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    by Published on 02-12-2010 01:50 AM
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    In certain polite regions of the world, one would focus more on the fact that Microsoft recently announced that there will be a gaming bundle for FFXIII, including a copy of said game, a new console, and controllers, retailing at a cost of about $400.

    In other news, the price of the game alone, despite all hype and manner of Famitsu reviews, has dropped considerably since the first week.  It is nothing out of the ordinary for a game to drop in price, but this one seems a bit much, especially for such a high-profile game.  Before, one could simply claim that it was the flooding of product that caused a drop in secondhand retailers, but now that the store-approved price is less than half of where it started, it may be time for SE to re-evaluate the situation.  The price has gone from 9240 Yen to 3980 Yen (nearly a third of the original price) in a manner of a month and a half.

    Source: 360 Bundle (FFXIII.net, MS PR Newswire), Price Drop (Sankaku, NSFW; Article 1, Article 2, Article 3)

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    by Published on 02-09-2010 03:08 PM
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    [Feb. 10th update: Official Contest Site with details, thanks to our man "Down Under", Jiro]

    As of today, FFXIII is exactly a month away from its international release. Retailers are really gearing up for the game, and in Australia they're giving away a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle. To enter, you have to make a 30 second video clip proving that you're the biggest Final Fantasy fan in Australia. For any further details (like who to send your videos to), you'd have to ask your local EBGames in Australia. For now though, have a look at the flyer.

    If any of these videos become readily available, you can be sure to see them here.

    Source: Kotaku

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    by Published on 02-09-2010 12:40 AM
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    The European Playstation Blog conducted an interview with FFXIII Producer Yoshinori Kitase and the director Motomu Toriyama, mostly consisting of user-submitted questions. Find answers to things like why there isn't a Japanese languae track, is there a New Game + (spoiler: no), and one curveball essentially asking about remaking FFVII.

    The US Playstation Blog is set to interview these guys as well with more user questions, so you may want to keep an eye out over there too.

    Source: EU Playstation Blog

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    by Published on 01-31-2010 08:28 PM
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    It would appear that previous reports of the XBox360 port of FFXIII being inferior to the PS3 version have not been exaggerated.  In what is not surprise to many, the Xbox360 port has noticeably poorer graphics than its PS3 counterpart.  But, one could guess that this is the price of non-exclusivity?

    In other news, there is yet another review of FFXIII that has been made available to the people, only this time, it's meant for the Norwegians.  A translation of the bonus interview that accompanied it may be found in the link.

    And at last, for those with an investment in PlayOnline resources (XI and future XIV players), there is a feedback survey.  If it affects you, it may be a good idea to invest some time.

                

    Source: Sankaku (NSFW), FFXIII.net, Square Enix

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    by Published on 01-30-2010 10:23 PM
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    Speaking of (star-crossed) products, the FFXIII Ultimania has been released for market consumption.  To those not fully aware, the Ultimania is essentially a developer's guide book to a Final Fantasy game, regarding every single possible detail about the game and its development that it was written for, right down to the Word of God.  In this case, the revelation is that FFXIII did not include towns due to the technological restrictions of its development.

    While ordinarily, this is a sign that people are lazy, it can be noted that other PS3 and XBox360 games are full of "towns."  Perhaps this may be the warning of deeper problems than simply "poor direction."  However, FFXIII has come a long way since its PS2 inception: evidence of what even greater cel-shaded tragedy could have resulted can be seen in these screenshots.

         

    Source: Sankaku (NSFW), FFXIII.net

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    by Published on 01-25-2010 01:52 AM
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    Featured are images of detailed model figures of two FFXIII summons, Shiva and Odin.  They look really cool.  They're also the feature of two Michael Bay films.

    In other news, there are still no plans for a FFVII remake.  Please, continue to cry tears of emo lamentation.  Are there people still more concerned with a remake over the newest Final Fantasy game?

              

    Source: Sankaku (NSFW), FFUnion

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    by Published on 01-24-2010 12:42 AM
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    There comes that certain time in a man's life where he just decides to do something.  Anything.  For some people, that often comes at least once a day.  In such a case, we can only hope that he does not decide to draw a cartoon depicting FFXIII characters in a comical fashion for a gaming magazine, and then have the parodied company flip out.

    In other news, more scans of reviews for FFXIII have come out, featured below.  It should also be noted, that a preview image was obtained featuring the EU Collector's Edition.

    And for those of you who don't care about the new games, there are rumors and images of FFI and FFII coming to the iPod Touch and the iPhone.  I heard there's an app for that.

      

    Source: Sankaku (NSFW), FFXIII.net (Review, EU), RPGFan

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    by Published on 01-22-2010 03:23 AM
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    In predictable market fashion, a news outlet has finally gotten its grimy little hands on a copy of Final Fantasy XIII, the newest main-series installment.  As any paper-based media would require, there are scans of the review and the news feature.

