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Is Final Fantasy Versus XIII The Real FF For Loyal Fans?

While I am indeed a fan of Final Fantasy XIII, I have often spoken about my mixed feelings concerning the gameplay. Although Gran Pulse makes it feel a bit more like FFXII, the decide-everything-for-me approach to the strategy still grates on me.

Now, I've wondered in the past if this is a nod to a new audience; to appeal to the "twitch-gaming" crowd that can't sit still for ten consecutive seconds without mashing buttons. And granted, you don't necessarily "mash buttons" in FFXIII but in order to speed up and streamline the battles so there is no "pausing" or break in the action, they simplified the approach. This to me is "RPG Lite." And then you factor in the lack of traditional RPG elements fans of this franchise have come to expect. I'm not saying they're essential; I'm merely saying there's still a place for them within the role-playing community who still pine for an FF they'd actually recognize. That being said, does anyone think Final Fantasy Versus XIII might boast more of a standard RPG feel; might FFXIII be the "new FF" for a new audience while Versus be more of a nod to the veteran, die-hard fans?

First, you've got the apparent existence of a map and airship in the game, which immediately reminds me of RPGs the way they used to be. Then you've got FFXIII director Motomu Toriyama saying that due to difficulties and obstacles with "new hardware" (which was new when they first started making FFXIII), they simply couldn't include those missing RPG elements. But at the same time, he says that now that the team has a firm grasp on things, those elements will return. Thirdly, now that FFXIII is out the door, many of the guys and gals that worked on the game have moved over to work on Versus XIII. Lastly, there's some logic worked in: FFXIII was the first FF that went to an Xbox platform and Square-Enix has been saying for several years they needed to cater more towards a Western audience. So a FFXIII release on the 360 makes perfect sense.

But I think Square-Enix knows that's a bit of a different audience. It's a group that tends to focus more on shooters (as Western gamers tend to do) and because of this, they may have factored this reasoning into the making of FFXIII. Would not the rapid-fire combat system of FFXIII appeal more to those who don't play much besides Modern Warfare 2 and Gears of War? Now, we all know Versus XIII is exclusive to the PS3; Square-Enix knows the majority of FF fans are also PlayStation fans; they've been with them since the PlayStation and FFVII. They know that audience. Hence, considering all this, might it be safe to assume that the new FF could be best described as the true FF for the loyal fans? Well, we'd have to see some gameplay first, I suppose. If it's just an action/adventure game, than I say it's another spin-off and certainly not for the fans. But hey, based on the news and evidence...just thinking out loud, here.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

3/25/2010 12:28:58 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (83 posts)

Jawknee
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 12:58:18 PM
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Isn't the combat in Versus XIII going to be closer to Kingdom Hearts then Final Fantasy?

I thought this was supposed to be an "action/rpg" no?

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Nynja
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:52:33 PM

That's what I heard.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:56:54 PM

yep. kingdom hearts gameplay is always good tho =p

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Jawknee
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 2:11:59 PM

Yea i have no problem with Kingdom Hearts game play. I would just like Square to release at least one true Final Fantasy this gen.

Maybe with XV.

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Nynja
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:33:03 PM

@Jawknee;

As much as I still enjoy XIII, I agree. Getting a classic turn-based system would be fantastic. They could give me the exact same battle system and sphere grid from FFX with a new cast and story and I'd be happy.

wow, lots of "Ands" in that last sentence...

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:30:03 PM

Yup

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shadowpal2
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 7:04:15 PM

Versus XIII is Kingdom Hearts on steroids. I don't know this for a fact...but Nomura sama and the other designers were emphasizing the fact that it will be like Kingdom Hearts except of course with a darker feel and a more realistic approach to Kingdom Heart's action RPG gameplay.

It will have elements of a 3rd person shooter...more like FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus.

Also it's not going to be like a light,magical world like Kingdom Hearts - expect a more grittier/mafioso/darker/bleaker feel to the game.

In other words...yes this is the REAL FINAL FANTASY FOR US LOYAL FANS!!! And they better keep it on PlayStation 3 - because I don't want any of the "OHHHH IT WON'T BE FAIR TO GIVE YOU GUYS A DEMO WHEN THE XBOX 360 VERSION ISN'T PREPARED" - fu** that...enough waiting just give it to us already. Hell we waited...*counts* 4 years for FFXIII.

