We like shooting aliens, do you like shooting aliens? Of course you like shooting aliens, who doesn't like shooting al-
.. We'll stop. Ok, the news: Taito's confirmed that Space Invaders Infinity Gene, the iPhone space-blaster reboot, is headed to the PlayStation Network. No word on a date or price as yet, but we're going to assume there may well be...
Square Enix has confirmed its E3 games-list, and there's a surprise amongst the names, indeed
PSP shooter, The 3rd Birthday, which has been kept under-wraps for some time now, is set to make an appearance at the show, and will presumably feature heavily during Sony's PSP spotlight. Other Square games of note include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and Final Fantasy XIV..
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' selling-point is that it looks a little messed-up
While Sony's in-house development studios continually push each other to raise the graphical bar time after time, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days aims to make everything low-res. It's all for dramatic effect of course, and it looks great. Check the latest trailer after the jump. <object id="gtembed"..
Looks like Square Enix and Hideo Kojima are set to colloborate once again, with the details still under-wraps for now
The tease comes from Square Enix's Shinji Hashimoto, who Tweeted: "A new promotion with Hideo Kojima is set. Details will be shared at a later date." He also attached the above photo of himself, Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear's art director Yoji Shinkawa. <span>No idea..
Megaton? For some we assume
Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura has just announced that there's a new Kingdom Hearts on the cards... And it will be announced as soon as next week, during E3. No word on platforms (please be Playstation) or anything else at this point. Last week it was revealed that Nomura would be making the trip to the big gaming show in the US, now we know why. So if Kingdom Hearts is..
You can have no affinity with the Deus Ex franchise
No excitement for the upcoming title. Even no love for video games at all. But it's impossible to not be excited by this trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which screams high-budget from every inch of its production. The sweeping synth-lines, the wonderful opening, the big spider robot things. Oh goodness. It's coming in 2011. We're going for..
A Tweet from the official Playstation Twitter account has all but confirmed that Thief 4 is coming to the Playstation 3
The Tweet, which simply states "Oh Man" before directing to a Thief 4 placeholder page, was posted last night. The placeholder page has been around for a while, and it certainly has been updated. But the Playstation Tweet was certainly meant to have people guessing, and..
Siliconera's reporting, via Shinji Hashimoto, that Tetsuya Nomura - of Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Versus XIII fame - is set to make an appearance at E3
Of course, that's set message boards alight as to what he'll be doing there. Could it be Final Fantasy Versus XIII? Will he be at Sony or Microsoft's show? We're guessing it won't be the latter as Nomura's already stated he'd cut off his arm if..
We know - you had a horrible night's sleep
You just couldn't stop thinking about what Square Enix gaffer Yoichi Wada said yesterday. Your eyes are bleary but still the quote replays in your mind, Well be looking into [bringing Final Fantasy Versus XIII to the XBOX 360] internally until right before the formal announcement. You're scared, tired and lonely. Good job we've got the equivalent of..
Many Playstation faithfuls believe that the XBOX 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII made that game what it was: very linear and very stream-lined
We don't believe that was the case. However, we were averse to the XBOX 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII purely because of the way Microsoft handled it. Apparently, such is their insecurity, whatever they can share with Sony is massive win on their part..
Crystal Dynamics' global brand manager Karl Stewart has told Eurogamer that Lara Croft and the Guardian Of Light will cost roughly £10 when it hits the Playstation Network
We believe that, in terms of the arcade space, were trying to raise the bar of what it means to spend 10 pounds on nowadays, Stewart said. Obviously were dictated to...
Square Enix has just announced that PSP title Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep will launch in Europe on September 10th, which is the same week as the game's US release on September 7th
The Playstation Blog notes: "The new game narrates the origins of the saga, focusing on the story of heroes Terra, Ventus and Aqua, and will feature new maps, environments as well as four multiplayer..
We've obviously known about Crystal Dynamics' downloadable Lara Croft adventure for a while; but no amount of preparation had us readied for this trailer
It's just weird. A Lara Croft game that's: a) downloadable; b) isometric; c) co-operative... What's going on? It does look rather pretty mind. They've still got to sell us though. It's just —...
