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Square Enix Hooks Up Final Fantasy XIII-2 And Facebook

Facebook integration is big in games these days.

And when it comes to a huge game like Final Fantasy XIII-2, don't you want to share your achievements with your friends? Won't they want to share them with you?

Square Enix has announced the ability for players to post FFXIII-2 Achievements and Trophies on Facebook. This is a first in the franchise's storied history. Fans of the game can "keep friends up-to-date with their gaming experience via a direct link to Facebook." Once you get as far as the Historia Crux (which is within the first couple hours), you'll be able to upload information about your progress: current party setup, monsters collected, battle scores, and more. Personally, I like the idea of seeing how other people are doing, because everyone will approach this game differently.

Which gate did you open and when? Which quests have you completed? Where do I have to go to finish this? What are your favorite monsters? And about a million "How do I-?" questions to boot.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2

Tags: ffxiii-2, final fantasy xiii 2, ffxiii2 facebook, square enix

2/3/2012 12:23:24 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Underdog15
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:11:02 PM

"all it is is teenage girls or old tired women posting everything they do every second"

That's all it is? I wouldn't know, because my facebook account doesn't have any teenage girls (save my little cousin) or old tired women on my friends list. So to me, this isn't very true.

I love it because it keeps me closely knit with my immediate and extended family and close friends and their families who are hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of kilometers/miles away.

My parents keep me updated on how things are going, and I can share with them lots of pictures of their new grandson. (We're about a 22-23 hour drive apart)

So for us, social networking like that is invaluable. My professional social networking happens on LinkedIn. But social networking like Facebook has managed to make communication a fair bit easier with loved ones.

Some of my friends love video games too, so these facebook connections improve the experience for us. (My friend, Jesse, comes to mind. Former roommate of 2 years. Loves the FF franchise as much as me. Is way the hell up in Newfoundland studying to become a teacher. This is an excellent case in point of how a feature like this in many MORE games would be welcome.)

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:17:25 PM

VallartaBoy,

I don't think you have a single opinion that I agree with.

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kokoro
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 10:14:53 PM

Dito

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:22:15 PM
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Not into FB, but can't you set your PSN account to it so wehnever your get a trophy it shows up on there?

In anycase I finally got my XIII-2 Collector's Edition (PAL) today, I had to fight for the Pre-order Bonus at game though! I went in early in the morning and they siad they'd sold out of Pre-order bonuses, I eventually got mine later when they got some more instock so I now have it all. I am just watching my flatmate finish XIII-1 before I devour XIII-2 :P

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Underdog15
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:43:59 PM

Yeah you're right, you can. I disabled it after a while, though. A lot of the trophies are hidden, so it just plastered my wall with, "Underdog15 got the trophy ???(???)??? ????? ?? ????" all the time. It was kinda stupid. I think it's been improved a little to not cover your wall with question marks, and just say (6 hidden), but still. Most of my friends and family don't care.

But this FFXIII-2 one seems to just compare with other FB friends who have played it and make for comparisons and updates. I'm not sure, though.

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Highlander
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:38:41 PM
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Personally, I can't stand facebook. Not only is it as secure as a wet paper bag, but it's essentially a huge data farm and pump designed to trick users into giving up information about themselves - likes, dislikes, etc... Which is then sold to marketing organizations. It's a marketing dream come true. People are actually giving up commercially important information about themselves and their friends for free. Actually, considering the actions of people like Zynga, it's better than that because millions upon millions of people are *paying* for the privilege of feeding their data to marketing organizations.

I understand and appreciate the whole keeping in touch with people, social aspect of Facebook and things like it. But the downsides are just so monumental, it's impossible for me to see it in a positive light.

PSN integration was one thing, but games getting into it too? What next auto-tweeting your progress through a level? Facebook Status updates every time you rank up or beat a boss? Auto-tweeting or facebook updates for weapon upgrades? An update because you found a new item? where will it end?

I know a lot of people that abandoned facebook because they played games late through the night. Because facebook captures the updates and timestamps them, people would ask why they were playing last night at 3am, or wonder why they could play a game when the missed some other appointment. Facebook can open a window into what was previously a relatively private activity.

Facebook is not your friend.

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Underdog15
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:51:12 PM

While true about all the marketing sides of things, a lot of the other downsides you listed are things, that in my opinion, should be blamed on the users themselves, and not facebook. For me, the first thing I do, is that I don't allow any application anymore to publish status without my permission. So no one ever sees anything unless I intentionally upload at the exact moment it is uploaded.

I don't find the ads any more intrusive than most every other site (this one included), and every once in a while, I even see something I'm interested in. (For example, I saw an ad about one of my favorite bands, which I wrote in my info, playing a concert in my city. I clicked the link which took me to the website of the JLC where I bought tickets.)

