Wear Your Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Class on your Cellphone With New Fan Kit

Wear Your Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Class on your Cellphone With New Fan Kit

Square Enix came bearing gifts today by releasing the new “Fan Kit” of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

The package includes a set of beautiful character class illustrations by Lead Character Designer Akihiko Yoshida conveniently sized to fit as wallpapers for the major cellphone Operating Systems. In addition to that we also get a few twitter icons representing some of the minions available in the game.

You can pick your class and size (or minion) in the gallery below.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy Fanservice

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Lightning Returns : Final Fantasy XIII isn’t due to be released stateside until February of 2014.  Unfortunately, it already has quite the stigma: it’s a part of the notorious Final Fantasy XIII series.

Despite the black cloud following the series, many fans have been eagerly awaiting this installment of the Fabula Nova Crystallis. “Yep, I’m still excited for Lightning Returns,” said Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, though he admittedly didn’t like the first 2 titles.

To add to the hype, Square Enix released this new trailer today at the San Diego Comic Con.

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The words  “13 days until the end” flash across the screen. We see Lightning dueling with Noell. We’re also told Lightning is the savior, chosen to save lost souls. At the end, we’re treated with the knowledge that  you can get  Cloud’s outfit and buster sword by reserving the game. While the trailer does a good job building anticipation for the game, details noticed by fans and other media being circulated has incited public outcry.

One of the most welcome highlights of the clip is, obviously, that Lightning has returned as our protagonist. Her return, however, has received much criticism from fans. We see Lightning, as implemented in Final Fantasy XIII-2, sporting a wide variety of outfits. Shown were colorful, flowing  gowns, many with a Victorian-era feel. This is a far departure from the sleek, almost military-like attire Lightning made famous in the original XIII.

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Anyone familiar with Lightning has a hard time imagining her actually stepping out in most of these outfits. Her cool, assertive, almost masculine demeanor clashes horribly with the soft, frilly frocks they’ve shown her in.

Perhaps the biggest insult to Lightning’s image came in the way of a picture published in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu this week.

The outfit is from MMO Final Fantasy XIV’s Miqo’te people, a feline race very similar to XI’s Mithra. Although cross-promotion between Square games is not a new concept, the clothing and the character utilizing it are causing an uproar. Not only is the choice in clothing completely atypical of Lightning, but the seductive pose looks forced and unnatural. Fans were shocked, even outraged at the changes Square has made to their leading lady’s image.

One is left to wonder why Square would make such a drastic change to the only standout character of the franchise. Some answers can be found by exploring the game’s country of origin, Japan.  Lightning is wildly popular in Japan and the games have been more successful in general with Japanese audiences. Many female game characters are considered sex symbols there, idolized just the same as any real world woman. In addition, Final Fantasy XIV was better received in Japan, where gamers are more forgiving towards Square Enix. Adding the Miqo’te costume was Square pandering to their fanboy crowd, particularly those closest to home.  It doesn’t seem that they care if they alienate other gamers in the process, either. While a little fanboy service is enjoyed now and again (see Mass Effect 3′s Citadel DLC), when it completely change’s a character’s image and doesn’t fit within the game universe, then it seems they’re catering to a select few.

This isn’t the only odd move Square has made with Lightning.  Square recently announced she would be included in Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn. Many are puzzled as to how they’ll make the crossover plausible in either world.  Producer Naoki Yoshida said in a recent interview, ” I don’t want to destroy the lore. There’s going to be plenty of cutscenes and explanation of the reasons in the storylines of why Lightning can appear in FF14.” Fans of the MMO are hopeful they can pull it off, but are (understandably) skeptical.

Will the next wave of Final Fantasy games achieve a more cohesive,well-thought plot than their predecessors? Or will they be doomed to mediocrity by outlandish concepts and fanboy service? Sound off here at Digibytes.me!

Final Fantasy Xiv:Cie’th

Cie’th (シ骸, Shi-gai?, lit. “Cie Corpses”) [siːθ] is a term from Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2.http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090730173625/finalfantasy/images/thumb/b/b6/Ff13-ss-ciecorpses.jpg/250px-Ff13-ss-ciecorpses.jpg

It refers to one of the two states that fall to a l’Cie; specifically to those who failed to complete their Focus in time. There are two types of Cie’th: Pulse Cie’th and Sanctum Cie’th. Pulse Cie’th appear more rugged and morbid, while the Sanctum Cie’th appear more smooth and crystalline.