    In other news, FFXIII composer Masashi Hamauzu has announced that he is leaving.  This follows the pattern of the departures of several others in the SE music department.  What will happen, only time will tell.

    Finally, it is also worth noting that FFVIII will be coming to the European Union's Playstation Network.  Enjoy your polygons.

    Ohh, and uhh, enjoy this old FFXIII: International trailer.  Apparently, the game was made more lightweight for a reason other than broken promises.  It was the money!

              

    Source: FFXIII.net, FFUnion (Composer, FFVIII), Magic Box

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    by Published on 01-17-2010 01:53 PM
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    Technically a rumour because the game was never formally announced, it's no secret that Swedish Developer Grin was working on a Final Fantasy game before they shut down last year. I hinted at the existence of this game in my last news post, but now it appears that actual footage of the game has 'leaked' via a former Grin employee's personal portfolio website. You can view it on Gamevideos.com.

    To find out a little more on 'Fortress', which was/is an Ivalice-series game (and a spinoff of FF12 in particular), check out the Wikipedia and Final Fantasy Wiki pages for it.

    Source: GameVideos.comDesigner's website

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    by Published on 01-13-2010 05:45 AM
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    Square Enix in all of its marketing scheme glory has decided to announce a bus tour on the West Coast of the States.  This provides the unique opportunity for people who can't read Japanese to play the game for themselves in a language that they might understand.

    Perhaps this may provide hope to those who have already decidedly written off the game as any number of things, including too linear, too much of a movie, full of bugs, and the worst installment ever.  Despite all of the negativity surrounding the game (and any certain interviews that may signal a severe change in the company's business model), no game has ever been met without as least some criticism.  For those of you with minds that have independent thoughts, one can only wait until the game is in your hands; for those of you who don't make up your own minds and listen exclusively to others, you may feel free to receive the pile of sticks that you already expected.

    And for those of you who don't care about Final Fantasy, enjoy the game's introduction video to Birth By Sleep.

    Source: Square ...

    by Published on 01-06-2010 11:34 PM
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    Edge Magazine posted a rather intriguing interview today with Yoichi Wada (pictured, right), President and CEO of Square-Enix. (The other guy is Phil Rogers, the Eidos boss) It goes a little bit into his professional history, but really gets interesting when he starts to suggest that Final Fantasy may be finished (as it exists now), and that a future Final Fantasy game could be made outside of Japan.

    In any case, it's a decent look at Wada's motivations and is something that those of us who like to take a peek behind the industry curtain (and in particular, critics of Yoichi Wada) should take a look at. Check it out at the source below.

    Source: Edge Magazine Online, An Audience With: Yoichi Wada

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    by Published on 01-02-2010 01:35 AM
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    Reports all around are saying that the Xbox Avatar Chocobo pet has been sent out to all those who participated in the campaign, so check your e-mail if you're one of those that did. As for me, I didn't get one. I don't know why, maybe it's because my account is based in Bermuda. Or maybe this was my chocobo.

    If you didn't participate in the campaign but want one (and have an Xbox and too much money), head on over to eBay where there are a chunk of people selling the download code.

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    by Published on 01-01-2010 06:05 AM
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    Congratulations to one and all!  We at EoFF are proud to present a (solar) New Year's.  It is currently midnight on the East Coast.  For those of us who are ahead, and have already celebrated the passing, you suck.  For those of you who have not reached this rather insignificant point, we are equally proud to say "hello" from the future.

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    by Published on 12-27-2009 02:07 AM
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    The previous account was a temporary measure, so that we could obtain a more fitting name.  Please follow eyesonff from now on for your EoFF related news. ...
    by Published on 12-24-2009 07:14 AM
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    Merry "gonna be" Christmas.  Of course, since we care so much about political correctness, we're instead, forced to say "Happy Holidays," even though all of the holidays that are traditionally represented by this statement do not actually fall anywhere close to December 25th.  Hanukkah was, like, a week ago, and Kwanzaa ends on New Year's Day, so I fail to see how this statement is adequate at all.  We should state our approval of whichever holiday is occurring.  That's Christmas.

    But, since we're going to be multi-cultural, and try not to offend anyone (though I'm sure that I have already failed), we shall make note of as many holidays as we can with these simple statements, starting with: Happy Belated Hanukkah, Happy Early Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice (for astrologists), Merry Saturnalia (for those practicing pagan Roman religion), Happy Festivus and Chrismukkah, a Wonderful New Year (and Decade), a very late Pearl Harbor bombing anniversary, early Super Bowl Sunday, early ...
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