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PSXE Poll Update: A No-Decision On FFXIII GotY Nomination

It's sort of difficult to analyze statistics when they're all over the place.

Technically, most voters said Final Fantasy XIII is a "great game, but not worthy" of a Game of the Year nomination but this group was separated by only 26 votes from those who said "maybe, it depends on the rest of 2010." Then the number of people saying it absolutely deserves a nomination is nearly identical to those who don't think the game is even that great, so I'm not sure what to do here. It appears to be a no-decision from my angle, but I suppose it's encouraging that the majority at least admit the game in question is great, and well worth playing. And when it comes to FFXIII, I think that's the proper viewpoint. You can't please everyone all the time, and if you simply examine Square-Enix's epic RPG for what it is, one has to admit that it's quite impressive. And of course, it's always tough to say a game deserves a GotY nomination when we're not even into the fourth month of the year... For our part, I honestly don't know how we'll feel at the end of the year.

This week, we want your take on the latest massive PlayStation 3 exclusive. The hype was massive building up to the launch of God of War III so the question is, has it lived up to the hype? Do you think it's one of the best games ever, or at least one of the best you've ever played? Is it an instant classic, as some sources have said? Or is it actually a little underwhelming? Let us know.

3/21/2010 10:18:35 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (86 posts)

tes37
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:33:43 PM
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GOW3 is just plain awesome. I think the game turned out better than I imagined it would. Great job on the third installment.

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inkme101
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:40:49 PM
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gow3 was an amazing game but i think ive burned myself out on it already. im sure ill be thumbed down for that but w/e. if youve played as much as i have then your prolly burned out on it too. ive played it every which way you can. plus im pissed at sony or whoever is in charge of the pre order dlc as i have yet to recieve my codes that i put in to the site 6 days ago. wtf?

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tes37
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:45:44 PM

You really should play one more time just to be certain.

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inkme101
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:06:03 PM

thats what i keep telling myself then BAM, 20000000000 playthroughs later im burned out on it!

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tes37
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:13:18 PM

LOL. I'm still on my first play through, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting close to the end.

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:36:58 AM

Mr. Spicy Weinr, how many hours would you estimate you have devoted to GOW III?

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:32:31 AM

id say close to 50. and thats a lot for a 10 hr game in one week. thats why im so burned out on it i suppose. dont get me wrong i do more than play games all day. just not this last week! LOL

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Shams
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 9:37:15 AM

Dude, if you truly put in 50 hours in the past 6 days since this game has been released, that's an average of 8 hours and 20 minutes a day (or 10 hours if you're counting only 5 days)! And you're complaining that you're burned out, as if that was problem with the game?!?!

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:32:44 AM

well i truly have! so thats about it!

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raztad
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:50:36 AM

@Spicy

Well man that's A LOT of hours put in a "short" SP only game. I can safely say you love it :)

It's perfectly understandable you get burned off. I for one can't stand the same game (regardless how great it is) for more than 30 hours. That's why I have a huge backlog of unfinished games.

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:29:22 PM

correct! i do love it! i just have to put it down for a little while. lol

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Jawknee
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:44:11 PM
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I pretty much have a love/hate attitude towards Final Fantasy XIII. I love it because the story is good, the characters are great, the design and graphics are great too but the game play really hurt about half of the appeal for me.

God of War III's visuals are nothing short of amazing. I keep playing the first 45 minutes over and over again. Pure awesomeness. Could be game of the year, but its still too early to tell.

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tes37
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:48:34 PM

The first battle is one of the best openings for a game that I've ever played.

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inkme101
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:07:18 PM

thats what else bums me out about gow3 it came in like an atomic bomb and went out like a cherry bomb imho!

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Jawknee
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:13:41 PM

Yup. BEST OPENING EVAH!

I do agree with spiceyweiner, the end was a bit of s let down, especially after some crazy douche bag on my list ruined it for me. Yup, he was banned from being my PSN friend.

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:38:17 AM

Jawk, what is your PNS id if you don't mind?

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:54:48 AM

@ jawknee

i know what you mean about the guy that spoiled it for you. i knew a guy on my list that spoiled resistance 2 and killzone 2 for me. BLOCK!! lol

why can't people understand that it's only cool if you find out the end by yourself???

seriously!

