Friday, May 1, 2009
After having seen the Advent Children Blu-Ray movie with Final Fantasy XIII demo as the best seller in the PlayStation 3 category for a while now, I've decided to follow up on the previous article about the demo. It's now obvious to me that the sales aren't a fluke and that the idea of bundling the FFXIII demo is likely why the movie has sold so well.
Let's face it, Advent Children is no Hollywood blockbuster and will definitely only appeal to Final Fantasy VII fans. Case in point, I showed the movie to someone who hadn't played the game before and the reaction after 20 minutes was "What is this crap?". Anyway, I'm sure that just as Zone of Enders sold well because of the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo, Advent Children did the same because of the FFXIII demo.
I thought the movie was great fan service and enjoyed it, but there was some terrible dialogue and English voice acting in spots ("Shilly, Shally" anyone?). A friend of mine received his copy of the movie yesterday from Play-Asia, along with Soldner-X, get your copy now!
Anyway, I discussed the release with him and I trust his opinion, but I should have you know this is third hand information and unverified. There's a lot of extra footage which makes the movie better and explains more of the polt, about 10 mins or more. This new footage is in native 1080p. Apparently, the movie is upscaled to 1080p and not native, so it doesn't look as good as the new footage. I don't know if it was just for the action scenes or the whole movie. There's extra footage from the Crisis Core PSP game and since it was low resolution to begin with, it looks the worst. Finally, some of the bad voice acting bits have been redone (yay), but not the cringe worthy "Shilly, Shally" bit. Overall he's happy with it.
Now for the demo. It's apparentlyvery good and the graphics rival Killzone 2 in overall amount of impressiveness. The demo is a lot of fun and that's all I know, sorry. That's all for now.