Now we're waiting 4 years+ for FF Versus XIII...and if you guys decide to throw in a "TAKE A LOOK AT THIS TRAILER ON THIS GORGEOUS NEON GREEN LIT STAGE!!!" - well I can honestly say that you'd only piss us off by you know how much considering we're just going to have to play the waiting game AGAIN!!!

People called me crazy on the US PlayStation boards that FF Versus XIII would come out some time in 2011. "Oh no it should definitely come out sometime in mid 2010" - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA yea sure...I guessed Q2 of 2011 and I'll stick with it. If an Xbox 360 version comes...expect Q4 2012.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 7:23:59 PM

That's what I've been saying

Move on over to FFXV already. Frack FFVII remake, that game's fine as it is. Just like Metal Gear Solid 1 is fine as it is. And if they go ahead with FFVII remake, FFXV will come out in 2020...

That said, yes, FFXV for the win
Versus looks to be better than XIII, no doubt. But from what they have said it's a "Kingdom Fantasy" type of game....which is fine, but not true FF.

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gbhsiris
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 11:09:02 AM

Yet, interestingly, I believe Tetsuya stated in a previous interview that there was some incorporation of classical Final Fantasy battle elements along with the already stated dynamic action a la Kingdom Hearts. Hopefully SE will let go of Tetsuya's shackles and allow for an E3 showing.

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shadowpal2
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 11:16:13 AM

Well gbhsiris - although I'm pretty sure that Square Enix is being an obstacle in some way to Nomura sama for an E3 showing...I remember him saying that he's not sure whether it can be shown even this E3 considering how he hasn't gotten the world map to work just yet - and he really really wants to show it off.

I hope he gets it done before that, he and his team are working on it - but we'll see.

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gbhsiris
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 11:38:40 AM

Well, I remember that Tetsuya stated he was not allowed to show anything, trailer or otherwise, at TGS last year. This somewhat insinuates his ability to do so. Iwata has a portfolio of Front Mission, Nier, continued sales of XIII, etc. to push into this year. The stark superiority of Versus XIII is actually not a very good selling point for these multi-plat titles. Versus is coming out in 2011, so there's ample time for lots of more work, but remember how much media XIII had released at this point in its development? Granted, his perfectionist attitude does not accelerate these unveilings, but I believe SE's portfolio and board plays a bigger role than his ability to show it.

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Zemus101
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:05:52 PM
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You might be right Ben, but at the moment I'm looking forward to FFXIV and I think that'll give me the open world FF I desire right now. I think both Versus XIII and XIV will be quite different from past FFs (besides XI I guess) but I think both of those will satisfy the rest of the audience that kinda went "meh" on XIII. Should be a game for everyone with those 3.

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SvenMD
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:18:43 PM

Honestly, after the "departure" from the series with XIII - I'm also looking forward to XIV. I didn't play XI, so I don't know what to expect from the whole online thing.....but it might be interesting to check it out.

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Nynja
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:34:01 PM

Hopefully I'll see you guys on there. Look for me. It'll be either below;

Nynja or iNynja

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 4:35:03 PM

Nynja,

What is your story? I watched many kung fu movies and ninja movies in the 80's. I don't remember any of them hauling around a sniper rifle? =)

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Zemus101
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:49:10 PM

Hey if you guys are planning on playing XIV, please add me to psn. I could use some friends to hang out with on there at the start. PSN Zemus101

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eLLeJuss
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:18:19 PM
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Meh i think FFXIII is a true blue FF.I think FFversus might either have nearly the same gameplay as ffxiii or kinda like dirge of cereberus or KH. Or who knows, it might be like heavy rain. Lol.Speaking of heavy rain, Imagine how a heavy rain like gameplay + horror game would be like. That would be sick.

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:42:50 PM

Also speaking of Heavy Rain....I just saw that Europe got new Avatars today. I'm likely to buy one or two of those. Looks like they'll only be 50 cents, or so.

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Alienange
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:21:12 PM
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Maybe one day Ben, but it won't be FFvsXIII.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 6:29:14 PM

FFXV or I totally give up on the series. Not give up playing it, but give up hope that it will have the ability to be great again.

