Square Enix Has Gone Country…

…or at least that’s what the first half of their new game trailer had ME believing.

(Sorry about the poor quality but other than their Website, Square hasn’t released the trailer officially as far as I could tell)

Of course, about halfway through the trailer for Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers (CB), the music and footage reverts back to standard Square. Honestly I’m not sure what to make of this video.

The original Final Fantasy: The Crystal Chronicles (CC) was released on the Nintendo Gamecube. An experiment in repetition and forcing you to make friends with people that owned GBA’s, the game was nevertheless unique.

In the story, the entire (unnamed) world is covered in deadly miasma. Even touching it can kill you. Luckily for the inhabitants there are crystals powered by myrrh that protect them and their cities. Unluckily, the myrrh runs out every year. So caravans, apparently comprised of adults except for your heartless town that sends out kids, traverse the landscape with a chalice (that also conveniently keeps the deadly miasma at bay) looking for enough myrrh for another year. Less Final Fantasy and more Gauntlet, the game was a hack n slash dungeon that sent you out over and over and over until your eyes bled. Up until that point though, it was fun.

However the new game, scheduled for the Wii, doesn’t appear to have much in common with its predecessor. Where CC relied entirely on multiplayer (playing single player was one of the more excruciating Gamecube experiences), other than a showing two people riding on Chocobos for a split second, nothing in the CB trailer looks like multiplayer.

Not much to go on in the press release either. According to Square Enix:

The upcoming FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS provides a fresh take on the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series as it combines the storytelling depth, expansive world and graphical quality of FINAL FANTASY with motion-driven, real-time action gameplay.

No release date, no whiff of multiplayer, no indication that you’ll be forced you use your DS or DSi as a means to play the game. Hopefully Square will start filtering down more information about the two former and be smart and not require the latter. If any of you have more information (or a direct link to higher quality trailer), please let me know.

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Sony Announces Fix To Backwards Compatibility

What's old is new again!

What's old is new again!

Great news today for anyone that has bought one of Sony’s new Playstation 3 systems that aren’t backwards compatible with PS2 and PSOne games. A peripheral has been released for only $99 that will play ALL of those dusty games on your shelf!

For over a week now, the internet has been buzzing with rumors and theories about Sony’s big announcement. Some thought it would be a sequel for one of their blockbuster titles, some thought it would be a PS3 price drop. Some even ruined the surprise through their network of moles.

Well, I for one am glad to see Sony stepping up and taking some initiative. Too many PS3 owners are hampered by their inability to play PS2 or PSOne games on their systems. But with new and, most importantly, affordable add-on, playing the old games will be a breeze. According to Sony’s website, installation of the “Playstation Two” (interesting marketing ploy that they’re reusing the name of their last generation system) is a breeze:

  1. Connect the flat end of the AV Cable to the AV MULTI OUT connector on the back of the PlayStation 2 system.

    toggle_box(getObject(‘expander_box1_link’), ‘expander_box1’);

  2. Connect the plugs on the other end of the A/V cable to the audio and video inputs on the back of your TV or VCR, matching colors. (If you will be using your PlayStation®2 to watch DVDs, connect the A/V cable to the VCR instead of the TV for best results.) If there is no red input on your TV or VCR, let the red plug dangle.
    Make sure the connections are secure.
    NOTE: Some TV inputs are not color-coded correctly, if this is the case, plug the yellow plug into the VIDEO IN input, the white plug into the AUDIO IN Left input, and the red plug into the AUDIO IN Right input. If there is no input for the red plug, let it dangle..

    toggle_box(getObject(‘expander_box2_link’), ‘expander_box2’);

  3. Connect the AC adaptor to the AC power cord. Connect the AC adaptor to the PlayStation 2 system.

    toggle_box(getObject(‘expander_box3_link’), ‘expander_box3’);

  4. Plug the AC power cord into a working electrical outlet.
  • Set Playstation 2 system on top of Playstation 3 system.

In all seriousness though, what the hell was Sony thinking? Getting everyone all worked up with their super secret secretness about a “Big Announcement” only to reveal it’s a price drop on the PS2. I mean yeah, it is the one system they have that actually SELLS but other than kids and poor saps that sold their systems to buy the PS3, who doesn’t already own one of these?

What do you think?

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