Why the gaming post?
Well I’ll tell you with two words and then an explanation of sorts.
Q: Why the gaming post?
A: Square Enix and the fact that Final Fantasy XIII-2 was featured on Yahoo Games http://blog.games.yahoo.com/blog/334-square-enix-final-fantasy-xiii-2-coming-2012
Now I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember, and my long term memory’s been pretty good through and through. With that said, a title that’s always been near and dear to me, from a company that changed it’s name in that course of time. A company that up to last year and maybe some years prior, failed to disappoint it’s fan-base.
That company and that title of course is Square Soft/ Square Enix and Final Fantasy.
The Final Fantasy franchise with the exception of some of the earlier titles and remakes of earlier titles have been solely for Sony consoles.
Now I’m not one to add fuel to the console war fire and I suppose that alone has died down a bit from what it used to be.
However, last year (2010) the announcement that Final Fantasy XIII being in released on March 9th in North America and Europe had me absolutely excited at the start of a new year, counting down every and each single day until the 9th of March rolled around. Keeping up with the news of the game of course and the other titles of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII games, I got a whim of the game also being released for the Xbox360. Needless to say I was filled with confusion and anger, more anger than anything else.
This anger of course would increase as the months went by.
After the song for the game had been changed to “My Hands” by Leona from the it’s Japanese counter part “Kimi ga Iru Kara” by Sugawara Sayuri which I will admit I had problems with at first but grew to tolerate and eventually like. Square Enix of North America just kept on stripping away the “exclusivity” of what a Final Fantasy game would have originally and kept on beefing up the Xbox360 version. The Xbox 360 version of the game managed to get a special edition version of the console with a faceplate depicting the game’s heroine, Lightning. The Japanese version of the game was released SOLELY for the Play Station 3 and a special edition “Lightning PS3” with a glossy white finish and a pink print of lightning on the front of the slimline console was also released in Japan. What’s more, the commercials for the North American and even European versions of the game made it seem as though the game was made PURELY for the Xbox360 (I was highly frustrated by this and I’m probably the only one -_- but so be it).
Skip to some months later just before March begins. I learn that the Xbox360 Version has 3 discs whilst the Play Station 3 version of the game has ONE lone bluray disc. I chuckled a bit at that fact but later on I would learn exactly how much that would fuck me over as well….
Skip yet again to some days post March 9th… I get my copy of Final Fantasy XIII. I play it and it’s great a bit linear but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Only to learn that the development of this game, in order to facilitate the Xbox360 port/version was cut down in content. Which essentially means, had the Xbox360 version NOT existed. The game would’ve been MUCH better received and not seen such disappointing sales and reviews.
Final Fantasy XIII : A game that could’ve been much better had Square Enix NA not sold out so hard
Tetsuya Nomura, developer of these games and more importantly the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII family of games that I’ve been looking forward to since, if I’m not mistaken, 2006.
Nomura promised that Final Fantasy XIII would remain a Play Station 3 exclusive.
Nomura failed to keep this promise BOTH in Japan and North America.
Nomura promised the very same for Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII potential Xbox360 job listing appears on Square Enix’s site late last year (October).
Square Enix announced a conference to take place on the 18th of January, 2011.
January 18th, 2011 after patiently awaiting new info. New trailers featuring parts of the storyline and game-play for the upcoming titles are released along with a surprising addition to the family of games and a set release date.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Winter (November/December) 2012
Though it was only a teaser trailer, based on what little I saw I have HIGH expectations for that game and honestly can’t wait to play it. Square Enix apparently have something up their sleeve with this title though, considering the game is being released both for the PS3 and the Xbox360 (following suit to the game’s predecessor apparently) but exactly what is left to be seen.
All I can say for sure is that this and next year will be great years for the games I love to play and I look forward to them wholeheartedly.