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piratedrunk
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:25:34 PM
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If it were not an action/rpg I would say yes. It sounds like turn-based is all it needs to get there.

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Condemnedsoul23
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:35:52 PM
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It versus 13 is pretty much like 7 with the look of 13 that would probably end up being my favorite game of all time but since it seems everything is changing as a lot of gamers are I won't get my hopes up. The higher you are the further you fall and I want toa void that feeling so until it gets reviewed I will try to concentrate on other games.

Off subject a bit. I didn't know this site existed for as long as it did. I went into the review section and found reviews for part 8 and 9 and reading those reviews reminded me how great those two games were so much so that I am playing them both again. There are not a lot og games that get a 10 so it just goes to show the formula was correct in the prvious installments of the FF series so why Square had to go change pretty much everything that made those games so great is a mystery to me. Open world exploration, towns, airships, and the ability to go on side quests for special weapons and powers even if your party is nowhere near strong enough, and turn based battle makes the FF series what is has always been and if any of those elements are missing from versus 13 then I'd say that's a pretty good sign that the FF we have all come to know and love is dead and buried. We shall see.

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Natalisrubbish
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:47:35 PM
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Im really psyched for versus, even if it isn't exactly what we expect I feel fairly confident it will be closer to what the loyal fans will be looking for.

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Nynja
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:52:41 PM
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I hope so.

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Nynja
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 2:00:51 PM

To add to my comment;

Personally, FFXIII did not appeal to me nearly as much as FFvXIII when I first heard about both of them. After playing FFXIII, I must say that I am satisfied. It has been a long time since I've played any Final Fantasy.

I still have high hopes for FFvXIII and can't wait to find out more. It just seems to have a darker story line and a more "adult" styled RPG.

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johnld
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:09:36 PM

that basically how it is with final fantasy. It doesnt come out that often so you either like it or just satisfied with the results, at least for average gamers. but if you're a fan of the series like most of us are, its just either like it or be disappointed by it. Final fantasy XIII is a great game but actually caling it a final fantasy when most of what made the series great is just a disappointment. If they never called it a final fantasy title, i wouldnt have much complaints about it other than the game basically deciding how to fight battles. i mean, if you dont have a sentinel around the second part of the game, you're pretty much screwed.

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Nynja
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:35:43 PM

@johnld

Very true. Then again, if it didn't have Final Fantasy in the title I probably would not have picked it up right away either.

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mexgeo86
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 1:55:15 PM
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Hopefully some real gameplay at E3.

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Natalisrubbish
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 12:39:17 AM

Absolutely, Im hoping for the same.

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Kai200X
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 2:21:37 PM
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I don't know if Versus XIII is the more real FF, but I know I'm looking forward to play this one more.

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The CEO
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 2:41:10 PM
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I hope it is more action oriented but not crappy like Dirge of Cerberus. I always loved Final Fantasy for the stories not the gameplay. Final Fantasy XIII was a boring grindfest. I think a Final Fantasy game with a Fallout 3 RPG/Action style gameplay would rock. Give us guns too. Swords are getting to be like WW2 FPS's(STALE)

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piratedrunk
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:01:47 PM

The day Final Fantasy becomes anything like Fallout is the day I stop buying Final Fantasy.

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Alienange
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:02:58 PM

Are you out of your mind?

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johnld
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:11:49 PM

i dont know, i kinda liked dirge of ceberus. i guess that means i wont be easily disappointed.

Oh, an action oriented final fantasy game, i may look into it. however, i miss their games when you have to use strategy to win and not twitching.

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:25:28 PM

@ pirate drunk
AGREED!

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:32:51 PM

Nononononononononononononononono!! Why in the world would we want an action/shooter Final Fantasy?!?! The whole reason we like the series is because THAT is what it is NOT. I only own one shooter (2 if you include Dirge of Cerberus) over the last 3 generations. Most of what I have? RPG's... Final Fantasy titles, Xenogears, Kingdom Hearts, Chrono trigger and Cross, Tales of Destiny and other Tales of games, Xenosaga series, heck... I even have Chocobo's Dungeon 2! Part of the reason I like the RPG genre is because it ISN'T a shooter. I enjoy traditional athletic styles of fighting, despite how medieval it may seem.