Appearance and Personality
The Cie’th are best recognized by their crystallized and deformed appearance. While most of them are humanoid, a few of them are more monstrous. They do have a sort of hand/arm motif associated to them, as most of their most notable protrusions are or resemble deformed arms, with some of them having a pair of hands covering where their “eyes” should be. Most Cie’th have no emotions, intelligence, or goals, they just live trapped inside their crystallized bodies. They have long claws instead of hands, but they retain the facial features of their past selves. A pulsating red light in their chest keeps them alive.

The fal’Cie who created them also seem to influence the appearance that the Cie’th become. The Cie’th of Gran Pulse fal’Cie have what appears to be black, rough crystals formed all over their body, while the Cie’th of Barthandelus, a Cocoon fal’Cie, have mostly smooth, white crystals formed along their body.

The Cie’th are the non-sentient remains of a former l’Cie. They move purely on instinct and are known to be hostile towards living beings, including their former friends, which makes them widely feared as they also can wield magic. This is specially true to The Undying, a group of Cie’th whose hatred towards their former fal’Cie masters has made them all the more dangerous.

Only when they turn into Cie’th Stones do they show some of their former human selves, mostly their regret of failing their Focus and asking somebody to complete them in their stead so they can rest in peace.

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A l’Cie, when chosen by the fal’Cie, is marked with an incomplete brand; a tattoo-like inscription, when given a Focus. The brand completes itself over time, working as a timer for the l’Cie to complete their Focus. Should the l’Cie fail, or the time runs out, the l’Cie loses their humanity and crystals cover and twist their body. Their heart is sealed in endless despair, a fate far more torturous than death.

It is said the rate at which a l’Cie becomes a Cie’th depends on their psychological state; the more panicked and distressed a l’Cie is while completing their Focus, the faster they will turn into a Cie’th. Fang reveals that as time runs out, the Pulse l’Cie mark sprouts more and more arrows and eventually an eye, and when the eye is fully opened, they are transformed.

Fal’Cie can transform humans instantaneously into Cie’th by assigning them no Focus at all, as shown by the Cavalry soldiers all transforming into Sacrifice Cie’th on the way to Orphan’s Cradle. After the Day of Ragnarok, the Cie’th become scarce over time, although in one future in the year 400 AF, the Proto fal’Cie Adam uses Cie’th as its enforcers to wipe out any opposition to it.

Cie’th Stones

Main article: Cie’th Stone

It is possible for Cie’th to still complete their Focus, in which case they would still transform into crystals. Over the course of years, the energy of a Cie’th may dry out, in which case it would turn into a crystalline tombstone, unable to move about but gaining the ability to communicate and ask others to complete their Focus for them. These Cie’th Stones can be found in abundance throughout Gran Pulse.

The Undying

Main article: Undying (Final Fantasy XIII)

There is a powerful group of Cie’th known as The Undying, who have a unique appearance compared to the other Cie’th. These Cie’th defy the will of the fal’Cie that made them into l’Cie and are filled with hatred because of it toward everything that lives. In Final Fantasy XIII completing a mission which has one of these Cie’th as a mark normally allows the player to access a previously closed-off area, except for the first and last marks, which initiate and finish the series respectively.

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Final Fantasy Xiv:Shinra Electric Power Company

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The Shinra Electric Power Company (神羅電気動力株式会社, Shinra Denki Dōryoku Kabushiki-gaisha?), also known as Shinra Inc. (神羅カンパニー, Shinra Kanpanī?, lit. “Shinra Company”) and sometimes spelled Shin-Ra, is a company in the world of Final Fantasy VII. It is primarily a power company, supplying Mako energy to the world and making electricity efficient and easily available. Shinra also operates in genetic engineering, space exploration, and has a strong military power including the elite group SOLDIER. This military power, combined with their monopoly of Mako energy, gives Shinra a measure of control over the world populace.

Nearly every central character in the entire Compilation of Final Fantasy VII has been negatively affected by Shinra’s tyrannical rule, even many who work under its banner. The main characters of Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- work for the company.

