Attendees of the party will be able to purchase the newly remade PSP version of Final Fantasy, in addition to get a hands-on experience with the upcoming Final Fantasy II. The first one hundred fans to arrive will receive items exclusive to the event. Considering how rabidly devoted Final Fantasy fans are, we recommend you get there early.
If any PSP Fanboy readers are planning on attending, let us know: we'd love to see pictures from the event!
Read - Crisis Core scans
Read - Dissidia scans
The Dissidia flash itself is a bit bare, despite some pretty
We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.
[UPDATE] The logo art is by Yoshitaka Amano, not Tetsuya Nomura as originally thought. Nomura will, however, be doing the character art for the game itself.
[Thanks, Silver Wolfe!]
While we don't think Square Enix would miss an opportunity to milk Europeans for their money (look at the game's pricing), impatient gamers can import the Asian version of the classic RPGs. In an unexpected move, these UMDs feature both English and Japanese language options.
Those that have picked up an import copy seem to have high praise for the remakes. A Neo-Geo forum user notes that the CG intro "isn't all that," but the "game looks freakin' nice on the PSP screen ... [and] music and sound quality seem top end too."
Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto states in the latest press release: "It is amazing to see how far Final Fantasy has come in the past twenty years, and we cannot wait to continue bringing fans more Final Fantasy titles in the next 20 years." Of course, if Square Enix continues to price games this way, gamers may not be able to afford their games. Remember the original Final Fantasy I & II collection on Game Boy Advance? Each individual UMD costs the same as that cartridge from years ago. This really is a shame, Square.
Gallery: Final Fantasy I (PSP)
Gallery: Final Fantasy II (PSP)
We're sure a game like Final Fantasy doesn't really need advertising--but it especially doesn't need bad advertising. Square takes a page from Nintendo's Japanese commercials and sets their commercial in a creepily sterile white room. A woman seems to be happily enjoying the soon-to-be-released Final Fantasy remake ... but maybe a bit too much? Happy gameplay footage! Scary woman! That's what I think, anyway.
We knew it all along: Square Enix is bringing a ton of Final Fantasy love to PSP: beyond Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy Tactics and Crisis Core. We still don't know what these other titles can be, but the end of the latest Final Fantasy trailer teases us: "The World of Final Fantasy spread out on PSP."
Let the speculation recommence!
Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion's War
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy II
Does anyone else find it strange that, although Crisis Core is playable, two ports of NES games are not? Will these titles not be optimized enough by then? Regardless, getting play time with the PSP prequel to Final Fantasy VII seems like PSP Fanboy's dream come true. Anyone want to give me a plane ticket?
Dream Games is a new weekly column where we explore a game we'd love to see on the PSP. Feel free to check in, and comment, every week.
Final Fantasy VII
Does this game need any explanation? This 32-bit debut from Square put Sony on the map through the liberal use of CG movies that stunned everyone at the time. Some people really like the story, the characters, and the gameplay as well.
It makes a lot of sense to release the original right around when Crisis Core, the FFVII prequel hits our system. Considering UMD's greater storage capacity, the game would most likely fit on a single disc: none of this disc swapping nonsense to worry about!
Is it possible?
Although Square seems keen on revisiting this franchise over and over again, it seems unlikely that Square will settle for a simple port. The Final Fantasy VII tech demo that appeared on the PS3 makes Sony's next-gen console the most likely candidate for a remake, hopefully complete with new Advent Children-style CGs.
You may remember a little game called Chrono Trigger. It's considered one of the best games ever created, and the sequel is almost equally superb.
Square loves remaking games. And the PSP is home to a good number of them: Valkyrie Profile, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Tactics. Surely, a Chrono Cross remake will be heading our way.
Is it possible?
Yes. I'd like to think it's quite likely. But, will Square put the effort to make a Rondo of Blood-like remake? Imagine: a fully graphically revamped Chrono Cross with Chrono Trigger added as a bonus. It would be the most value-packed UMD ever created. Hmm ... doesn't sound like Square's into that "value" thing. Regardless, both Chrono games are good enough to warrant a revisiting.