Final Fantasy XIII Comes To iPhone As... An Artbook

Square Enix is no stranger to iPhone apps, but the Final Fantasy maker is doing something interesting for the recently released Final Fantasy XIII, turning your iPhone or iPod Touch into a digital artbook.

The Final Fantasy XIII Larger-Than-Life Gallery, released today on the iTunes App Store, packs in a library of hi-res artwork from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game, a chance to zoom in on crystal clear images of Lightning, Snow or those adorable little Chocobos. Square Enix says the collection of FFXIII art isn't available in game or on the website, but much of it looks familiar.

At $11.99, it's more than a little ridiculously priced for a bunch of pretty pictures - we're not sure how many you get, but early adopters are clamouring for more images - but maybe the addition of a clock and calendar will make the investment worth it. If not, off to Google Image Search with you!

While it may not be the ideal companion for the recently released Final Fantasy XIII, it may be a step in the right direction. More artbooks, more strategy guides, more complementary apps for video games on the iPhone (and eventually the iPad) would be greeted with open arms at Kotaku.

Final Fantasy XIII Larger-Than-Life Gallery [iTunes]


Comments

    This seems like a good idea, but $12?

    I could use Safari on an iPhone and look at the same images online for free!

    Well I guess you could use them for some nice iPhone (or iPad?) wallpapers.. But struggling to see how that is $12 worth even still..

    I was tempted until I saw the price. I've bought a myriad of art books, CDs, etc over the years, but I can't justify paying $11 (More, probably, since I have to pay the Australia tax) for something I can only look at on my ipod, which given the nature of things, I'm unlikely to have in 2 years and it's unlikely I can move it to whatever I replace it with. Unlike a book, where I can read it any time, or a CD I can rip to any player.

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