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My E3 2013 most anticipated: Final Fantasy Next

Rob Pearson still has faith in the legendary series that fell to the earth

Ahead of showtime, CVG has launched its E3 Awards with that all-important 'Most Anticipated' category. You can vote for your most anticipated games of E3 2013 now - with your results directly influencing what we'll cover at the event.

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Want to know what we think? Throughout this week we are publishing blogs from writers across CVG, Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, Official Nintendo Magazine and GamesMaster to give you their views on the most interesting and coolest prospects.


My E3 Most Anticipated: Final Fantasy Next

by Rob Pearson, deputy editor at PlayStation Access TV

True, Final Fantasy hasn't been on top form these past three years. Final Fantasy XIII's object linearity and gaudy carnival of pointless sequels, plus the total sham of XIV's PC release has seen the series' reputation take a turn-based hammering.

But! That super slick, next-gen tech demo from last year and Square Enix's cryptic tease at the PS4 reveal event in February have got me well and truly pumped for Final Fantasy at E3 2013. And surely it's got to be the big one - Final Fantasy XV for PS4. Rumours are currently flying all over the place about whether or not XV is in fact Final Fantasy Versus XIII with a lick of next-gen paint, but I don't buy it. Versus XIII will be present, correct and achingly pretty sure, but Final Fantasy XV is going to be an entirely different beast.

I'm hoping for a slick, narrative reinvention but with its roots entrenched in the series' illustrious history. Ni No Kuni proved earlier this year that people are still willing to buy into traditional JRPGs, and Final Fantasy is traditional JRPG royalty. Give me an expansive world map, Chocobo breeding, an airship, a badass with a massive sword, and a modern, multi-threaded storyline presented in glorious next-gen-o-vision. Give me Final Fantasy XV on PS4.


Cast your vote for CVG's E3 2013 Most Anticipated Award

Quick vote:

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag | Batman: Arkham Origins | Bayonetta 2 | Beyond: Two Souls | Broken Age | The Bureau: XCOM Declassified | Call of Duty: Ghosts | Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 | Dark Souls 2 | Destiny | Drive Club | The Elder Scrolls Online | The Evil Within | FIFA 14 | Final Fantasy PS4 | Forza Motorsport 5 | Gran Turismo 6 | InFamous: Second Son | Killzone: Shadow Fall | Knack | The Last Guardian | Cyberpunk 2077 | Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD | LEGO Marvel | Mario Kart Wii U | Mario & Luigi | Mario Wii U | Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain | Need for Speed: Rivals | PES 2014 | Pikmin 3 | Pokemon X & Y | Quantum Break | Respawn title (Rumoured: 'Titan') | Saints Row 4 | Retro Studios' new project (rumoured) | Sonic: Lost World | South Park: The Stick of Truth | Splinter Cell: Blacklist | Super Smash Bros. Wii U | Tearaway | Thief | Total War: Rome 2 | Walking Dead Season 2 | Watch Dogs | The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | Wolfenstein: The New Order | The Wonderful 101 | Yarn Yoshi

Results

  • 8.1 

    1: Battlefield 4

  • 8.0 

    2: Watch Dogs

  • 7.2 

    3: Thief

  • 7.0 

    4: Destiny

  • 6.8 

    5: Batman: Arkham Origins

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