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Final Fantasy XIII Real-Time Goodness

Very often, the media is inundated with gorgeous screenshots of a title in development, and the first question everyone asks is: "is this real-time?" For the most part, the answer it typically "no." It could be a still-frame shot that has been artificially touched up, or it could be a photo from a cut-scene or CGI sequence. So, what about Final Fantasy XIII? Of what we've seen so far, what is actually real-time?

Well, according to new information, this picture right here is most certainly taken from real-time combat in the game. According to Forever-Fantasy.net, Square-Enix head man Yoichi Wada appeared in a TV interview in Japan to talk about his company and their current projects. He talked about the failed takeover of Tecmo (if you hadn't already heard, this proposal didn't go through), and he also showed off three screenshots taken from the game's special engine, Crystal Tools. You can view those shots over at Forever-Fantasy, and you will also notice that pic at the bottom: it's real. It seems about 10 seconds of real-time fighting from the game was shown during this interview, and it's clear that this picture isn't artificially manufactured or buffed up in any way. It may be difficult to believe, but we said the same thing about early Heavy Rain screenshots, and those gameplay videos proved the real-time validity of the leaked photos.

There's no doubt that Final Fantasy XIII is one of the most anticipated titles of the generation, and we can't wait for that demo. If you've already forgotten, it will come with the Blu-Ray release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children in March, and that ain't far off.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

9/28/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

Fabi
Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 10:58:26 PM
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WOW...jaw dropping gorgeous.

I wonder if they still think WKC rivals FF13's graphics after seeing this.

This is what the current generation should look like. There are only a handful of games that have actually impressed me visually this generation. For the most part, it's been a letdown on the graphics side of things.

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AceTatsujin
Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 11:07:29 PM
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oh yea man. and that's a ps3 game-play too! hell yea square enix!

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fatchad420
Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 11:12:30 PM
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The tech screens look pretty bad, but the fighting SS looks awesome. I'm looking forward to vs13 more but this is also a title i'm not missing.

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orangpelupa
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 12:10:49 AM
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it look great
the textures i really detail, awesome.

a bit jaggies here and there (maybe 2xAA) but its really great.

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orangpelupa
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 12:17:05 AM
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@acetatsu-kun

btw isn't its the SS produced by CrystalTools? a PC application.

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fatchad420
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 1:06:26 AM

All games are made on a PC application.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 1:05:05 AM
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Amazing, wish we didn't have to wait for it to be ported away to get our little mitts on it.

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Gabriel013
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 1:07:38 AM
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This is lining up to be a stunning looking title but did we really expect anything else?

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orangpelupa
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 1:20:40 AM
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@fatchad420
what i mean is :
isn't that SS is rendered with CT on PC?
not rendered on PS3.

just like the article said. its on CT

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Scarecrow
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 1:31:35 AM
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Metal Gear solid 4 looks better(more realistic). Yes I'm a FF, just being truthful.

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www
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 6:31:50 AM

Scarecrow,u a die-hard MGS fan,kudos to u BUT MGS has neva been nowhere near FF graphics.
FF X,FF XII graphics were far better off than MGS 2,3 by a mile,we saw this clearly on ps2.
Yes MGS IV graphics r good but i know FF XIII graphics will be better.
@Ben can u make this clear for me?

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vampko
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 7:44:48 PM

MGS 2 had HORRIBLE in-game graphics, and the cutscenes weren't much better. X and XII were much smoother and less blocky. You could actually make out faces xD. Now, MGS3 did show huge improvements, but graphically, XII was still leagues ahead.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 3:01:51 AM
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I'm glad there not uniting with tecmo. as for the news, i cant wait!

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 3:31:53 AM
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I agree with Fabi. Rarely this gen are games stunning (Gears,Drakes,MGS4). But this is beautiful. I think gameplay is obviously the most important part but eye candy is nice. Its great to know that the ps3 was the springboard console...

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orangpelupa
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 5:13:43 AM
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i will be sad if FF13 got canned...

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 5:31:32 AM
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....... How would it be.....

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Akuma07
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 5:51:29 AM
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they will.

they are slowly releasing tid bits to increase hype.
it is coming.

Final Fantasy will continue to be made until the end of square enix.

and from looking at that pic, i could believe from 1st look that it is in-game footage.
look at the anti-aliasing, and her hair. stuff like that.

deffinately in-game

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NEWCL0UD
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 12:30:41 PM
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they are definitely going to have some problems putting this on 360 just look at it
it looks flawless

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orangpelupa
Monday, September 29, 2008 @ 3:46:00 PM
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square will release it multiple discs :)
1 DVD wont sufficient for FF 13 :)

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @ 5:36:59 AM
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@ffgamera
can i know what your source?

i never know M$ not allow 360 games to have more than one disc.

Lost Odysset 4 DVD
Infinite Undiscovery 2 DVD

so FF 13 will be released in multiple discs. no need to cut contents. and hi-res textures also can fit nicely in X360's 512MB Video Ram.

and having multiple discs is not bad at all

what im afraid is, if FF13 in X360 will have very long loading.

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