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Final Fantasy XIII details... deep, intimate details

Hawt.Goodness gracious! There has been quite an influx of Final Fantasy XIII news lately. Well, most of the news comes in the way of magazine scans. Sometimes there's a Versus XIII scan thrown in there with the others. But sometimes we're graced with the news of a playable demo due out possibly after this year's E3 and/or Tokyo Game Show. This time, however, we learn details from the people making the game themselves: Square Enix. SIXAXIS controls, people's shoe sizes, Lightning's favorite food (or not...) and so on. We'll make a list of neat bits o' news.

  • Director Motome Toriyama admitted that the opening scene of FFXIII is "probably the most [intense] in the Final Fantasy series so far."
  • Toriyama promised surprises galore for us, this being the 20th anniversary of the series. One such surprise is to get Final Fantasy XIII into our hands as soon as possible (does that portend the final game will be released before the end of the year, or just the demo?).
  • Tetsuya Nomura revealed details about the blonde-haired guy that looks a bit like Seifer. The character is huge, literally. He can run whilst carrying two people and his shoe size is approximately 33 centimeters.
  • In Versus XIII, your character can instantly warp to wherever he's thrown his sword. Handy and deadly.
  • Also in Versus, you won't play the whole game alone. You'll get party members and will have fighting akin to Kingdom Hearts, but will probably be somewhere between KH and Final Fantasy XII.
  • Versus XIII is lagging behind the main FF, so we'll only get a new kickass trailer for it in the near future.

Because we'd like to keep the story details as much of a surprise as possible (I've learned that reading up on every little bit tends to ruin the immersion into the world game developers create), we won't mention those, but if you're curious, you can most certainly read up on it over at IGN. Exciting.

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1. i cant wait for these games.
i expect the game play for XIII to be like XII. but i think the player can control characters in battle.

and versus XIII like kingdon Hearts but with deeper combat CANT WAIT.

Posted at 2:16PM on Jan 22nd 2007 by Nero_paladin

2. Yeah...I dropped $600 just to play this game. That doesn't include the $120+ to purchase both when they come out.

Final Fantasy is totally bad for your wallet and free time. :)

It's looking better than the horribly lack-of-good-or-original-characters FFXII, that's for sure.

Posted at 4:18PM on Jan 22nd 2007 by SuicideNinja

3. @ SuicideNinja -- hey dude. I hear a lot of dislike from you about FFXII! I'm not here to say you're wrong, but if I recall correctly we had indirectly spoken of how you hadn't played Vagrant Story, but wanted to? I thought I'd save you the [insert price of VS on eBay now here] and let you know that if you didn't like FFXII, chances are you won't like VS. Story is amazing in VS, sure, but it's got a lot of the medieval themes, speech, etc. So, ah, just saving you some money and time man! Take it easy.

Posted at 6:48PM on Jan 22nd 2007 by ndoerr

4. Well it might be the storyline that brought FFXII down in his eyes, it did in mine. If you say that VS has an amazing storyline then that might make the difference for SuicideNinja.

Posted at 8:07PM on Jan 22nd 2007 by The Fifth

5. The gameplay was pretty awesome, but without an attachment to the story, FFXII fell flat on its face for me. I'm glad I was able to watch my room mate play it, so I didn't have to suffer through it like I did with FFIX.

Posted at 12:57PM on Jan 23rd 2007 by SuicideNinja

6. @ SuicideNinja -- hah! I can completely agree with you on FFIX. To date, it's the only FF I've never managed to beat. I really could not do it... I just had no attachment to anything in the game. Whatever.

Posted at 1:05PM on Jan 23rd 2007 by ndoerr

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