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:35:20 AM

i had a guy ruin heavy rain for me and it was one of the biggest upsets in my gaming career. i was on n4g BEFORE they issued a spoiler warning. god if i met that dude face to face id pound my 60 bucks right outta his face!

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Jawknee
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:18:59 AM

PSN ID: Jawkee1

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 6:31:21 AM

Heavy Rain! oh thats so tradgic. I would be ravage id someone spoile HR for me.

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telly
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 10:22:02 AM

Agreed on the ending. I'll try not to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but the whole tone felt tacked on. I've seen in interviews that Corey Barlog wanted to have a much darker ending, and I can believe it. The whole theme of the game is, after all, "in the end, there will be only chaos." Pretty bleak philosophy, but hey, that's what the whole game series is about and it's worked so far.

Still great game overall, no question.

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Hezzron
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:44:42 PM
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I've been playing GOW3, and it's a blast. It's that same old great gameplay with a few more bells and whistles thrown in.

But it's the graphics that absolutely steal the show. The cinematography and views will leave a lasting impression on you.

Go get parts 1&2 if you haven't played them yet....and definitely pick up GOW3.

A friend brought over FF13 this weekend, so I got to see him play it for a while. Looks great, but still kinda silly. It's the dialogue. Try taking a shot glass of booze every time Lightning punches Snow in the face. You'll be wasted after a few hours.

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Bromus398
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:11:42 PM

Try taking a shot every time Sazh says something barely skirting infringement on Danny Glover's character in Lethal Weapon. I just wish they would have let him go ahead and say, "I'm getting too old for this sh-t"

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kraygen
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:50:14 AM

@ hezzron

Got GoW collection new for $5 last week, almost through with the first one, awesome, awesome, awesome. Load of fun.

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chedison
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 5:56:12 AM

@Bromus

He says that, minus the sh1t part. lol.

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chedison
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 5:56:13 AM

@Bromus

He says that, minus the sh1t part. lol.

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Hezzron
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 10:21:06 AM

@Bromus398 - LOL, that's exactly what we thought when hearing that. I guess SE was hoping a younger generation of FF fans wouldn't notice old Danny Glover lines!

@kraygen - You got 2 great games at a fantastic price. That's like $2.50 each! Enjoy!

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 5:07:21 AM

thanks hezzron I will.

I may have finally found the game to sate my bloodlust. Well, maybe. ;)

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Mamills
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:46:01 PM
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ok im finally at the point in FF13 that i can swap characters in and out of my party (about 24 hours in)

while i do enjoy the battle system, and the pretty pre rendered cut scenes, the linearity holds this game back, badly.
i know why they are doing it, for the pacing of the story
but quite frankly it has hurt the overall experience for me. no exploration, no shops, no world map, NO AIRSHIP, up until now the raise spell is useless and it will also be the shortest final fantasy ive ever played.

(yes i know the side quests will lengthen the game but its still not enough.)

Final Fantasy 13 is a good RPG, in terms of the overall final fantasy franchise, it just isnt able to compete with 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12
if i were to give it my honest rating, i would have to agree with you guys here at PSXextreme and give it an 8 out of 10.

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shadowpal2
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:54:49 PM
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Come to think of it - I don't think I could have really given a vote since I haven't played it yet. But looking at many review, hearing from friends, and also watching gameplay (and some walkthrough videos - just because I'd really like to know the story)...I don't think it would get nominated.

I mean hell look at all these games that are going to come out and has come out: Heavy Rain, God of War III, Gran Turismo 5, Mass Effect 2, and so on...

It'll be tough for it to shine through those great games...especially being a sort of disappointing next-gen Final Fantasy.

But again I don't think I'm at the position to say that or be held to my opinion - because I haven't played it.

I mean heck - I would personally think that Yakuza 3 should get a GOTY nomination - when everyone else would strongly disagree...so yea it's all opinions.

In the end we all win don't we?

