As I had feared – the dubbing leaves much to be desired. The range of emotion is just not there! While there are plenty of experienced anime voice actors in Japan, Square probably could not afford to hire top Hollywood/Broadway/West-End English voice actors. Sadly, they have got the money so I don’t see why they could not put more effort into the International version.
However, the graphics are spectacular! The teardrop at the beginning of the trailer really shocked me. I wonder how much time someone spent on coding that piece of trick. I don’t recall seeing such beautifully rendered tears in any game. I hope that this is a sign of games to come and that developers have begun to come to terms with the console hardware architecture.
I asked around and the Japanese version of FF13 is retailing for almost RM400 in Malaysia. These local vendors really know how to make money. I will probably buy it from the UK when I go back there next time.