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Final Fantasy XIII: 10 Things Off the Top of My Head

Posted in Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, Gaming, My Stuff, PS3 on March 14, 2010 by thelonegamer

Finally got to start playing the latest Square-Enix opus, Final Fantasy XIII, this weekend. I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about this latest FF, not all of it good. I didn’t finish the last couple of installments in the series, but I decided to give this one a try. Well, how am I finding it so far?

10. It’s freakin’ GORGEOUS. No ifs and buts about it, the game looks amazing on my 42″ LCD, in full 1080p through HDMI. Well, at least the pre-rendered CG bits do. The real-time segments are still eye-pleasing, though bits like fingers aren’t as impressive as the characters’ faces.

9. The Voice Acting is Pretty Good. I mean, the performances, at least. Some of the dialogue though can get cheezy. “Your Hero is here”?! Yeesh.

8. Combat is interesting. Albeit in the early goings-on it’s your usual slap-matches, kinda like FFXII, but you don’t control or move anyone directly. Once I get in deeper and open more options, it should get a lot better. For now though… repetition is kinda getting to me.

7. Character designs are here and there. Once again, a mish-mash of odd-looking protagonists. Main heroine Lightning looks like a futuristic elf-warrior, while Snow walked out of some Japan pop drama. The oddest are probably Snow’s posse, with a barmaid who walks around with an assault rifle in one hand over her shoulder and a guy who hunches like Blanka from Streetfighter. It’s good that the graphics are so nice, you take these things as a matter of course.

6. What is up with Vanille? I’m sure this perky jailbait who can just traipse into monster-infested grounds or restricted magical army territory and kill things with a weird staff/wand/fishing line has an explanation somewhere, but I’m sure it won’t be enough.

5. I wanna hug Lightning until she pops and showers the room in magical neon sparkly-strings.

4. It’s all very linear, but I don’t mind. Story seems very interesting.

3. Comic-relief companion Sazh Katzroy and his afro-living Chocobo sidekick aren’t as irritating as I thought.

2. When is the hot chick in the blue sari showing up?

1. I really hope this doesn’t take too long to finish. Because I wanna finish it.

So far, so good, I guess. The combat’s getting deeper with Paradigms and tactics as I get deeper. Haven’t met the villains yet, just the flunkies. All in all, it’s a gorgeous adventure with a colorful cast of characters. Yeah, it’s FF, and it’s back.


Famitsu scores Final Fantasy XIII

Posted in Fan Service, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, RPGs, Xbox360 on December 9, 2009 by thelonegamer

Kotaku just posted a scan of the latest issue of Famitsu, with the review scores for the upcoming Square-Enix epic, Final Fantasy XIII. The latest FF gets a 39/40, a wonderful score by any measure, though probably score whores may bristle. This still puts FFXIII in the higher echelons of Famitsu-scored FFs. In comparison, FFXIII got the same score as FFX, and score higher than FFVII (38). The highest scored FF is still FFXII at a perfect 40.

What does this mean? Absolutely nothing, dudes. The game will sell through the roof there, as it will outside of Japan. Lightning and company will be playing on PS3’s and Xbox360’s everywhere in the next few months.

Check out the original article here.

Played the Dissidia Final Fantasy Demo…

Posted in Action Adventure, Fighting Games, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VII, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PSP, RPGs on August 12, 2009 by thelonegamer

… and well, it was okay. You get several characters (Cloud, Terra, Sephiroth among others) whom you take through several fights, each one teaching you the basics like Brave Attacks, HP Attacks, Quick Moves, Power Moves and so forth. To call this a Final Fantasy Fighting Game would not be totally wrong, however it’s also not totally right. It seems to be as much a real-time strategy/RPG as it is a fighting game; it’s not so much your use of combos and quick reflexes as it is getting your character into the right position, using the right moves and building up your powers with customizations. If you expect to blow through this with button-mashing, you’re gonna be very surprised as your character flounders about in floaty jumps, swinging at the air while the enemy pelts you with spells or missiles, then summons a super-attack to Ultima your ass.