Sony's just dropped word in the Playstation Blog that the third "proper" Final Fantasy game released on the original Playstation is coming to the PSN "soon"
That's right folks, Final Fantasy IX will be hitting the Playstation Store and presumably topping PSN sales charts for some time, as Square Enix rake in the cash from a retro re-release once...
Rumours emerging out of GoFanboy, via PSM3 magazine, suggest that Sony's secured exclusivity of Square Enix's RPG Valkyrie Profile 3
More details are expected to be given during Sony's E3 conference early next month. The game was originally intended for release on multiple platforms. This is still in big rumour territory for now so don't hold too much stock into it. Well, until the fat lady sings..
A brief chat with Square Enix's gaffer Yoichi Wada - published by Nikkei's trending website - has revealed some of the company's big scheduled games in 2010
The exec name drops the likes of Kane & Lynch 2, Nier, Deus-Ex: Human Revolution and Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday - which is presumably confirmed for Japanese launch this year. Details of the PSP shooter and spiritual successor to the..
Do you have any expectations for the upcoming Playstation Portable shooter The 3rd Birthday from Square Enix? Nope, probably not
It's been in development for a hell of a long time and we've barely seen anything of the game yet. Having said that, what we have seen looks extremely cool. So, Square Enix man Hajime Tabata reckons the game will "exceed expectations" when it finally drops. It..
Square Enix has just dropped an extended trailer for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days - their upcoming co-operative shooter with a twist
Much of the trailer includes footage we've covered before, but there is a good chunk of new stuff too so it's worth a look. Besides, the game's actually looking like it might be a lot of fun, particularly with its Cloverfield presentation.
It's happening folks
We hinted at it a few days ago, but Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy IX will be making the short journey over to the PSN. It was confirmed by Square Enix president Yoichi Wada via the firm's Japanese Twitter page. It wouldn't make sense not to put it on there, given how well both Final Fantasy VII and VIII have sold...
When Just Cause 2 shot straight to number one in the British sales charts this week, we bet you didn't expect there to be a Just Cause 3, did you? You did? Oh
Well, that's good then, because Avalanche has claimed that people shouldnt be surprised to see a Just Cause 3. I think there are a lot of connections with [Avalanche and] the IP, Avalanche's boss Christofer Sundberg said, and so..
Given the levels of success both Final Fantasy VII and VIII have found on the Playstation Store, Square Enix would need to be muppets not to release Final Fantasy IX on Sony's digital service
Well, if Square producer Shinji Hashimoto comments are anything to go by — there's a strong chance it could happen. The dude's been judging opinion as to...
Given that Just Cause 2 is a game devoted to a huge open-world setting, there had to be a few Easter Eggs in there right? Thankfully yes
LOST fans have been literally dancing in excitement over having discovered the mysterious hatch from the television series. We won't pertain to have any knowledge of the LOST franchise but we can imagine how this sort of thing is cool. Remember, if you're..
Square Enix's CEO, Yoichi Wada, has said at Final Fantasy XIII's launch party that the company are to "explore the possibility" of remaking the insanely popular Final Fantasy VII. Before you get too excited though, the company prez did reserve that some complication as to "whether or not we're going to do it, if we're going to do it, and the platform." Platform?..
Final Fantasy Versus XIII's director Tetsuya Nomura has alleviated fears regarding the linearity of the next big-budget Final Fantasy release: the game will have a world-map
There'll also be airships with which you can use to travel around said map.Not everything is connected together, so the various areas have different levels of progress. However, you can fly across the world map in an air..
Square Enix has announced that their innovative camcorder-eque co-op shooter, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, will hit the US on August 24th
Europe will get in on the action just three days later on August 27th. IGN's got a new trailer which we've posted after the jump. Check it out. <object id="ignplayer" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"..
How short is too short in video games? Well, how short's a piece of string? It's astounding to see the number of people commenting unfavourably on God Of War III's length
"But God Of War III is only eight hours and Final Fantasy XIII is fifty - I'll rent Kratos' epic last hurrah instead." Quality over quantity - how many have heard that phrase? You should have, it's a popular comment and..
Square Enix has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep will hit the PSP exclusively in the US this Summer
They've since also confirmed that the game will hit Europe during the same period. According to Square Enix the Western release will have a few additional features including an "extra boss and a few additional multiplayer options". Kingdom Hearts fans are currently in a wild..
