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#1 Aug 31 2009 at 6:02 AM Rating: Excellent
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This month's Famitsu Wave DVD is out and about, and as promised, it featured a full 12-minute track dedicated to Final Fantasy XIV. While the interview pretty much covered the basics (What's an MMO? etc.) there were a couple very interesting things that Tanaka let slip. However, it took some eagle eyes and feline ears to catch it all.

For copyright reasons, we cannot rip the whole video and post it, so let's try something different. The video shows a one-on-one interview between Tanaka Hiromichi and Enterbrain CEO, Hamamura Hirokazu. More than delve into what gamers might want to know, they just sort of chill in front of a blank white wall and chat. Occasionally, key phrases from their conversation are plastered around the screen, which is a common practice of Japanese TV shows. In fact, this video is a play on a little program Enterbrain used to air where they would talk with people in the industry.

Anyway, Corinth and I had some fun discussing the video and pointing out all the hidden treasures it contained, so we thought in the spirit of the video itself, why not let the fans in on the conversation, too? We decided to put together an article that would mimic the style of the interview and allow us to explore further the things discussed within the video drawing on what we already know.

Click here to read all about it!
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#2 Aug 31 2009 at 6:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'll be excited when the Magitek armor is accompanied by FF12 styled airships... that YOU can fly!... man that'd be awesome...
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#3 Aug 31 2009 at 6:20 AM Rating: Good
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Magitek armor would be an interesting concept if it was used by the crafters and gatherers to protect themselves in dungeons if they lack a job that can protect them, but it would prolly be very restrictive and fuel based to use.

On the enemy side though it could lead to some pretty interesting fights be pretty uneven though if they were as pumped up as the ones in VI lol.

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Magitek Armor!!! All I can say is this is just about the best thing ever. Well played Tanaka-San, well played.
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#5 Aug 31 2009 at 1:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'd thought about magitek armor but never really thought they'd consider it. Hmm, guess we'll see.
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Edited, Aug 31st 2009 6:01pm by shintasama
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#7 Aug 31 2009 at 2:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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Haha, that had me cracking up too.
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In honor of the Magitek announcement:


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#9 Aug 31 2009 at 2:31 PM Rating: Good
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#10 Aug 31 2009 at 2:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention this. I have a theory that we won't be getting Magitek armor, but something slightly similar that's more popular in Japanese culture.





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OMG so you are saying, or he hinted at maybe possibly we might or might not get mechs to play in FFXIV

cause that right there is something that would make me quit everygame ever and just play FFXIV

I hope they do add it. I would save a ton of money lol
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I do admit that was one of the places my mind jumped to at the description of the Garlean Empires troops "Metal-clad warriors brandishing weapons that spewed streams of fire" I've been realy excited to see what they do with the "Behemoth Airships belching oily smoke" too.
The smoke part makes me thing they will probably be a bit more steampunk/clockwork styled than the higher tech look of the magicite driven engines in XII... hehe I'm rambling again :P

Well I know everyone is going to want a magitek of thier own, I can't wait to see how they work it. They might be something that only gets used by players for some of the more raidlike leves, after all if you're out to bring down an anceint wyrm you might need something a bit more than swords and staves :P. On the other hand they might have weaponless versions that are hard to get mounts, maybe even a little faster than chocbos..
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I lol'd at the part about the bad report card and leaping credit card.
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Good read.

Judging by that conversation and the answers in this thread, there seems to be a lot of excitement around this "Magitek"-armor. Anyone care to explain in shorts what this is and how it works?
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Good read.

Judging by that conversation and the answers in this thread, there seems to be a lot of excitement around this "Magitek"-armor. Anyone care to explain in shorts what this is and how it works?
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Kejuhdai wrote:
Good read.

Judging by that conversation and the answers in this thread, there seems to be a lot of excitement around this "Magitek"-armor. Anyone care to explain in shorts what this is and how it works?



http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/5/5b/Terramagitek.jpg

It was a mech-like armor/vehicle in Final Fantasy VI that utilized magic attacks, even if the person riding it couldn't use magic.

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Seriously, it's only widely-regarded as one of the best games of all time. FFVI was one of those flagship titles not only in name but in stature, and only falls slightly short of steamroller titles like FFVII in overall popularity.

But a lot of its glory was in context to the time of its release. Obviously you can't be assured to enjoy a 15-year old game as much as the people who played it in its own era. Just know that it is worthy of your worship.
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Seriously, it's only widely-regarded as one of the best games of all time. FFVI was one of those flagship titles not only in name but in stature, and only falls slightly short of steamroller titles like FFVII in overall popularity.

But a lot of its glory was in context to the time of its release. Obviously you can't be assured to enjoy a 15-year old game as much as the people who played it in its own era. Just know that it is worthy of your worship.
I personally liked it better than FFVII, it's in my top 5 for favorite games of all time next to chrono trigger and seiken dentetsu 3.

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I know a lot of people who feel that way about VI (probably most of them). Actually I'm pretty confident that VII's dominance comes more from the influx of players to the series with the Playstation and PC releases than from a generational consensus.

Personally it's a close call for me. ChronoTrigger, Earthbound, and Super Mario RPG were among my favorites.

A little embarrassed to confess that I've never played Suikoden 2 (well, started but didn't finish), or Seiken Dentetsu 3. I was never a huge fan of the Mana series, but the consensus seems to be that 3 was the best of them.

I have a huge library of RPGs, many of them I've never even played :/
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I know a lot of people who feel that way about VI (probably most of them). Actually I'm pretty confident that VII's dominance comes more from the influx of players to the series with the Playstation and PC releases than from a generational consensus.

Personally it's a close call for me. ChronoTrigger, Earthbound, and Super Mario RPG were among my favorites.

A little embarrassed to confess that I've never played Suikoden 2 (well, started but didn't finish), or Seiken Dentetsu 3. I was never a huge fan of the Mana series, but the consensus seems to be that 3 was the best of them.

I have a huge library of RPGs, many of them I've never even played :/


Your favorites display good taste.

You ought to finish Suikoden 2. Seiken Dentetsu 3 was good, it certainly had a more complex story than Secret of Mana, but the combat was a step backward. SoM is my personal favorite of the series.

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shintasama wrote:
buy now

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The GBA version has poor sound quality. You can't experience FFVI to it's fullest unless you play it on the SNES or an SNES emulator with a quality sound system turned up loud. This game has great sound.
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In the video, they talk about "high-fantasy," and then Tanaka moves to describe a past Final Fantasy that may have matched this concept best. He picks FFVI, which intrigues the interviewer, and they throw a movie of FFVI up above their heads, as you can see in the screenshot. Then Tanaka says, "You know, Magitek Armor... something like that may appear [in FFXIV]." The interviewer responds, "Maybe? .. [considering you] doesn't that mean definitely?" and they loff and loff.
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Since Tanaka seems to like FFVI a lot, there's hope we may have a Narshe-like town. I wanted one of the main nations to be like that, but a smaller town would be better than nothing. It could be like Norg and Sea Serpent Grotto, but up in the mountains instead of in a jungle.
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I would play FF6 Online.

Glad to hear that people enjoyed this though. Doing summary after summary of interviews leads to burnout and so chilling a bit and doing the presentation in a different way was fun.

I still haven't watched the rest of the DVD. Scared to see what Porno Suzuki does this month in his never-ending coverage of E3.
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FF6 was good but on the first playthrough I found it rather hard to follow.

Especially when you got to the 2nd world (ruin? I forget) and all your peeps are scattered around the world... I was a bit confused.

It would make an excellent online game, though. I agree with that.
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