E3 2013: Final Fantasy XV Battle gameplay first look

Final_Fantasy_XV_-_Cast Final Fantasy Versus 13 converted to Final Fantasy XV seemed likely when Square announced last Feb that they have something to show at E3. The game, just like any Final Fantasy game that came before it, always look amazing, but what about the gameplay? Here's another trailer released that gives us a good look at what looks like an action-oriented Final Fantasy.

It's obvious in this video that it won't be the Final Fantasy most people are familiar with, but this series has always been about redefining itself with each title. XV won't be any different and at this point I'll keep my mind open to what they plan for this new entry, because It would feel great to finally play a great Final Fantasy game again.

Thanks to Destructoid, they have more facts about this title:

  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV
  • Final Fantasy XV will come to both the PS4 and Xbox One
  • Crown Prince Noctis is the protagonist
  • Noctis and his friends were cast out of their home, the Kingdom of Lucis
  • Final Fantasy XV features real-time combat
  • Date is TBD

Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini No. 02 - Squall Leonhart

Squall Trading Arts Mini 01

As seen in the latest Recent Buys post, I got me a mini figure of Squall Leonhart in all his emo glory. From the Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini series of figures, this is the second figure in the line. Squall Trading Arts Mini 02

Squall comes in his standard Final Fantasy VIII leather jacket with the white fluff and leather pants that have too many belts. Both arms on this body are supposed to swing forward and back but are a little paint stuck on mine and I'm afraid to force it since the whole figure is made of soft PVC. The right hand is removable and can be swapped out with a hand holding Squall's default Gunblade. The other body is of Squall wearing his SeeDs uniform which has always been a favorite alternate of mine, especially in Dissidia Final Fantasy. There are no moving parts on the SeeDs body but the right hand can be removed and be replaced with the hand holding the Lionheart Blade.

Squall Trading Arts Mini 08

Both bodies can use either the Gunblade holding hand of the Lionheart Blade hand but the Gunblade hand has the black glove on it while the Lionheart Blade has the exposed hand meaning that each sword hand is meant to work with their own costumes.

Squall Trading Arts Mini 03

The figure comes with four faces, each having Squall's signature scar in between his eyes and an earring on the left ear. The default face attached to the figure shows a pair of fierce look since the pupils are small and he's sorta got the "angry eyes" eyebrows. The second face is more calm with big anime pupils. The third face has swirls replacing the eyes, showing a sort of dizzy of confused expression. The forth face is blank, possibly leaving the design up to the user.

Squall Trading Arts Mini 04 These are the three signs that come with the figure. I can't read Japanese so I don't know what they say but I hear it's two of Squall's signature phrases. The third sign shows the combat menu of FF8's ATB sytem with "G.F." (Guardian Force) replacing the more common "Summon" command. You can position these signs however way you want with the included clips that plug into the base.

Squall Trading Arts Mini 05 This figure set also includes two of the smaller Guardian Force creatures that you can summon in the game. The elusive Cactuar and the elixir loving Pupu. They each have a hole on their back which you can use to plug on the base via the ball tipped plastic arms. Both of Squall's bodies have said hole too.

Squall Trading Arts Mini 06 The figure looks great and all the little paint details add so much to the overall look. My only gripe with this figure is that the SeeDs body has a hard time plugging into the base which can make it a total bitch to position just right. I only wish there was a Rinoa figure that can go with Squall so that I can recreate the ballroom dance scene in chibi form.

Squall Trading Arts Mini 13 For the most part, I'll be displaying Squall wearing his SeeDs uniform as it was the main reason that drove me to getting this figure.

Oh and by the way, Rinoa is coming in the next wave of the Trading Arts Kai Mini line. Hohoho!

Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini

Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini 01 Datablitz has been selling videogame figures for a while now. Namely the World of Warcraft figures. Now, they've recently been selling action figures, mainly from the Play Arts and Play Arts Kai line. While all those are well and good, I did see a few figures that I wasn't familiar with. The Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini series of figures.

Chibi Final Fantasy character is the most straight forward way of describing these figures. Unlike other Final Fantasy Trading Arts figures, these chibis have a bit of articulation to them. All have the same sized faces, neck ball joints and for the most part, the same hair connection. Each figure comes with 3 extra faces, a body wearing the default outfit, a second body (usually an alternate costume from their game or the character riding something like Cloud's bike from Advent Children), a hand/hands holding their signature weapon/weapons and sometimes something extra like a summon creature. Each figure also comes with one spiky speech bubble, a regular speech bubble, and a sign usually displaying the ATB command list from their respective games.

Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini 02

They're priced at 795php each, 750php if you pay in cash. I've recently procured 2 figures from the Trading Art Kai Mini line and though not the easiet figure to work with, they are a good value for their price. If you guys like the Final Fantasies, check these figures out. They're hella cute.

Final Fantasy Trading Arts Kai Mini 03

The Last Story trailer... in English?!

ENGLISH Can it be? Are we going to get The Last Story in English? Please let it be true!

The Last Story, created by the father of Final Fantasy himself Hironobu Sakaguchi, is one of the "Swords" from Operation Rainfall (a community formed to supposed the internation localization of 3 Japanese Wii games).

Xenoblade got a European release and will soon get an American release in April, 2012. Now that is all well and good and I will definitely find a way to score myself a copy of Xenoblade but The Last Story was the top game that I wanted localized from the 3 game being pushed by Operation Rainfall. With this English trailer it looks like I'm getting my wish. I hope that Pandora's Tower also gets localized because I am also very interested in that game.


Final Fantasy Type-0 localization is in the works

aaaagito Finally! Final Fantasy Type-0, the latest Final Fantasy game to hit the PSP, may soon see a release out of Japan.

The Final Fantasy Type-0 Ultimania Guide just hit retail today and contains an interview with Type-0 direction Hajime Tataba and he mentions that the development team is working on an overseas version of the game.

This is great but not surpising news as Final Fantasy is still a pretty big name and would be a perfect final game for Sony's aging handheld. I've tried the Japanese demo of the game is it seems pretty solid. Hopefully this game gets a release date before or shortly after the PSVita's release set for February 22 early next year.

Source [Andriasang]