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First Final Fantasy XIII Review (Famitsu)

December 08, 2009
Finalfantasykid

The first review for Final Fantasy XIII has been leaked. Famitsu has given the game a 39/40 (10 / 10 / 9 / 10).

For comparison's sake, here are some of Famitsu's reviews for previous Final Fantasy Titles.

Final Fantasy I - 35
Final Fantasy II - 35
Final Fantasy III - 36
Final Fantasy Ⅳ - 36
Final Fantasy V - 34
Final Fantasy VI - 37
Final Fantasy VII - 38
Final Fantasy VIII - 37
Final Fantasy IX - 38
Final Fantasy X - 39
Final Fantasy XI - 38
Final Fantasy XII- 40
Final Fantasy XIII - 39

The general trend seems to be increasing, though this could be related to different judges and their expectations changing over the years. For example, IGN has only ever given out 3 perfect 10/10 scores before, two of which come from this current generation(MGS4 and GTA IV), the only other game was LOZ: OoT, which was two generations ago. That is all relative though.

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Source: Source Kotaku

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Final Fantasy XIII Screens Featuring Cid Raines

December 07, 2009
Finalfantasykid

Square Enix has released 16 new screen shots of Final Fantasy XIII, with most of the screen shots featuring Cid Raines, and Vanille's new summon Hecatonchires.

Also I put the Famitsu screen shots up, which appeared a while ago.

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Source: Source FFU

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Final Fantasy Union: Episode 30

December 07, 2009
Finalfantasykid

With the show newly renamed to "Final Fantasy Union" (formerly The FXN Final Fantasy Podcast) Kyle, David and Darryl ring in the last episode before Final Fantasy XIII's Japanese release. The crew cover news of FFXIII's box art, Cid Raines, game mechanics, game length, and much more.

The Final Fantasy Union podcast is now part of the Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts Union podcast series. Full details are covered in this week's episode.

Subscribe to Final Fantasy Union on iTunes

Direct Link: Final Fantasy Union: Episode 30

Visit the Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts Union iTunes Page

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Podcast music "Behind Enemy Lines" is by Nutritious from the OverClocked ReMix.

Don't forget to catch the crew on Twitter at Twitter.com/FFUnion.

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Final Fantasy XIII Chinese Famitsu Scans

December 06, 2009
Finalfantasykid

Some Chinese Famitsu Scans have been uploaded, and their primary focus for this issue is Vanille's new summon, Hecatonchires. Here is a quote from a Q&A with Motomu Toriyama regarding the summon.

Q. What is the design and concept for Hecatonchires?

A: The summon’s concept is a “Shooting Blaster.” Because it can shoot and strike
from long distances in Driving Mode, the enemies’ position influences the
effectiveness of attacks, and it can shoot many times at once.

Q. The fact that it turns into something like Magitek Armor (from Final Fantasy
6) is a surprise.


A. As a matter of fact, we weren’t trying to make it look like Magitek Armor
in the beginning. We wanted a bipedal vehicle included, a design we called
a “Power Suit Tank,” but in the end, the result really does look like Magitek
Armor. (laughs)


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Source: Source RPG Land

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Final Fantasy XIII Box Art

December 01, 2009
Finalfantasykid

Square Enix has revealed the Box Art for North America.

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Source: Source RPad

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Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Advertisement

November 27, 2009
Finalfantasykid

The first Final Fantasy XIII TV advertisement has been shown on Japanese TV. Having the game advertised this early can mean big things for the launch of the game.



Click the source to see the video in HD!

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Source: Source Youtube

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Final Japanese Trailer Released

November 24, 2009
Lone Wolf

Square Enix have released the final trailer for the Japanese edition of Final Fantasy XIII. Revealing new characters, monsters, summons and featuring both gameplay and FMV, the trailer is now availble from SE's Japanese website.

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Source: Source Official Japanese Website

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FFXIII Official Website Updates

November 20, 2009
Levis.seraph

Square Enix has updated the official FFXIII website (JP) with a countdown to the Final trailer. There is no doubt that this trailer will be brilliant serving as the final hype before release.

Other updates include both the 'Field' and 'Summon' tabs. As well as new Screenshots for the recently revealed Alexander and the locations Nautilus and The Sunleth Waterscape.

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Source: Source Square Enix

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Final Fantasy XIII Will Out Sell Final Fantasy VII

November 17, 2009
Finalfantasykid

According to Yoichi Wada, Final Fantasy XIII will outsell the most successfull game in the franchise, Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VII went on to sell 10 million copies so this is a pretty bold statement. However this prediction is most likely to come true. The first Final Fantasy on each console always tends to sell better than the second/third ones, and considering Final Fantasy XIII will be on both the PS3 and Xbox 360(In NA and EU), it shouldn't be a problem to exceed 10 million copies worldwide.

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Source: Source Final Fantasy Union

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FXN Podcast: Episode 29

November 16, 2009
Finalfantasykid

Kyle, Lauren, and Darryl jump on discussion of Final Fantasy XIII's announced European and North America release date. The crew are also joined by David halfway through the show, and also jump on news of Versus XIII, FFXII summons, weapons, and other tidbits. Listen / Subscribe to the FXN Podcast on iTunes Direct Link: FXN Final Fantasy Podcast Episode 29

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Podcast music "Deliverance of the Heart" is by pixietricks and zircon from the OverClocked ReMix album Voices of the Lifestream.

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