Recent screens of Square-Enix’s hotly anticipated RPG, Final Fantasy XIII, have surfaced and seem to be under intense scrutiny. As with every other entry in the series, fans have dissected screenshots many times over in an attempt to discern any bit of knowledge about the game before it’s release. FFXIII is no different.
Keep in mind that the time lasped in between here is one year. Take a close look at the screens below- what differences do you see? The most noticible to me is the texture on the ground behind the characters. The “sea” seems a bit more calm and the industrial floor texture is much, much simpler. Next, hair seems to rendered differently. Not that it looks worse, just not the same. Finally, Lightning’s shoulder seems to be of a lower polygon count that the original. This begs the question: why?
Example number two is a close-up frame of Vanille. The environmental changes are consistant, but what strikes the eye first is hair color. Not a huge deal, right? Now look at the pigtails. Their design is a lot less intricate. The elephant in the corner of this comparison, though, is the necklace. It is horrible when set alongside the original.
Finally, we have the “Lightning and her sword” comparison. The weapon is flat, letting the texture give the illusion of depth. Also, the post-processing effect on it is nowhere near as impressive. The other element that draws attention is the Lightning’s armguard. Yikes, what a downgrade. The only positive here is the depth-of-field. It seems that the eye can see forever, and that is a great thing.
Overall, this looks like a downgrade from what we saw early on in development. What does The Gamesmen community feel about FFXIII after witnessing firsthand the changes in the game? Many gamers feel that the Xbox360 is the reason that the game is being “dumbed down”. Regardless, there are a few hints in these screens that suggest a few things that could come up for discussion on say, a podcast, perhaps? Make sure to leave comments… *wink, wink; nudge, nudge*
[images via Unofficial Final Fantasy Site]