With the release of the Final Fantasy XIII demo in Japan renewed interest has been restored in the franchise and in Square Enix itself. Faith has been restored in loyal followers who have been severely underwhelmed by Square Enix's latest offerings, myself included. Right now Square Enix has created an amazing amount of hype in gamers not only from Japan but around the world too. And this is a great sign for JRPG fans and those curious about JRPGs.
Both of these games look fantastic. The demo of Final Fantasy XIII showed a return to the turn based combat system, of which I am a massive fan of. It adds a certain amount of strategy to fights, especially when you fight harder bosses. Final Fantasy Versus XIII is going in a different direction. Tetsuya Nomura, creator of Versus XIII has told people that the combat system will be reminiscent of the Kingdom Hearts series. He also stated that there will be battle sequences that will mimic the epic fights of the Final Fantasy VII movie Advent Children.
Final Fantasy XIII takes place in a futuristic world. Parts of it seem bright and lively. Whether this theme carries on is unclear. But one thing we can say is that it looks GOOD. Versus XIII uses the same Crystal Tools Engine as Final Fantasy XIII. So the only real difference realistically will be the setting of each game. One will not be superior to the other.
Now Characters, this is where I was a little bedazzled. Final Fantasy XIII's lead Character Lightning seems a little lacking in the Charisma stakes. Not much is known about her but for a lead Character in a Final Fantasy game she seems to lack the presence of other leads. Mind you the lead character in XII, Vaan, also seemed to lack the presence of past heroes. Noctis on the other hand has a certain presence about him. If anyone has watched the trailer for Versus XIII then you will be able to understand what I mean. Noctis has a commanding presence and a ruthless side to him. Yet he also has a human side. He's a fantastic design, but I wouldn't expect less from the creator of Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Squall and Seifer. All fantastic characters.
There is alot to like about each game. They will both be fantastic. But the absolute awesomeness of Noctis Lucis Caelum has me hanging out for Versus XIII more than Final Fantasy XIII. As good as both games will be, I want Versus XIII more.
So what do are you looking forward to more ? Thanks for reading and I appreciate your thoughts.