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PS3 Version Of FFXIII Dominates Pre-Order Stats

Just about every source that has conducted a compare-and-contrast between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Final Fantasy XIII has said the same thing: get the PS3 version.

Certainly, it remains true that when a franchise has been exclusive to one of the two aforementioned platforms for nearly 14 years, the vast majority of its fans have continued on with that platform. But with everyone saying the PS3 version is slightly better, that might also have had its impact on the pre-order numbers: as noted by VGChartz, FFXIII has hit the pre-order chart and the PS3 version resides in the #3 position with 338,765 reserves. The Xbox 360 version? It's in at #5 but with only 135,000 pre-orders taken. These numbers mean that approximately 70% of all pre-orders have been for the PS3 version. The bottom line is that if you own both consoles, there's really no reason at all to purchase FFXIII for the 360 and it seems that most of the long-time fans have recognized that fact. At the same time, the reserve crowd certainly includes the hardcore; the casual gamers who have yet to even try a Final Fantasy (maybe because they've only had an Xbox in the past) have yet to make a decision. And with over 38 million 360s out there, the sales numbers could end up being just dandy for Microsoft.

But I think we all knew what the proper platform was for this game; it was initially designed with the White Engine and the PS3 in mind and if there's one game that screams for Blu-Ray, it's right here. By the way, God of War III topped the pre-order chart with a massive 425,497 total reserves, which is pretty damn impressive for a PS3 exclusive. Remember, any exclusive is only catering to about half of the total potential audience multiplats can reach.  It's just math.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

3/8/2010 10:34:46 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (84 posts)

SvenMD
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 10:50:41 AM
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T-Minus 12 hours....and counting.

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SvenMD
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:18:44 PM

FF XIII in hand. Sweet!!!!!

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Arvis
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 10:57:06 AM
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But but but... the ApocolyPS3! Some PS3's will be down for a day in four years! Surely you would want this on the 360 because of that, right!?

Idiots.

-Arvis

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WolfCrimson
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:12:24 AM

lol

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Jawknee
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:42:29 PM

I couldn't believe the idiocy that ensued after that 24 clock bug. The web was plagued with idiot xbot articles claiming the bug would shift PS3 owners to the 360 version.

Idiots indeed.

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Kowhoho
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:56:41 PM

I was one of the lucky ones. I survived the Apocalyps3. So many dead....

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Banky A
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 4:10:09 AM

Isaac Clarke lives to be horrified another day...

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Solaris Knight
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 10:58:52 AM
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Not surprising. I really do not understand why most Japanese developers even try to cater to the 360 audience. Square was given a money hat so I understand their reasoning. For 360 owners it's all about Halo, Gears, Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead and Battlefield. How many online shooters does one console really need?

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Nynja
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:10:24 AM

Even the 360 community is speaking out about having too many shooters. They are getting tired of the same old mechanic; Point and Shoot.

I enjoy a good shooter too, but eating the same wheat cracker for years gets old very fast. I have always liked indulging in different flavors.

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Irievibes
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 12:14:05 PM

I even think their aim to target a western audience, wich in their eyes is unfamiliar with jrpg combat mechanics, was what ultimately led to the 15 hour hand holding marathon reviews are saying is the first half of the game.

I think they "overdid" the tutorial part because of their new target audience, and while i agree that it is certainly a good way to introduce the audience to the game genre , it does the game a disservice rather than moving forward imo, because that very same tedium is what will ultimately bore said target audience while also alienating the old time audience already familiar with classic rpg mechanics

i guess i understand SE on their logic, but i think they might have oversimplified the game too much...

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Highlander
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:55:09 PM

Sorry, when a tutorial lasts as long as the rest of the game, it's not a tutorial, it's simply the first half of the game. Considering how little there is to do during the first however many hours of the game, I'm not sure how you can say it's a tutorial since everything you need to know has to be covered within the first hour or two. Either way, re-labeling the first half of the game as a tutorial does not make it any more attractive to me.

