PSA: Final Fantasy XIII reviews embargo ends tonight

Thursday, 4th March 2010 13:04 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Thought the reviews of the Japanese import were big? Here’s the news: the online embargo for Final Fantasy XIII reviews ends at midnight tonight.

Previous reviews were either for print publications of the Japanese version or early debug review code, but tonight sees the flood of reviews coming in for the English retail version.

Reviewers have also been asked by Square Enix to hide any Achievements or Trophies they may have unlocked from the game until their respective review goes live.

Stay tuned tonight, then.

The English TV ad was revealed yesterday, showing only the game’s 360 version, as in the US spot.

Final Fantasy XIII releases in a EU/US sim-ship for PS3 and 360 on Tuesday.

Thanks UFFS.



  1. daytripper

    n4g will explode

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    No doubt about that. Wonder which system’s going to get the highest score? :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    average scores
    ps3: 86.60%
    xbox: 83.40%

    thats right ladies and gentalmen i pulled those numbers out of my arse

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    i reckon ps3 will get a couple percent higher, i’ve seen some in game footage of the 360 version and although imo its no where near as inferior as some make out, i think the 1080p cut scenes maybe sharper in game visuals will edge it.

    91% PS3
    89% 360

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I think PS3 fanboys will kiss Square Enix ass even if the game will be complete failure. Because of a bad port on 360.

    I just can’t wait to see console wars and failblog stuff from fanboys.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    Why can’t i still access my profile? I don’t get this. When i click on it, i get a window asking for me authentication, but my username and password do not work there. There’s also a message about the site saying ‘tester’. What is this?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer


    That is about where I would expect the games quality to be at. But I think the reviews will be around 5% higher just because it is FF.

    By no means do I think it will be a bad game, but I don’t think the series has the same magic or impact that it once did. And I think the design is a bit outdated. I’d love a open sandbox, build your own story/experience FF. Kind of like the FFMMOs, only you know … good.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. daytripper

    @5 this may sound strange but some of the ps3 fanboys are making me dislike the system despite owning it! i even managed to get onto neogaf and it’s starting to grate everytime you think you are about to have a decent conversation its halted by some “the 360 is holding the ps3 back” or “about 80 hours of gameplay was cut because of microsoft and their crap console” bla bla.

    microsoft/nintendo fanboys can be just as bad but lately it seems most forums i go on have this “suck sonys nipples” clan.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. mington

    is there a metacritic like site for Japanese review scores? i’d be interested in the scores it got in the east

    #9 5 years ago
  10. ybfelix

    @mington: that’s interesting: I live in china, japanese gaming influence is much stronger here and we hear from their industry often, yet it’s like the only japanese media that hands out review SCORES is Famitsu Magazine. Considering new games cost like US$100 in japan, it’s quite strange.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Fingers crossed the Western press give it a proper review this time around rather than the usual gushing apologist crap. The Playr review last week doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, though.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. mington

    Whats going on? oh, most say import review

    #12 5 years ago
  13. SunKing

    Sweet. Hopefully the Xbox 360 version won’t lose out too badly for its technical deficiencies.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. The Hindle

    Id say 88 total score, I prefer Gamerankings as they dont class 7 as a bad score metacritic do.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Michael O’Connor

    I still can’t decide which machine to get this one.

    On one hand, the PS3 version has higher quality cutscenes (and more than likely superior sound as well), along with the ease of coming on only one disc. Blu-Rays are less likely to scratch too, which is great.

    On the other hand, nearly everyone I know owns a 360 and plays their games on that, and I like the social aspect of achievements. I don’t care about having a higher gamer-score, but it’s also fun to see where someone is in a game compared to yourself, that sort of thing. And I’m not so bloody lazy that changing the disc every 20 hours is a problem to me.

    Decisions decisions…

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Aimless

    Chances are the Digital Foundry face-off will go up along with Eurogamer’s review later. Might be an idea to give that a look given the 360 version allegedly renders at a lower resolution.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    I honestly don’t care that much if the pixels on Lightning’s forehead on the 360 version are of a slightly grainier resolution than on the PS3. That sort of stuff is completely meaningless if the game plays exactly the same.

    Now, if there’s problems like screen tearing, that’s a different issue.

    At the end of the day, it’ll be an issue of convenience. If lots of people I know get it on the 360, I’ll probably get it on the 360, simply because I enjoy watching their progress through the game and discussing it with them.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Aimless

    Eh? You just listed the PS3 versions higher quality cutscenes as a pro in your post, yet the fact that the 360 version supposedly runs at 1024×576 at all times — as opposed to PS3′s 1280×720 — is inconsequential?

    Not that I particularly care what you play it on, I just find your stance a bit odd.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    It’s a minor improvement over the 360 version, but it won’t end up being the defining point of my decision on which machines to buy it on.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Aimless

    I guess I’m just a weirdo that sees it as a potentially more appreciable difference than the durability of the game disk.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. mtmind2

    I agree with Michael on this one Aimless (especially regarding screen tearing, since that really annoys me in games).

    The issue regarding resolution is not confirmed. 576p is an assumption based upon a set of screenshots, which as usual becomes ‘fact’ as it spreads across the internet. (*1)

    Yes we know the video cutscenes in the 360 version will be of a lower quality overall (but not *low* quality) compared to the PS3 version, but there’s no confirmation that this applies to the gameplay graphics. My guess is that like most multiformat games, differences in the gameplay graphics will be minor between the 360 and PS3, with both versions at 720p (*1). If the 360 version is lower, then so be it.

    Anyway, we’ll know for sure very soon, hence the reviews (and especially the inevitable 360 vs PS3 comparisons) will be very interesting. :-)

    EDIT: (*1) Now confirmed to be 576p on the 360 version, so +1 to the ‘internet crowd’. :)

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    Will be around 6pm for me. Game Informer gave it a 9.25.

    #22 5 years ago

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