Date: June 8th, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tags: E3, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Gameplay
Various videos of the Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo at E3 have popped up but none of them showing the entire thing from start to finish. Gametrailers has thankfully provided that to us with the bonus of a developer walkthrough giving commentary through-out. Watch all four videos below.
The European Square Enix Member’s Blog has posted a hands-on account of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and has new details to reveal about the game. Here is the bullet-pointed summary they posted on their blog explaining most of the new features. To see the full descriptions of some of these key points, check out the full article in the link below.
• While still a deeply story-driven game, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 has a higher emphasis on giving the player choices to make throughout the game. More branching paths, more hidden secrets, more exploration.
• Level design sees you returning to unlocked environments to access hidden areas as the game progresses.
• A self-contained story set after the events of FINAL FANTASY XIII. XIII-2’s story will be darker and more mysterious.
• All-new playable characters (Serah and Noel), plus the return of fan favourites from FINAL FANTASY XIII.
• The return of the much loved Moogle. A treasure hunter at heart, he will seek out hidden chests.
• Recruit monsters who will aid you in battle, each with unique abilities
E3 is a wonderful time of year that’s like some sort of geeky Christmas. A new screenshot for Final Fantasy XIII-2 depicts a quaint looking town (that can be seen being explored with Noel in the E3 trailer). Get a big fat look with your big fat eyes at New Bodhum. Guess HD towns weren’t as hard as Square Enix said they were.
Thanks to forum member Falsate for finding the image.
Footage from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo at E3 has been posted courtesy of 1up which shows the boss battle with Noel and Serah attempting to defeat the floating arm of Atlas.
From the video, the battle system seems largely unchanged, primarily focusing on the original auto-battle – paradigm shift formula. Additions include the use of QTE’s to dodge large enemy attacks and pre-scripted attacks.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is available in demo form for all to play at E3 today. The first photos of the demo have surfaced (thanks to APZonerunner) showing one pretty distinct change to the Final Fantasy formula.
The demo begins with the familiar gameplay style but with the new QTE’s featured in the trailer. The story is explained in a concise information screen to give the demo context. According to the demo, the giant arm featured in the trailer is attached to a much larger creature known as Atlas. The secret to beating him lies in the Bresha Ruins. A new feature called Mog clock is described in one of the photos which effects whether you begin an encounter with the advantage or disadvantage. The most startling deviation from the norm is the addition of the new “Live Trigger” system which allows you to chose dialog for the first time. This is certainly a much more Western approach to story progression.
For now we just have these photos but expect video sometime soon.
Source: APZonerunner’s Twitter
While Square Enix released a mini teaser trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2 last week, now E3 is in full swing, they’ve finally released the full version for us to pore over. The trailer includes new gameplay from Serah and Noel as well as Lightning wielding her summon Odin. Several of the games mechanics have been altered and added to including the addition of Quick time events. Despite her earlier appearance in the trailer, when Team NORA rescues Serah near the end of the trailer, Lebreau assumes Lightning is dead.
The trailer also reveals a newly revised “Winter 2012″ release. Watch the full English trailer below.
Square Enix seems to have learnt a lesson about how to market their games, and it doesn’t involve keeping their mouths shut for 3 years. As part of their E3 diddy, Square Enix released two screenshots from Final Fantasy XIII-2. The screenshots show the current combat interface – which happens to depict Serah (because she was so fascinating the first time around) and a new male character Noel in battle – and a cutscene, featuring Noel talking to Serah. Jiving with what was said at the beginning of the year, the battle system appears to be largely similar to Final Fantasy XIII’s, with Paradigms and such.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is also the only Fabula Nova Crystallis title appearing at E3, according to the European Square Enix Members blog. Of course, Square Enix have a habit of lying about these sorts of things, so make of that what you will.
Thanks for forum member Kathe for finding the screenshots… wherever.