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newchef
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 10:59:06 PM

amen brother...as long as we all have that one game we absolutley love and cant put down then it doesnt matter who wins GotY or anything else

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RebelJD
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:02:52 PM
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FFXIII should definitely be nominated for GoTY. It's already sold over 2.5 million units worldwide. Making it a financial success, already. If gamers would stop themselves from comparing this game to all Final Fantasy titles that came before it, they wouldn't be so hard on it. Seriously, get off the comparison bus, already. I hear people have put this game down simply because of its linear game play, so what? You loved "those other" RPGs, good for you, but this game isn't "those other". I'm not a big fan of RPG games, what if I pick up FFXIII and love it? They just scored on getting themselves a new supporter. It's like musicians/bands that are known for a certain sound then go and change it. Indeed you may disappoint your dedicated fan base, but the idea was to branch out and become more widely accepted. If/when I play this game and it comes out being an awesome experience, shame on the rest of you.

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GamingBuddha
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:34:22 PM

You have a good point, but a company shouldn't disappoint their initial fanbase that's been there just to be more widely accepted. Also, games don't get GOTY for being financial successes. If that was the case, Modern Warfare 2 would have gotten it.

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kraygen
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:55:32 AM

@ rebeljd

by your description we should all give up our beliefs and convictions just to win over a few more people.

You can't win over everybody with one game. People like different genre's, so instead of stripping one genre bare, perhaps you should reach others with a different genre if you want their business.

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Bromus398
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:04:10 PM
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GOW3 definitely met the hype for me, or at the very least it was insanely fun and didn't disappoint outside of the ways that any hyped finale of a trilogy must subvert audience expectations to some degree while feeling inevitable.

FFXIII has officially become my second least favorite FF game, and my least favorite of the main series next to X and III (the original, not the renumbered VI). Still a fun game, just very disappointing as I got halfway through the hunts, finished up most of the ultimate weapon upgrades, and realized that I didn't care any more, and that there is a serious possibility that I may not play it again.

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:11:11 PM
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I think it deserves a nomination but i know lots of others disagree. As for the new poll...im not gonna vote because i haven't played it yet.

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Jawknee
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:15:50 PM

If FFXIII's battle system wasn't such a let down and it didn't feel like a tutorial for the 1st 20 hours, it might have been GOTY material. But...that's not the case so...

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:25:27 PM

I don't really mind the battle system. But a slower-paced one and letting you control all party members would have been better in my opinion, if not, they could at least let you continue the battle with another character whenever the lead dies. I gotta say though, this has been the first time I've ever gotten used to or expected game overs.

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:27:00 PM

Can anyone picture a turn-based FFXIII? I definitely can.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:20:47 AM

all would be forgiven if they had only let us change the party leader mid-battle. Or give us the option to choose which Eidolon to summon from which ever you make up you have at the current time.

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Alienange
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:20:53 PM

Some entire games only last 10-12 hours and you're complaining about a tutorial that lasts 20? Wow. Hard to please. It's not so much of a tutorial as abilities being added as you go.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 5:28:04 PM

The 10 hours GOW3 lasted were a blast compared to the 20 hours tutorial in FFXIII. Not hard to please, just practical.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:15:03 PM
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GOWIII > everything this year

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:40:34 AM

I don't know.....Heavy Rain is pretty good too. I'd put that up there with GoW3.

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sonic1899
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:30:02 PM

We didn't even see all the games for this year... :/

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BikerSaint
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:15:05 PM
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I'm not into RPG's too much so I won't be getting FFXIII till it's at a low USED price, just to add into my PS3 collection, but here's a story a local paper did yesterday on FFXIII.

'Final Fantasy XIII': 25 hours of boredom
By LOU KESTEN, Associated Press | Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010

‘Final Fantasy XIII’ lands with a thud, with the interesting portions of the game arriving long after most players will likely abandon it.

Associated Press: During the 1990s, the Square brand was synonymous with the role-playing video game. A generation of gamers got hooked on the challenging quests, quirky characters and sweeping story lines of Square RPGs such as "Chrono Trigger," "The Secret of Mana" and, of course, the "Final Fantasy" series.