My organization has used it as well. As a youth centre, it really helps that almost all local youth will see that there's a youth centre that can help them find counseling, employment, and educational supports for free.

Again, it's a tool that can be used well or poorly. But from what I can see so far, the negatives are almost entirely the fault of the user, and not the site itself.

EDIT: Also, your forums inbox is full, and I can't send you any more info's or messages. lol

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Highlander
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 3:28:49 PM

Oops, I'll clear the inbox...

I understand the upside of facebook, and like most things if people lived up to the best in them, it would be great. Unfortunately they don't.

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:01:47 PM

You didn't say the same thing as Highlander at all. He talked about the security of it and the lack of privacy. He also talked about casual gaming and it's addictiveness.

You generalized it saying it's annoying because only teenage girls and tired old women use it. Highlander made some accurate critiques, whereas you effectively said, "Cool people don't use facebook".

Additionally, Highlander mentioned that if the right people use it, it is an effective communication tool, but from his experience, it is abused and exploited.


You didn't say the same thing at all. In fact the only thing you guys had in common was that you both don't like it.

I also didn't downvote Highlander, because while I disagree, he presented his position with real examples and not stereotypes.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:48:15 PM
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See, this just gives me one more reason to hate facebook.

As a gamer, I don't like being forced onto a social site, just to enjoy any additional gaming enjoyment and/or secondary perks!!!!!


And some food for thought.....
....another bad thing about whatever you've put on your facebook account, is that more and more employers or even potential employers are looking up their employees or potential employees on facebook as another way to get rid of them or as an excuse not to hire them.

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Underdog15
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:52:25 PM

I think it's entirely optional, as far as I can tell. Unless there's some sort of Facebook item you get in game. lol

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Beamboom
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 5:04:25 PM

Who sees your profile is entirely optional too, as well as what you put on that profile. You should not publicise anything that you don't want your future employer or colleague to see on any kind of webpage, being it a forum, blog, comment field or Facebook or wherever. That's just common sense. A plain old regular blog is a thousand times more "dangerous" than Facebook, cause that's open to *anyone* without you having any control at all.

I'm sorry but this entire Facebook-paranoia by non-users is really quite ridiculous. Facebook, from a users point of view, is really just an effective tool to stay in touch with people you want to stay in touch with. What you use it for beyond that is all up to you. That's it. Nothing to be afraid of - just use common sense and you'll be fine.

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Clamedeus
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 6:53:50 PM

@Beamboom

I've had friends that did that before and they still got fired.

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Beamboom
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 3:16:43 AM

They did *what*, exactly? They got fired from having a Facebook profile? Or sitting on Facebook all day? Cause surely that's two entirely different things.

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:05:15 PM

I have my boss on facebook. lol

I also don't have pictures or comments on facebook of me partying or doing/saying anything that is counterproductive to our organizations missions and values.

Additionally, facebook is blocked at my work anyways, so even if I wanted to, I couldn't facebook it up at work. There's nothing there that would put me at any sort of risk. And if someone writes something terrible on my wall? Woot woot, my phone gets a *ding* to let me know something was written, and I can delete it immediately from anywhere if need be.

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Beamboom
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 11:32:16 AM

So do I, Under.
And my former bosses (at least two of them), and former and current colleagues. I think it's fun to maintain this arm-lengths distance way of staying in touch you get with Facebook. They are all good people anyway and there was no drama surrounding my changes of work, so all is fine.

I guess my life simply is too dull for Facebook to ever pose a threat for me. :D


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Underdog15
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 2:42:11 PM

haha you and me both. It's far more fun to provide a service to people that attract drama. That way, I still see it, but my personal life stays boring (and therefore, relaxing).

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The CEO
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 6:40:16 PM
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Facebook sucks. Meaningless status updates. Hey everyone I just took a dump send me some Farmville stuff. Google+ rocks!

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Beamboom
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 3:18:21 AM

... Just like most blogs are full of meaningless nonsense, comments on webpages likewise, same thing in discussion forums or radio listener caller programs or readers letters in newspapers or... Basically: Welcome to humanity. We are full of crap.

But if you just add your real friends and family, people you care about instead of joining the race of "who got the most friends win" competition, then maybe it becomes OK to become aware that your cousins dog is getting better, that your best buddy Johnny is playing Wordfeud too now or that good old grandpa still hasn't really figured out how to spell "technophobia".


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Underdog15
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:06:26 PM

You can write meaningless status updates, tell people about your poo, and play addictive/costly casual games on Google+ too. What's your point?

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eLLeJuss
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 7:44:36 PM
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Sounds pretty sweet. I just don't want my facebook spammed with updates of ff13 though. lol

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