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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Demo Out Today on PS3

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48w ago - Square Enix Associate Product Manager Mat Kishimoto announced that Lightning Returns with the new Final Fantasy XIII demo out today on PS3!

To quote: If you haven't been lucky enough to attend E3, San Diego Comic Con, Penny Arcade Expo, or the other shows that have hosted Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, we have good news. We're excited to announce that you can get hands-on with it in a playable demo that's dropping TODAY.

From now on, you don't have to take our word for it that this game is unlike anything Final Fantasy has ever done before, because it's finally time for you to see for yourself.

First off, downloading the demo scores you an exclusive piece of DLC that we're giving to you PlayStation fans - the Utsusemi Samurai garb - that you can use in the main game (it's not in the demo itself, so don't panic if you don't see it).

Again, this offer is exclusive to PlayStation owners too, so right off the bat you're getting something not everybody's going to get, JUST for downloading it. You can't tell, but I'm winking at you, especially at all you Final Fantasy XI Ninjas.

So what's in the demo itself? Of course, you're playing as Lightning, but you're now mysteriously tracking down her old friend Snow Villiers in the city of Yusnaan. As Lightning, it's...
 

Confirmed: Final Fantasy XIII Demo Consumes 5.09GB of Space

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297w ago - A [Register or Login to view links] has done a technical analysis of both Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, and the Final Fantasy XIII Trial Edition.

To quote: The Blu-Ray movie comes in at about 30GB due to a video bitrate of 27.8Mbps, and audio bitrate of about 1.9Mbps.

The demo however comes in at a huge 5.09GB (including 256MB of PS3 Update Data), which is very worrying, especially for Xbox 360 owners as the demo only has about an hour of gameplay.

Further analysis of the files in the demo show that there are two big movie files, one of which is 2.04GB (z016_ps3.wmp), and the second is 2.37GB (z000_ps3.wmp). This means that 4.41GB of the demo is just video.

Final Fantasy games are known for having a lot very high quality CG rendered movies, this means that the Xbox 360 version of the game will have to have lower quality video. Or another option is to take the route of Lost Odyssey, which had only one or two rendered movies, and the rest were in-engine. Despite this, Lost Odyssey still ended up using about 27GB of data due to repetition of textures, character models, and environment models.

So does this mean that the Xbox 360 will be getting...
 

Final Fantasy XIII Demo Leaked - Live Stream Now Playing!

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297w ago - As a follow-up to the article from earlier today on some Final Fantasy XIII Demo PlayStation 3 pictures being made available, now the entire demo is being streamed live.

Thanks to esegk from [Register or Login to view links], everyone can watch it being played live right now.

There are also some new pictures from it available HERE with a few shown below.

Enjoy the leaked PS3 demo footage Final Fantasy XIII fans!
 

Final Fantasy XIII Demo PlayStation 3 Pictures Available

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297w ago - Today hweita of the GameTrailers Forum (linked above) has shared some Final Fantasy XIII Demo PlayStation 3 pictures.

It's not much for now, but if you want to remind yourself that the demo exists and that this game (5 years in the making so far) is real and not some hazy dream, these might help.

A few of the pictures are available below, including the case and ending screen, and the rest are posted at the link above.

Enjoy all, and more FF13 details to come as they are available of course!
 

Rumor: Final Fantasy XIII to be a paid demo, not via PSN?

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329w ago - New reports suggest that the Final Fantasy XIII demo may be sold SEPARATELY. However in Japan, the demo is still scheduled to be bundled with the Advant Children Blu-ray release, it's just the rest of the world that might get charged to play the demo!

To quote: Thanks to our ever helpful forum member epsilon, we have yet more of Dengeki's interview with Nomura to show you. Square-Enix announced at DKS3173 that the Final Fantasy XIII demo will be packaged with the Advent Children: Complete blu-ray release in March next year. Unfortunately for everyone outside of Japan, the demo will probably arrive much later than that.

Nomura has told Dengeki though that the Final Fantasy XIII demo may be sold separately some time after Advent Children: Complete's release. Square-Enix know they can make a huge amount of revenue by including the Final Fantasy XIII demo with AC:C but is selling the demo separately possibly taking it too far?

The demo is supposed to be 90 minutes long, so the file size could make it unfeasible to host on the Playstation Network but if they sell it for an extortionate price, would people still buy it? I can pretty much answer my own question and say yes but that doesn't make it right.

Other than this, a few more details about the compilation were discussed...
 
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