For those of you who don’t know me very well, I am a huge JRPG fan. That being said, I am more of a current/new JRPG fan rather than an old one. I was never fond of the 8-bit and 16-bit JRPG adventures that most people grew up playing, but I do appreciate where the genre started out.
A few days ago, Square Enix released a 16-bit recap video of the stories in Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 for people who needed to catch up on what happened before Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII comes out in a little under two weeks. At first I was hesitant to watch this because like I said, I am not fond of the old style of JRPGs.
But my curiosity got the best of me and I ended up taking the time to watch the 8 minute video. Wow. Not only was it awesome, it was hilarious as well. First of all, the subject matter touched on in Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel is quite serious most of the time. So in order to hurry up and fit all of that into a short video, they had to dumb things down and make them short and sweet. This made the really tense moments hysterical to watch in the 16-bit video! I was cracking up watching it!
Other than that I found the music to be phenomenal. I am a huge fan of the music in Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2. So to hear it remastered in the classic music style was pretty cool. Just because I was not a fan of those games growing up doesn’t mean that certain things, like the music, doesn’t make me nostalgic.
I encourage everyone to watch the video, even if you disliked Final Fantasy XIII and don’t plan to Lightning Returns. Square Enix put a lot of work into this video and it should be shared with everyone in my opinion. I really enjoyed both of the games in the XIII series so far and this video makes me so much more excited to play the newest and (probably) final entry.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 11 in North America, February 13 in Australia, and February 14 in Europe.