Over the last decade, though, the Japan-based company - now Square Enix - has ceded the RPG crown to Western developers. Games such as Bethesda Softworks' "Fallout 3" and BioWare's "Dragon Age: Origins" have all the epic drama of Square's classics, while adding grittier stories, real-time combat and free-roaming exploration.

Still, as a gamer who's devoured almost every "Final Fantasy" chapter, I've been eagerly awaiting "Final Fantasy XIII." And it breaks my fanboy heart to acknowledge how disappointed I am with it.

The adventure begins in the floating city of Cocoon, where humans are protected by a mysterious race called the fal'Cie. A rogue fal'Cie from Pulse, the world underneath Cocoon, breaks loose, and some humans are branded as l'Cie, servants of the aliens. They're targeted for elimination by Cocoon's government, but several escape and set out on a mission to rescue a friend.

There are six primary characters, and they are some of the most irritating people ever to appear in a game. There's surly soldier Lightning, cocky stud Snow, whiny orphan Hope and spacey chatterbox Vanille - no one you'd want to have lunch with, much less spend the dozens of hours it takes to complete "XIII." I did grow to like Sazh, who comes off at first as a Chris Tucker impersonator but turns out to be the one sensible guy in the gang. Late arrival Fang delivers some much needed sex appeal.

For the first 25 hours (really), the characters are split into groups of two or three as they explore Pulse. The story is strictly linear, with no towns to visit, no interesting side characters, no off-the-beaten-path missions to pursue. "XIII" settles quickly into a dull rhythm: fight, walk, fight, watch a non-interactive cut scene, fight, save your game.

"XIII" does have its rewards. This series has long delivered on the eye candy, and Square has pulled out all the stops for its first installment on the current generation of high-definition consoles. The landscapes, whether urban or bucolic, are breathtaking, and the character animation is vividly lifelike.

The battles are built on an innovative engine. You control one character, while the others in your party are computer-operated. But you can change your teammates' specialties on the fly, so if you're taking too much of a beating, you can have one character focus on healing rather than fighting. I still miss the combat of previous "FF" games, which let you control all your characters' actions more precisely, but the alternative here is faster-paced and still demands some strategic thinking. And there's an unusually deep assortment of monsters and human villains to fight.

"Final Fantasy XIII" does pick up steam about two-thirds of the way through, as the characters' stories coalesce and the action branches out beyond the straight-ahead path. Unfortunately, I suspect many players - especially series newbies - will lose patience long before then.

pressofatlanticcity(dot)com/life/article_621fbd49-3b25-50f2-b2f6-4b4b9c17ffe2.html

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Hezzron
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:22:51 PM

Pretty good article. I tend to completely agree with it. Western RPGs have expanded and evolved the genre. JRPGs have stagnated, and in the case of FF13, even regressed somewhat.

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Alienange
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:23:30 PM

Slow down BikerSaint. I love Vanille. Her accent is fantastic and she's your typical anime bird brained girl that's "deeper than she seems."

And buying used games is gross but I'll let that one slide.

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Hezzron
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 3:46:52 PM

Vanille = Jar Jar Binks

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BigBoss4ever
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:22:31 PM
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FF13 is the natural consequence and unavoidable result of Square Enix's globalization greed and weternization of JRPG, it is a text-book showcase of how the golden classic Square JRPG got derailed and deformed under the influence of the stupid top head Wada. It is a good game with awesome graphics, but it has nothing to do with Square or Square Soft's legacy and wut made them to be the icon of RPG genre. It also offered nothing to the JRPG hardcore fans about wut they normally look for in a classic JRPG game.

I have said in my previous post, if the similar kinda of mechanism is used for FF15, I will never play FF game again. (i will give another chance for FFv13 for the fact that they might have towns and exploration)

GOW3 is the best action game on PS3 and GOW series is the best action game ever made in video game history, there is no doubt about it.

In the end, there are only a few games I TRUELY cared about this gen on PS3: MGS4, Demon's Souls, The Last Guardian, and GOW3 etc, it represents the very best of video gaming, nothing more to be said.(sorry, I am not a fan of FPS or shooters in general, so dont ask Killzone, Resistance, Uncharted, etc, MGS is the ONLY exception cuz it is NOT about shoot)



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DeathOfChaos
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:54:17 PM

Uncharted isn't ALL about shoot, either. Until they put the online in Uncharted 2. Never really messed with the online because it seems redundant to the whole concept of the game in general...

