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A Bold Move

Ever since Square Enix announced its intentions to release Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Xbox 360), Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3), and a cell phone game called Final Fantasy Agito XIII under the label Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy, people have been wondering if they are innovators or have simply lost their mind. Only time will tell, but this is a truly unique concept and all three games will take place in a single universe divided into two worlds. Cocoon is appropriately named because it's a sheltered world that protects people from the monsters and dangers of the outside world in Pulse. As if the monsters inhabiting Pulse aren't a big enough turn-off, people who venture into Pulse also get quarantined.

First Lady

The story of Final Fantasy XIII centers on a heroine by the name of Lightning which is interesting because the series has never really put a female in the lead role of the game. Armed with her gun sword, Lightning must battle her way past tons of monsters and uncover why they've suddenly been appearing in her land. Final Fantasy Versus XIII takes a different approach in that the lead character, Noctis Lucis Caelum, is a male and is somewhat of a maverick personality-wise. Strangely enough, the two will be fighting in the same world due to the aforementioned single universe concept.

Prepare for Battle

Square Enix will once again be trotting out the Active Time Battle System as the method of combat for the game. But this time around it will be slightly modified so that players can execute combo attacks on their enemies. For example, a player can now use a combination of a stab and slash attacks instead of just using the stab command. Once a player makes their move, the attacks are animated in beautiful graphics. Going beyond the combat, people who played the previous installments of Final Fantasy will notice that the gameplay is a lot faster in Final Fantasy XIII which should definitely please fans of the series. Looks like 13 might just be Square Enix's lucky number.

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