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