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Robochic
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 11:57:43 PM
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FF13 is all over the place for people which makes sense,I have a few people I know playing on the Ps3 and 360 to see the difference. My one friend tried on both consoles and returned the 360 version and swapped it for the ps3 version. Said the 360 version was horrible graphics, glitchy he actually had to erase all data for FF13 after 30 hours of play due to "corrupted data" he was so made he said F it and went traded it for the PS3 version and now he's happy but still upset on how he had to start All over again, don't blame him.

For the new Poll GOW III just is amazing, I haven't played due to my husband playing it but I've been watching him play and my jaw just drops especially with the graphics.

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BikerSaint
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 7:48:40 PM

@Alienange,
Slow down?
What? Sorry to bust all of your pre-conceived bubbles there, but.....

#1. nowhere in that post did I ever mention any opinion on FFXIII's story, and especially since I've already clearly stated that I DON'T own it, therefore haven't played it.

The only comments I have ever made about FXIII, was actually geared towards SE's and their shady willingness to steal of 1/2 the games content to either sell back as more money-making DLC, or to be even more lazy by re-using it & just tacking on another FF number to it.

Also, by most of the posts already made by others here so far, most of their comments purely "DO" show that FFVIII "HAS BEEN" noticibly chopped up & is now sorely missing almost all the major key elements of the past FF"s).

SO FYI, as for that article I included, I just posted it so that others could take partake whatever they wanted from it, or add their own thoughts/revelations/ comments towards it, and not towards me.

#2. And as for buying used games, to each their own.
I'm a gaming collector so there's nothing gross about it.
Unless of course, you call having close to 1500 games a gross thing to have, or not having to turn to into a pauper just to support my major enjoyment of games collecting.
(And BTW, I'm quite sure nobody uses a gaming disc for their masturbate techniques, especially when I assume a Hoover would work much better)
And, NO, I don't need to try either one!!!!!

FYI, I examine all my future purchases of discs first(that's 1 of the 2 major reasons I rarely buy used games on-line) & I'll only buy mint(or near mint for hard to find games).
And then I either polish & clean my discs before they ever get near my machines.
Matter of fact I re-clean all my discs every single time before I'll even put it into my machines. And I don't ever leave my discs in the machine when not playing either, so while I've been playing COD WAW a bit here & there over the last few days, I've re-cleaned my disc each time just before inserting it into my old 60 gigger.

#3. So E'nuff said?

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Mornelithe
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:02:50 AM
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I can hardly say that I was as excited for FFXIII to hit the PS3, as I was for FFVII to hit the PS1. Ultimately, I think it's this lack of hype, and some of the recent technical issues that really hurt this one. Hopefully, they can rebound on Versus XIII.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:28:15 AM

For me, it will never get better then VII I'm afraid. Katise promised us a FFVII killer in XIII, and it didn't happen.

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FM23
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:06:14 AM
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Man GOWIII has nice graphics, the best gameplay in the series, and a nice artistic direction, but Santa Monica truly fell short on delivering a story driven narrative. There in no narrator and I don't like the story arc they tried to use to give Kratos' a heart. People talk about how epic the game is, but no one points out how great the story is which shows how poor the storytelling is in GOWIII. The conclusion is nice, but the story progression through the campaign is lacking and Santa Monica used greek mythology as a backdrop to Kratos revenge instead of making it a key part of the story like they did in GOWI and II. The gods role in the story are to only die, no backstory, no recognintion, and no consequence. GOWIII delivered the best action in any game, but it didn't deliver the best conclusion in the gaming universe. But even though I complain, I am satisfied with the way Santa Monica closed Kratos' tale, but if I was the writer, I would have gave the fans a story they would have never forgotten. The game would have been story driven like the first two, not a 'quest'.

