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FFXIII Tops UK Charts, Heavy Rain Steady At #4

Some contrasting reviews and a lower-than-expected average critical score won't stop the fans, especially in the UK.

According to Chart-Track, Final Fantasy XIII shot to the very top of the UK sales charts last week, immediately following its March 9 launch. It quickly supplanted EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2, another excellent game that also debuted at #1 a week earlier. Other notable titles on the top ten list include Heavy Rain, the stellar PS3 exclusive that received glowing praise from critics and has continued to sell well after its February launch. Also, Aliens vs. Predator managed to crack the top 10 again, despite a lot of reviewers telling gamers to ignore the merely average production. Here's the list:

  • 1. Final Fantasy XIII
  • 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • 3. Just Dance
  • 4. Heavy Rain
  • 5. Wii Fit Plus
  • 6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • 7. Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
  • 8. Aliens vs. Predator
  • 9. Wii Sports Resort
  • 10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

God of War III launches this week so you can expect yet another reshuffling of the top slots in just a few days time but for now, FFXIII is dominating. We don't necessarily disagree with the consumers, either; it's an awesome game and one well worth your time and money. But there will always be a vocal group that speaks out against its lack of a "Final Fantasy feel."

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

3/15/2010 10:54:50 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (87 posts)

PAKINIPS
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:17:57 AM
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Would love to buy all these games but i have so many games unfinished
Just had my birthday so its not money holding me back.
Damn you trophies

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Mr Bitey
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:25:04 AM
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Just Dance is the greatest game of all time!!!

;)

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kraygen
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:00:22 PM

That's funny because the first thing I thought when I saw that list was, how sad it was that a dance game was on the top 10 list.

Lol, to each his own I guess.

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Scarecrow
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:08:23 PM

Makes me want to make a "only for the hardcore" console

Even the ps3 gets casual junk

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hellish_devil
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:42:10 PM

Just Dance is for the Wii

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Mr Bitey
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:17:34 PM

lol I was being sarcastic. Guessing by all of the thumbs down, it wasn't obvious. Sorry ;)

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:31:58 AM

oops, sorry i missed the wink, my bad, in that case I can rip it to shreds without hurting anyone's feelings.

A dance game on the top 10? What da crap? Does nintendo spend half their budget buying their own games to make themselves look good?

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:40:45 AM

I know. The sad thing is, that the game has already sold a ton of copies. I just don't get it.

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Cavan
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:26:21 AM
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heavy rain would of sold even more but theres been shortages, the other week i couldnt find it anywhere

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:28:49 AM
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Wii Fit Plus? *Shakes fist at Nintendo*

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WolfCrimson
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:39:13 AM

*Shakes leg at Nintendo* Hey, this Wii Fit Plus thing is pretty good. Good workout, eh world?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:40:51 PM

I suppose PS3 fit plus will be next. *Shakes wang at Nintendo*

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:04:58 PM

lol @ shakes wang

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WolfCrimson
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:34:38 AM
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*Somewhere in D.I. CE studios*

Boss: BFBC2 is no. 1 in the UK charts! I can't celebrate this success enough! *takes out champagne bottle from liquor cabinet* Hey everyone, let's celebrate!
Employee: Again? That's the 4th time this week. What's the occasion, boss?
Boss: To BFBC2's success! *drinks up*
Employee2: Uh, boss, we were beaten by FFXIII
Boss: PFFFT!

END

Why do I get the feeling the above actually happened?

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Jawknee
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:36:41 AM
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::everyone rushes out to buy the latest JRPG from Square::

Except when they get about 20 hours in they question what happened to Square and what did they do to our beloved Final Fantasy franchise.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:45:21 AM

I'm over 40 hours in and i can honestly say its one of the best gaming experiences i've had in years.

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soli
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:01:07 PM

ive rushed to get it since december from japan and i have had no regrets.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:09:49 PM

Like Ben said, it's not a bad game, its just not Final Fantasyish enough for most of us.

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AProjector
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:14:21 PM

You're absolutely right Jawknee.So far (25 hours in)it's been a great action title but that itself it's the problem.I really wished they had called it Final Fantasy Lightning or some thing similar instead of it being part of the numerical series.I feel Pretty let down but maybe they can get it together for 14...."maybe".

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Alienange
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:32:08 PM

That is a huge statement Ultimadream. HUGE. And I tend to believe you.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:32:47 PM

It feels more like an FF game than 12 thats for sure

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:43:08 PM

Ultima and and I just agreed on something. What is going on?

