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[Gaming] Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

This is a quote from the NA Square-Enix website:

Platform: Nintendo DS

ESRB Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: Coming this Winter

Following the story of the beloved classic that captivated more than 5 million players around the world, FINAL FANTASY XII REVENANT WINGS continues the tale that won numerous accolades from the industry’s top publications. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS, FINAL FANTASY XII REVENANT WINGS is an all-new experience that makes full use of the Nintendo DS’s unique features. Featuring full Touch Screen functionality, FINAL FANTASY XII REVENANT WINGS allows players to control massive armies, unleash special moves and activate Gambits, all with the use of the stylus. The world of Ivalice comes alive through the respected musical stylings of Hitoshi Sakimoto and the direction of Motomu Toriyama, the director of FINAL FANTASY X-2 and the upcoming FINAL FANTASY XIII.”

WOOHOO!! Being the loser that I am, I JUST checked Square’s website to see when this was scheduled to be released. (This was their May 16, 2007 news… I guess I’m a bit late. ^^; ) The ending of Final Fantasy XII was just left too open for my tastes (not that it was bad—I just want more Balthier/ I mean.. story….), so I’m glad the sequel will be coming out relatively soon. This is basically the reason why I wanted a DS so badly for Christmas!


I am nervous that the director of my beloved FFXII:RW was directed by Motomu Toriyama… If he was responsible for the so-called “game” Final Fantasy X-2, then we are in some trouble. That “game’s” sole purpose was fan-service, and, needless to say, I was not serviced nor impressed. Then again, I guess it wasn’t ALL Toriyama-san’s fault. The American voice actresses could have stepped up their performances a notch… but that’s another story. (*gags at the thought of Hedy Burress* She totally butchered Yuna… but I digress.) My hopes for FFXII:RW still remain high as I have discovered that nearly anything can be entertaining when it is on the DS. I mean.. I played Nintendogs for three hours for crying out loud. Dx

However, this is not necessarily going to be a FFX-2 repeat. FFXII:RW is geared towards strategy and completing battles on smaller battlegrounds to advance the plot. Basically it’s just like Final Fantasy Tactics with a touchscreen. I normally am not one for strategy games like this, but I will give it a shot. Now, keep in mind that Square still kept the flavors of Final Fantasy XII in its sequel… since everything is still in REAL time.

Chotto matteyo… Wait a minute… Back the truck up…

We have to strategically move our little players around a battle field, kill all the minions, defeat the boss, use our summons, attack, heal, and use attack magic all in REAL TIME?! NO TURNED BASED?! NO WAI!!

Yes wai.

Dadada daaa~! The gambit system is back, folks! And praise the Baby Jesus, because I think I’d have an anurism if I had to do all that AND keep my sanity. There are many descriptions of gambits, so I’m not going to explain it. Go to Wikipedia… they have the answer to everything. *rolls eyes*

Anywayyyyy…. yes so all that good stuff plus the coolness of a dual-screen handheld system with a cute lil’ stylus. So put it on your Christmas list… This is gonna be a fun game, y’all. (:

Sources: IGN, Official Japanese Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Website


Square has yet another baby—Haeresis.

So apparently, Square-Enix has released another name in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series—Final Fantasy Haeresis XIII.  Cheese and crackers! I sure hope they have enough material to go through four games with different names.  But I have faith in Square.  In the beginning of the Fabula Nova Crystallis project, Square let us know that all the XIII games would be in different worlds with different chracters, but they would be tied together with similar myths about the power of the Crystals.  Sound interesting?  I dig it.  

Considering that both FFXIII and FFVersusXIII will be on the PS3 and FFAgitoXIII will be on next gen mobile phones, the theory for Haeresis is that it will be for a handheld platform.  Folks right now are leaning towards PSP, but I think that it would totally rock to have it for Nintendo DS.  The idea isn’t too farfetched considering the DS’s popularity and the fact that they’ve released both FFIII and FFXII: Revenant Wings on the DS.  I will keep my fingers crossed as more information is released about this game.

Click here for the tenative logo. (It is still not complete considering the artwork is missing.)


The Fantasy that is anything BUT Final.

Fans are brewing in the steadily building excitement for the release of Final Fantasy XIII for the Playstation3. FFXIII will be the latest installment in the Final Fantasy series, and I believe it will be coming out sometime in 2008. However, this isn’t your typical game. Square-Enix will be utilizing the amazing capabilities of the PS3 to create a cinematic experience through gameplay. Imagine yourself playing as Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children! That’s more or less what Square is striving for in these future games.

But Square isn’t just making a new game, they created a whole new world and plot that can be seen in multiple points of view. The whole project is called “Fabula Nova Crystallis.” There is, of course, Final Fantasy XIII, whose main character is a woman (as far as we know) who wields a gunsword. Her identity is still unknown.


As well as Final Fantasy XIII, there will be an additional game called Final Fantasy Versus XIII. With both of the games, players will be able to experience the whole story of Fabula Nova Crystallis. The main character of Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a darker male character with bluish/grey hair and red eyes. From the jist of things, he seems to be the only heir to a remaining city. He wields a decent size sword (and perhaps multiple ones based on certain scans). FFVersusXIII seems to be a darker game while FFXIII is more “light.”


Finally, in addition to all that, Square has completed a version of FFXIII exclusively for cell phones. This game is called Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Agito means “to put into motion.” From the drawings and assumptions, it seems that this game will have a Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories feel to it. The main character in the center with the blonde hair has playing cards in his hand… and if you’ve played CoM, you know what that means. (Actually, the whole illustration screams Kingdom Hearts II style, but that’s just me.)

So it seems that Square has been keeping extremely busy… to say the least. @_@; These games are going to be huge.


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