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Stalking the Final Fantasy XIII Bus

Fun was had by all involved.


  Is this line for the Quiznos?
 Is this line for the Quiznos?
 
  A little bit of recording mischief
 A little bit of recording mischief
 
Today was exhausting. As many of you may have realized, Square-Enix just started running a promotional bus about... you guessed it, Final Fantasy XIII.
 
The bus parked itself in random locations around town, and soon after let in people 8 at a time into what could easily be dubbed Square-Enix's Final Fantasy Factory. It stayed at each location until their supply of admittance tickets (pictured right) had been emptied.
 
Of course, for bus as prestigious and exciting as this one, it took the full force of the Anime Vice swat team to get in. We each had a role to perform. Gia smoozed, Ana recorded, and I waited in line/played Final Fantasy XIII. BWAHAHA 

 
 Willy Wonka has nothing on Square Enix... at least in the ticket area.
 Willy Wonka has nothing on Square Enix... at least in the ticket area.
Update: Just for consumptive information, the demo I played was the 360 version. The bus had 2 PS3, 2 360 set ups, divided by in the center by a screen playing the recently released trailer, featuring Leona Lewis' title track. While we'll be discussing the demo at greater depth in a video later today, I wanted to take a minute to talk about the 360 demo and how smooth the transitions were.
 
While the PS3/360 demos were not running side by side, there was little obvious difference between them. Despite being the bevy of graphics, the transitions between units were entirely seamless, blurring the over map, the battle screen, and even the string of elaborate attack commands into one fluid stream of action.
 
In the meantime, go check out the latest Squadcast, where we talked at great length about the entire escapade, as well as response of the demo.
 
 
GodLen staff on Jan. 13, 2010 at 4:21 p.m.
man everyone in that line looks pissed.
JJOR64on Jan. 13, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
Can't wait to see the video.   :)
Zeouterlimitson Jan. 13, 2010 at 4:44 p.m.
Ditto, can't wait to hear your impressions John.
FLCL1on Jan. 13, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

how was the game? 
 
is it good?
sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 13, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.

Not that I enjoy you guys stalking busses, and getting in line for Quiznos? but isn't this something that Giant Bomb's supposed to do....? 
 
Either way I hope you had fun! and I can't wait to see the video! 
 
Hmm  I'm in the mood for some Teriyaki.... I don't know why though!  
 
Do you @gia ;)
John_Martoneon Jan. 13, 2010 at 5:22 p.m.
@sora_thekey said:
" Not that I enjoy you guys stalking busses, and getting in line for Quiznos? but isn't this something that Giant Bomb's supposed to do....?  Either way I hope you had fun! and I can't wait to see the video!  Hmm  I'm in the mood for some Teriyaki.... I don't know why though!   Do you @gia ;) "
Because its delicious, and you wanna do something good for yourself.
Agent_Loston Jan. 13, 2010 at 5:46 p.m.
wow, it really is in a bus.
sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 13, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
@John_Martone said:
" @sora_thekey said:
" Not that I enjoy you guys stalking busses, and getting in line for Quiznos? but isn't this something that Giant Bomb's supposed to do....?  Either way I hope you had fun! and I can't wait to see the video!  Hmm  I'm in the mood for some Teriyaki.... I don't know why though!   Do you @gia ;) "
Because its delicious, and you wanna do something good for yourself. "

Probably!
Slimon Jan. 13, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.
Looks like a fun day! That backpack looks really heavy, Gia. :P
John_Martoneon Jan. 13, 2010 at 8:48 p.m.
@FLCL1:@Zeouterlimits: 
 
Quick spoilers. Its amazingly pretty. By luck of the draw alone I ended up with the 360 version, which didn't burn to the touch, and seemed to be just as comfortable to the touch. I dunno, part of it was the shock and awe campaign of the whole package (bus filled with FFXIII and crasins) but the entire demo was pretty much sensory overload. Like, the word I'd use to describe what I actually could take in, was "seamless"
 
The battle flowed seamlessly from the traveling screen to an idential, but neutral tile set. Like... blink and you'd miss it, not able to tell the difference, were it not for the menu inputs and sudden dudes thwacking on you. The section of the demo involved only triggered battles, so no random encounters (I.E. you saw something on the map and you touch it/it touched you)
 
The "action" battle system was also incredibly fluid. The actions (which are given a vaule of CP) are assigned till you reach your cap (in the demo was 4. They then move gracefully in and string the attacks together.
 
Annnd, that's about all of the pie I'm going to give away at the moment. AHR will kill me if I detract from the video she's working on. So, with that in mind I'm going to go boot up my copy of FFVIII I was playing, squint, and pretend its what I'm really hankering for.
John_Martoneon Jan. 13, 2010 at 8:49 p.m.
Oh, we talked about it in depth on the squadcast though, which I think turned out pretty awesome this time.
Voxelon Jan. 14, 2010 at 3:55 a.m.
Can't wait!
Slimon Jan. 14, 2010 at 8:05 a.m.
 
Zeouterlimitson Jan. 14, 2010 at 9:16 a.m.
@John_Martone: Seems like you enjoyed it:  

 
Taken from this thread  (<3 GAF)
Konandaon Jan. 14, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
@John_Martone said:
"
  
"

I love the Sennheiser HD 437. I've had three pairs, unfortunately the wire right before the jack (well technically a plug but that's all semantics) always seemed to get messed up creating some kind of short depending on the way the rest of the wire moved. Currently have my 3rd pair and it has the same problem but less pronounced and it seems Future Shop/Best Buy don't carry them anymore from what they've said.
John_Martoneon Jan. 14, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
@Zeouterlimits: That is HILARIOUS.
 
I feel like, net famous now.
asian_prideon Jan. 14, 2010 at 2:11 p.m.
Argh dammit John, I'm jealous!! xD
giaon Jan. 14, 2010 at 4:29 p.m.
@asian_pride: ME TOO.
 
And I was THERE.
 
>|
John_Martoneon Jan. 15, 2010 at 11:34 a.m.
@gia said:
" @asian_pride: ME TOO.  And I was THERE.   >| "
Least you didn't end up as the "oh" face kid.
 
My favorite is still "Is that a wallet in his pocket or is he happy to see FFXIII"
Konandaon Jan. 15, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
@John_Martone:
Just hope you don't become a GAF meme. Those can get really wierd. o_O

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