I just found out that the latest Final Fantasy comes out on 2/14. Newegg sent me an email telling me I could preorder it and get a $10 gift card. I figured Gamestop would have a different pre-order bonus and I was right. I'm not sure if or when I'd use a $10 gift card from Newegg, maybe if I decide to upgrade my computer, but I still don't feel like doing that yet. As for Gamestop, "Pre-order Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns to receive Cloud Strife's SOLDIER 1st Class Uniform, Buster Sword, and Soldier's Band! Equip Lightning with Cloud Strife's SOLDIER 1st Class uniform, Soldier's Band and Buster Sword from FINAL FANTASY VII!" So, yeah that seems pretty cool! +1

Luckily, I found the PS3 demo at the PS Store and am downloading it now. It's a 2GB download and comes with another costume. Also, there's a free theme for the game, which I got an installed. Other than the info I've given here, I know nothing else about this game. I do love Final Fantasy, with VIII being my all-time favorite of the series. I didn’t really like XIII and XIII-2 very much. Although, I did like that metal Chocobo song.

It seems I'm not the only one with even a slight disappointment in the FF series as of late. Those of us who are fans of the series want a FF that kicks ass and makes us fall in love with it. It's not too much to ask since the series itself is quite epic and the fact that it's survived and thrived this long is amazing.

So, what are your thoughts? Have you seen anything about the game that I haven't mentioned here that you want to talk about? Are you going to get it? Well, at least now I know I'll have a game to write about soon and I have about 10 days until I get my hands on it. Luckily, I'll have the demo soon and I also bought Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Collection for the PS3.

Quick synopsis:
I like the demo, but why does it seem like Snow is a bad guy? He seems to be caught up in Chaos along with a new character. Lightning is apparently the "Savior" sent by God. The end of the world is coming in 13 days and you have to try to save everyone (or whoever you can). Some characters return from the other two games in the series along with new monsters and at least one new character.

Just like FFX-2, you change between costumes. By default I had the "Savior" costume on. You can use the four PS3 buttons (Square, Triangle, Circle, X) to use different moves. With the "Savior", Thunder was used with the Triangle, Attack was with the Circle, Defend was Square, and I'm not sure what the other was. As a Black Mage, Blizzard (or higher level of the spell) was the Triangle, while Attack was still Circle. You can customize the costumes and moves. It doesn't take too long to empty the ATB gauge, but when you do you can switch to another costume and use it's ATB gauge while waiting for the other to charge. There is also an Overclock feature which you can use after some time that freezes time so that Lightning moves (attacks) quicker while the enemy is slower.

The game also connects to social media, like Facebook. There's an app for this game on FB. You can post screen shots and purchase certain items by talking to NPCs (their names are highlighted in blue). I'm looking forward to playing the game when it comes out, but I'm going to wait patiently. The demo said the game comes out on the 11th, but I swore other sources said it was the 14th.