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 1:35:40 AM

@Solaris Knight

You're right about Japanese developers catering to the Western audience. It's just plain nuts. Their home market is Japan, we are a secondary market at best. If they cater for the western gamer, that makes the west their primary market and the Japanese gamer becomes secondary. That's not a good recipe as other Japanese developers have finally begun to realize. SE however seems to be unable to grasp that the Xbox360 gamer is not their core audience.

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coverton341
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:07:59 AM
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Why do I have this sinking feeling that if this game does not fare as well on the 360 as SE hopes then they are going to take even more drastic measures with the next game in the series? You know, appeal even more to the Western market.

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Nynja
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:13:36 AM

The creator of the Final Fantasy series, Hironobu Sakaguchi, left Square-Enix because he disagreed with the direction they were headed. This is why he started his own studio MistWalker.

I'm interested to see what he has to say about Final Fantasy XIII.

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piratedrunk
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:16:06 AM

Actually I think if it does fare as well on the 360 it would be likely we see VS go multiplat. If not hopefully they will go back to making sense.

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FullmetalX10
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:26:12 AM

Pirtatedrunk: Nooooo, that may never happen!! *jumps out window and runs through town* Apocalypse!! Apocalypse!!

Anyways, I really hope that won't happen, and it won't if Tetsuya Nomura's voice has any impact on Wada... We're doomed...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:27:33 PM

You're right Coverton, they will ultimately bend over backwards for the twitchers and ruin everything. Wada is batsh*t crazy.

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Alienange
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:59:36 PM

@ FullmetalX10 - sorry buddy, the apocalyps3 was a week ago. :p

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Highlander
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:03:48 PM

Possibly. I hope they realize that the western market for RPGs is really segmented into JRPG fans and WRPG fans (plus a fair number of RPGs fans who like both). Either they realize that in fact they are better making their kind of JRPG game for the Japanese market and see the western market as secondary, or they abandon the home market and make a western game and treat the Japanese market as secondary. The predominant tastes for RPGs are so different between the two markets.

Sadly I think that with their current state of mind SE may seek to become even more western focused and as a result their home market will cease to be Japan. In which case their next FF RPG will be even more westernized. At least if they go the whole hog on the westernization of the game we might get a true WRPG to play which might be better than this bastardized half and half blend they game up with this time.

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FullmetalX10
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:23:54 AM
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Fanboy me: Yay PS3 FTW!! Suck it 3-fix-me.

Anyways, I am glad though, that the PS3 version is better, it gives me something to compensate bayonetta being better on 360 other than that it was intended as a 360 exclusive and that I don't even want to play it anyway...

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sonic1899
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:42:38 AM
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The analyst that said "The Xbox 360 version of FFXIII will outsell the PS3 version 3 to 1" has better be reading this. Number of searches don't equal number of sales, man.

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godsman
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 12:48:29 PM
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I'm more interested in the European sales. If Xbox has twice as many PS3 in USA and PS3 outsells them 2:1. Then PS3 must at least outsell xbox by 4:1 in Europe.

FFXIII probably have same lifetime sales as all other FF series. Approximately 2-3 million in each USA, Europe, and Japan. Just by looking at the possible PS3 to Xbox ratio sales. Xbox probably just get 1 million worldwide sales, as PS3 gets around 7 million. This is REALLY disappointing!!

One must think, how BIG that check must be from Microsoft, for SE have a simultaneous release AND exclusive bundles for Xbox with these ridiculous 7:1 sales.

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Highlander
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:58:10 PM

5 with 7 zeros?

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wakkaoaka
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:06:47 PM
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I leaving to get my final fantasy xiii ps3 collectors edition now :) store opens in 54 minutes. /tease

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piratedrunk
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:26:10 PM

Lucky! I wish NA got a collectors edition.

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Highlander
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:57:29 PM

SE didn't think that NA gamers would want a collectors edition. Remember, us western gamers don't understand JRPGs, we're just dumb shooter fans...

