TGS 2008: Final Fantasy XIII Trailer Impressions

Square Enix teases us with a bit of Lightning in their short but tantalizing trailer.

TOKYO--It's rather heartbreaking that Square Enix doesn't let the press photograph or videotape the events that unfold in its darkened Mega Theater on the TGS show floor. We'd prefer to show you the delights that unfurl rather than describe them to you, but in lieu of such eye candy, all we can do is type up some words and hope they do the CGI scenery some justice. One of the many trailers that we saw today was for the hotly anticipated Final Fantasy XIII, the upcoming role-playing game in the beloved series. We didn't come away knowing much more than before, but we wanted to give you a glimpse into our collective mind's eye.

Land of the Lost.

The teaser begins from above. We watch a multicolored bird travel along its flight path, while below, the landscape whizzes by. The scene looks almost prehistoric in nature, which is further enhanced by a bit of jungle atmosphere and the sight of a number of lizard-like creatures slowly meandering forward. And looking on, we see a character previously seen in Final Fantasy XIII trailers, a girl with red hair tied in pigtails. She gazes into the valley as the creatures lumber on.

The montage continues with other equally thrilling sights. Airships, a series staple, cross the sky. However, the ship we close in on is one of the most gargantuan ones that we've yet seen in a Final Fantasy game. It is highly detailed, its metallic design covered with gears and moving parts, and the mechanical monstrosity fills the entire screen as it flies ahead. We then move to a quieter moment in which a beautiful blue humanoid rises from the sea, strumming a harp. The soundtrack slows while we see the harp strings glisten and the various hues of blue and aquamarine shimmer on the screen.

And then another image, this time a familiar one: Bahamut, or a creature very similar, rising in his fiery glory, in possibly the most dramatic presentation yet for the mythical dragon. Again, we cut to another scene, this time featuring an enormous blue machine made of crystal. This tells us we're in the Cocoon, the city at the heart of Final Fantasy XIII, and the crystal is the sentient entity that protects the city from harm. In the trailer, the crystal is under attack by scorpion-esque walkers shooting what look like wired anchors toward it as if to tear it down. And then we cut to a flurry of acrobatic moves involving Lightning, the game's beautiful, ruddy-haired female star. We also see a motorcycle zoom past on a pathway of ice.

The next shots close in on a legion of troops as they emerge from a castle-like structure, led by a shrouded woman who appears to be their young commander, or even a queen. However, this queen was obviously not content to rule with her bourgeois wiles; she was a capable young woman, and her face was both youthful and intelligent. The teaser ended with a shot of the pigtailed girl lounging with a blond man in a cap and sporting a goatee--the same man we've glimpsed in prior trailers.

Stubble is scary. So is the gun.

The trailer ended with a pronouncement that Final Fantasy XIII will be on store shelves in 2009 on the PlayStation 3. Xbox 360 owners needn't worry about their exclusion in this regard; that version of the game isn't being released in Japan, but is still on track for its American release. We have our fingers crossed that the next time we see Final Fantasy XIII, we see the game in action, but until then, we'll have to settle for short looks at pretty scenes. GameSpot will bring you more information on all of the iterations of Final Fantasy XIII as it becomes available.

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princeofcali33
princeofcali33

only have one thing to say....i agree with darklight4

HaNZI_Mgo
HaNZI_Mgo

brennan777 i understand what you mean not all people love turn based games, but ffx was one of the games iv spent the most time playing ever, and im not a big fan of turnbased games. but what i hope is that they make the story liek the story in ffx of ffvii, becouse the story in 12 was a bit to ......how do i put this.... "political" to me, but thats just what i think about this

mwmars
mwmars

I don't know, I liked Final Fantasy back when it was swords and shields, not Star Wars.

crakkranjah
crakkranjah

I'm with brennan7777 on this, I loved FF12, 10 was alright. Also Vasot you don't sound neutral either, did this stuff happen over the xbox and ps2? I think exclusives are good. maybe make wii version too eh? lol

Vasot
Vasot

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darklight4
darklight4

for gods sake enough with the console battles. if you want to play an exclusive buy the other console and stop moaning. i own an xbox 360 and a ps3. the ps3 has more features and is more powerful the xbox 360 is a good console with some great games so all of you shut the hell up

colon_r18
colon_r18

Why the hell are they making it for the 360, if it were exclusive to the PS3 we would probably be playing it already.

brennan7777
brennan7777

i might get verbally murdered in 7 different languages for saying this but...please dont make this game turn based.

gmoya909
gmoya909

cant wait for this april 16 japan demo with AC Complete! i already got my pre order XD!

dberg9292
dberg9292

they aren't going to make FFXIII worse because it's being made for the 360 as well. they're making for the PS3 first and then porting to the 360 so it won't damage the quality of the game in the least.