During a session at GDC last week, Final Fantasy XIII's director Motomu Toriyama announced that both Final Fantasy XIII offshoots - Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII - will be aiming to deliver story-driven gameplay
His GDC keynote seemed to suggest that both titles will take the linear story-telling approach found in Final Fantasy XIII, something we criticised heavily in our..
If you didn't know, the Final Fantasy timeline is kind of broken
Final Fantasy XIII is not a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XII, it's its own thing. So, if we were to get a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, it would be called Final Fantasy XIII-2 or something. And it's something that sounds possible according to Yoshinori Kitase, "[Because FFXIII's engine is already built] if we could do a..
Final Fantasy XIII has shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts, with the PS3 version of the game managing 54% of the sales
Not the hugest of discrepancies between the SKUs, but it's often rare a PS3 multiplatform game outsells its XBOX 360 rival - particularly when Microsoft have broken the metaphorical bank marketing the game exclusive to their platform. Most exciting for us about this..
Square Enix has started work on a next-gen engine, and they've used an image of Cloud Strife to announce it
Take from that what you will. Check out Square Enix's recruit page to see the promotion. The company recruitment form reads:"At Square Enix, in anticipation of the appearance of next generation platforms, we've started development on a new generation game engine for competing beyond..
Square Enix has just announced that they've shipped 5million copies of their flagship RPG Final Fantasy XIII worldwide
Of that amount, 3million have been shipped to the US and Europe alone. The franchise as a whole has shipped a whopping 96million units since its inception 20 years ago. Of course, shipped copies don't necessarily mean sold copies. We're sure it's managed a truck load, mind.
Square Enix has announced a host of new Playstation Home content set to release this Thursday 11th March in order to tie in with Final Fantasy XIII's release today
The content includes a new Personal Space set on the planet Eden, alongside a slew of Final Fantasy XIII inspired furniture. You can get the full details over at the Playstation Blog.
If you've picked up Final Fantasy XIII this morning, you should probably know that there's an extra little surprise hidden in the box
If you take a little peek at the manual compartment, you'll note there's a Square Enix Members Card. This will allow you to register on the Square Enix Members website, and will earn you a bonus item in Final Fantasy...
Just in case you were wondering/weren't quite sure: Final Fantasy XIII is available in stores across the West today, so if you're ready to get your melodrama on - you better head down to your local store
Of course, the likelihood is you're not reading this. You're instead listening to the annoying high-pitched vocal tones of Vanille and co. If you're yet to make up your mind about Final Fantasy..
Honestly, cross-game comparisons aren't our thing
But when it comes to such a high profile port as Final Fantasy XIII, it's very interesting indeed to note that the XBOX 360 version is a "lot worse than it should have been". The website writes:The rumours are true. Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 isnt anywhere near as impressive as it is on PlayStation 3. The real kicker is that..
There's a reason Twiggy's had to halt progress on his Final Fantasy VII playthrough
Namely, we've been ridiculously busy behind the scenes. Why? Well, aside from it being game-a-geddon out there (where every major publisher decides to release every major game in the span of three months), we got Final Fantasy XIII. And we've been playing it to death in order to bring you a review. Thus, we..
Shhh, let us tell you a secret: we're playing Final Fantasy XIII right now and
.. What's that? Oh yeah, we're still not allowed to talk about it. But we can talk about what other people say about the game. And that includes the opinion of Insomniac's James Stevenson, who reckons the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII is "superior" to the XBOX 360 version. Surprise! He Tweeted:PS3 is..
It took about, ooh, five minutes
We were excited. We've wanted to play Yakuza 3 for a long, long time and finally we got to go hands-on. It took about five minutes and then it dawned on us. "Dude, we're playing Yakuza 3." SEGA's hesitation to release Yakuza 3 in the West rings loud in much of the game's design. This is Japanese, and it...
In possibly the most bonkers promo video for a video game ever, you can watch Leona Lewis playing Final Fantasy XIII and telling you how amazing it is
The Internet are still debating which platform is actually being played, despite the prominent DualShock 3 — there's an XBOX 360 version too y'see.
