Retro FF13 “Might Even Have Been Worth Playing Like This!”

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The tortured hopes of Final Fantasy fans have been dashed yet again, this time by a rather well-received SNES-styled “retro-spective” recap of the Final Fantasy XIII story released to help players make sense of the storyline of Lightning Returns.

The trailer:

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It seems to have secured a somewhat more positive reaction than the original, at least:

“What the hell…”

“Shame it is just a PV recap.”

“I want it.”

“The 8-bit version looks more fun than the original.”

“It looks godly, if you just look at this!”

“I would actually have pre-ordered this…”

“Die Square Enix, die.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 30/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wish the entire game was like this, it 'might' be worth playing then

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it's the graphics and sound that make the game bad? What about the crappy characters and BS plot? Kinda shallow to think it might be redeemable by appealing to the SNES generation, as if it were the limitations of the previous consoles that made the past games good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hold on, that guy is still right.

    It isn't the SNES graphics that would have made this game better, it's better because they cut out the awful character interactions and dialogues.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Though one could argue that by proxy the limitations made developers to focus on more important things, instead of disregarding everything else to toss out more eyecandy.
    But the pile of crap that is XIII is out already, so turning it into a SNES port won't do a thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No it was the gameplay that was horrible (at least for me).

    FF stories are always convoluted or confusing, no point griping there. But turned based party combat was perfected with ABS, the auto pilot gameplay in 13 might as well been a movie given the degree of interaction most of the game required. And, while one long hallway may be forgiven in the 8-bit, 2 discs of nothing but hallway and cutscenes are unforgivable in modern gaming.

    Comment by Anonymous

    that comment alone proves that the billions of fans of video games in general who say: "why won't they innovate?" are just hypocrites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why do you think that anon put inverted comma's there?

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    Comment by Dia
    16:57 30/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Kids these days can't even tell the difference between 8-bit and 16-bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it was 16-32bits the company began to make millions ..
    Someone on the board said they should go back to the basics and start again ..
    I think they overreacted .. Look on the bright side no one can complain the port of the game can get worse than that ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    music isn't 8bit ?

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    Comment by Benoist
    19:24 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope, faux-chiptune with midi parts, so still 16 bits (at least, i'm not very good at that)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:22 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 23:43 yeah, more capable to be

    but still the sprites are way advanced..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It isn't even FF6 quality, except for the sprites.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMWp1oLoA0

    20 years have passed since it came out. I feel old like Cranky Kong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 22:49 so it's TurboGrax 16 graphics?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    is mixed 8-bit and 16bit...

    some parts uses only 8bit Frequencies
    Sometimes uses 16bit (most of times in battles)

    Is easy to notice by the frequencies that are used.

    But most parts of the video uses 8bit..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    derpherp ff6 quality? is SNES chiptune man.
    snes chiptune was known to be the first video game to have orquestral emulation of sounds in their console. in the video they used is completely differente type of genre, inclusively chiptune

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    Comment by cats2
    16:42 30/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    First half was great, but what the hell, even they gave up trying to summarize the time travel stuff, lol..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like both games were so bad that even their creators gave up trying to tell us what was supposed to be happening in them...

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    Comment by Naoe
    18:39 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just to show how crappy the FF13 franchise is. It's a game that you can summarize in 7 minutes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You could summarize both VII and X too, does that make them bad games?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 02/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What are you smoking? FF7's plot is amazing. It was very complex, maybe you just didn't understand it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 01/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, it does, ffVII is kinda nice for the materia system. The story isnt anything great. ffX.... well HAHAHAHAHAHA... do i need to say more?

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    22:28 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    you can summarize anything in less than a minute

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    so to summarize, anything that can be quickly summarized is lame?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:20 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a site that summarize famous movies in 30 seconds... With bunnies!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Uh, let's just try to look at the bright side. At least we can expect to have an actual RPG gameplay rather than watching the game play itself like how it was in the original FF13

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    clearly I'm not buying this for the story

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    back to square one, but seriously lightning looks better like this hah

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Last story has a very old school feel to it with modern graphics (what counts as amazing graphics on the wii). Its a lot more final fantasy than final fantasy. We can only hope last story gets a sequal on a decent console.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The stuff that they left out of this recap is exactly what makes FF13 an awful game and an awful movie. For every part in the game where you are not directly controlling the game, any actual information about what is happening takes up only a small fraction of the time and that's if they are revealing anything at all.

    The rest of the time is spent doing stuff that that only apologists of FF13 can possibly care about. I don't need them to waste my time showing me 5 seconds of an emotion on someone's face, 30 seconds of snow being cool to the people who are about to die anyways, 10 seconds of Sazh talking to his tiny chocobo. Hope and Vanille are already the punching bags of criticism for the game.

    You know how people say this is a good game once you get past the boring parts and get past all the horrible dialogue? Great idea, anything can be good if you just ignore what makes it bad. Enjoy your game that you will never convince people it's good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys forget something - playing FFXIII like this would only make you aware of how substanceless it actually was. All the crap that made up the game was masked with pretty graphics.

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    Comment by blah derp
    10:36 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    13 Hallway
    13-2 Hallway again with stupid time travel story.
    13-3 Fuck it, where going to try and be monster hunter with zombie Lightning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    wHAT PLATFORM IS THIS ON?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 02/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your mom's vagina after I destroy it with my penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFVI MASTER RACE

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 18/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF13 have story?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 03/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The quote “The 8-bit version looks more fun than the original.” 10/10

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 01/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF13 have story?, i only remenbed who have a aphatic prota.

    Meanwhile in somewhere:
    Sakaguchi: Oh crap that shitt again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    i played ff13 and hated it, but this version looks awesome

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    if only suikoden v has the gameplay like suikoden ii......

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remembered S_E saying FF13 is the last of it's type, so I assume FF15 (AKA Versus AKA funny DMC FF Styled Game) will be the new type of FF ?
    thank god I didn't buy PS3 or PS4 to play this crappy game.

    More games like FF6/7/plot wise (with actual plot) and more battle system of X-2 (changing class mid-battle, but not able to use all classes mid-battle is a plus, and being able to die quickly even on higher levels because some of the attacks enemies use are gravity based (tear 1/4th of hp or 1/2 of hp with one hit when you have 9999 HP is painful)

    Graphics is just a bonus in a game, we need good gameplay, story and NO MORE FEMALE SEPHIROTH! (AKA Lightning)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 02/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's female Cloud actually, but yeah it's pathetic. All the names have become pathetic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder... was FF13 such a linear piece of crap, because electricity/lightning follows the path of least resistance ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix really has no idea what the fans want, do they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Take my money!

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    Comment by warjoke
    22:09 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 8-bit rendition of "My hands" is now playing on your head.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    good, it saves up the time of playing that FF 13. so pretty much FF 13 in a nutshell can be explained in a less than 10 min video

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    i actually loved XIII and XIII-2 and look forward for LR.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Statistically speaking, it is possible you might find 1 to 2 people who enjoyed the game out of the billions on this planet.

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