A Closer Look At Combat In Final Fantasy Versus XIII

By Spencer . January 31, 2011 . 2:55am

Final Fantasy Versus XIII has battle gimmicks like vehicles to control. Noctis can drive a tank with a machine gun and magical armor equipped with an artillery cannon while he’s in the middle of a fight. The highlighted command in the mech vs. mech screenshot appears to be "disembark" in Japanese.




This screenshot shows Noctis and one of his unnamed pals in the middle of a forest. Noctis is said to be able to use all kinds of weapons such as swords, guns, and spears. I suppose that’s a futuristic lance in his hands?



Famitsu has two more screenshots of Final Fantasy Versus XIII. One of them shows a mysterious man pointing a weapon at The King. Could this be the person who Noctis’ father refuses to hand the crown over to?

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  • Releasing as Call of Duty: Final Fantasy in the west

    • What? I don’t get it…

    • skyblaze

      Seriously? This is Kingdom Hearts: For Adults

      • badmoogle

        Yeah finally a Kingdom Hearts game that i will not be embarrassed to play!:P

        • why do people still have this perception of Kingdom Hearts? Seriously KH isn’t that kiddie of a game to play people its actually a pretty dark title for a Disney/Square collabertive effort (plus the games are pretty darn good so maybe you know give them a try before actually saying something about it).

          • Because as deep as the first game was and as dark as the story gets within all of them, you’re still dressed up in bright colors and singing “Under the Sea” with the Little Mermaid.

  • Wow things just got westernized…

    • Please elaborate. The design i still Japanese, as far as I can see

      • Zero_Destiny

        He’s complaining because how it’s not turn-based probably. While I prefer those I don’t think this at all looks like some sad attempt to pander to the west. lol Seems faithful enough to the recent “Japanese” trends in the current Final Fantasies (and that’s coming from me who’d take the older games over these newer ones so yeah)

        • I don’t think that’s the case, but then, if it is, then I must facepalm myself to death. Reason? Look at the incomplete list below

          Tales of…
          Raidou Kuzunoha
          Shining Force EXA/Tears
          Rogue Galaxy
          Dark Cloud

          • Zero_Destiny

            I know sad. It’s not like I want turn-based game to be phased out (in fact there my fav games) but come on, Japan can make more than just turn-based games. And this game looks great (literally and figuratively lol)

          • *Kingdom Hearts

      • Guest

        The Hell are you talking about??

    • Hraesvelgr

      Oh boy, here we go.

    • MakoSoldier7

      how is this westernized??
      please turn your attention to the:
      -style of characters (gravity defying hair, obvious anime touches)
      -the fact that swords are still a viable choice of weaponry despite being futuristic
      -dramatic opera meets piano soundtrack
      – and what looks to be a deep and convoluted storyline of love. loss. and betrayal :P (this is not a bad thing btw)

      This is as Japanese as games come..

      • Yui

        You should go with complex or intricate over convoluted, man, they’re a lot more positive. Totally agree with your points, though. :D

        • MakoSoldier7

          haha true, but i really did mean it in a good way :)

    • badmoogle

      Nah it needs more steroids,dudebros,ugly characters and brown colors to become truly “westernized”…;)

    • I’m usually the first one to cry out against Westernization round these here parts and, uh…I have no idea what you’re going on about.

  • ZOMG this game looks simply stunning and seems to have an simply astounding combat system. I cant wait for more gameplay videos to show it in action!

    • KyoyaHibari

      Lol i already preordered

  • The old man I say could be the same person whom Noctis faced in the previous trailers or could be the King’s relative. And Noct’ friends have names the guy with the glasses is Ignis, the gun-man is Promto and the black haired guy is Gladiolus. I’m curious how the summons will work?

  • That Lance Looks Epic. And that’s a really cool stance!

  • I see that they have a really stylish and clean UI. I like

    • NoElixirs

      It could be polished further, but hopefully the characters won’t become bothersome.

  • Dimentionalist


  • joesz

    Try to listen to “Christmas Time Is Here” while looking at the screenshots.

  • Barrit

    That lance reminds me of the days I played RF Online.

  • karasuKumo

    Loving it! Everything in this game is designed beautifully :) I hope there’s a launch event!

  • That weapon in the last pic…..disturbing.

  • holyPaladin

    I like Versus setting, it looks like our era right now (I hope so)

  • Zero_Destiny

    I’m still amazed at how pretty it is. Really does look like Kingdom Hearts meets Final Fantasy. Oh I can’t wait for it to come out XD!!! Just hope it won’t disapoint after all we’ve hyped it up now for like 7 or 8 years!!! lol

    • Which is kinda sad considering KH is supposed to be Disney meets FF in the first place…

      • Zero_Destiny

        Now it’s like some super-hybrid beast hahaha!!!!

        • Pesmerga00

          NomuraTron GOOOOOOOO!

    • badmoogle

      Same here!But i had so many disappointments in this generation that i’m a bit afraid to get hyped.Even Gran Turismo 5 disappointed me,something that i had never thought it could ever be possible.-__-

  • PrinceHeir

    i love the mechs and the futuristic style in this :D

    if you can have your own mechs with customizable parts that would be badass :P

    • I think that would distract from the gameplay and combat system. It would really just feel tacked on I think, lol.

      • Zero_Destiny

        How would customizing your vehicles feel tact on? It’s starting to sound like anything that distracts you from the main story is tacted on in your opinion. Aren’t games about having fun and entertaining yourself?