Final Fantasy XIII is practically a done deal now
It's out in Japan and is merely weeks away here in the UK. That means we should be hearing about Final Fantasy Versus XIII pretty soon, right? Wrong. The game's director Tetsuya Nomura has revealed in this weeks Famitsu that the game probably won't be shown at this year's E3. The reason? Changes to the world map. Nomura didn't really detail exactly..
Yoshinori Kitase has told CVG that motion controls aren't like to show up in Final Fantasy, erm, Fifteen
Why? Too tiring.These new type of controllers are very interesting, but were not sure that people would like to spend up to 100 hours playing a conventional Final Fantasy title with these type of controllers, said Kitase. It could be too exhausting if you were always swinging a sword..
Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama has confirmed there's probably not going to be any DLC available for Final Fantasy XIII
Regarding the DLC content, we feel that the final product is 100% enjoyable its the complete package. So were not planning any DLC at this time, said one the...
Twiggys playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if youre still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> "Mouth to mouth!?" I exclaim. "She's just..
Twiggys playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if youre still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> If I didn't know any better at this stage, I'd say Sephiroth likes reading books. He's in the basement of the Shinra's mansion, frantically flipping through the..
Speaking in an interview on the official Playstation Blog, Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase highlighted his "interest" in 3D technology, and hinted at the possibility of Final Fantasy XIII launching in a further dimension
We dont know how possible it is to build the game in 3D but we are interested in it, he said. In fact, we have already created a 3D Final Fantasy XIII trailer, which is..
Twiggys playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if youre still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> Final Fantasy VII just became road-rash. I'm riding on the back of a huge motorcycle, wielding my elongated sword. I've got to protect Barrett and the others..
Remember when Square Enix's honcho Yoichi Wada said Final Fantasy XIII was to be the last game of its kind? Well, Square Enix developers Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama have no idea what he was talking about
They said as much during an interview with the Playstation Blog.We dont know exactly what he meant by that. We dont really know what he meant by this style of game, the duo said..
We've never quite understood the lure of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but if you're one of the many people who wish every night for a third-installment in the franchise, rejoice: Tetsuya Nomura has told Famitsu that it will happen at some point
The series creator told the Japanese magazine: "Fans and partners alike are pressing us for it, so well work to realize it as soon as..
Japanese developers might be ruined right now, but if you're Square Enix, you're doing just fine
Particularly when you've just launched games with Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest in the title. Which Square Enix has just done. Then there was the acquisition of Eidos who published last year's sleeper hit, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Aimed at mid-and long-term growth for the Square Enix Group, we have..
SCE Hong Kong are going to bring Final Fantasy XIII to China in May
If you can't wait, yo, we suggest an import for your lovely non-locked down Playstation 3. Yup. The Chinese version will obviously be localised and is due in May. Western folks, we get it next month.
In a double-sweep of disappointment for Final Fantasy fans, Square Enix's production duo Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama have poo-pooed the HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, declaring traditional RPG towns (as seen in Square's classic) are "too hard" to do in HD
"Considering the amount of work to make graphics that deserve HD, it is hard to make towns in the conventional style," said..
Twiggys playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if youre still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> If the blaring "battle music" is anything to go by, I'd say we're in a panic. The Don's told us that Sector 7 is to be blown to the ground and apparently..
If you're like us, you probably have like a bag of vinyls next your computer
Well, we totally do. If you don't - boo to you. Know what would be a cool complement to our vinyl collection? Final Fantasy XIII's soundtrack. Which is totally happening. The limited edition vinyl is available exclusively through Square's e-shop. Like right now. We suggest being quick on this one. Grab it here.
Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope - International launched in Japan yesterday
It means that Playstation 3 owners finally get the opportunity to play Star Ocean 4, which has been exclusive to XBOX 360 for about a year. And it would appear Yoshinori Yamagishi - Star Ocean 4's producer - is pretty pleased to see it make the jump. When asked if there were any memory limitations in the PS3 version of the game..
Sony's just announced via the European arm of the Playstation Blog that Final Fantasy VIII will indeed launch as part of today's Playstation Store update
Does any other content truly matter? Well, perhaps the small matter of the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Aliens Vs Predator multiplayer demos might tempt you. Full list through here.
