Final Fantasy XIII Price Plummets

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Game retail watchers can’t help but note that the price offered for second hand copies of Final Fantasy XIII has plummeted to about $15, despite the game initially retailing at almost $100.

Top second-hand game seller Geo’s price list shows they are offering a paltry ¥1,500 for used copies of the game, which was released at ¥9,240:

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The same list shows the much older Perfect Tales of Vesperia to be worth more than twice as much as Final Fantasy XIII, with Geo offering ¥3,100 for it; indeed, there is no RPG being bought up so cheaply.

Low demand and high supply are presumably at fault here, for reasons which by now are painfully obvious.


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    Avatar of BlaqCat
    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:36 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perfect Vesparia is worth double, yet we won't be seeing an official release in the U.S. x_x

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Retailing at $100?

    That's absurd 0_o

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    23:55 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gamestop will probably resell traded in FFXIII at like $90 :\

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFI-VIII have shown to still have value.

    FFXIII didn't last 3 months.

    Comes to show how much shit this game really is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet you haven't even played ff13, you sound like another typical troll/hater so fuck off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he has or has not played the game does not have anything to do with this statement. I could easily say that something which has less monetary value than it's equivalent that is 10 years older than it is shit; if I bought a computer 10 years ago and found out that it's now worth more than the computer I just bought last month then I am perfectly justified to say it's shit, even if the computer is sat in a box unused. The market does not make something of equivalence but 10 years older more sought after than the current thing, unless the current is shit; it's a simple fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    soon, we'll all wipe our asses with finalfantasy 13 copies :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    :s that wont work out well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese Daikatana?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIII is shit prove me wrong.

    Oh look this dumbass says it's better than X or XII.

    Yet that same retard doesn't realize that those 2 games have way more content. Yes I've played FFXIII. Here I though XII was bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least I know that I don't want that game anymore. Next months will bring so many games, that this will save me some money for the other titles. For me the best FF titles were 3 aka. 6 and 9. Now I'm waiting for Yakuza. I really wait for FF 13 release so fanboys won't be able to say "you don't know what you are talking about" anymore and we'll see if this game is as good as Famitsu says.

    Comment by Mitsuo Kubo
    22:18 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of my friends is insisting this is going to be the "BEST FF GAME EVER". I told him that after a couple days playing he's going to be saying how much he hates it.

    He also claims when anyone tells him it doesn't look like it's a good game that "everyone in Japan likes it, so it has to be good."

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So... how much are they selling them for?

    Makes me wonder why the article is leaving out this rather vital piece of information...

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still, we gotta wait for it to get translated and dubbed and everything. And the sheep in the other countries who don't know anything about this game will get this game for $60 when it comes out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "this game will get this game"

    wait wut?

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    07:13 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck everybody...
    still gonna play it.
    will find out for myself if it sucks balls or not...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have not played it yet, since it has not come out in America. Considering that most people here seem to have a decent grasp of English, I reckon most of us are either American, Canadian, British, etc. I suppose some people might have imported it, and I don't know whether the game has English subtitles or not, but in either case, if English is your first language and you don't speak Japanese, the primary experience of the story is not available yet. I really do hope, though, that all the people saying how terrible it is have played the game all the way through.

    One should also recognize that simplification and de-emphasis of traditional elements like towns, grinding for level, etc. is a significant trend in RPGs in general. Look at Mass Effect 2 for example. It's very likely that they made it this way because they thought it would appeal more to American market, i.e., the oft-maligned "casual gamer", who doesn't want to sink 60 hours into a game. So while it may not be doing well at home, they might not be aiming for that market.

    Personally, even if the game is linear as string, if the string is a good 30 hours and I like the story (which I am probably more likely than many to do, as I've liked most FF stories thus far) I will probably be satisfied.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "So while it may not be doing well at home, they might not be aiming for that market."

    It did do well at home. It sold nearly 2 mil copies.

    Plus

    "Dengeki has released the results of a readers poll in which people voted for what they thought was the best game of 2009. A list of the top 20 has been published on their website and Final Fantasy XIII has managed to secure second place"

    It sounds just like any other FF game to me, either you love it, or you hate it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So let's sum up the contents of the comments on this post.

    a) People needlessly apologizing for and/or defending the game blindly.

    b) People making reasonable arguments that are either neutral or slightly favorable towards the game

    c) People needlessly telling people in (a) and (b) to STFU because they're blind little fanboys.