        • It’s an RPG that would already have, presumably, this highly thought out battle system, it already has tons of weapons, we can assume items will be able to be created as well. Unless, and I have huge doubts, they have established enough staff to have fully created an enthralling mech customization aspect then it would feel like a half-hearted effort; its like when games add-on a multiplayer mode that only offers the most basic gametypes, lets say just king of the hill and death match. Could they give the mech customization the same level of detail and attention they gave to that one Final Fantasy game that had a highly addictive and immersive card game, tetra master was it? If they did then I wouldn’t feel it tacked on but at this point, and with the multiplayer in every game focus SE wants…well I doubt they would be able to do something that wont feel tacked on in the mech sense, it would probably just be one mech version with numerous coats of paints, lol and called different models in the bestiary…lol.

          • Zero_Destiny

            The funny thing is I always hated the card games in Final Fantasy and this comes from I guy who grew up on Yu-Gi-Oh. lol I hear you with not wanting something thrown-in at the last minute, but I was really just talking in terms of what-if. lol Still I think additional customization is better than none. It doesn’t have to be deep and it won’t ruin the game either. Just give players the choice for what kinds of guns they’ll have on their tank and what kinds of wheels it should have. Slow/strong or Fast/weak? I don’t see the harm in that nor do I think it would be too hard to add in.

    • Zero_Destiny

      You still can’t get XenoSaga out of your system huh? Oh well Giant mechs would be awesome and customizing them brings back good old memories of Front Mission XD!!!!!!

      • PrinceHeir

        hell yeah :P oh my god another great square franchise, Front Mission arghhh though in all honesty we never even gotten half of the mecha games from japan.

        as i write this the mail just came in and…. yes i have God Hand and Megaman X Collection in my hands O_O

        soooo good :)

        so what about you zero-kun? are playing any games or are you waiting for new releases to come by?

        • Zero_Destiny

          Burning through my backlog, Atelier Iris 2, Lufia 2 Remake on DS (play it when I’m stuck in between classes lol), and going my 3rd playthrough of 999. Nothing really to brag about. I’ll probably beat Atelier by the weekend which is good, since Feb will give me Dragon Quest VI (one of my all time fav games) and YSI&II to distract me until Ar Tonelico 3. lol way too busy.
          btw Megaman X4 is my fav Megaman X game. I hope the collection still has the awesomely bad Engrish voice acting in it XD!!! There’s something about the nineties you just gotta love the bad voice acting. lol

          • PrinceHeir

            awesome :D

            your really love 999 huh? ^^ are you in college right now?(cause i am) though i didn’t attend class last friday and today class was cancelled, what a day lol XD

            wow so all it’s left is Dragon Quest VII and X huh? finally square it’s been to long now ^^

          • Zero_Destiny

            Yeah I’m just a poor college kid who commutes and still lives with his mommy and daddy lol. I’m in my 2nd year. 999 is a real fun game, great story and awesome puzzles. And there all really solvable unlike in Phoenix Wright (I got my @ss handed to me in that lol) but I never needed to use a guide once in 999. And it’s Enix who’s never let us down with my Dragon Quest lol. It’s their big series. But now that there SE I’ll let that slide lol

          • PrinceHeir

            oh my god!!!! we’re pretty much the same X_X

            im living with my parents now and they still provides me the tuition not mention im also in my 2nd year now O_O crazy world i know.

            don’t tell me where the same age? O_O

            i always wanted to try Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton :)

            ahahaha it seems dragon quest is the monster hunter of square(in terms of sales)

          • Zero_Destiny

            lol The same in all but one area I pay for my tuition sadly. Which is why I focus hardcore my schoolwork since I can’t afford to lose my gov aid money. It is really funny though. Small world indeed.

          • PrinceHeir

            ohhh i see must be hard huh? but you still get to buy games so that’s all good :) though my parents are paying out of their pockets, they don’t want to be liable by the government so we just chose a community college ^^

          • Zero_Destiny

            lol It’s not so hard just take out some loans *thinks about it* and pay them off the rest of your life :( lol No I kid I kid. I don’t have too many loans. For once being poor helped because I did manage to get some good amount of aid money and grants. Community College is good too, nothing wrong with that. Personally I never thought of myself as a college guy. All my high school teachers called me a slacker (little did they know I was just busy playing RPGs for hours on end lol). I even got like a 980 on the first SAT I took. Epic Fail I know. I didn’t study and I honestly fell asleep for like an hour or an hour and a half of it. But somehow pulled through and did way better the second time around and got into a 4 year university which surprised even me lol Thankfully I have a job so paying for games is no problem. Just gotta buy games and gas for the car and I’m all good. No other responsibilities in the world hahahahaha!!!!!

          • PrinceHeir

            lol i know my SAT was also low that’s why i didn’t get any aid at all.

            congrats on getting to a 4 year college :)

            though i kinda wish i already have my degree so that i can go anywhere i want XD

  • The battle system seems much like Kingdom Hearts and to me that’s dissapointing.
    Besides, that lance looks like the ones in Valkyria Chronicles.

    • They’ve said the battle system would be like Kingdom Hearts from the day this was announced. Not their fault if you’re late to the party.

  • Guest

    They are not unnamed! They are Ignis (military advisor with the glasses), Prompio (blond haired childhood friend of Noctis with the shotgun) and Gladioulus (scar faced friend of Noctis)

  • Dat battle system. I love it.
    I just could not get the hang of FF13’s system. Call me names or whatever you want but I just couldn’t, especially the fact that I couldn’t control movement.

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