Square Enix has announced that they are working on five unannounced titles at the moment
They also announced that at least two of them are set to launch in 2010. No mention of whether that's just Japan or worldwide. We reckon the titles are Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy XVII, Final Fantasy XVIII... You get the idea. What else could they be, eh? Well probably a lot actually but,..
Twiggys playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if youre still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> I'm starting to realise why everyone loves Final Fantasy VII so. When I left you last time, I'd been hanging with the lovely Tifa. Shortly after that, we headed..
Twiggy's in agreement - Team Teamwork's Final Fantasy VII/hip-hop mash-up is phenomenal
Aside from a brief appearance of the frighteningly folk Tom Waits, this "pay-what-you-want" record is the perfect compliment to our First-Time Fantasy series. Go download it from here.
Twiggy's playing through Final Fantasy VII for the first-time ever
Join him as he catalogues his progress but beware, if you're still planning on playing through Final Fantasy VII for yourself, there are spoilers ahead.</em> Apparently Square want me to know two key things about the cast of Final Fantasy VII: they like nothing more than riding trains and blowing up generators. As the..
Sony's Jeff Rubenstein has hinted that there is more information on Final Fantasy Versus XIII incoming
Perhaps as soon as next month. In response to a query regarding Square Enix's latest title, Rubenstein commented, I have [some more info on FF Versus XIII], and theyre [Square Enix] eager to get some posts on the blog in February. Awesome. Final Fantasy Versus XIII has always looked the most..
According to Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase, the use of Leona Lewis' "My Hands" in the Western release of Square Enix's latest blockbuster is purely "experimental" due to translation issues
He told the Dutch iteration of Official Playstation Magazine (via theLostGamer) that, We tried to translate the song [Kimi Ga Iru Kara], but the singer had difficulties with that, adding,..
These shots (via Kotaku) show Final Fantasy XIII running on a Playstation 2
They've been published as part of a book documenting the development of Square Enix's latest RPG thriller. The sceens predate E3 2006, where the game was formally announced. Check the full set here.
We were told by some non-digital friends recently that, "Too many people are demanding it [Final Fantasy VII remake]; they [Square Enix] have to be working on it
" To which we responded, "Nah." Cue Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura explaining a Final Fantasy VII remake as a no-go "for the time being." Ta for that Nomura, we owe you one. Nomura told Famitsu that he is aware..
Square Enix has revealed the Collector's Edition for Final Fantasy XIII today
The package includes a soundtrack, art-book and printed post-cards, and is due to launch worldwide alongside the standard version on March 9th.
Playstation Store's Mike Kebby has confirmed that Final Fantasy VIII will hit the European Playstation Store in early February; the 4th to be precise
FF8 is coming on the 4th of February, this is a confirmed date now. Hooray, he wrote on the Playstation Blog. Lovely.
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days aims to look like a YouTube video
In a generation where games try to outpretty each other, it's a risky move. But we think it actually is shaping up awesome here. There's a full set of screens on VG247.
In what can only be described as a master-class of viral marketing, the latest Just Cause 2 trailer is fully interactive
Kinda. It uses YouTubes video link tools to create the kind of trailer you want, based on your play type. It also helps showcase the depth of Just Cause 2's gameplay variety. Game is still flying under the radar, but looks even better each time we see it. Start your trailer here..
In an interview with FF-Reunion, Final Fantasy XIII's art director Isamu Kamikokuryou has revealed that enough locations and content were cut from the final game to make up a whole new release entirely
Sections cut include a zoo inside one of the game's amusement parks, and a secret base for Snow's hero squad. Dude, we have to bring up the XBOX 360 DVD thing. Hides. Check out the full interview..
Is it just us, or is the voice acting in this international Final Fantasy XIII trailer a little, erm, crap? Perhaps layering voices with a loud, and overly vocal rendition of Leona Lewis is not the best way of showcasing a games voice actors but erm, well
.. Please tell us we're not the only ones. CGI looks good. Shifts eyes.
Yoichi Wada's told EDGE that Final Fantasy XIII may be the "last of its kind" as the company move on to next generation forms of play
I believe Final Fantasy XIII is going be something special, and that its going to be well received by the audience, Wada said. But whether we are going to continue to internally create this type of game remains to be seen, because I actually feel that..