Still, it was pretty entertaining to beat the heck out of Tidus and Squall (although Cloud always expressed regret at the end of the round) and later the heavily armored Garland. It’s not a Tekken or Soulcalibur- that much players have to realize going in. If you’re looking for more conventional beat ’em up action, wait for Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. For those wanting to lay the smackdown on FF’s Finest with quite a bit of RPG-esque micromanagement, Dissidia is out later this month.

Final Fantasy XIII Looks Amazing

Posted in Final Fantasy, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, RPGs on January 29, 2009 by thelonegamer

Square-Enix just posted a new trailer to their long-awaited (and still being awaited) sequel, Final Fantasy XIII. The HD vid shows off, as usual, amazing CG cutscenes along with some gameplay. I still have no freakin’ idea what’s going on in this new adventure… but well… that’s pretty much par for the course in ANY Final Fantasy… heheh… anyway, it looks pretty awesome. Surely a game to keep on any gamer’s radar.

Since SE seems to be very protective of the trailer, best check it out at the official site. Click here.

New (well, at least kinda new) MGS4 Trailer

Posted in Action Adventure, Final Fantasy, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid 4, PS3 on April 24, 2008 by thelonegamer

Here’s a new trailer from Nicovideo Japan that’s been turning heads all day today. It’s actually not totally new- most of the scenes are from previous trailers, just remixed and re-edited and shown with some cool, dramatic voiceovers and music. But the ending sequence shows a scene that’s pretty new, though familiar. And it’s finally cool to see green stuff and vegetation in a MGS4 spot… heh.

Check it out!

Dealing with a Crisis

Posted in Action Adventure, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VII, Gaming, PSP, RPGs on March 21, 2008 by thelonegamer

I got my copy of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core for the PSP, and it looks pretty awesome. The game is the latest and perhaps last part of the Compilation of FFVII series, which has so far not gained the total respect of critics to say the least. But the reviews for Crisis Core seem to be pretty good, and the game looks to have the same drama, tragedy, action and wonder that permeated the original game, which should make for some tearful but engrossing RPG action. The story, of course, involves the player putting on the boots of Soldier 2nd-Class Zack Fair. Aside from his tour of duty as Shinra special operative, Zack has to contend with a mysterious rebellion among Soldier, conflict with his mentor and friend Angeal, potentially lethal run-ins with a pre-psychotic Sephiroth and an inevitable fate that is sure to be not pretty. Still, it looks to be an awesome ride.

The combat seems pretty cool, combining real-time running around with weapon/attack/move selection, and some odd factors like a slots-like interface in the side affecting the course of combat. The presentation is excellent, with Advent Children-esque CG movies and superior PSP graphics for the real-time parts. All in all, this is probably one game FFVII fans should not miss if they have Sony’s portable… just prepare the tissues. Full review once I get around to it then.

Final Fantasy XIII Details

Posted in Final Fantasy, Gaming, PS3, RPGs on January 24, 2008 by thelonegamer

The latest issue of Famitsu Japan revealed quite a bit of information about Square Enix’s next big RPG, Final Fantasy XIII. Yeah, we’ve all heard before that the game is set between the two worlds of Cocoon (a floating utopia created by crystals) and Pulse (the natural, more dangerous world beneath).

The previously shown hero character, a female warrior named Lightning (not her real name), is joined by a bandanna-wearing guy, and this time by a pigtailed girl (not Ranma). All three are assumed to be playable characters, as well as members of the Lusi, a special breed of individuals chosen by mysterious, supernatural beings known as the Farsi to carry out special tasks. It appears that Lightning at least has a mission to bring down Cocoon, on orders from the mysterious Farsi. This is enigmatic since the Farsi are apparently the ones who created Cocoon in the first place.Taking a bigger role in the game and story apparently are Summons, including veterans like Shiva (who can transform into a bike), Ifreet and Carbuncle. It is not known how large or to what extent in the game their role is, but it has been seen that they will play a part outside of just simple battles.

A demo of Final Fantasy XIII has been implied to arrive sometime in late 2008, to give players a feel for the game’s battle system. I however have no illusions that this almost-legendary title will be appearing on our PS3’s anytime soon. Well, all we can do is wait and see. More on this as it happens, and there should be more in the months ahead.

You can check out scans of the latest Famitsu feature on FFXIII at Gamersyde.