I agree with piratedrunk... the day the FF series becomes a shooter, is the day I betray FF.

EDIT: lol... had to fix a double negative in there. >.<

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Kai200X
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:36:10 PM

I love Fallout 3, but that idea is just... off. Way off.

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Banky A
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 2:56:36 AM

The CEO is getting demoted...

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totozero18
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 7:54:09 AM

@CEO WE KNOW YOU'RE WADA IN DISGUISE!!!!!

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aaronisbla
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 2:43:07 PM
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I don't know, SE has been horrible this gen, FF13 being the only game i like by them. I won't get excited about this game until it comes out.

Who's to say they won't screw this game up for FF fans that are looking for a "true" FF game?

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:04:07 PM
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The two games I am psyched for most getting articles in one day, this is a good day, meaning the attention is drawn to the next epics in the gaming business.

And I don't think Versus XIII will be like the classic final fantasy style, since the gameplay would be more like Kingdom Hearts' meaning action oriented, I like the Kingdom Hearts gameplay a lot, so I really don't mind.
I'm sorry Ben, but I guess you'll have to wait for FFXV.

Dam I'm psyched for this game, have been from the moment I witnessed the first trailer. Always knew I would like it more than FFXIII, and I probably will, regardless, seeing as it just looks way more awesome and I saw blood drawing action in the trailer (omg blood, whuut, didn't see that enough in gowIII), it just looks more adult oriented than XIII and that's what I like about it over XIII and of course that it is going to be PS3 only, I hope, if Nomura keeps it that way, which he will(don't give in to evil Wada!!).

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totozero18
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 8:20:29 AM

Wada is way to dumb to tell the diference between good and evil.

They'll probably focus on the VII remake cuz people is already hyped up, and about half the ff fan population are reluctant about XV, they may be waiting for it, but let's face it XIII was a let down, the depth of the letdown depended on each one's hopes.

The only thing we know about VS comes from the cgi trailers, and a couple of screens.
Needless to say I have big hopes on this game just like the rest of you, I really liked KH (except for the disney part, *pauses waiting for the thumb-downs*) but judging from SE's last couple of moves, idk if we should be expecting a gloomy KH or a sort of Devil May Cry cousin...

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Victor321
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:08:21 PM
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If what you're saying comes to fruition Ben, then boy, VSXIII does live up to its name; "Versus" XIII, if you get what I mean.

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hellish_devil
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:15:19 PM
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I want a new persona!!!! Turn-based of course

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piratedrunk
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:19:07 PM

Apparently they are working on it says an article in Kotaku

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FlyingKickPunch
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 6:02:35 PM

dude, i think you and me have the exact same taste in games :)

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Oyashiro
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 10:26:01 PM

IMO Atlus is the new Squaresoft.

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:21:07 PM
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Whether this game has a KH feel or a traditional FF feel will not be the difference maker in whether or not I like this game. Obviously, I would love a more traditional FF feel SOON. But as most people here reluctantly admit, it's not a tremendous likelihood (much to all of our dismay). Still though, until we see some gameplay, I, like Ben, will continue to hope, pray, and dream that something of familiarity will return to us in a triumphant High Definition fashion.

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:29:44 PM
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I remember when they said FF XIII was supposed to be the next FF 7. From what I've seen of VERSUS XIII, it looks as if the world resembles FF 7 more than FF 13.

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chedison
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 12:40:47 AM

not sure about that but the world of vsXIII is in the world of XIII so...

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Oyashiro
Sunday, March 28, 2010 @ 12:37:44 AM

Its not. There is supposed to be some sort of connection but it will must like just be a theme within the story. The world and characters and... almost everything else is completely different amongst all three FFXIII games.

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Highlander
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 3:32:40 PM
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I hope that your thoughts re not simply wishful thinking Ben. Otherwise there will be no happy dance for this game. After the last couple of years, I need to see something concrete before I believe.

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Mavfan321
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:00:41 PM
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If Versus has towns, I won't mind it with Kingdom Heart style gameplay. Would I prefer my FF games turn based, and my Kingdom Hearts to be action rpgs yes but I'll take what Square gives me as long as they return to form with FF soon.