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 12:27:11 AM

AMEN!! ^^^^^^

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Shams
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 9:24:38 AM

See, the after first two (or 3 including COO), we already know who Kratos is. There's no more mystique to him. And with the exception of the Athena, we know all the main players, their motivations, and the plot line, and the universe of the story. Add to that, this was suppose to end it all. So I wasn't expecting to be blown away by the story. Unlike an entry in the middle of the saga, a finale of saga doesn't have the benefit of having the excitement of anticipation (for the next entry). So for what Santa Monica was left with, they did an excellent job, with a story that was already wrapping up, and with only two years to develop the game on a new platform for a new generation, with new and greater technological demands. Naturally they had to make the story up fast, to begin working on the levels, set-pieces, gameplay, and enemies, and so forth, with a lot of improvisation in between. GOW has been known as leaders for pushing the envelope, and Santa Monica had to continue that even though it was their first next-gen game, with only two years, as opposed to the 4 or 5 everyone else had. And despite all of that, i was still blown away.

My feeling is most people who've been burned out on it simply blew through the game on easy, not taking the time to appreciate every detail that came together in this masterpiece of a game.

And if someone says they've played 50hrs, in the last week and are burned out, well duh. That's more than 8 hours a day!

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:39:14 AM

needed more titan battles too! and at shams with the anticipation that was built for this game i felt it should have been one of those titles i could play without getting burned out on it. but you need to stop acting like what ive said was so horrible! i said that (I) burned (MYSELF) out on the game! nothing bad about the game itself. dont be such a fanboy!

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Shams
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 7:26:31 PM

No hard feelings, dude. I just think the last thing Sony AAA titles need is bad 'press'. The xbots don't need your help as they make enough fuss as it is. As for myself, you might remember, I'm more of an NG fan. But even I can admit Santa Monica's masterpiece is the best that the genre has to offer.

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 9:45:51 PM

but i never said anything negative about the game!(not negative enough to discredit the game anyway) im not just gonna roll over and say its the most amazing game ever and nothing will ever top it! just because its a AAA exclusive.(if it was dante as a lead character and not kratos i believe many would feel the same as me). and that right there is the difference between a fan and a fanboy!

but i apologize ill never share my personal opinions again for fear that sony may lose a sale!

i just expected a better game for the end of the best series of video games ever made!

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Shams
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 1:37:23 AM

Well, I'm not sure about best games ever. I really can't think of any single game winning that honor. Apples and oranges, ya know? They were certainly ground-breaking. And I found that especially true about this one, too. So I guess our expectations were just different. For me, I wasn't expecting it to be the best game ever, but this generation, imho, it is the best of it's genre. And out of all genres, it certainly has the best visuals I've seen, with U2 being a very close second, and MGS4 falling not very far behind.

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kraygen
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:02:31 AM
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I look forward to playing them both, when the money arrives.

So many games, so little money. =(

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FullmetalX10
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 4:07:26 PM

I 2nd that!

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Gordo
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:05:36 AM
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God of War III is a lot of fun and definately a keeper.

Can't believe I bought Bayonetta for the PS3 and thought the graphics were good. God of War makes them look like they're from a PS2.

Glad I played Heavy Rain recently because the Quick Time Events in GOW are easy now!

Don't think I'll need to use my tongue in God of War.

Not sure if it will get Game of the Year though. Still a long way to go and I would give it to Heavy Rain at the moment becaus it was so innovative and immersive.

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eLLeJuss
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:37:39 AM
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Well IMO final fantasies have always been linear. FF7 8 9 10 were linear at the begining too. The only bit of difference is u can explore the towns a bit BUT its still linear. Like FFX, i think the only time u can do side missions is when u get to the calm lands. Like getting yojimbo and stuff but before that u have to follow a completely linear story too.except there were towns of course, and blitzball :).

