In less than two weeks time, gamers will be treated to a Final Fantasy XIII Demo when they purchase the FFVII: Advent Children Complete Blu-Ray. The demo will be released in Japan only, but you can pre-order/purchase it from Play-Asia.com.
Being one of the most successful franchises in gaming history, as well as one of my favorite franchises, as soon as I heard the FFVII: Advent Children Complete Blu-Ray was shipping with a playable FFXIII demo, I watched and waited for pre-orders to be available. Now, months after placing my pre-order, the countdown to when I get to try out the long awaited RPG is almost over.
Sadly, as excited as I am, my expectations are a bit low. Square Enix has been disappointing as of late, and I was not happy with Final Fantasy XII’s stray from the traditional turn-based combat system, which FFXIII seems to be adopting and upgrading. Despite this, I still have faith in the franchise and hope to be pleasantly surprised by the gameplay in the demo. If FFXIII lives up to our standards and ends up being an amazing game, it could restore the public standing that Square Enix has managed to lose during the past year or so.
The most difficult part about playing this demo is the fact that I’ll still have to wait an entire year (or longer) to play the final game when it releases here in North America. You can expect my full demo impressions in about two weeks time.