this one ended as she held her sword out toward the beast and posed for the camera.

Although everything is still deliberately cagey--the game is still a long ways away--we're going to go out on a limb to surmise that the game's plot is at least superficially similar to that of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, where a female protagonist attempted to convince a skeptical world that their reliance on technology was the cause of their problems. The juxtaposition of the world's high-technology setting and the apparently startling appearance of demons and monsters make us think that perhaps the advanced technology is for some reason the cause of the monstrous invasion, which perhaps isn't that much of a stretch, considering the classic relationship of nature versus technology in most of the previous Final Fantasy games.

Anyway, that's pure supposition. As more details become available on Final Fantasy XIII, we'll be sure to relay them to you as quickly as possible.

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yaantey_basic
yaantey_basic

Woww.....the obiviously looks cool. Cannot wait for this.

Rizer
Rizer

Interesting...but I hope they're wrong about the plot. Spirits Within's odd, same old b-movie plot of man as ignorant retards doing stupid things that result in self inflicted wounds is kind of overdone, in my opinion.

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

one of the most innovating games in history i hope

riseofnations36
riseofnations36

A chance for the creators of Final Fantasy to redeem themselves. FF 1-6 were perfect.But then they went and ruined the whole series with FF 7.Shallow gameplay and story. FF 8 -12 tried to redeem the series but just couldn't live up to FF 1 - 6.Lets see if this can.

hikari33
hikari33

this game will rock my socks

Xavdidtheshadow
Xavdidtheshadow

This game looks very good indeed. While you can't tell how good a game is simply by its trailer (*cough*Tales of Legendia.... *cough*) this one looks like a good bet. By the way, for those of you who don't know, it has been said that the girl shown in the trailer is not the main character, just one that the developers chose to head the trailer.

lilike09
lilike09

final fantasy is the best game ive ever played (just had to get that out of my system)

Thor1981
Thor1981

Wow, and FF 12 just came out!

errati
errati

Still to find how powerfull is the (White Engine) for the FFXIII, but in matter of graphics, Square is worth to be trusted.

bdl108
bdl108

man i expect great things out of this game. can't wait

kingpimp101
kingpimp101

Well I can tell you where 100 hours of 2007 for me is going. Who cares whether its realtime or not. Either way it still looks stunning. More looking forward to Versus. Still waiting for the PAL version of FFXII damnit!

Juro4dark
Juro4dark

idc this game is gonna be extremely amazing...lol im buying it months before

aznboi86
aznboi86

Actually, the movie for FF XIII is not using CGI technology. I noticed bland textures and jagged lines, which means that it's running in real-time. I didn't believe that it was possible for a PS3 at first, but after I found some imperfections in the movie, I realized that the PS3 was able to run this in real-time. EDIT: Haha..... I got carried away with the point I was making so I decided to delete it =)

henry4th
henry4th

NelsonsGhost That "graphic beauty" is just a movie, and it's not just possible on the PS3. It's possible on my DVD player. Once again, FF proves itself nothing more than pre-rendered, gameplay-lacking filler. And yet you just HAVE to be here to read the so claimed-filler-by-yourself FF news... how pathetic are you?

NelsonsGhost
NelsonsGhost

That "graphic beauty" is just a movie, and it's not just possible on the PS3. It's possible on my DVD player. Once again, FF proves itself nothing more than pre-rendered, gameplay-lacking filler.

-Napoleon-
-Napoleon-

Can't wait ! Wish it were on the 360 to though.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

:D cant wait. can you say that all that graphic beauty is only possible on PS3? hell yeah. can you say that square is giving us a healthy dosage of FF? yes. can you say "i wish it were XX/XX/XX so i could buy it? damn yesssssss coool square damn, finish that game already

Downloading101
Downloading101

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS GAME!!!!! IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME!!!!

gi1
gi1

ill be picking this game with a crying face coz ill be proud owner of the ff13 atlast hahahahahahaaa ff versus 13 is gonna be incredible and better than normal 13

Coolgamer
Coolgamer

If you are a FF fan then buy the game. I will be picking this game up with a happy face :}

effingenus
effingenus

Why don't we all stop jumping to conclusions about the battle systems in FF12 and 13 and just wait and see. And if you 'rpgisforme' are going to drop the FF series because of a demo and POSSIBLY a bad battle system design, you were never a true fan of FF anyways, so good ridins' to ya! I have played EVERY FF that is available in America, and I wasn't a big fan of FF11, but did I give up on them? NO! And I'm not going to, they are were they are for a reason, stay loyal to a cause. I fear fans these days have no sence of loyalty. Didn't any of you see the movie "The Last Samurai"?:)

straydog52a
straydog52a

If you're a "true" final fantasy fan you will hate this Game. I say, shut the hell up and start enjoying what is going to be a awesome game. Same with FFXII.

edhc44
edhc44

Oh God, I hope whoever wrote this is dead wrong! Spirits Within flopped big time (Squaresoft went bankrupt BECAUSE of that!), I don't think S-E would be stupid enough to do anything remotely related to that... Well, at least I hope they wouldn't...

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

I cant wait to see the summons in XIII and Versus XIII.

railly
railly

indeed you, gamespot, are the greatest people gettin info for us, the players thanks to all of you for that. But i wanna see a video for god's sake

StillWingless
StillWingless

i love the people writing off FFXII before it comes out... in a post about FFXIII. i'm thrilled the series is making progress. our technology has moved beyond the original ATB as it was conceived for a turn-based system. FFXIII looks like it'll be nitpicking out the flaws in XII's system, just like all the tweaks they made to the turn-based ATB system. and to the skeptics... FFXII's system isn't that different from the system you loved in the past. the basics are still there. you just have to chill out and let the series grow.

