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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #125 on: 2011-09-21 18:54:35 »
It worked for OoT, didn't it? :P

After the horrible compression artifact issues that the 360 version of FFXIII had, it's a damn good thing they're using in-engine cutscenes. We wouldn't want a repeat of that disaster.

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« Reply #126 on: 2011-09-22 17:52:15 »
So it turns out that the Hope we've seen, is actually a future version. He is 24 years old, and the head of a scientific expedition team.

So there could be a "present" version of him yet to be seen.

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #127 on: 2011-09-23 00:31:21 »
Technology is now at the point where cgi shouldn't be needed as much.  The difference between cgi scenes and in-game scenes are sometimes so minimal I barely see the difference.  Quite a change from the ff7 days!

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #128 on: 2011-09-23 01:52:34 »
Technology is now at the point where cgi shouldn't be needed as much.  The difference between cgi scenes and in-game scenes are sometimes so minimal I barely see the difference.  Quite a change from the ff7 days!

There's a very noticeable difference. Just look at XIII.

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« Reply #129 on: 2011-09-23 02:13:19 »
There's a very noticeable difference. Just look at XIII.

That's actually really dependent on the game (and the game engine I would assume).

I also wouldn't say there's a major difference even in ff xiii as each generation gets closer and closer to having "real-time" cgi custcenes.  Square do polish their cgi to a crazy extent however so they usually would be the game company with the biggest differences.

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« Reply #130 on: 2011-09-23 11:33:36 »
That's actually really dependent on the game (and the game engine I would assume).

I also wouldn't say there's a major difference even in ff xiii as each generation gets closer and closer to having "real-time" cgi custcenes.  Square do polish their cgi to a crazy extent however so they usually would be the game company with the biggest differences.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHEeHiEzJok

The difference in the robotic scorpion thing is somewhat noticeable. But I agree with you. Soon there won't be any pre-rendered CGI cutscenes.
« Last Edit: 2011-09-23 11:35:54 by DarkFang »

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #131 on: 2011-09-24 13:33:37 »
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Square Enix considered releasing downloadable content for Final Fantasy XIII, but canned those plans and made a direct sequel instead. Serah’s story will have downloadable content. Producer Yoshinori Kitase said at Tokyo Game Show they are making downloadable costumes, monsters, and weapons for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Seems like some DLC will be pre-order bonuses, Lawson, a chain of convenience stores will give players a downloadable content code as a bonus.

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/09/19/final-fantasy-xiii-2-will-have-downloadable-content-lots-of-it/

We have Cait Sith:

« Last Edit: 2011-09-26 19:56:50 by ultima espio »

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #132 on: 2011-09-27 14:21:50 »
Something is to be announced on the 5th October. No word on it yet, but there's a trailer...

http://finalfantasyxiii2.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/ffxiii-2-what-does-this-sonys-long-live-play-teaser-mean/

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“Square Enix has promised post-release download content for Final Fantasy XIII-2, but it has yet to provide specific examples. Today, we got some hints as Square Enix announced the download content that will be given to those who buy the game at select shops.

Pre-order FFXIII-2 from Lawsons or HMV, and you’ll get a download code for a weapon for Serah. The weapon is an angel’s bow and arrow that converts the damage it deals to enemies into an HP boost for Serah.

Square Enix promised an image of the item in a future update.”

Sounds like the Blood Sword in Bow form.

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« Reply #133 on: 2011-09-27 18:26:52 »
Bought Xbox 360 for FFXIII. Waited two years for FFXIII. Got FFXIII just after the release. Never played FXIII....
I bought PS3 because of the FF7 techdemo :(

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #134 on: 2011-09-28 07:03:24 »
is this cloud strife?

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #135 on: 2011-10-03 21:13:55 »
Pre order bonuses
GameStop®

Receive an exclusive in–game item by preordering at GameStop e/retailers
– Alternate costume for Serah, visible throughout the game

Amazon®

Omega Boss Battle
– Unique coliseum battle against boss enemy “Omega,” who joins the player’s party afterward

Best Buy®

Collectible Hardcover Book
– FINAL FANTASY XIII –Episode i– novella, an original story that ties together the events of FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY XIII–2 *NOTICE: YOU CAN READ -EPISODE i- ON OUR SITE*

These preorder initiatives are for North America exclusively and may not reflect preorder content available in other territories.

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« Reply #136 on: 2011-10-03 23:47:34 »
I vote Amazon's as the best!

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #137 on: 2011-10-07 14:42:32 »

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #138 on: 2011-10-11 12:28:16 »
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is getting paid download content. But two questions remain: how much, and how much?