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coverton341
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 4:24:50 PM

Wait, what's a Role Playing Game? You mean like how you play as a role in Call of Duty?

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Geobaldi
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 6:45:27 PM

No, it's that game you play in the bedroom ;)

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SILVERAMMO
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:15:08 PM
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thats what happens 360 couldnt handle it thats why it was all crappy. ps3 is leading on 2010 plus with gow3 coming it will be the end of this console war

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:21:42 PM
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To be honest, I probably won't get FFXIII as I'm not big into FF games. However, IF I do, I know I'd opt for the PS3 version as I'm not keen on switching DVDs when I can have it all on one BR disc. Plus I'm sure it'll look better, too, given the PS3's better graphics capabilities.

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piratedrunk
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:27:14 PM

After seeing the comparisons it definitely looks better especially in motion. The 360 version has some blurring issues.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:29:13 PM

and massive pixelation problems.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:39:09 PM

Atleast MS was able to snag the PS2 version.

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piratedrunk
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:46:04 PM

I seriously love that gamespot called the 360 version "crisper" in the gameplay. oh man.

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Orvisman
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 4:15:27 PM

Probably because the 360 version has a better, more steady frame rate... which is a whopping one to two frames better on average than the PS3 version.

It is amazing what Xbots will hang there hats on these days.

As if the lower resolution of the 360 version isn't the reason for those two extra frames per second.

Furthermore, it is funny to read some comparison sites that claim the 360 version didn't need to be so poor because S-E didn't use all of the DVD-9 space available to it.

Why weren't these sites defending the PS3 and making the claim that the PS3 verision of Bayonetta didn't need to be so poor out of the box -- granted, the subsequent patch makes it a much better experience, imo.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:30:27 PM
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Well, I'm off to call Gamestop about that cryptic text message now. If they do open up at midnight tonight I might as well go since I live so close to the place. I CAN'T EFFING WAIT.

BUT, I have this sinking feeling they will just sell them out and be like, "Oh, sorry bout that we didn't count right, we'll have one for you in two weeks."

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Highlander
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:56:22 PM

What? You wanted the Pee Esse Three version? We have it for 360 you know.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:00:39 PM

I was also afraid they would do that, or get something wrong and hand me a 360 one even though I have my preorder reciept. I don't trust em, but I wanted to get this game as early as possible.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:36:07 PM
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But Aaron Greentoad said the Xbot version would wipe out PS3 sales!

I'm in the mountains till tomorrow. hopefully I can grab one from the local Walmart on my way home. The PS3 version of course. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 1:59:45 PM
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Okay, Mystery solved, they DO want me to make two trips to gamestop, show up at 10 to pay, then take a spot in line at midnight. I could just hang around, but I get the feeling I would just be sitting around smoking too many cigs. I guess I'll just make the two short trips. Will be good to start this tonight instead of waiting because it sounds like they are gonna fly off the shelves and I don't trust them at all to hang onto my copy until tomorrow.

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tes37
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 3:07:56 PM

You know you could go before 10 and pay. I pre-ordered through Amazon, so I can't play it until tomorrow after work.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 3:16:10 PM

I suppose I could, but I wouldn't get a reciept or anything. There will be a different register biscuit too, that place just worries me. I'm sticking to Amazon with day 1 delivery from now on.

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tes37
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 3:20:44 PM

You mean they make you just hold on to your pre-order receipt instead of one stating you paid in full.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 4:05:53 PM

I'ma scared to pay money and walk away with nothing. Spose I'll just chill out there for a couple hours, I bet they break down and just hand em out early. Not looking forward to mingling with the wierdos though.

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Alienange
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:03:44 PM
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wait wait wait WAIT

There are people who bought this for the 360?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:15:04 PM

Indeed, but nobody told them that it will Red Ring their machine as it attempts to upscale those crappy graphics for hours on end.

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Alienange
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:35:33 PM

For real. Watch for an explosion of red rings tomorrow afternoon.

