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Well we have a huge Square Enix double whammy for you with 2 new trailers. First up is the reveal of a sequel to FFXIII, aptly titled…. FFXIII-2. Creative, huh? An interesting choice to make a sequel to a game that fans were so torn on with regard to whether it was actually good or not. But hey, here it comes.
The second and, in my opinion, superior video is a trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII. This video comes in at a whopping 7 minutes and shows not only the amazing cutscene visuals that SE is known for, but also the fast-paced action that seems to be the new way of Final Fantasy. You thought it was fast in Crisis Core? Well it got faster in XIII. You thought that was fast? Not compared to this. Watch the trailer and you’ll see that the second half of it is all action and combat. For a few brief seconds, you can also see that they have taken a minor departure from anything they’ve done before with a shot of someone shooting a weapon, from an over the shoulder camera angle, using a targeting reticle. Is this going to be commonplace in the new title or a one time minigame type of thing? Will it perhaps be limited to one specific character? Who knows, but I’m excited. There was also a turret in use at one point. I don’t remember seeing stuff like this in previous installments of the series, but please correct me if I’m forgetting something.
All said, it looks like Versus XIII is shaping up to be the game that I had wanted to play when XIII came out. Lets all hope it lives up to what we’ve seen here today.
Our very own Kyle Manchester does further analysis of the Versus XIII trailer here. READ OR DIE!
During the first ever Square Enix “Production Department Premier” event today, a trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII was screened and thankfully live-streamed. The live stream gave savvy internet users a chance to press the record button, and pass along the seven minute Versus trailer before it’s official January 27th release date. This beast of a trailer closed out the S.E.P.D.P. and left fans like myself salivating at thought of a possible FFXIII redemption.
The trailer begins with someone calling out to “Prince Noctis,” the game’s main character; who happens to be in the back seat of a car being driven by one of his staffers. In this opening scene we get to hear Noctis speak for the first time, which was one of the promises made by director Tetsuya Nomura in a recent interview. Beyond the voicing of Noctis, Nomura also promised that the new game would see a graphics upgrade; which judging by the trailer he’s held true to that promise as well.
Besides finally hearing Noctis speak, improved graphics, and (hopefully) improved gameplay, the trailer hints at more action than you might expect from an RPG that isn’t Dragon Age or Fallout. In addition to the characters making use of swords and guns, some sequences show Noctis boarding vehicles, including a tank and a bipedal mech. It looks like Noctis will have considerable firepower at his disposal. Sadly all of this glitz and exciting new footage wasn’t accompanied by any sort of detail, one can only hope that Nomura will be more forthcoming with information in future interviews.
One final note: watch the end of the trailer to see what console (s) Versus is coming to when it’s finally released.
A huge thank you goes out to our friends at VideoGamesAndPizza for the heads up on this new development. You guys are what the kids are calling “the bomb”. Am I 15 years late on that slang?