Despite the enthusiasm among gamers for Final Fantasy XIII, I have, from afar, assumed and feared that the game represented a creative backslide. On Friday, during a demonstration of the game, I was able to test my opinion.
A pair of Square-Enix representatives was in New York to show the company's holiday lineup and tease some of 2010's. That tease included a playthrough by them — no touching, journalist — of the E3 build of Final Fantasy XIII. That's the build our Luke Plunkett would have seen more of had a PlayStation 3 firmware upgrade not ruined things.