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Square Enix Gives Final Fantasy XIII Story Recap The Retro Treatment

If you’ve been playing Final Fantasy games since the 8-bit era, you might (like me) have a soft spot for the sprite-based art style. The Final Fantasy XIII saga isn’t for everyone, and I have to wonder how much differently it would have been received if the games were designed as they look in this story recap.

The video tells the stories of Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 in broad strokes to catch players up. This approach is clever, as it doesn’t necessarily ruin the first two games for those that want to go back, but still provides enough context to get started on Lightning’s costume-filled adventure.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 11. You can check out a hands-on preview here and a recent interview with producer Yoshinori Kitase here.

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  • Game informer fix your *** video player please

  • Just kill off FFXIII for good, please! Such an abomination to the series.
  • This makes me miss the 8 and 16-bit FF games. A pretty neat idea giving gamers a quick recap.

  • This makes me want to go buy a super Nintendo... also I played the lightning returns demo...seems really good actually.

  • Played both games and watched this video I still don't know what the hell is going on. These games are convoluted garbage.
  • Do this remake Square Enix, I will buy.

  • I don't understand all the hate for FF Xiii. I do not compare this series to other final fantasy, but rather judge it on it's own merits. I think both games were stellar.
  • I enjoyed XIII, but hated XIII-2. Now I'm caught up on the story line and ready to go for XIII-3. All without putting up with the horrible storyline. I think XIII-3 will be a lot better.
  • Even in the glory of 16bit....FFXIII's story is still lame.
  • Yep. Story is as bat $h!t crazy and nonsensical as I remember. Thanks Square!

  • It's still pretty dumb and nonsensical, but I appreciate that they at least cut out all the awkward interactions and exaggerated emotional expressions.
  • As much as I liked XIII (yes, it's not great but I'll still defend it), I kinda want to play this version.
  • Besides this game having the best battle system of all final fantasies it had a level of difficulty that the other games didn't have. I was always too strong at the end of The other final fantasy games but on this one I actually had trouble even with mastering the battle system. As far as the story goes. it may have been 3 separate stories but they all make sense. I can't wait to conclude the series I've played the Demo its like X-2 meets Kingdom Hearts meets Parasite Eve.

  • Besides this game having the best battle system of all final fantasies it had a level of difficulty that the other games didn't have. I was always too strong at the end of The other final fantasy games but on this one I actually had trouble even with mastering the battle system. As far as the story goes. it may have been 3 separate stories but they all make sense. I can't wait to conclude the series I've played the Demo its like X-2 meets Kingdom Hearts meets Parasite Eve.

  • would have been better off this way. i prob would have bought it. instead, they made it look uber cheesy and provided cross-gender clothing for the cast of characters so the weirdo fans who actually like XIII had something to fap to. FF is dead. think about the casts of 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12..... then think about the cast of 13.... 15 will probably star clones of Lil B and Miley Cyrus.
  • I have to wonder if the Final Fantasy games of my youth would be as beloved if they had the 13 style presentation. Same story, just presentation.

    The sprites don't quite capture Amano's original designs, after all.

  • For some reason I found it really funny when it showed Yuel dying over and over again and Caius's reaction. Maybe because it accurately showed his helplessness?
  • LAdies and gentlemen... This is as close as we're ever likely to get to an old style FF again. And while I find that incredibly saddening, you still couldn't pay me to play the FF 13 series. I could rant onward... but it'd be nothing you haven't heard about a million times from others, so I'll spare all of us.
  • Can't wait for this. My favorite games of this gen are Final Fantasy XIII (and 2) and Dark and Demon's Souls. Entries in both are coming out within a month of eachother. I don't blame people for not liking XIII, but I do like them so happy days for me because a brand spanken new one's coming out in less than a couple weeks.

  • I would pay $80 for a game like this. But I wont buy Final Fantasy XIII-3! I guess I loved when games were fun!
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