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Kowhoho
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:58:23 PM

It's pretty obvious that they only went multiplatform because of the state of North America and the xbox. It's exclusive in Japan and the PS3 will outsell the xbox version in the Others territory. That leaves America, where the PS3 version will still sell more....

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Orvisman
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 8:45:41 AM

The manager of my local GameStop swore left and right he was getting the PS3 version because he didn’t want to have to switch discs and because the PS3 version would probably be better.

Well, when push came to shove, he ultimately bought the 360 version, the sad Xbot that he is. Unfortunately, I actually like the guy.

It turns out he gave the PS3 Slim he bought at X-mas, along with Uncharted 2 and some other PS3 games, to his cousin.

Now that I think about it, I like most of the clerks at my local GameStops; even though they are obvious Xbots, they aren't obnoxious about it.



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Deleted User
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:13:19 PM
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Shoddy ports don't deserve to have success.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:15:32 PM
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Anybody know how if the PS3 version has an install, and how big it is?

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Jawknee
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:32:04 PM

There is no install.

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Alienange
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:36:42 PM

You'll be able to save that precious hdd space for Just Cause 2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 3:13:24 PM

Good to know, I just want to be able to play it until my 500gig HDD shows up in the mail.

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Kowhoho
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:59:50 PM

Ooh, nice. I installed a 320 gig some time ago. Feels nice to not worry about space. I reserved 10gigs for Home for no good reason, just because I could! :)

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NightHawk17
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:36:20 PM
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It sucks that the ps3 is having supply issues:(

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Alienange
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:37:10 PM

Why? You don't have one yet?

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NightHawk17
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 8:13:28 PM

yea i've got one, but potential PS3 owners don't, and FF13 and GOW3 are huge games

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just2skillf00l
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 2:59:12 PM
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I'll stay posted for some feedback on FF13 from you guys who are picking it up tomorrow. I haven't completely given up on it yet. Although I'm not particularly excited or anything...but I just want some honest and reliable feedback about the game. Thanks

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 3:14:45 PM
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Logic: If we are talking about the same people who gave WKC between a 4 and a 6 (and we are) then a 7-8 for FFXIII has got to equal about a 9-10 in real-people-land. :)

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kraygen
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:41:47 PM

good point.

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tes37
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 3:47:52 PM
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I was uneasy about a pre-order for FFXIII, but after reading a little more about it with all prejudice aside, I feel I will like it.

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huh1678
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 4:14:58 PM
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I will pick this game up no matter what....With that said i just picked up the official guide book only cause its the collectors edition and it was for $22 with shipping, Overstock ftw :)

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natho86
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 4:16:46 PM
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I just got my copy then. I will see you guys in a couple of days.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 5:07:21 PM

Have fun Vivi

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Bandit King
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 5:17:23 PM
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I picked up my US copy last Friday (got to love those mom & pop stores). Still don't be too sad about the lack of a LE Highlander the American Standard Ed is more special then the Euro LE is (no sadly Im not joking). The LE for FFXIII in Europe comes with a standard cover. The logo cover is only a cardboard slip cover and is bigger then the Blu-ray box (from what I seen online. Also the Euro LE has no inside cover art and the art book is not so special. The American standard Ed (for PS3 anyway) comes printed on holofoil high quality paper with inside cover art and a color manual just like the first pressing of the JP release (Sorry Canada no shiny cover for you).

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jami
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 5:37:35 PM
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and this is with microsoft's exclusive advertisement campaign...this game should have only been for ps3. the fact they had to cut out so much to accomodate the 360 version is evidence of that. and as a result i'll be buying heavy rain instead...and i'm a longtime FF fan =(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 5:40:31 PM

You'll be back. They always come back.

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Bandit King
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 11:16:47 AM

Your really missing out on a great game and if your a Final Fantasy fan (like me) you should just get it. From what I have seen this game is still exclusive. On the 360 Square did a very sloppy port. They did absolutely no engine optimization and haphazardly compressed the hell out of the cut scenes. There was no love for the 360 version from what I have seen. Its like they did not even try or cared about the results. They simply made it because they wanted the free MS money.