Story

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Shinra was originally a small weapons manufacturer known as the Shinra Manufacturing Works. When they discovered how to refine Lifestream into Mako energy as an electrical energy source, they exploded in power. The company spread power to the entire world, setting up Mako Reactors, quietly taking over every aspect of the Planet. With their ever-increasing finances, they expanded into many areas, including space exploration. As people became more dependent on Shinra’s power and goods, President Shinra, the owner of the company, became a global autocrat.

Starting a private army, using Mako energy to power the elite SOLDIER class and funding an undercover corps called the Turks, Shinra ruled with an iron fist. They began performing human experiments to create supersoldiers. When the people of Wutai disagreed with setting up Mako Reactors to their land, Shinra sent in their army to force their influence.
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http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090414195323/finalfantasy/images/c/c9/Shinra_News_Logo.pngShinra constructed the metropolis of Midgar, which houses the Shinra Headquarters and eight large Mako Reactors. Shinra controls the city and the lives of its people, although the company introduced a figure-head mayor. It obtained control of much of the world’s information and broadcasting services, and created a propaganda news service called “Shinra News”. The main purpose of this propaganda machine is to declare those considered disloyal to Shinra dead and to distort events to Shinra’s favor. In protest to Shinra’s lies, an anti-Shinra news service called “Shinra Truths” appeared. Both of these can be viewed as emails in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.

Shinra pursues the Promised Land, a fertile land famous from Cetra legends; Shinra believes the land to be full of Mako energy, and plan to relocate their center of operations there in a project named Neo Midgar. Shinra goes through great lengths to create a person with Cetra’s power who could lead them to the Promised Land, but in the end, Neo Midgar is never built.

Dissent had long been felt among the people under Shinra’s rule. As the Mako Reactors destroy wildlife and outcast villages, people begin to despise their work. Many researched Mako, and realized Shinra was ripping life out of the Planet. Some Shinra employees desert as they discover the truths of the company, such as First Class SOLDIERs Zack Fair, Genesis Rhapsodos, Sephiroth, and Angeal Hewley. Anti-Shinra groups, such as the eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE, and the Wutai Crescent Unit, spring up to combat the army. Even the Turks mutiny over their leader’s unfair treatment and the human rights abuses the company regularly performs, causing a major fallout of many members.

President Shinra is killed when Sephiroth enacts his plan to summon Meteor to harm the Planet, and takes over Jenova’s remains stored in the Shinra Headquarters, morphing her body into his image and slaying the President in his office. Vice President Rufus Shinra takes over the company and hunts Sephiroth down to North Crater, a site of immense Mako energy the company believes to be the Promised Land they have been looking for.
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Their dreams are cut short as Sephiroth successfully summons Meteor and the Weapons, http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080913160509/finalfantasy/images/thumb/3/39/Shin-Ra_Building-Meteor.jpg/180px-Shin-Ra_Building-Meteor.jpgthe Planet’s defense mechanism, are awakened and begin attacking Shinra’s sites of power. Shinra fails to destroy the Meteor with the Shinra No. 26 rocket. In an attempt to destroy the Weapons, Shinra fires the Sister Ray, a powerful Mako cannon, destroying Diamond Weapon. Diamond Weapon fires off a salvo of energy before dying, and causes heavy damage to the Shinra Building.

President Rufus Shinra, thought to have been killed in the explosion at the Shinra Building, survives after a daring rescue and evacuation process by Vincent Valentine and Yuffie Kisaragi. With the leader of Shinra thought dead, the other executives at Shinra go rogue and begin acting on their own volition. Reeve Tuesti, the head of Urban Development, is stripped of his title and imprisoned by Heidegger and Scarlet, the leaders of Turks and Shinra army and Shinra’s weapons development, who are soon killed while facing AVALANCHE.

Professor Hojo, the head of Shinra’s science department, is killed when he tries to use the Sister Ray to help Sephiroth. The final remaining Turks abandon their mission to hunt down AVALANCHE and decide to help evacuate Midgar instead. As the Meteor falls on the city, it rips apart what remains of Midgar. When the Lifestream ejects from the Planet to stop the Meteor, the people realize how important the Lifestream is, and Shinra can no longer use it popularly as an energy supply.

