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Final Fantasy XIII: The Un-boxingFollow

#1 Dec 16 2009 at 9:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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As we all know now, anxious Final Fantasy XIV fans can finally sign up for a chance to play the first closed beta version on PC.  Meanwhile, in Japan, people were lining up to get their hands on copies of Final Fantasy XIII, which was rumored to contain a chance to enter the upcoming Playstation 3 beta version.

So, how did that turn out?

Final Fantasy XIII: The Un-boxing

Edited, Dec 17th 2009 3:43am by Elmer
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#2 Dec 16 2009 at 9:37 PM Rating: Good
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hang on a second


You're killin' me Smalls.

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#3 Dec 16 2009 at 10:04 PM Rating: Good
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is it just me or one of the disc is broken in half in one of the pictures???
hmmm
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It's supposed to imply Elmer's zeal for getting to the campaign code.
Note the scissors in the previous picture ;p

Informative as always ;)
Thank you, Elmer.

Edited, Dec 16th 2009 11:12pm by Zemzelette
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You never see the top of the broken FFXIII disc ;)
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You made me laugh profusely Elmer, I thank you.

Incidentally, there are special cutters specifically made for the plastic wrap around game and movie cases.
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-.- I want I want I want lol
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#8 Dec 16 2009 at 11:15 PM Rating: Good
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You made me laugh profusely Elmer, I thank you.

Incidentally, there are special cutters specifically made for the plastic wrap around game and movie cases.


I just grab a set of keys and stab at the little indents in the sides of most cases. >.>
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There's actually a very thin strip near the bottom that runs around the packaging and lets you open it very easily. You can see it in the picture where I'm picking at the corner. I always forget about it, though.
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Those pics had me rofling. Smiley: lolSmiley: lol I can't believe you cut up the box and manuals!
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Those pics had me rofling. Smiley: lolSmiley: lol I can't believe you cut up the box and manuals!


This, lol.
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#12 Dec 17 2009 at 12:21 AM Rating: Decent
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What would we do with out you Elmer. Thanks for keeping us informed ! :)
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That's great, funny stuff.

Opening new games was always an unveiling for me too.
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#14 Dec 17 2009 at 3:39 AM Rating: Good
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Hey Elmer, can you answer a stupid question for me please. I've always wondered why the Japanese release has English text all over the box. Is there a reason for this?

Back on the topic, do you think the PS3 Beta for the JP region will have separate times from the PC Beta version? Or do you think the PC/PS3 in Japan will Beta at the same time? I know SE announced the PS3 Beta for the NA region will be separate, however the JP tend to play on the consoles more which is why I'm curious on your thoughts.
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I've always wondered why the Japanese release has English text all over the box. Is there a reason for this?


For Final Fantasy, the logos have always been in that stoic, English font -- possibly originally due to the heavy influences of Western mythology and role-playing. The back of the box is almost all Japanese though. In other cases, there can be different reasons. A lot of times English is used stylistically because it's cool/modern/Western, or just because it helps something stand out, similar to how katakana can be used. For example, the Optima system in FFXIII. It has an English name, but the concept is explained fully in Japanese, you know what it is, and having "Optima" in English helps set it apart amongst the battle menus and commands.

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do you think the PS3 Beta for the JP region will have separate times from the PC Beta version? Or do you think the PC/PS3 in Japan will Beta at the same time?


Still not sure what the plan is for the beta, but when signing up, there was a choice between the PC and the PS3 one. Interviews stated that they would start with PC and then add PS3... so who knows. It could be PS3 is a separate test group since Tanaka promised Japanese fans a taste of FFXIV like Germany got. Also, you need a code from FFXIII to even sign up, whereas the PC is open to all. My best guess would be that it's because Japan is much more of a console market anyway, and SE may not want to mix all the regions right off the bat... so Japan gets a little bonus with the PS3 test and they sell more FFXIII copies.

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So what disk did you actually break for this fun little slideshow?
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Hey Elmer what do you think of FF13 so far?
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Maybe he bought two copies it was so cheap! but in all seriousness it looks like even the last picture he just taped the two pieces back together.
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Thanks Elmer for the info. You'll have to let us know what you think of FFXIII. I know it received a 39 out of 40 score in that JP magazine. I have a feeling some of the control elements of FFXIII will make there way into FFXIV.
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After one day with FFXIII:

It's very entertaining, but very, very linear. I'm talking like "connect-the-dots" where each dot is a 10-minute cut scene and the lines in between are narrow tunnels. The game looks amazing on PS3, the everything looks flawless, but after a while you want to take some control.

I'm still pretty early on. I get the feeling that the problem with FFXIII is that it holds your hand a little too tightly in the beginning. Most RPGs slowly open up their features to the player, but FFXIII is like an overprotective mom. I'm just starting to really play with the Optima Change system, and already I feel the fun factor picking up significantly. Switching tactics in mid-battle makes things a lot more exciting, and gives you some level of control over the other characters.

Growth is done through a sphere grid like 10. You earn points in battle, which connect crystal lines and unlock stats/abilities. This time, the grids are separated into groups based on Optima Changes. So if Lightning is always your Attacker, you unlock crystals on the Attacker Board. Unlock crystals on the Healer board for the main healer, etc.

With the story, there's a whole section in the menu that unlocks as you go along and gives all sorts of side information similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. As you progress you can read a synopsis of your current point in the story, bios on important characters, some history, explanations of various things you encounter. It's like an encyclopedia of the game in the game. It's very useful to get some background since things move pretty fast in the actual game with minimal exposition.

The best thing FFXIII has going for it now is it's potential. At first, it was amazing, then it got a little tedious, and now that I'm getting my hands on all the tools and getting to really experience the game it's looking much better.
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#21 Dec 21 2009 at 2:52 PM Rating: Decent
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nice report Elmer, have fun with your FFXIII
now hand over your campaign code, so I can get that whatever FFXIV in game item. thanks :D
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i'm in japan currently, but i cant be ***** to buy a PS3 here and then end up stuck with a japanese one when i get back to england in like.. 5 months time, so gonna hold out on FFXIII until the EU release sadly :(
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