The newest entry in arguably the most storied role-playing series in gaming hit stores this week.
Available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Final Fantasy XIII reinvents the series yet again.
Here's the overview of the story offered by developer Square Enix:
"Cocoon — a utopia in the sky. Its inhabitants believed their world a paradise. Under the Sanctum's rule, Cocoon had long known peace and prosperity. Mankind was blessed by its protectors, the benevolent fal'Cie, and believed that tranquil days would continue forever.
Their tranquillity was shattered with the discovery of one hostile fal'Cie.
The moment that fal'Cie from Pulse — the feared and detested lowerworld — awoke from its slumber, peace on Cocoon came to an end.
Fal'Cie curse humans, turning them into magic-wielding servants. They become l'Cie — chosen of the fal'Cie.
Those branded with the mark of a l'Cie carry the burden of either fulfilling their Focus or facing a fate harsher than death itself.
A prayer for redemption. A wish to protect the world. A promise to challenge destiny.
After 13 days of fates intertwined, the battle begins."
As an homage to Final Fantasy titles of past and present, here's a mix-and-match of screenshots from various titles in the main series (no Crystal Chronicles or Tactics here).