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FFIV looking as sumptuous as ever in new trailer



We already knew that Square Enix's remake of Final Fantasy IV was going to require a whopping 1 gigabit cartridge, and this latest trailer from the company's official site neatly sums up why. Look at it for heaven's sake! FMV, full 3D models, voice acting, and all playing out to Megumi Ida's entrancing vocals. As long as our favourite line is preserved in the localized English version, Square Enix may as well take our wallets from us now.

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Metayoshi1

12-05-2007 @ 3:09PM

Metayoshi said...

Woa, That's a crapload of voice acting. This game will take a while to localize.

And did the Love Theme always have lyrics, or did they just add it to this game?

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Joshua2

12-05-2007 @ 3:58PM

Joshua said...

Eh, I'd prefer it if they just left the Japanese dialogue and added subtitles.

And, I've never played FFIV, but if they can make a DS game with graphics that good, and production values that high, why don't they make a truly new game than keep remaking the same old ones?!

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Brello3

12-05-2007 @ 4:58PM

Brello said...

Prefer subtitles? I'd rather watch the screen than focus on tiny text at the bottom. Just my preference, though.

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Metayoshi4

12-05-2007 @ 8:42PM

Metayoshi said...

I would also actually prefer if they left the Japanese voice acting as is, and put easy to read subtitles on the screen, but I'm pretty sure Square will localize the whole game with full English voice acting.

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Brett from Atlanta5

12-05-2007 @ 4:05PM

Brett from Atlanta said...

Holy crap, that looks awesome! Does anyone know when the American release date is?!

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Jhongerkong6

12-05-2007 @ 4:51PM

Jhongerkong said...

WOW! A whole gigabit!? Thats never been done!

Except it has, many times. Some games that use a gigabit include Ouendan 2, Elite Beat Agents, Resident Evil DS, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker, Bleach DS, FFIII, Revanent Wings, Crystal Chronicles, Heroes of Mana, Hotel Dusk, Dynasty Warriors DS, etc.

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grahamulax7

12-05-2007 @ 5:48PM

grahamulax said...

agreed, many games use a gigabit card considering most of the high quality/many sounds/fmv'd/fun games (>_>) have to use it in order to put everything on....yet a gigabit is only around 125 megs, I'd like to see a 256mb card happening.... or a a gigabyte.... hohoho!

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Jhongerkong8

12-05-2007 @ 5:51PM

Jhongerkong said...

2 gigabit (256 megabyte) cards already exist.

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Wedge9

12-05-2007 @ 6:28PM

Wedge said...

As one who's loved FFIV since it first came out on the SNES as FFII, I'm very much looking forward to this.

That having been said, the old-school gamer in me isn't thrilled with a few of the stylistic changes.

1. The Theme of Love having lyrics. To my knowledge it never did. And I personally don't love the addition. I don't know, maybe it's because it seems more pretentious...or because it's a stylistic element of the newer FF games that they're plugging in to the old ones. Let the PS-era FF games have their high falootin' songs with lyrics. Give me the Celtic Moon version over that anyday.

2. The look of the characters, and to a lesser extent the locations, in the FMV's. I realize that their look is actually pretty close to the original designs, and only now can they realize those designs within the game (aside from the drawn character portraits from the menu screen). But, I personally am not as much a fan of the realistic "we're Square and look how accurately we can do CG people...and fantasy-looking stuff in general" look. I commend the Square-Enix artists for their CG modeling and animation talent. It's just...I like a more cartoon/anime vibe. And fortunately, even if it is only because of hardware limitations, it is those designs that are used for the bulk of the game.

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Bluebreaker10

12-05-2007 @ 7:00PM

Bluebreaker said...

"Theme of Love" already has a vocal rendition called "Into the Light" (Hikari no Naka E) sung by Ririko Yamabuki and it's off of the Final Fantasy album "Pray" and I'm wondering if it's the same song used for the trailer only with a different singer.

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danstabbingworth11

12-05-2007 @ 7:01PM

danstabbingworth said...

Rydia needs to look hotter. Unless that is child Rydia.

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Ethan12

12-05-2007 @ 7:47PM

Ethan said...

I think the difference in style of the cut-scenes and the action is way too jarring. Not that any of you care. Continue.

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Kefka13

12-05-2007 @ 8:24PM

Kefka said...

Looking good! It's trailers like this that let me continue to fool myself into believing that one day FFVII DS could be possible.

s'if.

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zero14

12-05-2007 @ 9:46PM

zero said...

Oh god I hope so. Once this comes out, we're only two away. The real concern is if the DS will have that long of a life span to justify all the work that would be required to make it great(er).

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Gerwurztraminer15

12-06-2007 @ 9:26PM

Gerwurztraminer said...

I don't think the DS is quite up to an FF7 remake. The PSP perhaps, but as I don't have one that's no help to me. I'll continue to hope for an FF6 remake on DS, but FF7 would be better suited elsewhere. Maybe the Wii? (i can dream at least)

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Pizza Pasta16

12-05-2007 @ 10:26PM

Pizza Pasta said...

This makes me wish that I spoke Japanese. It also makes me wish that I had a time machine.

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Wedge17

12-05-2007 @ 11:20PM

Wedge said...

People keep talking about a DS version of FFVII, and how great it would be.

Other than it being portable, I don't see how a DS version would be that great. There'd probably be little in the way of graphical enhancements (full 3D backgrounds wouldn't look as good as the old prerendered ones). Audio improvements might consist of voice overs.

I'm not anti FFVII. I'm just saying that I personally don't see the big appeal.

NES and SNES games on the other hand, which have more room for technical improvements...those I personally find more interesting.

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Matdredalia18

12-06-2007 @ 7:40AM

Matdredalia said...

FFIV was one of the first truly epic RPG's out there. It had one of the most dynamic stories in video game history and had characters that sucked you in like no other. For many of us, it was a milestone in our young lives (as many of us are 20somethings), or even as teenagers.

Honestly, a lot of it is nostalgia. But another part of it is to see just what they can add to it. Apparently they cut a lot of the game when it was released for SNES, and the DS version is going to be putting a lot back in. When you take a storyline like FFIV's that made people salivate to begin with, and add more to it, it's bound to be a hit.

Of course, that could just be my opinion. After all, my first crush was Kaine. That says it all.

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Matdredalia19

12-06-2007 @ 7:36AM

Matdredalia said...

Spoony Bard or not, Square owns my wallet with this one. This is the one DS game that I absolutely *WILL HAVE* opening day, no matter what kind of hell I have to go through for it.

Though taking out the Spoony Bard would be like taking out Garland knockin' us all down in FF1. Blasphemy!

Still...I've been waiting for this for 15 years, since I first played FFIV. (Though as a child, I didn't know video game graphics could go this far. I wanted a movie, lol).

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Alex20

12-06-2007 @ 11:39AM

Alex said...

Wow...this looks amazing. I hope that FFVI gets this treatment despite how I feel about Square's remaking phase.

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