ClaudeLv250
ClaudeLv250

The irony. Final Fantasy was a series that in recent years became criticized for starting to focus more on pretty graphics, FMVs, and pretensious storylines than the real qualities of a video game. Never thought I'd see FF fans flipping out on an FFXIII trailer with plenty of flash and FMV. Then again, what few shots of the battle system looks like it's not trying to be another rehash of the old, decrepit battle system that's been plaguing most major FF's. The situation is similar to the people jumping on FFXII's back for actually putting thought into the gameplay and using a different style of battling. And to Square Enix, I say: keep on. If they're trying to keep the battle system fresh, that shows signs of them at least TRYING, because after FFX, I wasn't quite so sure that this would be a series that would continue to entertain me.

densetsukenshin
densetsukenshin

rgpisforme: I wouldn't give up on FFXII just yet. My understanding is that the demo that came with DQVIII does not reflect the final game mechanics of FFXII. In fact, Square Enix has publicly apologized for the low quality of that demo. (And while the combat wasn't terribly enjoyable, it wasn't all that bad, either. Playing that demo was a lot like playing KOTOR, just with a Final Fantasy aesthetic instead of a Star Wars one.) Also, by all accounts, the Japanese response to FFXII's final form has been overwhelmingly positive. I'd suggest that any Final Fantasy fan should at least rent the game after it comes out next month. As for FFXIII, it sounds like this year's TGS didn't reveal anything new, per se, about the game. Which is a little disappointing, but understandable. Since day one, I have been highly impressed with the look of this game, but I'd like to know something about it beyond that it will have wonderful eye-candy. I, for one, am reserving final judgment on FFXIII until after something concrete is known about it.

stikasasn
stikasasn

I wanna SEE the new video. Why can't they show us? This is BS!

rpgisforme
rpgisforme

I tried the demo of FF12 included in the Dragon Quest 8 game and I really did not like the battle system. I am so badly hoping to see them go back to the traditional turn based system that I loved for FF13, but sadly I don't think they will. I know I will not buy FF12, and I'm sorry but Square lost one fan and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

rbrtchng1
rbrtchng1

Maybe, they didn't make good story since FFX because that was the last story FF GAME that they made. FFXI was MMO so no story there. And FFXII isn't out in the states. U can't compare Advent Children cuz that's not a game. You can't have 50+hour movie. FFXIII will probably be 50+ game. And since the last FF game had good story, FFXIII should continue the trend of good stories.

majorwes
majorwes

i hope the battle system wont be like the battle system from FF12. they should so bring back the good ol' ATB battle system.

Skye27
Skye27

I think everybody just needs to calm down and wait to see what happens. There really is still no telling what exactly they are planning to do with this game. It could turn out to be the most fun one ever made. I'm not giving an opinion till I see a bit more.

Aleksius
Aleksius

Well, it does LOOK good - graphicwise. Thats not what I meant. And I'm not complaining about the futuristic stuff, but Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobou Uematsu are not making the game. Therefor its not a Final Fantasy game to me. Pluss its not turn-based. It looks like some kind of Hack 'n' slash hybrid. And you under me: I usually love games focusing on story and FMVs. But this is not good. Squeenix hasn't made ONE decent story since FFX. Just look at for example Advent Children. The movie has more holes then a cheddar.

Mechakucha
Mechakucha

Games today... seems like you're now playing the FMV instead oft the game.

cloudnick
cloudnick

And if they made a FFVII remake *(which i highly doubt will ever hapen)* everybody would mostly likely just start having hissy fits about how they screwed up their favorite part of the game. And hey , i've been playing FF since 1989 , i've had to live through my fair share of bad FF games*(namely FF 2 and 4)* too. so pucker up and deal with it.

cloudnick
cloudnick

you all need to calm down and get off of the crank train. and from most of you're grammar you make it look like you are all 10 years old.

Boricua2K
Boricua2K

It looks good, but I really hope they don't follow in the footsteps of FF: Spirits Within, as that sucked incredibly. I'm really interested to see more about FF Versus XIII. And most definitely, a next gen remake of FFVII would own all.

BassForever2
BassForever2

lene call down, who cares if they miss out on a great new game?

lene
lene

wtf? R ppl retarded! I've read through some comments 'n ppl must b demented. "Ur not a "true" FF fan if u think this looks good", "too futuristic" HELLO, FFVII, FFVIII 'n so on! Pretty futuristic stuff going on. So STFU!!! U've seen like, 8 screens from one location?!?! The game looks amazing!!!! Nuff said!

Last_Grimreaper
Last_Grimreaper

carrerstep: spirits within isn't the absolute worst thing with the Final Fantasy name on it. Have you ever wathes the anime series? They SUCK!

lord_kimbo
lord_kimbo

[quote]You're not a true FF-fan if you think FFXIII looks good[/quote] how exactly does likeing this not liking this film make you a final fantasy fan, and liking doesnt, thats so retarded and imature

jonismakaronis
jonismakaronis

Why is everyone complaining? For heavens sake, just because the games change doesn't mean it sucks! You who say that this is not a Final Fantasy can just ... well, i think you know what I mean. I have played FF since number V, and I have loved every step on the way... And since every Final Fantasy has evolved and been different from the others, I don't see why this is so horrible. I mean, both VII and VIII where pretty futuristic. And if it's the new kind of game play you think sucks....well, then you are simply ridiculous. If you are so afraid of change, go play FF II on your NES...

Aleksius
Aleksius

Final Fantasy XIII is far from the first next-generation Final Fantasy. The Final Fantasy games lost the name after FFX. FFXI and FFXII are Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. All the ones who actually DID a good job with the Final Fantasy games, made their own company called Mistwalkers. And now some of you may understand, better, why every single FF sucked after FFX. You're not a true FF-fan if you think FFXIII looks good