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Alienange
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:48:25 PM

You're blowing my mind. I certainly hope I see what you're seeing when I get it.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:57:55 PM

Well i see mto be in the minority here but i really have enjoyed it so far. Whilst the characters and story arent as strong as 7 (which is hardly a fair challenge really.) It is still really enjoyable, I can honstly say i like each character this time around, each character is very different and well developed. If you like FFX i think you'll enjoy this.

The fact that the earlier part of the game is linear didnt bother me because story events happened very frequently. I dont see wht people are complaining so much about the combat, i think its one of its freshest features (Though i do admit it sucks when the lead dies its game over, currently struggling on a boss due to that.)

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Arvis
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:01:41 PM

Final Fantasy XII felt like an FF game to me.

I'm sure XIII will too, when I get around to it.

Meanwhile, Resonance of Fate releases tomorrow... and there isn't a SINGLE review of it online anywhere!

-Arvis

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:46:55 AM
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I would like to give AvP a try, The new Predators movie is looking ace :D

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:10:25 PM

those movies are beyond crappy

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:43:21 PM

The AvP movies were awful, but Predator 1 and Alien 1-3 are fantastic.

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BlackBriar
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:32:51 PM

The New Predators looks great, This new Predators stays true to the story. Ha! I agree The AvP films were horrible.

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nogoat23
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:15:37 PM
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If the world didn't care about sales figures, and companies had infinite time and money to create any game they wanted, what would they create? What would you create?

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Alienange
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:28:49 PM

FFVII remake. You?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:41:42 PM

FFVII remake, then a proper new Final Fantasy.

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Alienange
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:49:32 PM

Are you going to answer his question World? Does the World care about sales numbers or what?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 1:23:55 PM

The World cares about sales numbers when crap sells through the roof and gold sells like poop.

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:09:04 PM

sequel to castlevania symphony of the night still in 2d

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Highlander
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:23:23 PM

Me? I don't want too much...

I would create PS3 remakes of Xenosage 1, 2 and 3, I'd commission an Episode 2½ to fill in the gap between 2 and 3, and I'd commission an episode 4, then I'd complete the work of genius by going ahead and remaking Xenogears for PS3 in full HD.

All turn based and all the Xenosaga games using the voice cast from Episode 3.

See, I don't want much. :D

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Irievibes
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:19:02 PM

id pay a pinky finger to buy a remake of xenogears in 3d for the ps3!

to me its right there up with ff7,tactics, and secret of mana,

itts justone of those experiences, nothing cant quite compare, so you cant really measure it against current titles, those games were rpgs in a class of their own , epic is what comes to mind ;)

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Fane1024
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:32:39 PM

Final Fantasy Tactics 2

I already have the design document.

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Arvis
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 9:46:03 AM

YES YES TACTICS 2 YES!!

You are now my new hero, Fane.

-Arvis

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nogoat23
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:10:27 PM

All remakes and sequels, huh? Interesting.

If I was in charge, I'd want to try and make something that has all of the elements from my favorite games. Time/Space bending puzzles (Ratchet & Clank, Braid, Portal. A trophy for creating a game breaking paradox, at which point you'll have to go back to a previous save file), epic story/visuals, hidden items/trophies/weapons/armor, explorable worlds you can get lost in (including a giant labyrinth), random sidequests to create ultimate weapons/armor (FFX), minor upgrade system to characters and weapons, to get from place to place you will drive, Burnout-style, game play can either be hack and slashy (Castle Crashers), shooter (Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank), or turn based depending on which weapon class you have equipped at the time. (ie, if you equip an Uncharted gun, then all the enemies will use that weapon class and base their tatics on those weapons. If you then switch to a umbrella or fish, all the enemies will put away their Uncharted guns and bring out their Castle Crashers weapons. It's essentially 4 games in one depending on the weapon you use.)

I have no idea if putting that many different things into a game could work (it might feel scattered and disjointed), but that's the game I'd make if I had infinite time and money.

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Shams
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:17:53 PM
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Yeah, Sonic!

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Scarecrow
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 1:15:59 PM

Man, I gotta give this game a try!
Will get ASAP

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Alienange
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:32:28 PM
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Go MW2!

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Jawknee
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 1:49:23 PM

Predictable.

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johnld
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:23:08 PM

yeah, my modern warfare 2 went. Mag and Bad company 2 beat the hell out of it.

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Alienange
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:59:10 PM

It doesn't strike you as impressive that MW2 is the only game in the UK top 10 that is not for the Wii and wasn't released in the past month? Seriously, who cares that new releases are selling well. Of COURSE they are. To KEEP selling in the top ten after four months is impressive.

So I say again. Go MW2!

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Jawknee
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 6:47:16 PM

It tells me a lot of UK gamers have poor taste.