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:34:16 PM
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Isn't it an action rpg?....

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 5:44:02 PM
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I could never really get into Kingdom Hearts that much. Hope the battle system isn't too much like it.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 6:06:18 PM
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Mistwalker, develop for PS3....problem solved, you get your turn based "final fantasy".

I gave up on Enix long ago. Im greatful we have alternatives today like Level 5, Tri-Ace, From Software, Atlus etc (Level 5 being the new SOFT in town) to get the classic JRPG.

Of course i'll bat an eyelid at Enix again if something looks promising but, it hasn't happened yet and fixes are coming from elsewhere.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 6:25:49 PM
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Sorry to the KH lovers but I'd prefer not to have that super simple gameplay in an FF. Ben rounds up some good evidence so far, and Versus looks fantastic, but I would still rather have a REAL jrpg battle system.

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XxNoir
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 6:46:15 PM
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Wouldn't it be the most awesome thing in the world if versus 13 gave you a choice between two battle systems?-The kingdom hearts style battle system or a turn based....In my dreams lol.

I don't understand why some are saying because it isn't turn based it isn't a true final fantasy,it's one element[sure an important one] for which more fundamental elements also stand along it,like mentioned;the world map and air ship.I'm sure their will also be more things in versus that will help others feel it is final fantasy.

Weather or not it is a true final fantasy is for the player to decide.Weather or not its a good game when the time comes to decide i just have a feeling it wont be denied.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 7:27:52 PM
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"Airship and map"

I still see that in the Kingdom Hearts context...

Yes, a MAP you can FLY in.... (probably with ONE or TWO big towns, and 10 dungeons/worlds as in Kingdom Hearts)

I'd like to hope that Versus was the true FF we were waiting for. But I just see it as a spinoff (Kingdom Hearts style)
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This doesn't mean it'll be bad though. I like Kingdom Hearts and Versus is dedicated to one console + will actually have towns, and a "dedicated" battle system, so it might be better.

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XxNoir
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 7:57:32 PM

I know some of you guys will probably rag on me for this but i was big sucker for the relationship between squall and rinoa in Final fantasy 8.I hated how he brushed her off in the beginning but eventually warmed up to her.I loved when he carried her from fishermans horizon the esthar while she was in a comatose state.

I think noctis and stella's relationship can possibly be one of the best in final fantasy history.Just watch the 5+ min FFVS13 trailer,its completely centered around them.It introduces them individually,then show's them in what appears to be them about to fight eachother,with the climax being when noctis and stella first meet.

As the trailer ends stella turns around and looks at noctis for the first time and smiles.Having to know noctis and stella's love is doomed prior to that first smile make's when they first meet feel sad because they have no idea what awaits them and gives an impending sense of tragedy.

If done correctly this could push out the aerith death scene out of #1 saddest FF moment.Just imagine noctic and stella both dead at the end =(

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Scarecrow
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:40:17 PM

To me, the only "FF relationship" or "romance" which rivals Tidus' and Yuna's is Squall's and Rinoa

Hands down the two deepest romances in FF history.

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DIsmael85
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:01:22 PM
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One word: No!

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Mr Bitey
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:07:17 PM
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I'll confess, I'm a bit of a PS3 fanboy. That said, I'm very cautiously optimistic about VS13.

This is Square Enix after all and Wadda still runs the show. Let's not forget:

-Infinite Undiscovery (360 exclusive)
-The Last Raminate (PS3 version canceled without explanation)
-Star Ocean (timed exclusive)
-FF XIII delayed and 1/2 the game was cut for DVD
-Also Square Enix "accidentally" used PS3 screens of the game in a press kit for 360.
-360 exclusive bundle for FFXIII

I'm really enjoying FFXIII, and am looking forward to 13Vs. I enjoy SE's games, but let's be honest here, they sold us out a long time ago.

I'm actually really worried about Kingdom Hearts 3. I hope Wadda doesn't reduce it to a crappy Wii game.

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XxNoir
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:21:25 PM

Numora san said development has already begun BUT that kingdom heart 3's progress is depending on is versus 13's development.That kind of tells me that they are probably going to use the versus engine for kingdom hearts 3;which most likely wont work on the wii.

