Final Fantasy XIII goes west today

Tuesday, 9th March 2010 04:36 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Nearly four years after its reveal at the Sony press conference back at E3 in 2006, Final Fantasy XIII releases today in the west for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 after a release late last year in Japan.

The game’s gone through the ringers since its reveal, from a lack of information on it to doctored shots, but it still wasn’t a touch on what was announced in July 2008.

Square Enix president Yoichi Wada announced at Microsoft’s press conference at E3 that year that FFXIII would be heading to Xbox 360, having previously been a PS3 exclusive.

Reviews for it have mostly been good, with a couple of bad ones like a five from Edge. IGN’s just gone live with an 8.9.

Final Fantasy XIII is the main course in a three-part series for the franchise, known as Fabula Nova Crystalis. Two more titles, Final Fantasy Versus XIII for PlayStation 3 and Final Fantasy Agito XIII for PSP, are on the way.

Press release is below.


London (8th March 2010) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces FINAL FANTASY® XIII, the latest project in the multi-platinum FINAL FANTASY series, will be available from tomorrow, 9th March 2010, for both the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

FINAL FANTASY XIII marks the dawning of a new era for the celebrated series, bringing the series to multiple hi-definition consoles simultaneously for the first time in its history. Expanding upon the rich tradition of the series, producer Yoshinori Kitase (FINAL FANTASY VII, X, X-2), director Motomu Toriyama (FINAL FANTASY VII, X, X-2), character designer Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY V, VI, VII, VIII, X) and art director Isamu Kamikokuryo (FINAL FANASY X, XII) combine their creative vision to deliver the latest masterpiece in the FINAL FANTASY universe. Additionally, Masashi Hamauzu (FINAL FANTASY X, DIRGE of CERBERUS -FINAL FANTASY VII-) presents a sweeping soundtrack while movie director Takeshi Nozue (FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN) and his team of artists adorn the game with seamless cinematic sequences of unparalleled calibre.

Introducing new worlds, memorable characters and extraordinary stories with each new instalment, the FINAL FANTASY series has continued to reinvent itself over the last two decades and has shipped over 92 million copies worldwide. The series is defined by a constant evolution, offering nothing less than the finest creative vision, graphical quality and gameplay system of its generation with every instalment, and FINAL FANTASY XIII will be no exception to its legacy.

For more information about FINAL FANTASY XIII, please visit the Official Website at HYPERLINK “”



  1. Phoenixblight

    On its way from Oklahoma, Can’t wait!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Razor

    Seriously, I hope someone announces a huge megaton at E3 this year so we can move on from MS/FFXIII. The whole thing is…well, it’s just old.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ybfelix

    Who will be this year’s shoulder-tapper :)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    Tretton and Bungie, of course. :D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Razor

    Tretton and Gabe, surely…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. xokero

    guia Of the game…

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    This will be the first main Final Fantasy title that I haven’t picked up in the week of release since FF8.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    Had it since yesterday.

    My opinion of the game so far?

    The gameplay is great once customisation and paradigms are unlocked, which takes about 3 hours – very fast paced and challenging, always keeps you on your toes. Lightning is a Cloud rip-off. Snow is pretty cool. Sazh is much better than I expected him to be. Vanillie is fuuuuuucking annooooooyyyyying! Hope is an emo. Story so far is compelling and well paced. Acting is hit and miss – sometimes great, sometimes dire. The music is easily the best in the series since IX.

    Rating: 8 out of 10.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Good job they fired all their composers this week, then. Couldn’t have that.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    I’d give it a 6/10.

    Too much work to play. Drowning in bad reused story. We have seen all of this done before, if you like that then great, if you want a fresh feeling FF, your out of luck.

    The graphics are nice. But that wears off.

    The gameplay is fast, once you get to it.

    Played at a friends house, xb360USA.

    Buy it if your a FF DieHard,

    Might wanna rent it first if your not.

    I didn’t like it, neither does my friend.

    #10 5 years ago

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