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The Stig
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 8:47:32 PM

@ Jawknee, its the same situation in NA.


1. BioShock 2 - Xbox 360 - Take-Two - 562.9K
2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Wii - Nintendo - 555.6K
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360 - Activision - 314.3K
4. Just Dance - Wii - Ubisoft - 275.4K
5. Wii Sports Resort - Wii - Nintendo - 272.5K
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - PS3 - Activision - 252.8K
7. Mass Effect 2 - 360 - EA - 246.5K
8. Dante's Inferno (Divine Edition) - PS3 - EA - 242.5K
9. Dante's Inferno - 360 - EA - 224.7K
10. Heavy Rain - PS3 - Sony - 219.3K

(Feb NPD figures)


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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:48:16 PM

ha i never said US gamers DIDN'T have poor taste.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 1:23:22 PM
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Hey guys I figured it out, FFXIII is actually Final Fantasy Mystic Quest II :)

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Scarecrow
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:08:48 PM

lol...

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:10:04 PM

lol lol

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kraygen
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:13:31 PM
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Man what does it say about the gaming industry when 3 of the games on that list are shooters and 3 are wii titles? To me it says gaming standards have gone way down hill.

If that many people are buying those games, it makes me worried for the future of gaming. What if companies start deciding that its easier and more profitable to makes those kinds of games.

If FF is willing to alter their game to be more shooter like, what else could happen? It's just scary to think about.

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The Stig
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:26:52 PM

I've been thinking the same thing for a while now too, but then a game like Heavy Rain comes along and it restores my faith that there are still devs out there that are going against the grain and producing something different.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:32:56 AM

This is very true, I can only hope every day that more devs choose to be original rather than lazy.

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johnld
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:26:01 PM
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Hey Ben
Are you guys reviewing Resonance of Fate. I'm still on the fence on this title because havent heard much....well, anything about it. Your input may help with that decision since i usually agree with your reviews. Does anyone know which is the lead platform. If ps3 is a port, i might have to scratch it off my list or maybe get it when its in the bargain bin.

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Arvis
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:51:35 PM

They used multiplatform tools from the gound up making RoF, however, they have been featuring the PS3 version in all the demos/promos/ads/etc for the game.

Both versions will probably be identical, but if I had to bet, I'd say the PS3 version will be better. Either way, it won't be Bayonetta-fied, if that's what you're worried about.

-Arvis

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johnld
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:24:38 PM

thats good to know, but i think i have to wait till after day one to get it now. I'm falling behind on my final fantasy XIII playthrough. It just doesnt grab me like previous final fantasies. Im on chapter 9 right now. The first time i took a break from a final fantasy game, this time i am working on getting some trophies for bad company 2. That and i'm picking up god of war 3 this week and maybe assassins creed 2 at best buy since its 30 bucks now.
So basically i still have bad company 2, heavy rain, final fantasy 13, and god of war SERIES to go through before i can get to resonance of fate.

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kraygen
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:37:08 PM

I was also wondering about Resonance of fate. It's piqued my interest because it seems like it might have more of a turn-based style of gameplay.

@ Ben would love to hear about a review and even if no review is coming, at least your thoughts on the game in general.

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chedison
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:49:21 PM

It seems turn based, but you actually move your character across the battlefield and can chain together teammate's attacks depending on how they move in conjuction with eachother. Also I think distance from the enemy has to do with damage delt to your enemy and to you. Sounds like it will make for some good strategy in combat.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:33:43 AM

that does sound very interesting, love me some strategy.

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Arvis
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 9:48:07 AM

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/resonance-of-fate-review

Finally, a review is up!

-Arvis

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rogergent
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 2:31:05 PM
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FF vii remake with a world map like gran pulse FTW

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hellish_devil
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:44:31 PM
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well well well, the Xbox 360 version of FFXIII is nowhere to be seen

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rogergent
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:12:11 PM
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ps3 sold 54% and xbox 360 46% of sales if it wasn't for the piracy issues on 360 it would have sold more than the ps3


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Arvis
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:24:39 PM

Dubious.

-Arvis

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Rings of Uranus
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:38:47 PM

if if's and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a wonderful christmas

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Irievibes
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:21:56 PM
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modern warwhat? mag looks fun though...i like a shooter everynow and then

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BlackBriar
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:34:56 PM
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Heavy Rain,I love that its selling extremely well. Great Game!