Gammet25
Gammet25

i dont think so avand963, i wouln't mind having 4 the pc. im still not sure when this game will come out. its been so long

avand963
avand963

Does anyone know if they will also release this for the PC? I hope they will or maybe put out a shoddier version for the ps2.

Dravonic
Dravonic

"Legitimate question: Why does anyone care if this is coming out for the 360? I mean, besides PS3 "fandom" and what not. In what way would FFXIII coming out for a different platform affect your playing experience? By the by, I am a PS3 owner." The problem is not fanboysm. The problem is PS3 can do better than x360. How can that be a problem? The game will have to run on x360 and to do so they will have to lower the quality of the game, not only graphically. I seriously hope x360 will be getting a crippled version of the game, or we will be stuck with yet another game that could be a lot better.

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

well, isn't it obvious we'll (PS3) get a product of lesser quality as Microcrap of course will require SE to lower it so that the X360 can run it? and we shouldn't be angry?

will_i_am911
will_i_am911

I don't care if it comes out on Xbox 360 but i'd still rather get it on PS3 because it's more convenient to have one disc. It's gonna be another great installment. Square Enix hasn't disappointed me yet.

Reziztance
Reziztance

*Sighs* STOP YOUR FANBOYING!!!! PS3 Fanboys act all high and mighty because they have Blu-Ray. Who the hell cares if it goes multi-plat? More money for Square to make good games. If you really didn't care then you guys would STFU. The PS3 and the 360 are both equally solid machines. As for the game, I'm excited. *BTW, I own both a Playstation 3 and an XBOX360.

Richard_Praxton
Richard_Praxton

Legitimate question: Why does anyone care if this is coming out for the 360? I mean, besides PS3 "fandom" and what not. In what way would FFXIII coming out for a different platform affect your playing experience? By the by, I am a PS3 owner.

snipermx06
snipermx06

the battle system look good. did not like ff12 battle system but that just me. hopefully they bring back summoning (gf), not like ff12 though..

M-Kraft
M-Kraft

Agree'd to that. And who cares what the draw distance is and what not. I've played an Xbox 360 many times. I don't mind it, im not saying its better then ps3, I'm not saying ps3 is better. The only reason why I would buy an xbox 360 is to play Halo and other then that I wouldn't touch it because i hate the bloody controllers. All this crap 9.0 for Xbox, 8.5 for Ps3, WOW GAMESPOT HAS A RATING THAT PEOPLE GIVE, sh!t we are going to let a group of people say whats better on what? LOL @ YOU.

happy-bollocks
happy-bollocks

Hey Labouskie..............how about get a life saddo get a hobby god

negativeions
negativeions

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Labouskie
Labouskie

I hear all these PS 3 fanboys complain about a 360 launch, and proudly pound their chest about PS 3 yet almot all of the games that Game Spot has covered that compares screens of games that are on PS 3 and XBOX 360 the 360 gets the gold. This is not just my opinion, if you read the captions of each screen they tell the story. GTA IV for instance the draw distance is not as good on PS 3, the shadows are a bit more jaggedy and the colors are not as vibrant. How about Fallout 3 8.5 on PS 3 and 9.0 for XBOX 360 and PC. Anyway to make a huge story long, with the exception of Blu-ray disks storing much more information per disk than what the 360 uses how can PS 3 users claim that their games are better? Every game I have seen that is on PS 3 and 360 the 360 (mind you I havent seen all the games but I do enjoy reading and have read all of G.S. graphics comparrisons between the 360 and PS 3)has won hands down in the graphics department. Personally I dont think 360 users will mind having 2 disks for FF XIII especially if the game follows suit and the 360 draw distance is farther, the textures are smoother and the colors are more vibrant, esentially I am saying better graphics.

racastro65
racastro65

@macdaddy0 - yeah just like every other multiplat...it will look worst on 360...wait a minute, its the other way around ;)

el_puto_amo_23
el_puto_amo_23

Choorros de gay dejen d estar hablando tanta mierda hay esta claro el xbox no sirve!!!....y comprensen un jodio PS3q no hay chavo,claro q hay la version pa xbox va a ser mas corta y no va a ser lo mismo... buy a fuking ps3!!!