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Mr Bitey
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 11:19:48 AM

Good point. Let's hope so.

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Brklynty1
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:29:05 PM
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Well I wouldn't quite say its the FF for the loyal fans but its the FF that is needed right now. The true FF is FFVII:Reborn(do you guys like it? XD) but this one I always looked forward more to simply because the KH team is behind it. Still I can't wait for it. Its like Nomura knows what the FF fans want and Wada knows what they don't. Nomura should be ceo, really. But he's in love with Sony and the PS3 so some nintendo fans would be pissed XD who cares, FF for PS FTW!

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XxNoir
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:54:41 PM
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@scarecrow

I never played FFX but i did spoil the ending for myself on youtube and it looked fantastic,wish i still had my PS2.

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FxTales
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:57:51 PM
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I'm quite excited about versus, the only thing I find myself eye-rolling over though is the typical pretty boy characters.

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Natalisrubbish
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 12:39:53 AM

Haha yeah that is rather played out isn't it?

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Snaaaake
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 9:23:49 PM
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Right now I'm not thirsty for this game so I wouldn't ask for a release date but even if gameplay footage can't be provided now, I WANT SOME SCREEN SHOTS AND MORE VIDEOS!!

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King James
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:03:13 PM
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Versus is suppose to be a action RPG.

Agito would probably be more traditional than all 3 of the ff13s.

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___________
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 2:48:45 AM
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no, 7 is!

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Dan
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 5:56:52 AM
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My say on this is that FFXIII should have been a new different IP, while I believe that Versus would be a real Final Fantasy.

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SILVERAMMO
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 8:17:08 AM
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i hope so

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DeathOfChaos
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 10:29:05 AM
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People keep saying it's not going to be a real FF. Sure, it's going to be an Action RPG, but look at it this way: put Versus XIII next to FFXIII, and it's WAY more of a Final Fantasy game than FF13. Also, they've got an Airship, a world map, and towns and now you're complaining about this one? Wow...It's a spin off, that's why the word 'Versus' is in it's name. It's also started production 3 year before FFXIII. Hell, as long as it stays a PS3 exclusive, I'm gonna be happy. It will be nice to get a true turn based game again, though. I didn't like FFXII because it was more like an MMO than a Final Fantasy. I didn't even get too far in the game because the game was just bland. Havn't liked many FF games all that much since X-2. That game was the start of their failures...notice that it was when Enix joined the Squaresoft team...Squearesoft still sounds better than Square-Enix...>_>

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 2:25:26 PM
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It's a mixed bag. Some of the core elements (towns, world map) will be in this game but the gameplay doesn't sound anything like a true FF game. I personally didn't care for KH's battle system. You could go through KH2 without even using magic.

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Ragnarok00_CODE
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 4:04:18 PM
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I believe every FF fan was ecpecting a dark kingdom hearts on versus
none of us was waiting for a turn based on versus and i wont be desapointed either way cuz i love the FF series as much as the KH series of course iam not comparing the gameplay betwen the two (i personaly prefer the FF gameplay) but its all about the feeling that both of them gave me

iam late on FF13 cuz iam in the land of far away but i belive its gonna be good (hate the leona lewis song) and iam cursing SE right now for making me a FF Junkie cuz even touh i hate the theme song so much iam trembling with the idea of playing FF again

but i belive in Tetsuya-han (for keeping the exclusivity) and for creating one of the best games i ever played KH and now he is trying to put some of that KH soul in FF so that fans can relate and have a All in one Expirience (as he said "iam making versus a FF as i would like it to be" i know the phrase is not correct but thats as much as i can remember so FFVS13 is somewhat personal to him and thats what iam waiting after KH iam curious to know what he is holding back

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 5:07:22 PM
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i have no idea wut FFv13 will play like, but i certainly do not feel it will become the classic turn based epic JRPG, not that I do not hope it. I believe under Wada, Squeeenix has probably lost its memory of past glory and its ability to build a classic traditional turn based JRPG like Chrono games, or FF1-10. ask them to define wut a classic "JRPG" should play like, see if they can give us a satisfactory answer, i doubt it.

