TGS 2008: Final Fantasy Agito XIII Trailer Impressions

Don't be agitated: Square Enix showed off a brief teaser of its upcoming role-playing game for the PSP.

TOKYO--More CGI goodness was on display today at Square Enix's remarkably dark Mega Theater on the TGS show floor. All three Final Fantasy XIII games were represented by trailers, including the PSP iteration, Final Fantasy Agito XIII. The trailer was remarkably similar to the one we'd already seen earlier this year, but in case we missed a detail or two, we thought we'd bring you a quick look at yet another promising game in the famed Final Fantasy series.

Our starched heroes are ready for action.

The trailer begins by showing us an enormous crystal lighting up as the famous Final Fantasy arpeggios set the stage for the coming drama. We then see imagery that is bound to give most viewers a chill: a Hitler-esque leader stands on a dais, calling out propaganda in a commanding speech to the legions of apparent soldiers ready to cater to his every wish. The placement of the leader and his subjects, as well as the scratchy, black-and-white visual style, hark back to the heyday of the Nazi regime, and it's chilling to see such imagery, even today.

In an even-more chilling twist, the buildings lining the street around the soldiers transform and then fly into the air. They are, in fact, enormous battleships, and they fly across the sky en masse, a terrifying sight to a peaceful nation. The view then changes, and we see a tall, thin spire rising into the air. The camera moves downward toward the crystal that we saw at the beginning of the trailer. The crystal cracks and shatters, and the camera pulls away to reveal its island residence. The entire isle then explodes, perhaps taking all of its residents with it.

But maybe there is a survivor after all. From chaos, a shrouded figure emerges and is soon surrounded by the regimented troops so ready to commit to their apparently evil cause. The troops aim, but our hero isn't a single renegade after all. As the camera rotates, we see that more caped silhouettes join the lone rebel, until there are a dozen or even more. The trailer also cut to something that we didn't see in many of the other trailers in Square Enix's shadowed theater: gameplay footage. Although there wasn't much, we did see that the game will let you command a party of four, and based on that footage, it seems that each party member is assigned one of the four face buttons.

And in a final gasp, the trailer informed us that Final Fantasy Agito XIII will be released for the PSP, but it indicated no release date. Of course, we'd rather show you the footage than describe it, but for now, it seems that there is plenty to look forward to where Agito XIII is concerned, and indeed, for all of the upcoming games in that crystal-themed collection. Keep your eyes open: We'll bring you more news as it becomes available.

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Mongo140
Mongo140

-Crisis Core gameplay (but multiple party members) -Looks to be a different story from Final Fantasy XIII Can't wait for this or Final Fantasy XIII (my reason to get an xbox or ps3)

Sean2012Oly
Sean2012Oly

Just started playing Final Fantasy Crisis Core, after many years of hearing people rave about the series I wanted to see what it was all about. I am now hooked on the game and wished I had played it for PS2, but my taste in games was different back in my 13-16 age. Now I can appreciate alot more games these days being a bit older(19) and all.

karhu5
karhu5

Awesome! Cant wait for it to come out.

djr1118
djr1118

oops that should say OR the same time as FF13

djr1118
djr1118

sadly theres a Long wait on this. tho my best guess is that itll drop in NA by summer of 2010 around the time 13 drops for the ps3/360but i think i heard verses 13 is also due out around the same time as 13 but that was jus speculation as far as i know

Atredies1
Atredies1

Any idea of what kind of time we have to wait for this?

freeofkings
freeofkings

if this is actually going to come out (don't know if it will come out) the gamespot people need to get another go at it this preview is about a year old.

Gammet25
Gammet25

it seems like this game wont be coming out anytime soon TT

Poisoned_Waffle
Poisoned_Waffle

Looks silly (ANOTHER rpg with an evil government bent on world domination), but there's a lot to be said for high production values and I'm sure this will be enjoyable, if ultimately forgettable. Also, Gamespot? Buildings that turn into mecha aren't exactly chilling. At all. >_>

