No, Final Fantasy XIII Doesn't Suddenly Have Lesser Visuals
When a game is in development for an extended period of time, and we only see samples of official media at sporadic moments, things can get a little confusing.
Take, for example, the recent dust-up concerning a supposed downgrade for the visuals in Final Fantasy XIII. It was this article that caused a definite stir amongst the gaming public; it compares a couple sets of screenshots in what was supposed to be a "before and after" examination. This really got everyone talking, and the PlayStation 3 faithful immediately sprang up and said, "blame the 360 for this!" Well, you should all calm down; we knew there was something fishy about this when viewing the pics, but we couldn't quite put our finger on it.
Thankfully, a poster over at the GameTrailers forums seems to have provided us with the answer: in all actuality, the "new" screenshots aren't new at all. They only seem new because they were just recently released to the public on DVD. But in fact, they were shown behind closed doors at last year's Tokyo Game Show, which was almost a year ago. Since then, we've seen more up-to-date media, and it has all been more impressive. So don't worry yourselves about some sort of graphical "downgrade;" FFXIII still looks gorgeous, and that's that.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
8/4/2009 John Shepard