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RebelJD
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 5:43:45 PM
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Final Fantasy Versus XIII is definitely the game to get. After I saw the trailer to this game, it reminded me of what makes Final Fantasy just so freakin' awesome and talked about. I had the privilege in owning Final Fantasy VII when it first released. Mind you that I never owned a Final Fantasy game nor an RPG game before nor after. I was a kid and we purchased FFVII because it was marketed as something epic, and indeed it was. The cut scenes and storyline were things I had never witnessed in any other game before. Simply said, I became a fan of FFVII, not the Final Fantasy franchise. FFVII didn't make me want to buy more Final Fantasy titles, it didn't make me want to branch out and play other RPG titles.

To be honest, I did anticipate FFVIII's release, only to find out that it was a completely different story, new characters, and those characters I grew to adore from FFVII were gone. I didn't care if the games that followed were just as good or better. It's like following a blockbuster movie franchise you're a die hard fan of, then Bruce Willis' character gets replaced by some new face. It could be an awesome movie, but the touch that made it recognizable is gone.

Final Fantasy XIII came out and it was hyped up like the next big thing, so I followed coverage and I was excited. Then I hear it came out being something the fans didn't recognize. Even the trailers were whack. Then I catch a trailer (as I mentioned before) on Versus XIII and it was like...WOW. FF Versus XIII is on my list as a must have because it really reminds me of that feeling I got when I first discovered Final Fantasy VII.

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David Macphail
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 4:56:58 AM
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The only way Versus XIII can be a FF for loyal fans is if they go back to the Turn - Based battle system. I'm fairly certain most loyal fans don't want another game where you just constantly mash the "Attack!" button to get through the game.

That being said, Versus XIII does look like a step in the right direction. It doesn't look like a complete return to the style and systems that made X so great but it looks closer than XIII was.

Square - Enix need to return to their roots, the whole reason FF is so popular is because it offers a traditional, pure RPG approach for real fans. The last thing we need is it becoming closer to the garbage that comes out of western studios like Mass Effect, Borderlands or Bioshock.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 11:26:39 AM

wow, u just called out 3 really good games.

I dont know why you even threw bioshock in there, its not even an rpg, n while i havnt played mass effect, its obviously still a good game hearing the praise it gets.

And borderlands although it has rpg elements, its still a shooter. It may lack in some instances, (graphics, story, etc.) but its a good game. If your going to compare FF to something then pik something else other than these 3 "western" style games, that i can say 2 were good and entertaining.

To each his own, but there is a reason SE wanted to westernize FF, and im not saying it was a good idea, but people love these games.

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Ixarix
Sunday, March 28, 2010 @ 4:48:56 PM
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To be honest, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is the game in the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII series I've been looking forward to the most. Final Fantasy XIII was good, but Versus is the one I covet the most at the moment. In fact, it's the single video game I covet most, partly because it looks awesome.

I actually didn't mind the combat system to much in FFXIII. In my opinion, it was more stream line and efficient then previous Final Fantasy titles, some of which felt cumbersome. As a result the story and combat flowed a little bit better together from one to the other. In someways, I found the FFXIII was in someways closer to Kingdom Hearts in terms of combat.

However, I found this to be a very linear game, with little opportunity to explore beyond the path the that was set out for us. One of the great pleasure, at least for me in Final Fantasy was the ability to go back and revisit locations later in the game. This was something I missed from this title.

From what I've read, Versus XIII will be an action-RPG along the lines of Kingdom Hearts. Which is okay by me since I enjoyed that game immensely. I'd be hesitant to expect anything from Versus XIII you wind up being disappointed by the actual game for not living up to what you'd thought it would be.


Having said that, what interests me about Versus XIII is how it will fit into the universe established in Final Fantasy XIII. This was something I was constantly thinking about as I played FFXIII. What plots points, themes, etc, would be pick-up in Versus XIII, how will they impact that world and how will they ultimately shape our understanding of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII Universe.

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Irievibes
Monday, March 29, 2010 @ 9:06:59 AM
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after the , shall we call it fiasco? of 13, im not holding my breath..

that said, we might get more rpg elements, they are not targeting the xbox market this time around, and the groundwork is already layed in, like the engine and such, so i imagine they have more resources to devote to the rest of the stuff so we will see

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