Gnesh500
Gnesh500

I CANT WAIT TIL THIS COMES OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nhadglz19
nhadglz19

is final fantasy agito XIII will be english or JPN version? i hope the 1st release will be in english

kolewan
kolewan

To Mac83 The trinity of FFXIII games will all be seperate just set in the same universe. They may not even have any link to eachother. There will be Final Fantasy XIII with the same play style as FFXII. Final Fantasy XIII Versus will be an action rpg. think of Kingdom Hearts and FF:DoC when i say this. Then there will be FF XIII Agito. Theoretically it is to be a prequel but no one is 100% certain of this. Also "Fabula Nova Crystallis" means "the New Tale of the Crystal" Enjoy. Sidenote: They are supposedly not linked yet Agito is to be a prequel. So the information on that is a bit skewered. ~Kolewan~

eourgh
eourgh

wow!!!! now this is a good one. Been very busy with Crisis Core in the past 6 months but this. For sure it'll be one of my favorite games in the PSP aside from Parasite Eve. --------------------------------------------------- www.gamerslinc.com

pspplayer
pspplayer

This looks like a good game to play, i have to tack this one.

tekken220
tekken220

WTF is with the girl she looks like Lars of Tekken wearing some kind of jap. school uniform for girls lol

lionheart234
lionheart234

i want this game..... xD ~counts down the days~

Mac83
Mac83

will this be a different game to the iterations on the other consoles or just a direct port?? Will there be 3 seperate FF XIII games or just one on different consoles?? I hope for the first option!

SeanChan10
SeanChan10

this game is gonna be great can't wait

Samfisher_1
Samfisher_1

Nice! Glad were getting another FF game on the PSP that dosent need importing

shabulia
shabulia

Awesome! I just got my import copy of Dissidia in the mail and it rocks too. It seems that SquareEnix really knows how to bring Final Fantasy to the portables... both PSP and DS!

yemous
yemous

I hope this is cool

onuross88
onuross88

Yeah,this is gonna be great.I hope it won't be too short.

itwiz90
itwiz90

This is going to be an awesome game. 8)

the16thRai
the16thRai

Damn Why does Eurpoe get all the games last???

redninja302
redninja302

Well might aswell get it cuz there's mostly no final fantasy games that i've seen that were awful yet. And yay , its hard to find action packed psp games now a days. Thnx squarenix FF = win

z827
z827

I suppose both this and Dissidia would be both on my "must" list

magusat999
magusat999

By those pics they should have called it "Final Fantasy: CSR (Catholic School Rage)" Or how about "Final Fantasy: CCB (Catholic School Blondies)" "Final Fantasy: RotBGC (Revenge of the Bagpipe Crew)" Who designed those god-awful costumes! i hope those are just NPC - or at least let us change clothes on those gonnies kids!

buttface1
buttface1

There's like three FF13's or some crap now... PSP, and 2 on PS3. Hey! When they release 14 they need a psp title called "FF14: Super Ultra fun time!" Why not!? Huh!? And then, they can go ahead and make a third and fourth of that "FF14:SUFT3-the remake/prequel" Psssh, SE has lost all sense of direction and focus, they're everywhere now like an infection. After Hironobu Sakaguchi left (writer and pretty much creator/savior of the Ff titles and SquareSoft) this developer has gone down the toilet...

Kiriyama12
Kiriyama12

finally something good after a long time.

dark_drag765
dark_drag765

its good to see square still supporting the psp while others seem to avoid it

Haden_Warlord
Haden_Warlord

it looks cool & im waiting to be a success because now is very hard to find good RPG games...by the way when squareenix will release a re-masterized version of FFVII(PSX) for the PSP...

corwinn01
corwinn01

They just need to get on the ball and finish 13

Ashke001
Ashke001

really looking forward to this game...

kyodarkfire
kyodarkfire

Hope this comes to be a great game, at least with good customizations... cuz now days some games feel just too linear. And for all of those pirated PSP gamers... screw U ALL parasites >_>

lionheart234
lionheart234

heres hoping the ff13 games arent like ff12..... square messed up on that one....

geomyr
geomyr

ff13 is still a long way to go better play star ocean first hehehe

napoleon336
napoleon336

Any word on the release date for FF 13 on ps3?

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i really want a PSP now. I'm going to the US for a holiday with my friends so i'll see if i can get my hands on one of those hot Red God of War ones.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

i already bought psp-3000 with fifa 09 bundle! and i also bought ff vii cc!!!!

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

i'm thinking about buying psp. i only want to play ff vii crysis core and mgs.

yumi-sama
yumi-sama

i can't wait longer for this game.. and my cousin thinks he will die from happiness XD

CooLBye
CooLBye

i dont wanna wait :(