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___________
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 1:48:26 AM
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thats the best way to explain XIII i think, take it for what it is, take it for a first in the series and forget the recent iterations.
it feels like $E were going for storytelling over compelling gameplay, and it really shows and its hurt the game.
previous titles went for a mix of everything, a little of this, a little of that.
previous titles were jack of all trades master of none, where XIII is the jack of a trade and master of a trade.
up to you which ones better, me personally i rather have 5 brilliant things and none perfect ones. appose to 0 brilliant things and 1 perfect one.

as for GOW3 only thing that disappointed me is the camera, controls can be extremely unresponsive and the pacing.

the camera well hello this is a platformer how the fu** am i suppose to jump from a area to another if the cameras so far away?
the further away from something the harder it is to judge the gap.
ive lost count the amount of times i have died because i thought i was here when i was actually there.
bring the camera in closer, or PLEASE! let us control the fugging thing then id be fine.

controls are really annoying at times, this is where darksiders really took the torch.
in darksiders start a combo you can stop the combo and block or evade mid combo, GOW3 once you start a combo thats it you cant do anything till its completed.
ive lost count the amount of times i flick the right stick and kratos will not evade the incoming attack.
evade.... evade........ evade...... EVADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
than i die because he did not evade.
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

than theres the pacing, the game starts off with your jaw on the fu**ing ground, i was drooling so much the carpet is as frilly as willy masons afro!
than for the rest of the game, its well not slow but not exactly on the same level as that.
uncharted 2 hit the nail on the head, it started off just as epic and as soon as the wow factor, the amazement started to fall they had another part to boot it back up there.
GOW3 has none of that, it gives you one adrenaline shot than thats it no more for you junkie!

every part up to the E3 demo was really good, i would not change a bit of it.
but everything after that, well it feels like we went from the speed of light to the speed of sound.
why?

so, yea, i still have to give GOTY to heavy rain, and to be truthful i really cant see that changing.

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inkme101
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:42:26 AM

i thumbed you up for that. it is exactly how i feel about the game. although i didnt have the control issues you complain about. as far as the pacing goes, your spot-on!

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___________
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 6:49:22 AM

i just wished they had more Poseidon moments.
the opening of the game made me say holy sh*t that is fu***ng amazing ive never seen that before.
but sadly thats the last time i said it.
i was expecting there to be heaps of holy sh*t moments like uncharted 2, but sadly Poseidon was the only one.

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wakkaoaka
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 3:43:50 AM
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The battle system for FFXIII is awesome... however, it would be a heck of a lot better if it was turn based because as Ben stated in is review, you get a new ability and you want to see what it does. But with FFXIII you're watching bars. If this was turn based you would be watching the cool spells, techniques and attacks.

Also, I wish they kept the option to change equipment and players during battle... and if only they allowed you to control your players. That coupled with the current ffxiii battle system would have been brilliant.

The leveling up system should just be replaced with the sphere grid imo, it seems like a more linear version of the sphere grid.

Im About 25-26 hours in now and just got to Gran Pulse :) I hope it opens up like they say, i like the way final fantasy does natural worlds (Besaid Island was my home away from home).

The character progression in FFXIII is great, i really wanted to smack Hope back into last week because he was such a hopeless pu**y at the start. I wont say anything more cos i dont wanna spoil the slightest thing.

I wonder what would have happened if the poll was done a little later with only voters who had completed FFXIII in its entirety? I guess we will never know...

I voted for it being great but not GOTY... that might change though.

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Kai200X
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 6:25:19 AM
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God of War III is definitely one of the best PS3 game, probably the best so far. In order to pay tribute to the awesomeness of God of War III, I play on Titan mode right off the bat (I normally start on Normal) and with no weapon/magic upgrades too. It took me about 16 hours to completed but it was totally worth it. I just finished all the Challenge of Olympus and working on Challenges of Exile. After that, I planned on playing Chaos mode with no weapon/magic upgrade and then after that I'll play on Normal with all the Godly Possessions and Kratos skins of my choicing.

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Gordo
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 8:15:06 AM

Some people here are just gluttons for punishment!

I admire your tenacity, that sounds like a lot of hard work!

I'm more of a play it on easy just for the enjoyment. I can only ever play for an hour or two at a time (work, family, life etc committments). Suppose that's what the difficulty levels are for.

I am struggling in GOW with the fixed camera. It seems to have been ages since I've played a recent game with one. I keep trying to move the camera with the right stick like Uncharted 2. It's amazing what you get used to.

Congratulations on your perseverance.

