Something bizzarre's happening with Final Fantasy XIII-2: there's just no enthusiasm
While the original Final Fantasy XIII was certainly a flawed experience, it wasn't so terrible that the sequel should be ignored entirely. And yet despite having a huge showing at this year's E3, few publications took the time to really put the title in the spotlight. Square Enix has released a fresh batch of..
Got a progress file for Final Fantasy XIII? Square Enix duo Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama recommend you keep hold of it preperation for Final Fantasy XIII-2
The duo didn't release any information about what the file might unlock, but you can expect some additional in-game gizmos as a reward for playing the first game.
If the debut trailer wasn't a big enough hint that Final Fantasy XIII's going dark in its next iteration, perhaps comments made by Square Enix's top-bods Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama will convince you
The duo's insisted to Dengeki Magazine that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be much darker than the previous game, teasing that some characters will return with major and unexpected changes"..
A domain registration has got the Internet hot with debate regarding a potential Final Fantasy XIII sequel
Followers of Square Enix's long-running RPG franchise will know not to take note of the ludicrous numbering system the publisher employs for its mainline product, as evidenced by the domain itself. The company recently founded the website www.finalfantasy13-2game.com. Final Fantasy XIII-2..
Square Enix has been in a tussle with YouTube all day trying to pull these Fabula Nova Crystallis trailers that debuted at TGS last month
For some reason they don't want people to see their awesome looking games. Whatever, we've found a YouTube link that works. If it gets pulled down, you'll know why. So let's talk: both Final Fantasy Agito XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII look amazing. The..
While Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII are actively in development, Square Enix has dropped some hints that there could be more titles in the "Fabula Nova Crystallis" universe on the way
In an interview in Final Fantasy XIII's Ultimania Omega guide, produced Yoshinori Kitase declared his interest in continuing the FFXIII story. "I'd like to at some point make a story..
Huge success for Sony and their Santa Monica studio last month, as God Of War III went on to rule the American software charts selling a whopping 1
1 million copies in the country. Kratos managed to oust out March's other big releases in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Final Fantasy XIII, the latter of which performed better on the Playstation 3 SKU. March was a good month for Sony, with four of the..
How many Playstation 3 systems are there out in the Japanese wilderness? It's a question we often ask ourselves
Thankfully, as of April 11th, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has the answer. Over 5 million. That's right - over 5 million consoles have been sold to Japanese gamer folks. The biggest domestic games to date are Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Yakuza 4. Worryingly, of those three..
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...
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 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...
It's a really crazy month here in the PushSquare office
Game-a-geddon is in full swing and no sooner are we done with one game, than we have to move on and get to work on another. Still, at least you're not going to be bored this month, as not only is there lots to talk about, there's lots to play. So let's get started with what's releasing this...
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..
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.
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...
I know Sony won't pay for exclusives and I think that's admirable
After all, would I prefer Grand Theft Auto IV DLC exclusivity for 12 months, or a whole new Wipeout game? The $50million Microsoft paid for that GTA DLC is probably in a similar ball-park to what would be spent on a mid-large PSN release (perhaps less) and thus, absolutely I'd take...
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..
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..
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..
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.
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,..
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.
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.
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..
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..
According to retailer and reader votes in Japan's super-gaming Bible, Famitsu, the relaunch of the Playstation 3 in September was the biggest gaming story of 2009, with Final Fantasy XIII's release date and PSP Go's announcement all filling out spots in the top five
We can't disagree with the PS3 Slim's announcement; Sony's effective platform relaunch has propelled the Playstation into a much more..
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,..
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.