10 things you need to know about the FFXIII trailer

First, some background. Final Fantasy XIII takes place in a rather feral world called Pulse. Long ago, a massive mystical crystal in control of the planet instructed a race of super human beings called the fal’Cie to construct a floating city called Cocoon. Now, the citizens of this perfect haven live the good life - albeit under the strict control of Cocoon’s elite military force, PSICOM. Enter leading lady Lightning, who’s been chosen by the fal’Cie to destroy Cocoon – mysterious, no?

The latest FFXIII trailer showcases Lightning’s first actions in her city-destroying mission. Hotter still, we get introduced to some new faces and even a sneak peek at that all-important combat system. Watch the trailer below and then fill up your FFXIII knowledge with our list of the 10 things featured in the promo movie that every Final Fantasy fan should know.

1 Vanille's story (00.21secs)

The Pig-Tailed Girl, who’s recently been named Vanille, is being exiled from Cocoon. Why? Because she’s been ‘influenced’ by the wilderness of Pulse. So, Cocoon’s Holy Government is literally tossing her, and other tainted individuals, back into the wild. It just so happens that their train is the one Lightning hijacks at the beginning of her epic quest.

2 What are those 'stripes' on Lightning's armour?  (00.28secs)

The rather surly, but definitely kick-ass Lightning has been chosen by the fal’Cie to bring down the false haven of Cocoon. Strangely, she used to be a soldier in Cocoon’s army (you can see the military stripes on her shoulder armour), which could explain her incredible skill in whup-ass.

3 Lightning can manipulate gravity (00:36)

Lightning has a gravity inducing chip on her thumb – so when she clicks her fingers, she can pull off insane gravity-defying moves. Such as shooting a bunch of soldiers in the face while standing on the ceiling.

4 Snow leads the resistance (00.44)

That big burly blonde chap is called, er, Snow. But despite his rather delicate name, he’s the leader of a resistance group who oppose Cocoon’s militaristic state. The orange haired man, scantily clad lady and collapsed be-goggled guy behind him are members of his troupe, although they’ve yet to be named.

5 Cocoon's military (1.01)

After hijacking the train, Lightning, Vanille and Snow are assaulted by PSICOM fighter planes. Cocoon’s military machines have actually been created by the world’s creator crystal. A mix of standard combat vehicles and giant mechanical monsters, FFXIII has a strong steampunk setting. Meanwhile, their fully helmeted soldiers and meaty guns bring an air of Killzone 2 to the scene…


  • rockingamer247 - March 4, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    Shweet!! Kanye likes FF!! Tats amazin!!
  • rockingamer247 - March 4, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    I can't believe i still dont have a PS3!! I know its multiplatform but id raqther get teh ps3 anyway. Im a huge fan of Sony published games so id feel horrible not to get one. Can't wait for this!! looks like a good game to play after ffXII.
  • mrmak - February 11, 2009 4:09 a.m.

    I just thought that it should be known that Kanye West (or someone representing Mr. West) posted the trailer on his blog today. I hope that he disappears after the release of the game and emerges a month later with scruffy lookin' beard, a 100 lbs heavier, and the smell of mountain dew on his breath. But probably not. Can't wait for this game!
  • astral_dragon_2099 - February 3, 2009 8:03 a.m.

    First of all, the Health bars on the bottom right aren't in kanji. It's katakana. And by reading it, you can tell it's NOT for the enemies. In pic 7, the top one says Snow. In pic 8, the top one is Lightning and the middle one is Snow. In pic 9, the top one is Lightning. So enemy health bars will be above their heads only.
  • 9-B - February 1, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    Just a bunch of hair-style obsessed fags with stupid costumes jumping around in super-scripted combat vs monsters with dumb names in a city with a dumb name. Reminiscent of all FF games.
  • Ramen_Soup - January 30, 2009 6:19 a.m.

    This reminds me a lot of final fantasy 7. Also doesn't snow and his two people kinda remind you of Seifer and the guy and girl that were always with him.
  • TanookiMan - January 30, 2009 4:44 a.m.

    Yeah, this might be a good time to finally play my first FF game.
  • Sebastian16 - January 30, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    Who gives a damn about Final Fantasy...
  • jdog2491 - January 30, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    this looks good, wonder if they will have the gun swords back in action dont really like the use of guns in Final Fantasy
  • saveTehcheese - January 30, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    Ami the only person who cares about FF9!?!
  • gutlessVADER - January 30, 2009 12:50 a.m.

  • animeman - January 30, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    The only Final Fantasy game that I have played is Crisis Core and I have seen the FF7 movie. So I am really looking forward to this game.
  • BodyDamage - January 29, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    it is going to be a long, LONG wait for this. i might die in the process.
  • nanosounds - January 29, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    mattdark - if you watch the trailer, and get to the bit that shows the gameplay, those healthbars on the bottom right go down in sync with the ones above the enemies heads. The kanji matches up too!
  • mattdark - January 29, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    Well, of course it doesnt looks as good anymore, this was almost entirely in-game footage by the looks of it, and not a heap of FMV cutscenes weve seen in the other trailers. Only thing I disagree on is 8. I think the bars in the bottom right are more likely to be the health bars of your own team, rather then the enemies health.
  • ryno - April 14, 2009 3:27 p.m.

    i think final fantasy as a whole is overrated
  • Mr.Epic64 - March 4, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    At first i thought it said PISSCOM
  • charley235 - February 25, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    *ups and downs* ups: -more of a futuristic setting -guns -combat looks very promising -probaly going to be very good if what we hope comes true -the characters look badass, except for the pigtail girl downs: -lead character is a women, can square enix make her equally as cool as past leads? -could be a confusing story to pick up -waiting for the damn game to come out overall im extremely pumped since i love final fantasy and there always-epic stories, and i hope im right when i say this looks like it could be the best final fantasy ever, depending on if sqaure enix doesnt try anything stupid and risky like in FF12
  • Ishtom - February 5, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    Has any one here played final fantasy XII. It's similar to the battle style of this one, however I like the fact that you can chain together attacks, what I do wonder about is. Does the gambit system work for your team mates, if not how does it work? Not to mention it does sound a little FFVII too, but I never got to play that game so I'm really excited about this game... If only I had a PS3... :(
  • Geigan - February 4, 2009 3:57 a.m.

    @astral_dragon_2099 Yay! We has translators! Thx!

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