Macdaddy0
Macdaddy0

yea, i mean, it's like they said. The ff13 for the 360 isn't going to be the same as the ps3 considering the box can't handle all the info on one disc. So they'll have to deal with a smaller version. Either way, I'm just happy I'm gunna get it. Versus looks crazy too, I'd love to know when the hell that's coming out

mantovan
mantovan

2012 FFXIII in 360!! =DD

Mike4842003
Mike4842003

haha, look at all you PS3 fanboys whining. I love it

fel1693
fel1693

what's wrong with ps3 owners complaining its multiplatform, Final Fantasy was never an exclusive of Sony, if anyone should be sad or mad are Nintendo/Wii owners that have been excluded from the main series, the franchise began on the NES so... and it's a little bit too late to cry over the PS not having many good exclusives, just enjoy MGS4 which is one of the few reasons why a 360 owner would buy a PS3.

PimpMasterFong
PimpMasterFong

Man, we should make a poll to guess how many disks it's gonna take to put this on the 360 and how quickly the 360 will break while playing this game.

lfcgangster2k7
lfcgangster2k7

im not bothered about graphic i want good battle system and good storyline like FFX

bushboi
bushboi

I liked the ps1 FF's. They were magical. But the ps2 games were a bit of an anti- climax. they don't have that vintage feel to them, and they were shorter etc. the ps3 one looks amazing graphically, but in some ways that could ruin the rest of the game. they should put it on 4 discs.

schwarzesengel
schwarzesengel

wiiii 4 xbox 360 ^-^ i was waitin 4 this game [cause i dont have enough money for a ps3 TT^TT]

spockrodgers
spockrodgers

i dont want to w8 ive spent the last year replayin 7 8 10 and 10-2 when will i play 13 when

Sampawende
Sampawende

Well if their budget can afford them to take more time why not, I can wait if it is necessary because personally I don't feel this FF like the others. Even if i really like the FFT team, they produced only huge hits.

Lancing
Lancing

dakyon you're an idiot. the fact that the game is coming out on 360 will not affect your experience playing it. secondly, do you really have to ask why they would make the game available to a broader audience?

13thGuards
13thGuards

sigh...i just want my FF fix already. and hey, at least FF versus XIII is remaining a ps3 exclusive. that one looks like it's going to be far better than this one.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

last FF game that i really like was 9 so i guess meh

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

epic game and enix was bought out but thanks to gates paying millions to get it on xbox it will better more enix games due to more funds lol

DAKYON
DAKYON

just to think that this game is going to be in xbox piss me off why square enix? why ? why did you betrayed us ? :(

boxheadboy
boxheadboy

hopefully this game doesn't dissapoint, was the main reason why i bought a ps3. and multi-platform?! WTF square

ryannayr71981
ryannayr71981

please no more female protagonists!!! i liked FF3, FF7, FF8, F10. looking forward to play this game. yeah i miss those ol limit breaks, materia and espers.

Gater85
Gater85

O yh forgot about the multi platform.This is gutting for ps3 fans like myself as it is what appeals to me as a ps3 fan bt know it is another reason to get an x box even though i hate them.The playstation 1 and 2 bought this series to modern fame and now they are making another excuse for people not to buy the ps3.....disgusting.If ps3 exclusives like tekken,Final Fantasy,MGS,Tomb Raider,Resident Evil to name a few keep going to x box then I think it is only a matter of time before the Sony Playstation does a Sega Dreamcast.To be fair if x box did make a better pad and put their spec up to the standard of a ps3 with x box live I think I would have to make the switch.

Gater85
Gater85

Cant wait for this game but like previous games one thing I will end up doing is waiting lol.Really hope they get this out on time.My favourite in series is without a doubt 7 and then 10 or 12.I actually like the combat system in 12 and hope they keep it bt make it better.Really cant see them pulling off a storyline of 7's callibre bt really hope it is as good as 10's which was more than good enough.Also loads of sidewuests that somehow tie into the storyline or into the background of your charachters past e.gFF7Vincent sidequests or yuffie materia hunter.I think they need a good baddie like sephiroth and not like the one in 12 who you know hardly anything about and forgt very easily.

-another
-another

FF7 is really the best of all. Is it true that a demo of 13 is coming out with advent children blu-ray? Is it a PS3 demo?

ssnake18
ssnake18

o and that guy in the 2nd pic looks like that dude from the world ends with you D:

ssnake18
ssnake18

im still dissappointed in square making this multiplatform... its inevitable because sony never had a contract with them to stay an exclusive. But the fact that they made teasers lying to us by saying its an exclusive just pissed me off. I know im selfish but another thing is... if theyre going to make it multiplatform, then make it for 360 in japan too (since its still ps3 exclusive in japan), cuz square...ur just pissing people off all over the place.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

Im glad it went multiplatform now we all can enjoy it. Love this series from FF7-FF?