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Snaaaake
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 6:27:32 PM
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Wonder where is Aaron Greenberg now, I remember.....ABSOLUTELY REMEMBER that I once read in an article of him saying the 360 version will DEFINITELY outsell the PS3 version.

Ok.....now I'm gonna listen to Aerosmith~~

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LittleBigMidget
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 6:41:45 PM
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Meh.

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Geobaldi
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:11:08 PM
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On Amazon, FF XIII (PS3) is ranked number one in sales. The Xbox version is #5. God of War III is #3 now after it was #2.

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Solaris Knight
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:42:50 PM
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I gripe about Square Enix alot (because I know they can do better and this has nothing to do with Final Fantasy)...But all the complaining aside I know I'll play Final Fantasy XIII (I've played every Final Fantasy proper) and I'll reserve judgment until I do. I rarely take critics seriously as reviews are arbitrary and one cannot say whether something is good/bad unless they have played it.

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kraygen
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:45:51 PM
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All these sales numbers just prove that SE should have said "Screw you M$, none of your twitchies will buy our game, go back to your shooters and leave us alone."

Instead they thanked them for the giant paycheck and lowered their sales of the ps3 version, alienated at least some of their fans, and screwed over everybody in the end.

Look how poor the 360 version is, it got a bad port, and we ps3 owners didn't get our towns. Hoping its still a lot of fun tho.

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Snaaaake
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:48:45 PM

I don't think there's any bad port here, I looked at the comparison and there's hardly any difference.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 7:57:31 PM

It's not really a port and the differences aren't huge.

But if you want the best, the PS3 version is it.

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Snaaaake
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 8:18:54 PM

Since the PS3 is the lead platform on this one, it's a no brainer getting the PS3 version.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 9:21:26 PM

I thought the difference in side by sides was rather drastic.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 9:35:54 PM

The differences are pretty bad. I bet it sounds terrible too.

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Highlander
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:53:34 PM

Re the difference.

The PS3 version runs at full 720p resolution 1280x720. The 360 version runs at a sub par 1024x576 (576p). In practice this isn't as visible as a comparison with 480p vs 720p. In terms of resolution the 360 version runs at about 60% of the resolution of the PS3 version. However there are two valid reasons for this. First of all, this resolution is perfect for the free anti-aliasing that the 360 hardware offers. Secondly PAL TVs in Europe run 576p so it fits perfectly for that and happens to match the resolution that the cut scenes are stored in on the DVD. So for the 360 platform, 576p is a very, very convenient resolution to use and visually doesn't suffer too much in comparison to 720p. You'll notice it if you look, but it will still look a lot better than games running at 480p.

What's worse than the in-game rendering is that the PS3 cut scenes are played back in full 1080p, but the 360 cut scenes are 576p which is the maximum DVD can handle (European progressive scan is 576p). So the cut scenes on the 360 are very appreciably lower in quality.

The sound isn't a huge issue as the difference between compressed audio and uncompressed audio are difficult for a casual listener to hear anyway, and on a standard home TV set up, it's even more unlikely you'd hear the difference.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 12:04:56 AM

Ok, ok, so was went on a slightly exaggerated outburst, it was only due to my slight depression over the whole situation.

I'm really just saying that, xbox owners didn't ante up with the pre-orders like they should have. For what it means for this game to be multiplat, there should have been a surge of 360 pre-orders.

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 1:04:56 AM

If "Gears" or "Halo" were in the title somewhere you can bet they would. But I don't think it's a real big surprise. It's still sad though. Especially for one of the main icon franchises in video gaming

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Orvisman
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 9:14:57 AM
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The 360 FFXIII version was hacked and released on the web last week.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 @ 2:44:11 AM
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Hey Highlander, I went & watched all those comparison videos, but couldn't see any differences at all.

I'm guessing that's due to me still using a SD TV, so that's why, right???

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