FINAL FANTASY XIII
Final Fantasy XIII is the thirteenth installment in the Final Fantasy main series, and is the first of the series to be released on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Unveiled at E3 2006, the game is the flagship of Square Enix’s Fabula Nova Crystallis project. The game runs on Crystal Tools (formerly known as White Engine), a proprietary engine built for Square Enix’s next-generation games. The game was released in Japan on December 17, 2009, and March 9, 2010 for North America and Europe. A Traditional Chinese version for the PS3 was released in May 2010. This is the first time a game in the series has been translated into Traditional Chinese. A sequel titled Final Fantasy XIII-2 was announced on January 18, 2011.
- “Cocoon—a utopia in the sky.
Its inhabitants believed their world a paradise. Under the Sanctum’s rule, Cocoon had long known peace and prosperity.
Mankind was blessed by its protectors, the benevolent fal’Cie, and believed that tranquil days would continue forever.
Their tranquility was shattered with the discovery of one hostile fal’Cie.
The moment that fal’Cie from Pulse—the feared and detested lowerworld—awoke from its slumber, peace on Cocoon came to an end.
Fal’Cie curse humans, turning them into magic-wielding servants. They become l’Cie—chosen of the fal’Cie.
Those branded with the mark of a l’Cie carry the burden of either fulfilling their Focus or facing a fate harsher than death itself.
A prayer for redemption. A wish to protect the world. A promise to challenge destiny.”
After thirteen days of fates intertwined, the battle begins.
- —Official Prologue
There are six playable characters in Final Fantasy XIII, and two cast members acting as guest characters. Although the game focuses on each of the playable characters equally, Lightning was confirmed as the main character in an interview with Yoshinori Kitase . The main playable characters are all l’cie.
- Lightning (ライトニング Raitoningu) — The main protagonist of the game. Lightning was a member of the Guardian Corps in Bodhum before her whole life came crashing down when her sister Serah became a l’Cie. Regretting her refusal to believe Serah, she volunteers to be Purged with the intention of saving her sister. She is an agile fighter who makes use of a variety of gunblades, the “Blazefire Saber” among them.
- Snow Villiers (スノウ・ヴィリアース Sunou Viriāsu) — Leader of NORA, Snow Villiers is a sturdy man whose mannerism is reputed to resemble that of a cowboy. He traveled to the Hanging Edge to fight back against PSICOM and the Purge in the hope of saving his fiancée, Serah, who has been imprisoned by the Pulse fal’Cie. Although Snow uses his fists to fight, his equipped ‘weapon’ is a runed coat, designed to enhance the strength of its wearer.
- Oerba Dia Vanille (ヲルバ=ダイア・ヴァニラ Woruba Daia Vanira) — A young and spirited girl, Vanille’s past is a mystery and she carries a heavy burden that the others are not initially aware of. Trying hard to get through the events of the Purge, she tags along with Hope and finds herself wrapped up in the events that take place inside the Pulse Vestige, leading to her joining the others. She wears a savannah-style outfit, and her weapon is called the Binding Rod, which has a head piece that looks like a pair of antlers. Its body contains four long wires with hooks that deal damage to enemies by latching on and pulling.
- Sazh Katzroy (サッズ・カッツロイ Sazzu Kattsuroi) — A middle-aged man with dark skin and afro hair. He was formerly in the military, but now works as a civilian airship pilot. In the hope of saving his son Dajh, he boarded the train to the Hanging Edge and after meeting Lightning who also wanted to fight back against the Purge. He owns a baby Chocobo that lives in his hair. He is described as a gentle person who is easily reduced to tears. He fights with two pistols that can be combined into a rifle.
- Hope Estheim (ホープ・エストハイム Hōpu Esutohaimu) — A young boy with silver hair who, along with his mother, is part of the group of exiles onboard the train that Lightning stopped. His mother dies during an unsuccessful attempt by NORA to drive the PSICOM soldiers back. Blaming Snow for his mother’s death, Hope follows him to try and confront him but ends up being forced to work with him and the others. Hope joins Lightning on her journey to become stronger so that he can eventually avenge his mother’s death. He wields boomerangs in battle.
- Oerba Yun Fang (ヲルバ=ユン・ファング Woruba Yun Fangu) — A wild-looking dark-haired woman with a large tattoo on one arm and a burnt-out mark of the l’cie on the other. She first appears with Cid Raines and the Cavalry with the intention of capturing Snow in Lake Bresha. However, she has a much more complicated agenda in reality as she searches for a long-lost friend and aims to complete her Focus. Spears are her weapon of choice.
|Lightning||Maaya Sakamoto||Ali Hillis|
|Snow Villiers||Daisuke Ono||Troy Baker|
|Sazh Katzroy||Masashi Ebara||Reno Wilson|
|Oerba Dia Vanille||Yukari Fukui||Georgia Van Cuylenburg|
|Hope Estheim||Yūki Kaji||Vincent Martella|
|Oerba Yun Fang||Mabuki Andou||Rachel Robinson|
Masashi Hamauzu one of the composers of the Final Fantasy X soundtack, composed the music for Final Fantasy XIII. The game’s main theme is called “Kimi ga Iru Kara” (translated to “Because You’re Here”), and it is performed by the J-pop artist Sayuri Sugawara. It was originally assumed that the main theme would be composed by Nobou Uematsu; however, four years after the first announcement of the game, this Uematsu theme still had not surfaced in any of the trailers and official sites.
This led to rumors stating that Uematsu’s involvement in the project may have been scrapped in favor of a 100% Hamauzu soundtrack, especially seeing how Uematsu is not mentioned anywhere on the official site. Meanwhile, Uematsu announced that he would be composing the entirety of the Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack.
In September 2009, it was announced that Uematsu had opted out of composing for Final Fantasy XIII to focus on Final Fantasy XIV. The game has another theme song, titled “Eternal Love.”
The Japanese soundtrack was released on January 27, 2010 with two versions available for purchase. The standard version contains 4 discs while the limited edition contains a bonus “drama CD” written by scenario writer Motomu Toriyama which includes the talents of the game’s voice actors.
In the Western versions of the game, the winner of the British television talent show The X Factor Leona Lewis sings the English theme song, titled “My Hands”. Yoshinori Kitase explained that the decision to use a different song was made due to difficulties translating the lyrics of “Kimi ga Iru Kara” into English, and thus “My Hands” was chosen as the lyrics of the song still fit the theme of the game. In the Western version of the game, the song “Eternal Love” was replaced with “Serah’s Theme”, for the same reason as “Kimi ga Iru Kara.”