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Mark March 9, 2010 on your calender! Release date of Final Fantasy XIII and Demon Hunter’s The World Is A Thorn!

Final Fantasy XIII cast artwork. Release date is March 9, 2010
March 9, 2010 will be a day to REMEMBER!

On this day, two of my favorite things ever are releasing: Final Fantasy and Demon Hunter! Specifically Final Fantasy XIII and Demon Hunter’s The World Is A Thorn!

The World is A Thorn is the name of Demon Hunter’s 5th studio album and the long-awaited follow-up to “Storm the Gates of Hell”. I couldn’t be more excited for an album than I am for the return of the Clark Bros. (or rather, Ryan Clark, since Don left. *sad face*) and I am beyond bursting at the seams to hear their new songs and see how their sound has evolved (I have refused to listen to any until I actually have the album in my hands!).

I know it will be different and I don’t know that I’ll be prepared, but new material from the kings of Christian metal is a time to headbang in the streets!

So be sure to have your copy pre-ordered to support these guys! As I’ve laid out already there are several The World Is A Thorn Demon Hunter pre-order bundles available for you to choose from and if you can’t get it there (as of this post you are already too late as they have SOLD OUT of every bundle!) you can always order via Amazon, Best Buy, iTunes, etc. So just be sure and GET SOME!

Demon Hunter V wallpaper. The World is A Thorn release date March 9, 2010

I must say though that I am somewhat anxious, as even though I absolutely LOVE Storm the Gates of Hell, there was a point when it first came out that I didn’t care for it as much as The Triptych (their third album) and it took me a while before I truly loved it. Now I like it as much if not MORE than Triptych!

Then we have FINAL FANTASY XIII! This is the latest game in the Final Fantasy series and the thirteenth core entry in the long-running series. I already have the European PS3 Limited Collector’s Edition from the UK pre-ordered thanks to my friend in the Netherlands who will be shipping it to me personally! That’s because the stores themselves don’t ship overseas, so I’m extremely lucky.

Unfortunately I don’t yet have a PS3 after selling mine last winter to help my brother pay his bills . . . But I really just wanted the collector’s edition for all the extras packed into it. Below is the official synopsis and features on the game as well as what is included in the UK Collector’s Edition that I already have ordered! Note that the U.S. doesn’t get a Collector’s Edition, so all you get for pre-ordering is a freakin’ digital strategy guide!

Before we get to the features in the game, check out this trailer to see what FFXIII is all about!

Also here is the English theme-song for the game (“My Hands” by Leona Lewis) which is wrapped up in an epic trailer.

Now here is all the official information including synopsis and the UK Limited Edition details:

A tale of souls from a futuristic civilization illuminated by the Light of the Crystal, the newest addition to the Final Fantasy series is worthy of the title “next generation.” Developed by Square Enix, the eagerly anticipated Final Fantasy XIII features the latest in cutting-edge technology and provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics.

Take Part in a Gaming Experience that Sets New Standards – The first in the series developed for a simultaneous release on multiple high-definition consoles, FINAL FANTASY XIII pushes new boundaries in cinematic presentation, sound and gameplay.; Experience the Unity of Speed and Strategy with the Ultimate

Active Time Battle system – The familiar system has evolved, granting players the freedom of executing numerous commands in a single turn with the multi-slot ATB gauge. Whether inputting singular commands in each slot for consecutive attacks, or expending multiple slots at once to activate a devastating blow, it’s up to the players to respond effectively to the battle conditions at hand.; Adapt to the Ever-Changing Tide of

Battle with Paradigms – A brand-new game mechanic enabling players to assign roles to their party members at any time during battle, shifting between combat paradigms. Consisting of various combinations of the game’s six roles, ranging from Commando, the offensive specialist, to Medic, the quintessential healer, paradigms allow players to respond and adapt instantly to any given situation to turn the tide and seize victory.; Witness the Battle Scene Transform with an All-New Summon System – Introducing Gestalt Mode, a powerful dimension of the summon system that elevates the action to a whole new level. In Gestalt Mode, characters and their transformed Eidolons fight as one, dealing massive damage to enemies through simple button commands.; Delve into an Emotional Experience – An immersive storyline connects players to an intriguing cast of characters. Will they have the strength to confront their cursed fates, or will destiny prevail over all that they believe in?

From the creative minds behind FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY X comes the latest installment in the critically acclaimed series. As FINAL FANTASY VII was for PlayStation, and FINAL FANTASY X for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, FINAL FANTASY XIII will be the first numbered FINAL FANTASY title for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360, and will look to once again reestablish the series as the RPG brand. Players will follow Lightning, Snow, and the other heroes who are dealt a hand of fate by the god-like fal’Cie. Cursed and regarded as enemies of society, they have the world against them and nobody to rely on but each other. Will they find the strength within themselves to break free of their curse and determine their own fates, or will they succumb to this higher power? With a story that is sure to connect with players’ hearts, diverse new characters from world-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura, and exciting new gameplay features centered around an evolved Active Time Battle system, FINAL FANTASY XIII will be the pinnacle in gaming experiences.

Story
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 tranquility 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 thirteen days of fates intertwined, the battle begins.

Key Features of Final Fantasy XIII include:

* Take Part in a Gaming Experience that Sets New Standards – The first in the series developed for a simultaneous release on multiple high-definition consoles, FINAL FANTASY XIII pushes new boundaries in cinematic presentation, sound and gameplay.

* Experience the Unity of Speed and Strategy with the Ultimate Active Time Battle system – The familiar system has evolved, granting players the freedom of executing numerous commands in a single turn with the multi-slot ATB gauge. Whether inputting singular commands in each slot for consecutive attacks, or expending multiple slots at once to activate a devastating blow, it’s up to the players to respond effectively to the battle conditions at hand.

* Adapt to the Ever-Changing Tide of Battle with Paradigms – A brand-new game mechanic enabling players to assign roles to their party members at any time during battle, shifting between combat paradigms.

* Consisting of various combinations of the game’s six roles, ranging from Commando, the offensive specialist, to Medic, the quintessential healer, paradigms allow players to respond and adapt instantly to any given situation to turn the tide and seize victory.

* Witness the Battle Scene Transform with an All-New Summon System – Introducing Gestalt Mode, a powerful dimension of the summon system that elevates the action to a whole new level. In Gestalt Mode, characters and their transformed Eidolons fight as one, dealing massive damage to enemies through simple button commands.

* Delve into an Emotional Experience – An immersive storyline connects players to an intriguing cast of characters. Will they have the strength to confront their cursed fates, or will destiny prevail over all that they believe in?

The UK exclusive FFXIII: Collector’s Edition includes special fliptop packaging containing the FINAL FANTASY XIII game, plus the following extras!

* FINAL FANTASY XIII Original Sound Selection: Soundtrack CD including a selection of music tracks from the game that are especially chosen for this Limited Collector’s Edition by composer Masashi Hamauzu. The CD is presented inside a slipcase featuring artwork from FINAL FANTASY XIII, and also liner notes that are written by the composer.
* The World of FINAL FANTASY XIII: Hardback book featuring character artwork, CG rendered artwork and environments from across the game production.
* Exclusive Art Prints: 3 highly collectable art prints showing artwork of the Eidolons, powerful summoned allies of the lead playable characters in FINAL FANTASY XIII
* Unique ‘Brand of the l’Cie’ decal: Collectible decal featuring this most iconic symbol from the game storyline

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