IGN has just uploaded some new screens of the upcoming Playstation 3 MMO, Final Fantasy XIV
The game's due out this year [is it really? - Ed] [yes, it is really! - PushSquare Staffer], and we have to admit, looks kinda hot in these screenshots. Check out the full collection through here.
Sure, we don't like posting about other site's reviews
Review is opinion and all that. But when you have one of the first English language reviews of Final Fantasy XIII, it's certainly worth sharing. And, sadly the review echoes many of thoughts filtering out of Japan over the past few weeks: Final Fantasy XIII is pretty good, but not as great as expected; earning itself a respectable, but..
With an opening week pushing over a million copies of Final Fantasy XIII, it's really no big deal that the game dropped to fourth on the Japanese sales charts this week
Still, with figures of around 200,000 copies shifted, we doubt Square Enix will be worrying too much, with Final Fantasy XIII seemingly meeting all its ridiculous expectations in the region. It'll be interesting to see how the..
But not brand new. That's the type of game that Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura is working on, according to an interview in the latest Famitsu. Yo, are you thinking it? We're thinking it. Here's the direct quote:"There is a still yet unannounced title that I am working on sooner than thought," he says. Voice recording for this title has begun. "It's not a brand new title,..
Now Final Fantasy XIII is out, and flying off Japanese shelves, it's time for Square Enix to talk about their other project - Playstation 3 title Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Director Tetsuya Nomura has given details in the latest Famitsu magazine, of how Final Fantasy Versus XIII's graphics engine has been updated: namely to ensure cut-scene CGI and gameplay are identical. Yummy indeed. He also..
It must have been pretty humbling to see the out-of-the-gate Final Fantasy XIII figures for Square Enix
After years of XBOX 360 "exclusivity", Square-Enix's biggest release thus far this gen was, erm, on Playstation 3. Granted, it's a Final Fantasy game, guaranteed to sell where-ever it goes. But, surely no one can argue Playstation 3 is the right home for it. Thus, it's almost exciting..
Marketing, marketing, marketing
It's all about synergy. Final Fantasy XIII is a Playstation-related product (in Japan). Playstation is a Sony developed system. Sony also make the Bravia TV range. So what do you do? You get Final Fantasy XIII heroine Lightning to stand behind the latest Sony Bravia TV. Subconsciously anyone who picks up that Sony TV, will instantly find themselves compelled to buy..
Early rumours coming out of Famitsu's publisher Enterbrain (via the Examiner) suggest its been a bumper week in Japan for Sony and Square Enix
According to reports 1,516,532 copies of Final Fantasy XIII were sold in the game's first week on retail, with 245,406 Playstation 3 hardware systems shifted. And that figure is more than any of us imagined.
Final Fantasy XIII is out (in Japan)
That means that practically everyone living in the country stopped what they were doing, cancelled work, and went and bought a copy. Well, maybe not everyone in the country - but at least 1million, as early indications suggest sales for the game were strong in its first 24 hours. The 1million figure does not factor in sales for the special bundled Playstation 3..
Assuming you can't read Japanese, we're guessing you're itching for Final Fantasy XIII right now [if you can read Japanese, why aren't you importing the game? - Ed]
So we got your bases covered. Embedded are some videos of FFXIII from the mainstream Japanese media. It looks amazing by the way.
It's official. Japan's gaming Bible, Famitsu, has scored Final Fantasy XIII 39/40. One whole point less than Bayonetta then. We're sure that whole lost point isn't exactly tangible; i.e. the game is pretty rad, full-stop. Prepare for Japan to go nuts in the coming weeks.
If you happen upon Tokyo's Akihabara store over the next few weeks, prepare to be hit by a whole mass of Final Fantasy XIII content
The game's due to launch exclusively in the Japanese region on Playstation 3 in a few weeks. Sony domination ahoy.
We're not sure if stupidly long games are a good thing
On one hand, you can guarantee you're getting your money's worth. But on the other - does anyone really want to invest 60 hours into one game? It's daunting. Still, a considerably long game Final Fantasy XIII will be, with director Motomu Toriyama telling Famitsu magazine the experience could last anywhere up to 60 hours.For XIII, the size of..
