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Fact or Fiction: Final Fantasy XIII's 2009 Release Date And More!

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313w ago - Once again, John Curry and Rod Oracheski are back to tell us what they think about some of the week's most important video game news and issues. To quote:

Fact or Fiction: Final Fantasy XIII will come out in 2009.

John Curry: Fact

I want to say fiction. God, I hope the Final Fantasy series dies a slow and painful death so that I can laugh at it for all times, but the truth is that there is still a group of diehard freaks out there who are as loyal to the FF series as the Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering nerds and will force the release of Final Fantasy XIII in the next year.

When that happens, be prepared to listen to all of them whine about why it isn't a PS3 exclusive and, more importantly, how all of those who review the game are idiots because they didn't state that the game was the greatest thing ever made.

Rod Oracheski: Fact

It seems to be on track for the Japanese release, and I can't see the localization taking all that long. They've gotten pretty good at it over the years, at least on the speed side of things (there are still the odd wonky translations here and there). Will Versus XIII make it out in 2009? That one I'm not sure I'd bet on.

Fact or Fiction: The Spike Video Game Awards show is starting...
 

Video: Final Fantasy XIII DVD Trailers for PlayStation 3 Released

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314w ago - Two news trailers of Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII for PlayStation 3 shown at DKS3173 in private were released today!

They were captured from the recently released "Re: Final Fantasy XIII" DVD.

Videos are below, courtesy of VEOH:

Enjoy!

Final Fantasy XIII Trailer:



Final Fantaxy Versus XIII Trailer:


 

Square Enix Was Interested in Final Fantasy XI on PlayStation 3

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314w ago - Square Enix has revealed that they were releasing a version of FFXI for the PlayStation 3, but they ran into a small hitch... the Sony rep they were talking to about a PS3 version actually quit the company!

To quote: But when we caught up with the FFXI development team at the Fan Fest event in Hollywood, California over the weekend, we learned an interesting tidbit: It turns out Square Enix was indeed looking into the possibility of releasing a version of FFXI for the PS3, until they ran into a small snag.

"Initially we were in talks with a representative from Sony [to achieve this], but it appears that that person quit," said FFXI producer Hiromichi Tanaka, inducing laughter from the rest of the team. Tanaka also explained why it's a little more complicated to make the PS2 version work than, say, simply releasing some sort of patch or update for the PS3.

"[Current] PS3s don't have PS3-side PS2 emulation, and it doesn't look like Sony has any plans to address that issue. For that kind of thing to even be conceivable, it would have to be on a disc. Digital downloads wouldn't work for this. The disc has to be in the system for the emulator to work."
 

Dissidia Final Fantasy PSP Themes & Story Mode Video Available

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315w ago - Today Square-Enix have updated their Web site (linked above) with three Dissidia Final Fantasy PSP Custom Themes.

Downloads: Final Fantasy I PSP Theme / Final Fantasy II PSP Theme / Final Fantasy III PSP Theme

Additionally, a Dissidia story mode walkthrough video is also available courtesy of PSPHyper via YouTube.

Check it out below, enjoy!




 

New Final Fantasy: Dissidia Details Emerge for PSP

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315w ago - IGN has gone through Famitsu's 11-page feature on Final Fantasy: Dissidia and translated several new details recently.

Square Enix apparently considered putting a FFXII character in the game, but were concerned it would solidify "the character's image and skills in players' minds and thus affecting the main FFXIII".

Famitsu also revealed that gamers will be able to choose a Memory Stick installation of 245, 373, or 528 megabytes. Finally, Ikeda, the main programmer for the game, says that the 245MB install will allow "smooth battles."

To quote: If all that isn't enough to make you wonder how Square Enix is fitting Dissidia on one UMD, here's something that should do the trick. Famitsu also reveals that Dissidia has a "Command Battle" mode of play.

Here, the normal action-based battle system is replaced with a menu system, allowing players who aren't so hot on action games to still engage in combat.

The menu selections seem to match up with the main battle system, with "Fight" resulting in a Brave Attack, and "Super" ("Hissatsu" in Japanese) resulting in an HP Attack. When you select a command, your character continues to perform it. You can press L or R to flee when your opponent attacks.

It's possible to clear the main story mode using command-based...
 
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