Regarding the first how much, producer Yoshinori Kitase told Dengeki PlayStation this week that the game will have a large amount of DLC. As a rough schedule, he said to expect one to two updates every month, each containing multiple items.

As for the other how much, Kitase said that they’re not able to speak about the contents’ price yet. He promised a good balance between price and the quality that customers will accept.

They'll probably give up on DLC like they did with Dissidia :/

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #139 on: 2011-10-11 20:37:37 »
They'll probably give up on DLC like they did with Dissidia :/

Doubtful, considering this.

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« Reply #140 on: 2011-10-11 20:42:46 »
That's pretty much what I just posted :p

They said the same thing for Dissidia, and look what happened. Once they hype wears off, it'll lessen.

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #141 on: 2011-10-11 21:11:53 »
Cool.

Less than one month until.... Sonic Generations! Uncharted 3! Both coming out on the same day. On a busy week in uni for me. Sigh. /offtopic.

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #142 on: 2011-10-11 21:32:28 »
Less than one month until.... Sonic Generations! Uncharted 3! Both coming out on the same day. On a busy week in uni for me. Sigh. /offtopic.

27 days :P

Not long till this is out in Japan now...

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #144 on: 2011-10-13 19:38:40 »
The gameplay portion of this video makes a few things obvious:

  • Areas with branching paths: towns or proper dungeons, perhaps?
  • Minigames
  • Puzzles
Those few minutes are better than the whole of FFXIII. And this is coming from someone who actually enjoyed FFXIII. I've high hopes for this game.

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« Reply #145 on: 2011-10-14 00:22:12 »
Did I spy chocobo racing? I tell you what I did spy though...

6:48. FANG. FANG FANG FANG FANG FANG FANG FANG!!!!! OH YEAH!

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #146 on: 2011-10-25 14:49:15 »
Sazh is to be revealed in a magazine this week (NOT a flashback like in the trailer)

Snow will be playable as a Guest only this time. We don't know if Hope will be, but he plays a large role, so...

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« Reply #147 on: 2011-10-27 20:19:45 »


Still no word on if he's playable or not. He looks like he plays a fairly large role, so I'd assume he is at some point.

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #148 on: 2011-11-08 14:11:23 »
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Paradigm Shifts

You can now switch instantly between Paradigms. This will help out with the pacing during the game’s basic battles, as the focus for these is on speed. For the bosses and tougher rare monsters, however, you’ll need to actively and strategically switch between Paradigms or you won’t win.

XIII-2 makes one major improvement to the usability of the paradigm system: the game will now save your paradigm combinations, so you can easily switch them out.

Difficulty

Toriyama suggested that the bosses in XIII-2 may be tougher than those of the original FFXIII. However, the game has an Easy Mode, so if you’re having trouble with a boss, you can turn the difficulty down. And if you still can’t defeat a boss, one option may be to temporarily give up and move on to another scenario.

Blood damage was added to the game because Toriyama wanted to fix the problem where if you had a healer in your party you could win the battle by just taking your time. Blood damage can’t be healed by healers, although there are items that will recover it.


Balance

Balancing the battles has been difficult, in part because they don’t know in what state the player will be when they enter a particular area.

The team made a special program just for balancing work. The program analyzes the test players’ logs, and can output such things as how the payer defeated the boss.

The game is being balanced so that, at the extreme, it might be possible to clear the game by defeating bosses. Of course, you can go the traditional route and build up your characters gradually. The game does not place caps on your characters’ growth.

Summons

The game will have summon creatures. However, they will not appear in the same form as in the original FFXIII, as the characters are not l’Cie this time.

Battle Presentation

They’ve been working on the presentation side of battles. The original had relatively few character motions, but this time the characters will move around in ways that match the formation. For instance, a defender will move forward and guard. Additionally, each boss battles will have specialized camerawork designed to make give the fight impact.

Monster Collection

There seems to be quite a bit of variety to the monster collection system. The same monsters will have different growth parameters, with some being fast growth while others take longer. Monsters that have the same role will have different abilities.

As previously detailed, you can give your monsters accessories that change their physical appearance. The staff decided to offer interesting decorations even if they don’t fit in with the world.

It’s possible to build up your monsters into powerful beasts, as you can make one monster inherit abilities from others. Toriyama said that he’s currently try to make the ultimate monster. This is the first time he’s wanted a strategy guide while test playing a game.

Wondering what happens if Serah an Noel die leaving the monster as the sole member of your party? You won’t be able to take control of the monster. When the two human characters die, the game ends.

http://finalfantasyxiii2.wordpress.com/

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Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 News
« Reply #149 on: 2011-11-21 12:25:48 »
New music samples have been released. I won't post them here because there's loads, but the best part is...Nobou is the composer :D

http://finalfantasyxiii2.wordpress.com/