9 Things We’d Like To See in Final Fantasy: Versus XIII

Posted By | On 27th, Mar. 2012 Under Feature | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

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Final Fantasy: Versus XIII was announced in 2006 along with Final Fantasy XIII, and while the latter has managed to [almost] destroy the brand, and spawned a sequel no one wanted, it’s clear that a lot of things have happened in these six years. That’s right, six years. But Versus will be released eventually, and so far whatever sparse details we have on the game thanks to Square Enix’s marketing department, the game seems like its the one that will redeem the brand.

No, I’m not exaggerating at all. The characters and the dark fantasy that this game is supposedly being built on, is frankly, very intriguing. However, Square Enix can make mistakes, we all know that. They tried to fix a lot of issues with Final Fantasy XIII-2 but managed to falter in other departments, and ended up shipping an underwhelming product. But after all the lessons learned from these mistakes, Square Enix can make sure Versus XIII turns out to be a fantastic game, and if they haven’t, they should read this and implement these things to make sure the game is successful.

Keep Toriyama away from the game

Game director extraordinaire.

Motomu Toriyama is the game director of Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and X-2. Does that ring any bells? But there’s no reason to panic. The game director of Final Fantasy: Versus XIII is Tetsuya Nomura, who is a veteran at Square and possibly almost as good as Yasumi Matsuno.  He’s worked on plenty of games at Square since 1991 and is by far one of the most experienced guys there. Considering he’s the director of Versus, it’s automatically a good thing, but it’s imperative for Square to keep Toriyama away from the game or at least away from important positions.

Romantic Love Story

One of the greatest stories told

Yes, I went there. Straight to the point. Final Fantasy XII, XIII and XIII-2 had some of the most mind-numbingly dull stories mankind has ever seen. Story is an extremely important part of what makes Final Fantasy games so good, and the second is the gameplay system which is changed every Final Fantasy game by Square Enix. A touching story that will mentally engage the player, and combined with the fantastic music which is a given for this series, it’s a recipe for success, surely?

New Battle System

Third-person shooting mechanics.

Square Enix always changes the battle system for every mainline Final Fantasy game. It’s no different for Versus, and while it’s not a mainline Final Fantasy game, it’s pretty important and is also quite different than XIII and XIII-2 when it comes to the general story and setting. Tetsuya Nomura had mentioned that the battle system will be similar to Kingdom Hearts.

The game is also supposed to have TPS elements and a new concept for the battle system. We only have a limited amount of information on this, but  whatever that has been revealed so far is definitely promising. Square Enix shouldn’t tinker with this or change it to something completely different.

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  • Musser64

    The need to stop making them.

  • playedlotsofthem

    Square: Fire all of your writers and people who write any story or dialog.

    I’ve played FF 1 through 10 (excluding #3). Ones that made it to the US were amazing up to FF9. 9 was alright, but the story was weak. 10 was hard to choke down……and I couldn’t even finish any of the others.

    Yes, Gameplay and visuals are solid, but TBH, they’ve gotten away from what made the franchise awesome LONG before 2006. Seriously, get some new writers and better cut scenes. A good story line, strong characters that you WANTED to play, and maybe some love, betrayal, key character deaths in the right spots would be amazing.

    I’ve bought used FF games since after FF9 and regretted buying them after 10. Screw open world for now. I still would rather play Angry Birds which has a more interesting storyline than the crap-piles they’ve written for so long.

  • paul

    They don’t need to stop making final fantasy games, they just need to make less of them and improve the quality. It used to be that final fantasy meant quality. Up until 10, they took their time making the game and released games tha would entertain for hours and hours. They need to stop pumping out these weak rpgs and slapping the final fantasy name on to sell copies. All that is doing is devaluing the name. The writer of the article is correct about the sequels. They are never up to par with the origional and all it does is waste talent that could be remaking final fantasy 7.

  • FFPlayer

    I think you hit all the points I’m looking for. I’m sure this game will be spectacular and I for one still look forward to more Final Fantasy games despite the growing complaints of people clutching the past. If I could see one game of theirs remade in HD it would be FF8, my favorite love story since I was 11. If Versus can compete with that kind of story then they can just have my money because I’ll buy every special edition, toy and coffee mug.

  • Anubis

    I agree that XIII had its flaws, but saying that it almost destroyed the brand seems kinda ridiculous.

  • charles2029

    My only request is to see Chocobo Racing in any upcoming FF games.

  • Rusk

    FF has been shit since 5,what makes anyone think this time will be any better

  • Jack

    Wow I really see the logic now! The same guy behind the three worst final fantasy games: X-2, XIII and XIII-2!!! Get rid of this moron before I will boycot my favorite game series of ALL TIME!!!!

  • Brennan J.

    This article is very, very opinionated. The proclaimed facts are all true however your observation of the other titles is and unfair proclamation of the quality of XIII and XIII-2. I think many people that played or are playing XIII-2 found it to be much improved. I personally though it was a fun and fulfilling game. As for Musser64, its a name, get over it. if they called it anything else would you be bitching, probably not, and if the made an rpg game that wasn’t called Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest people would bitch about it not being called FF or DQ. So accept it or GTFO.

  • FinalkingdomXIII

    Here’s what I like to see from this article:

    ACTUAL GOOD ALLEGORY. Not fanboy whining. 0/10 you fail Kartik Mudgal.

  • Ludakriss

    My friend, there are a ton of great ideas you got there in this wishlist.

    However, 1st; You can’t say that because Skyrim has this, Square has to have similar – that is opinion. What is fact, however is that Square are Japanese, Bethesda – American.

    So while it’s all good n dandy to be dissatisfied, you must also understand that they portray the social background, mannerisms and traditions really well AS JAPANESE. You not liking any of these traits are a personal preference, not a broken game design. Agree?

    2; Satisfying conclusion is still under the same umbrella. I mean what you might call a bad game other 4.5 million people, who bought FF13 might adore it.

    (Yeah, I wasn’t one of ’em. I hate its guts, poo fight system and an absolute lack of Final Fantasy Formula apart from music and visuals).

    Also while I just DROOOOOOOL over any tid-bits about Versus 13 I think we might all benefit from just, waiting til Mr Tetsuya decides to reveal the info about…25 years later ? =)

    The ones who’ve been hoping for news about this from day 1, know this is funny. Even still.

  • Yneigma Psyko

    I am just hoping that FF Verses can repair the FF series. I stop buying FF games after I bought FF XII and I noticed how linear and boring that got (The game was good, but it just felt like there something missing, I can’t really explain it.) So, I am hopeful that Square will redeem FF, if not, I am officially done with the new games and I will stick to my favorites FF VIII and FF X!


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