In a conversation between Reno and Rude in Healen Lodge in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, it is revealed that some Shinra employees are still dedicated to the company, and return to the company remnants to help atone for their past sins. Whether this refers only to the Turks or other employees as well is unknown.

Final Fantasy Xiv:A Realm Reborn

FFXIV Excelsior ArtworkPromotional artwork for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, by Kazuya Takahashi. Several of the jobs and races in the game are depicted: Hyur, Lalafell, Mi’qote, Roegadyn and Elezen. In Latin, the word “excelsior” means “loftier” or “higher”, often taken in the sense of “ever upward!” – a fitting motto, given the game’s troubled history. The release of Final Fantasy XIV was met with widespread negative feedback, prompting Square Enix to issue an apology and replace the development team. A Realm Reborn is the title of the relaunched version, sharing the original’s world and lore, but rebuilding the game itself entirely. It is currently in the Beta phase of testing, with a full release anticipated later this year.

Final Fantasy Xiv:Imperial General Celes Chere

“Product of genetic engineering, battle-hardened Magitek Knight with a spirit as pure as snow.”
Celes
Imperial General Celes Chere, from Final Fantasy VI. When the player first meets Celes, she has been branded a traitor for an unspecified reason, which is never revealed. Celes joins the Returners and contributes to their effort up until her apparent betrayal and rejoining the Empire.

The second half of the game begins with her as the leading character. Believing to be the last person left alive, she attempts to commit suicide by jumping off of a cliff into the ocean, yet she survives and later discovers proof that others may have survived the cataclysm.

Celes’ in-game sprite greatly differs from her conceptual artwork: the former depicts her wearing a white cape and green leotards. Her musical theme, simply called “Celes”, shares the central melody of one of the most notable pieces in the series, the Aria di Mezzo Carattere.

Final Fantasy Xiv:1000 Words

1000 Words

“1000 Words” (1000の言葉, 1000 no Kotoba?, lit. “1000 Words”) is the name of the ballad Yuna sings from atop the Celsius at the concert on the Thunder Plains in Final Fantasy X-2. It was written by Kazushige Nojima, Noriko Matsueda, and Takahito Eguchi. The Japanese version is sung by Koda Kumi, and the English version by Jade Villalon from German pop group Sweetbox.

The original Japanese version is included on the single “Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba”. A different English version was also done by Kumi, released on her single “Come With Me”. The “Come With Me” single also includes a remix titled: “1000 Words” (DJ 19 Remix). An orchestrated Japanese version is included on Koda Kumi’s album Grow into One as a bonus track, alongside the original version.

“1000 Words” has three versions on the game’s original soundtrack: the version Yuna sings on the Thunder Plains, an instrumental piano version, called “A Wish That Spans the Ages” in the Luca sphere theater, and a longer, orchestrated version, that plays during the game’s ending credits.

Story

While Yuna sings the song, Lenne and her memories of Shuyin and Zanarkand are displayed, summoned by the Songstress Dressphere Yuna is wearing. In the English version Yuna sings a duet with Lenne towards the end of the song. In the original Japanese version, the concert FMV does not feature a duet. Instead, Yuna transforms into Lenne and performs a solo.

Final Fantasy Xiv:locations

Town
A Town (町, Machi?) is a game element in the Final Fantasy series, where the player is able to rest, revive its characters, buy armor, items, weapons or magic spells, hear rumors and various information given by NPCs or even catch ferries to other areas. They are often in the heroes’ way to their goal, and are crucial on quests, since various events necessary for the story to progress may take place in these areas.

They are usually accessed via World Map and are void of Random Encounters, although boss battles may occur inside. Also, some towns may be located near castles, or castles may even be towns themselves. In some few cases, access into Towns is restricted until a certain point in the game, and can also only be visited until a certain point in the game.

The usual background music for towns in early installments of the series is each game’s Town Theme, which is usually a calm and peaceful melody.

Appearances

Final Fantasy IV

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Added by CrazyswordsmanIn Final Fantasy IV, Towns where no Inn exists could be seen for the first time. Castle-Towns also appeared for the first time in this game.

List of Towns:

■Baron
■Kaipo
■Fabul
■Mysidia
■Troia
■Mist
■Mythril
■Agart
■Dwarven Castle
■Cave of Eblan
■Tomra
■Feymarch
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