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raztad
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:54:20 AM

Playing on Titan as well. It's taking me more than 16 hours though. Game con be punishing hard, even some minions can give you a lot of troubles. To play on Chaos got to be an act of masochism.


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Kai200X
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 10:35:12 PM

@Gordo
Thank you very much. I don't do that too often to myself because I'm not a mild tempered person by any means lol. If I do it too often I will need more controllers. I only do it for games like God of War III or Metal Gear Solid 4.

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Club80
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 9:32:19 AM
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FFXIII takes hours upon hours to get to the real good parts of the game, so I don't see how it could get a GOTY nomination. If it does, it will be solely because of the brand. Believe me, I'm a FF fan...have played nearly every entry. The new one has done nothing for me...yet. But then again, I'm only 15 hrs in. From what I understand, it will take about another 10 hrs to become fun.

GOWIII is action and fun right out of the gate. The hype has been around the sheer scale and beauty of the game and the solid gameplay. So yeah, it's lived up to the hype (if not surpassed it). It's a GOW game with some new mechanics, just as everyone expected, and that's a great thing!

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tazbrat
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:11:00 PM
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Heavy rain was fun for about 6 hours, God of war 3 for about 11 hours and Final fantasy 13 still going after about 26 hours or so. God of war 3's ending and replay value suck and there was no challenge getting the trophies, Heavy rain was so diferent it took finishing it to figure out that diferent is not always a good thing. I've never been a final fantasy fan but at this time i'm hooked and can't wait to see whats next.

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Alienange
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:29:33 PM
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FFXIII is fantastic. There's a lot of hate for it around here which I find completely unjustified. I'm honestly starting to think that it's too high tech of a game for some people.

As for GoWII, it is the ONLY game that has lived up to its hype. It's almost unbelievable.

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Hezzron
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 3:49:57 PM

Just wait until you play GOW3!

(I know that's what you must of meant.)

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Alienange
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 3:53:48 PM

As good as GoWII was, yeah, I meant GoWIII.

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Jawknee
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 6:08:13 PM

Again with these accusations of hate. Knock it off. No one "hates" something simply because they don't share your taste. You have poorer taste then most of us IMHO, but I don't accuse you of "hate". Stop abusing the word.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 12:00:18 AM

Final Fantasy XIII is just a disappointment. A really REALLY big disappointment...

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FullmetalX10
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 4:47:58 PM
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Dam God of War III is awesome, just finished it a couple of hours ago, this first playthrough on normal took me about 8.5 hours, including looking around for treasures and whatnot all the time. Even though I knew it, it still kinda bums me out, oh well, guess I'll just have to play through it again.

PS: I thought the end wasn't even that bad, even though I assumed it would've been in a different manner, that's probably the main reason I don't think it was bad, the shock that came from it.
At a certain moment, I thought, ohw, it's going to end here, well that's not bad at all, what is everyone complaining about and then it goes on and shaves off a little bit of the excitement. Still not all that bad though.

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maxpontiac
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 4:54:46 PM
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GOW3 is my Game of the Year.

FF13 isn't even considered in my book.

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Jian2069
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 5:50:54 PM
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didn't vote. haven't played it yet. I heard it was a good game but not really Final Fantasy

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Nerull
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 9:40:58 PM
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I beat GoWIII in the wee hours last night.
The end could have been worse but it just sticks out because the rest of the game is so much better. It made me that much more curious what the original plan was that was too much for them to handle at the time. Really hope they get to releasing that.

Annoyingly though my code for the unearthing the legend video doesn't work so I gotta find time to call support about it.


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DeathOfChaos
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:59:26 PM
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I don't think FFXIII deserves a GoTY nomination, it's so way too much of a letdown to be one. I'm just going to wait for it to find it's way at my local pawn shop, they sell PS3 games there for $15. Needless to say, it will probably be a 360 copy that will end up there, and never a PS3 copy. lol.

Also, GOWIII is definitely up there! And if Versus XIII somehow makes it's way out this year, THAT will be our Game of the Year! It better be, that's the game that is going to be pushing the limits of the PS3!! But what do I know, it may not, lol. Unlike Final Fantasy XIII, Versus XIII will probably most likley be a much more appealing game graphic wise.

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