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International Trailer: FF XIII

International Trailer: FF XIII

Set to Leona Lewis’ theme song, this international trailer for Final Fantasy XIII lets us hear the English voice actors for the first time; they’re superb, but lay on the emo extra-thick.

Import Preview: FFXIII

Import Preview: FFXIII

Final Fantasy XIII’s mile-high Cocoon city gets a mile-high overview in this trailer; it focuses mostly on the new combat system, which includes paradigm shift, summons, and crystal points.

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Final Fantasy w/Lyrics

Final Fantasy w/Lyrics

If you’re a true-blooded chocobo, seven-letter hero, or adventurer with a thing for thickets, we promise you’ll shed happy triforce tears over Brentalfloss’ Final Fantasy with Lyrics.

Airship: Final Fantasy XIII

Airship: Final Fantasy XIII

It may be purely cinematic and completely Japanese, but this Airship video for Final Fantasy XIII is worth a billion words; the first part is mostly dialog, with more action in the second.

Intro: Final Fantasy XIII

Intro: Final Fantasy XIII

If you haven’t seen Avatar yet, the Japanese Intro for Final Fantasy XIII is a great second runner-up for a fantastically visual Friday: it runs three minutes and is (not surprisingly) gorgeous.

FF XIII Shiva Bike

FF XIII Shiva Bike

Final Fantasy XIII’s ridiculously detailed Shiva Bike looks even hotter in real life with this 21″ transforming modelM by Kotobukiya; it includes two figures that combine into a single bike.

Dynasty: Final Fantasy XIII

Dynasty: Final Fantasy XIII

This Dynasty video for Final Fantasy XIII is a franchise puff piece with a few bits of new gameplay, but the news at the end is worth the wait: the game arrives in North America 3/9/2010.

TGS: Final Fantasy XIII

TGS: Final Fantasy XIII

Even if you don’t understand Japanese, you’d really have to be soulless to not get excited by this 7 minute Final Fantasy XIII trailer; it’s stuffed to the gills cinematics and gameplay.

TGS Trailer: FF XIV

TGS Trailer: FF XIV

This TGS 09 trailer for Final Fantasy XIV starts off pretty somber, right up until 1:40 when Armageddon hits for 20 glorious seconds; we hope some of this is actual gameplay.

Music: Final Fantasy XIII

Music: Final Fantasy XIII

Beyond its storylines and gameplay, Final Fantasy is also known for its fantastic music; the video above is a sampling of songs played at the Square-Enix Premiere Party in Tokyo.

Demo Walkthru: FF XIII

Demo Walkthru: FF XIII

Final Fantasy XIII’s director Motomu Toriyamu gives us a walkthrough of the demo shown at GC ’09; he discusses command queues, role shifting and detailed facial expressions.

Trailer: Final Fantasy VII

Trailer: Final Fantasy VII

$10 lets you replay one of the best games in Square Enix’s stable: Final Fantasy VII is available on PSN, giving both old-school gamers and new initiates a chance to loathe Sephiroth.

Trailer: Final Fantasy XIV

Trailer: Final Fantasy XIV

It was one helluva surprise for E3-goers, but Final Fantasy XIV is official; exclusive to the PS3, the trailer above shows a return to steampunk/fantasy sensibilities; PS: Chocobo at 1:00!

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Full Trailer: FF Versus XIII

Full Trailer: FF Versus XIII

Part action montage, part Japanese-subtitled soap opera, this complete trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII looks utterly fantastic with a nice soundtrack; still, what happened to the voices?

Demo Gameplay: FF XIII

Demo Gameplay: FF XIII

Those of you itching for some Final Fantasy XIII gameplay, your day has come: 20 minutes (Pt. 1, Pt. 2) from the demo; note that it’s slightly glitchy and the first 4 minutes is cinematic.

Cowboy Bebop x Dissidia

Cowboy Bebop x Dissidia

It’s almost too much awesomeness for our ape brains to handle, but this Cowboy Bebop and Final Fantasy: Dissidia mashup mixes the former’s catchy intro with the latter’s characters.

Video: Halo x Final Fantasy

Video: Halo x Final Fantasy

Simultaneously awesome and ridiculous, Master Chief and the Arbiter take on some random baddies with a twist: they’re forced to fight a-la Final Fantasy, resulting in a five minute battle.

Trailer: FF XIII

Trailer: FF XIII

The countdown clock on the Final Fantasy XIII homepage is no more; in its place, a snazzy, fast-paced trailer with predictably gorgeous graphics and English subtitles for the gaijin.

FFXIII Gameplay Pics

FFXIII Gameplay Pics

Courtesy the fine folks at FinalFantasy-XIII.net: these gorgeous high quality scans are the best we’ve seen of Final Fantasy XIII; they come from a two-page spread from Famitsu.

Gameplay: Dissidia

Gameplay: Dissidia

If you liked the Dissidia trailer but wanted some more meat, the aerial battle gameplay video above should tide you over: dizzying midair combos with Squall vs. Cloud = epic win.

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Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is out in Japan; this runnin’ / flyin’ / jumpin’ opening cinematic is both gorgeous and torture for North American fans, who will have to wait until mid-year 2009.

Trailers: FF XIII + Versus

Trailers: FF XIII + Versus

Final Fantasy’s next installments are bordering on vaporware, but these two trailers should tide us over a bit: FF XIII’s video is uplifting, but we prefer the grittier feel of FF Versus XIII.

Video: Soulcalibur IV + FF7

Video: Soulcalibur IV + FF7

As if Yoda and Darth Vader weren’t enough, Cloud and Sephiroth are just a few of the Final Fantasy VII characters that have been recreated using Soulcalibur IV’s character system.

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