Final Fantasy XIII "New Vision" Countdown Reveals New Trailer
'sigh' Well, at the very least, it's the best look yet at Final Fantasy XIII's gameplay. We're not about to call it a "new vision" that rocks the world, or whatever, but it's still fun to watch.
The mysterious countdown has ended and as most of you already learned before the "momentous" unveiling, it was for a brand new FFXIII trailer. The good news is that despite not having any big announcements to go along with it, the video is both lengthy and even somewhat informative in terms of gameplay details. First of all, yes, the game does look that good - the real-time combat sequences are gorgeous - and the intricate character modeling is just insane. That's about what we expect from FF, though, right? As for the gameplay, it's a little difficult to distinguish how the battles will progress, but clearly, they're fast-paced with plenty of sweet action possibilities. For the first time, too, we get a distinct feeling of variety and diversity between the characters, although again, we're not entirely sure how everything comes together. Are we able to pause at any time? Do we issue commands on the fly, and can we change them in the midst of execution? How about magic? ...or is some of what we see in this trailer considered "magic?" Yes, we still have lots of questions, but at least now we have some solid gameplay to examine.
If you haven't already seen it, go ahead and visit the Final Fantasy XIII website. It's a damn good piece of eye candy, but unlike the previous lengthy trailer (which was all CGI), this one gives you more of a sense that, yeah, this is a real game. We're gonna do stuff, and not just watch and drool. ...as if we've ever done that in a FF, where they're typically 40-50 hours in total with maybe 4 hours of actual cut-scene or cinema.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
1/28/2009 Ben Dutka