Would you like to see a white box with a picture of Final Fantasy XIII protagonist and the game's logo? Well that's exactly what you're going to see on store shelves come March 9th
And well, there's nothing else to say is there. It's a box. With not much on it.
So, apparently Japan is hitting Final Fantasy XIII saturation point now
The game's out in like, just over two weeks, and Japanese presence is ramping up to "big cultural event" point. As evidenced by this advertisement for Elixir, a Japanese beverage. Dude! Sales predictions, anyone? Remember, the demo pushed PS3 sales through the roof...
Sit back, relax, and get ready to gawp at pretty CGI people talking in Japanese
Yep, it can only be Final Fantasy XIII, and the last trailer Square-Enix intend to release before the game's launch in Japan. We're now taking bets on first-day sales. Where you putting your money?
The original may have lost Jeff Gerstmann his job, but that ain't stopping IO Interactive announcing a sequel to Kane & Lynch
Set in the "gritty Shanghai underworld," Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is going to have a real innovative style, with an undercover documentary vibe going on. Sounds very interesting indeed.Gamers are always looking for something new and that is exactly what..
How do you guarantee the sale of lots of PSPs? You put Kingdom Hearts stickers on it and sell it alongside the upcoming Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
This special PSP-3000 will be available from January 9th for 22,000 Yen.
As gaming prominence in the West continues to grow and grow, so must the attitudes of traditionally Eastern developers - like Square Enix
Cue, Square Enix's president - Yoichi Wada - confirming that the company's first "global game" is in development in Montreal. The game is being developed alongside Thief 4 and Deus Ex 3 in Eidos' Montreal studio. Of course, those up to date would know..
Bizarrely it was announced today that Final Fantasy XIII's theme song would be handled by Britains own (rather sexy - Ed) Leona Lewis
We've oft criticised the X-Factor winner here in the PushSquare offices. She often overdoes her vocals. So what of "My Hands," the track announced as the offical Final Fantasy XIII theme tune? As usual, Leona Lewis wants to remind us she's a good singer..
It's happening. As promised, there has been a Final Fantasy XIII announcement, and alongside new details contained in the embedded video, well, there's a release date. Both Europeans and North Americans will have Final Fantasy XIII in their hands this March 9th. The epic video also confirms the inclusion of music from the British X-Factor winner Leona Lewis. She will provide the..
You know something's going to be either exciting or disappointing when a company feel it's necessary to announce an announcement
But that's exactly what Square Enix have done in regards to Final Fantasy XIII, which is due an uber announcement over at the European Playstation Blog this Friday. What's most interesting about the announcement is the tie to both the Playstation Blog and the European arm..
A Final Fantasy XIII puzzle discovered by Siliconera has been cracked by the fine brains at a Final Fantasy fansite
The anagram ("A Henchmen Inventor Tent Unto.") has been solved to read: "Announcement Nov Thirteenth." The nature of the announcement is unknown, but we suppose we could speculate it might have something to do with a Western release date.
It's been revealed via scans from Shonen Jump magazine that Japanese copies of Final Fantasy XIII will include beta entry to Final Fantasy XIV- the online MMO from Square Enix
We're assuming the beta will be for PC, even though the game is due on Playstation 3 aswell. Still, it's a nice little extra incentive (as if any was needed) for the Japanese to pick up a copy of Final Fantasy XIII when it..
Final Fantasy games usually take a long time to localise
It's something Square Enix want to avoid with Final Fantasy XIII, with plans suggesting the game may be available before the end of the current financial year. Alas, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada did hint that while the game's on track, other elements such as marketing could hold it back further than the financial year end. Still it's..
Allow us to introduce Crystalium on Square Enix's behalf, the levelling system that will be used in the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII
As Andriasang point out, the system works by providing players with Crystal Points at the end of each battle. These points can then be spent on upgrading abilities and stats which are arranged on a circular chart. As you progress down one of the chart's specialisation..
Did anyone expect Final Fantasy XIII to be completely free of installation? We didn't
But it is. Kinda. The game will not require you to install, but those who do can enjoy a significantly speedier experience. So it's totally optional then, much like Street Fighter IV. That being said, there'll only be loading when the player transitions between town and field anyway. The game background streams..
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