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TGS07: Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer impressions

Know of the old adage: save the best for last? Square Enix did just that with its incredible Final Fantasy Versus XIII presentation. In spite of being comprised of completely non-interactive and most likely pre-rendered footage, the Versus trailer absolutely stunned the audience due to its incredible sense of style. The trailer begins, telling viewers that "this is a fantasy based in reality." What could that mean?

The footage begins with a car driving by, segueing to a familiar scene of the mysterious male protagonist deflecting bullets from an opposing military force. Quickly, the trailer flashes to a girl in a school outfit that seems to be awaiting someone. Latin text is interspersed throughout, fitting to the beat of both the visuals and music. Already, there's a strong sense of style and intrigue.

A meticulously designed cathedral is the next scene in the trailer, and we see a mysterious hooded individual eerily similar to a character in Advent Children. All the while, snippets of the lead killing the opposing soldiers in a surprisingly gory way. We were shocked to see blood spurt out of the villains -- could this be the first M-rated Final Fantasy game?

Other scenes show a friend to our mysterious unnamed lead character traveling through a desert highway, only to find the highway covered in what looks to be a newly created river. Here, we get to see the duality of fantasy and reality at play: there's a clear sense of emotion conveyed through the facial animation system, and the characters do feel quite human, in spite of the clearly fantastic events that surround them. At the end of the trailer, we finally see the male and female characters meet, glad at first. But then, as red and blue auras surround them both, a sad look of despair creeps in. We'd have to guess that these two, friends at first, are destined to be mortal enemies. A familiar, but nonetheless intriguing concept.

With its stylish character designs, fantastic environmental art, a strong sense of dramatic direction, and incredibly visceral action makes Versus a game rich with potential. To evoke such a powerful response from the audience from a completely non-playable presentation means that Square Enix can have a winner on its hands: let's hope that, unlike Dirge of Cerberus, the game can deliver on such an ambitious promise.

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1. THis is what ps3fanboy was talking about not FF7.

Posted at 1:31PM on Sep 20th 2007 by brettjr

2. yeha it is,.. I think people need to chill on the FFVII ideal Square made it quite clear that "IF" they make it they can't until both FFXIII games and LAST remnant are complete because the have no manpower left and the Original "Crew" for the game is split on the various projects, In other words,. "if we decide to remake FFVII we will use the original "Crew" who worked on the original.

Posted at 1:50PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Tim Parsons

3. So who suck their camera phone into the show?

Posted at 1:51PM on Sep 20th 2007 by upz

4. *snuck

Posted at 1:51PM on Sep 20th 2007 by upz

5. I did! I did it all the time! I'm going to go in my closet and go and suck it now! It turns me on!

Sorry I had to do that.

Posted at 1:55PM on Sep 20th 2007 by brettjr

6. of all the people there it's bound to show up on the net at some point this weekend

Posted at 1:58PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Tim Parsons

7. everyone blow away by a CG trailer?...w/e

Posted at 2:09PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Xavier

8. "ere, we get to see the duality of fantasy and reality at play: there's a clear sense of emotion conveyed through the facial animation system, and the characters do feel quite human, in spite of the clearly fantastic events that surround them."

Thats the kinda bullshit i used to write in high school when i was trying to pad out my english essays to look longer and sound smarter.

Say it like it is guys.

The trailer was some sexy final fantasy CG's. Nowt more

Posted at 2:35PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Sam

9. I am amazed at these great titles. I can't for them.

Posted at 2:47PM on Sep 20th 2007 by ruibing

10. When are you guys gonna mention the big PSN update that just happened today? I was home at lunch and the following showed up:

NBA08 demo
Skate. demo
R&C:ToD trailer
Another GT5 trailer
more demos, more wallpapers, etc. etc.

Posted at 3:06PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Popfrogs

11. OK here is the challenge. What game is this from and what part of the game? If yall are HARDCORE rpg'ers then this should be EASY!!! Nick Doerr you should def know this. By the way I didnt look it up, I have it memorized (its from my favorite game that I beat multiple times):

Oh my Hero so far away how will I ever see your smile
How love goes away, like night into day, its a fading dream
must I forget you, our solemn promise, will autumn take the place of spring
What shall I do, I'm lost without you
speak to me once more...


Posted at 3:07PM on Sep 20th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

12. DAMN,

I made a mistake, forgot a line and didnt notice till i read it over. Here is the complete version:

Oh my Hero so far away how will I ever see your smile
How love goes away, like night into day, its a fading dream
I am the Darkness, you are the stars
Our love if brighter than the sun
For eternity for me, there can be
only you my chosen one
must I forget you, our solemn promise, will autumn take the place of spring
What shall I do, I'm lost without you
speak to me once more...

Posted at 3:11PM on Sep 20th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

13. Easy

Final Fantasy VI - Opera House when Celes has to fill in for the missing opera singer. Awesome part of the game (because it was interactive more than just battles and talking) and it was quite an emotional and fun scene. Love the Ultros battle at the end.

Posted at 3:14PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Aurvant

14. Well I said it was easy. Good Job Aurvant. Damn it, now I have to come up with a new one. That was an amazing scene (obviously memorable). And an amazing job. I hate when I hear all these noobs running around singing the Praises of FF7 as the best Final Fantasy game... Not even close. The contest is between 2 and 3, but I prefer 3. Although 2 had a lot of memorabole parts... Like when the twins sacrificed themselves and turned to stone to save the rest of the party from the closing in walls. Or that last battle When it seemed like you lost and then it cut back to the multiple people you met during the game, and when cecil levels up in the Ice place near the end. they dont make em like that anymore.


Posted at 3:19PM on Sep 20th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

15. FFIII FTW! I would much rather have a remake of that game than FFVII, though both would be good. SO WTF IS UP WITH 2.0? DELAYED WITH HOME?

Posted at 3:40PM on Sep 20th 2007 by SimplyB

16. Saffie you missed this part

"Official pricing and release dates have not been announced by the publisher. Price and release date listed are estimates only and subject to change. Worry Free Guarantee - if the price decreases between the time you place your preorder and the release date, you’ll receive the lower of the two."

Posted at 3:41PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Draco

17. Look what I saw at

Final Fantasy Versus XIII out in December 31, 2007:

Final Fantasy XII out in December 1, 2007:

Posted at 4:12PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Saffie

18. Aiyaiyai~ Thank you so much Drack. I didn't look at the whole page. My bad ^^

Posted at 4:14PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Saffie

19. Did this video also say FOR PS3 ONLY?

Posted at 6:11PM on Sep 20th 2007 by Pocky555

20. @8, Sam:

First of all it's not bullshit, this was very well written.

Secondly, no, you did not write like that in high school. You wrote like you do now, which is Tard.

Yoon's references to fantasy vs. reality were not only appropriate but well-stated, a metaphor for videogames vs. life.

Posted at 9:01PM on Sep 20th 2007 by John

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