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rogergent
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 4:43:25 PM
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lol i knew i would get thumbed down even though im a ps3 fanboy

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Scarecrow
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:34:41 PM
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By the way, thumbs down means thumbs up now

Thank you

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DIsmael85
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:41:55 PM
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Man after reading through a majority of the posts on here, it makes me rather sick to like the PS3 as much as I do. No matter what system you own, even the elitist will condemn you on your own platform. Dude Modern Warfare 2 is selling better than any game to date. A single title that has sold over 25 Million copies is pretty nuts. I'm glad Final Fantasy is #1 and it deserves it, and it's definitely a Final Fantasy game. I blame the long 5 year gap that people have fell out of touch with what a Final Fantasy is supposed to be. If your a fan you'll know.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 6:47:59 PM

The Jonas Brothers sell tons of records, does mean their music is good.

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DIsmael85
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 7:38:58 PM

Uhm obviously if it sold that many then yes it is good. Obviously not to you or I, but it's good that it sold that many. Where did that relation come from?

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:38:08 AM

Your logic isn't quite correct. Lots of people buy things hoping they are good, but end up disappointed.

I paid to go see a movie in theaters, it was rated #1 at the box office, but the movie sucked. All reviews for it said it sucked, it was ripped apart, but lots of people went to see it before the reviews were out, does that make it good?

Just saying that sales don't necessarily = quality. How many times have people rushed out to buy a game on release day, only to turn around and sell it a few days later.

Just some examples to ponder.

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:43:28 PM

What movie are you referring to? See this is a matter of opinion when you say something sucks, it may be good to someone else. That's the problem with the internet. People think what they say or believe is fact. I'm stating that "Gamers" think Final Fantasy should have stayed the same. I'm simply stating that it could not, it had to change. You want to know how bad it would have been if it stayed turn based? Check out the reviews on Lost Odyssey. It would not have helped Final Fantasy one bit to stay old school. Now that of course is my opinion, but the facts of Lost Odysseys abysmal reviews exists.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:49:49 PM

As a musician i can honestly tell you their music is NOT good. A majority of people have very bad taste. Not the other way around. Again just because something sells well doesn't automatically mean its Good. Its irrelevant.

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:58:40 PM

As a musician myself, which you could have read on another topic, I agree, but it's a factor of opinion. You cannot dictate what is good or bad for other people. That's a bit arrogant. I will fully go on with my opinion that games have to change. In the case of Final Fantasy this was inevitable. We all knew it was coming. If anyone has the sense to see why games have to change, look at the review scores for Lost Odyssey and see what critics were saying. If that's how people are these days then you will see they were no favorable. I loved Lost Odyssey because it was "Old-School" RPG, but the company suffered because it was "Old-School". Just saying, once again.

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Shams
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:54:25 PM
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Ben, what happened to Arnold's review for FFxiii? Did his feelings mirror your's, and he just didn't feel the need to put up the review? Or is he still playing it? Or is he having difficulty finding time to play it because he has GOW3?

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darxed
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 7:18:29 PM

Yeah I was wondering the same thing... You said it would be done around the weekend right? Arnold's not doing it anymore?

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:39:25 AM

I'm gonna jump on this bandwagon too and beat the "Where's arnolds review," horse to death.

We still want to read it, if he's taking his time, I can wait, we are all just anxious.

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wakkaoaka
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 7:45:12 PM
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parapa the rappa with the ps3 move and 3d = best selling game... if only such a thing existed

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Snaaaake
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 7:51:56 PM
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Hmmm, Imma shoot UK gamers if GOWIII doesn't top the chart this week.

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Gordo
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:18:56 PM
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I can't believe the hatred out there at the moment for FFXIII, God Of War and Heavy Rain.

It seems like every games sites comments section has errupted into an all out fanboy vitriolic war to the death.

Someone seems to have released the orcs and every decent comment is drowned out by a sea of noise.

I couldn't read any comments section about Heavy Rain without getting bomarded with serious spoilers. The hatred at the moment being spouted about God of War and the PS3 is just astounding.

It might be just me but it seems a lot worse than usual.

Present company excepted :-)

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:43:20 AM

I went out of my way not to read anything about Heavy Rain before I played it.

I would suggest doing the same if you haven't played/had it spoiled yet.



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fooosie
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:40:20 AM
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My wife just left to get GOWIII!!! Cant wait till she gets back! SURE i have to wait till she puts down the controller before I get to play... HEY! no "You like to watch" jokes

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___________
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:05:39 AM
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wow BFBC2 at number 2?
did not see that comming, i guess i underestimated the popularity of mediocre overdone war styled FPS.
anyway, i hope heavy rain picks up and keeps on selling, i need another experience like that yesterday!

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Yup, I'm nabbing this one now.
Yes, but I'm waiting for a while.
Maybe...not sure yet.
No, not interested.

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