    For my part, 10 hours is a long fucking time. 10 hours is enough time to play Portal 2 and a half times over. 10 hours is enough time to finish a 10 page paper due the next day. And for most people, 10 hours is enough time to spend on a game that, when it doesn't capture the attention of the audience, can be thrown out. And it can't be denied that the game is really, really linear. What made the previous FF's actually enjoyable was defeating the optional and exceptionally hard boss in a chest in an optional dungeon, exploring said dungeon, and coming out older but not necessarily wiser. Why? Humans are naturally curious human beings who enjoy the learning process through discovery. FF13 takes a lot of that away, and in the process, undermines at least a whole aspect of the game if not more.

    However, at the same time, people can like a game. For reasons that are probably similar to why people like Avatar, people happen to like the face-crunchingly popular series of FF. And what is there to it? I don't believe there should be any reason to call out someone who plays the FF series as an "LOL WEABOO FANBOY" so long as they don't shove their blind loyalty of the game into your face. The comments, to be frank, are needlessly angry and rude. Yes, it is the interwebz, but geez, lower the tone a bit and pretend to be intelligent.

    That being said, the resale price is fairly telling of how the FF13 is faring. You can't really deny the facts there.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Then don't read them. People stop reading them - we stop posting them. Not happening so far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix will pull a Sega and release it as it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't seem like the game is even worth making an International version of it. With all this talk of linearity and stuff, maybe it should have been called The Bouncer 2. It's starting to remind me of it. Play the action movie indeed (No one said it would be as long as an action movie either).

    SqaureEnix should probably listen to the fanbase and remake VII already. Or even VIII or IX.

    Who knows, it might actually be worth playing when the price drops in a few months within coming overseas. Goes to show not to get so hyped about a new game just because it's made by a popular company.

    Oh crap!!! Who knows what the hell they're doing to Versus XIII?!?! I heard the battle system will be reminiscent to Kingdom Hearts, but it's been so long since I've heard anything about it. Here's hoping that's not fucked up. But then again, maybe XIII is just a placeholder game for VS.13 but if it is, they'd doing a "great job" of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I get the feeling that there's going to be big revisions for this series when it comes overseas.. or they're going to delay it more here because of the poor performance it's showing in japan. People overseas are also not nearly as forgiving as those who live in japan either.. especially when it comes to things like game reviews and complaints.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    06:46 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like I said: "Buy no game system under a year or so old"

    You can bypass the price, the expense, the flops and the "Miserable failures"...

    And with time, and low cost, even lousy games can be okay, though I won't be getting this...ever.

    Take "Circus Maximus" for the X-Box...

    If I'd bought it for $60, shortly after buying the X-Box new and being scalped $400 for buying it in a deliberately slowed market (to limit supply to increase demand and hype it max) well I'd feel a bit cheated. The game is good, but it does have some flaws, if only they'd re-do it for 360...

    But, as a game I bought for $5 and a month later an X-Box for $40, WOW!!! Lotsa fun!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree especially after buying Demon Souls and Assassin's Creed 2 at full price only to play them a few times and then watch them collect dust.

    At least I got through Dragon's Age a few times but I actually waited a few months for that price drop.

    As for Final Fantasy I have FF7, FF5, and FF9 (I only rented 10...) I played through 7 once and couldn't be bothered to finish the others to bad SquareEnix won't remake stuff like Dewprism, Vagrant Story, and Xenogears.

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    Comment by mtallmen_184
    06:26 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have never played a Final Fantasy game. I don't like Turn Based RPGs

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From the list, 1,500 yen seems to be the rock bottom price offered.

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    Comment by Skullator
    17:59 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another boring FF hate post.

    Honestly, the game is not bad, it's better than 10 and 12, by a long shot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another boring FF fanboy blind defense post.

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    Comment by kyosak
    18:03 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's not saying much though. -_-

    Just sayin'

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:19 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So's your mom!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    another FF fanatic that rying to justify the game..
    Honestly this kind of fans that make FF plummetting, they never question SE, only buy buy buy and buy any shit the SE offer as long FF brand in it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes people, listen to 21:15 as he parrots the fanboy cries, he clearly is so much better than us.

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    Comment by Skullator
    21:00 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course you can have the opinion that the game sucks, that's fine. But when you start saying that the game is terrible and the only people who could possibly enjoy the game are fanboys of SE then it's just a load of shite based on nothing.

    If you are going to compare a franchises game to others, you compare it to others of the same genre or series.
    When multiplayer FPS fans review FF games negatively, there is no real surprise there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Skullator:

    Why don't you go try some cat poo? You won't know if it's tasty until you've tried it, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah, what it means to be a moron. you probably have barely played any of it, if you're even telling the truth but you want to act like you know something.
    keep telling yourself you actually have a clue. you and the sheep are the only ones that actually believe so.

    "Why don't you go try some cat poo? You won't know if it's tasty until you've tried it, right?"
    why don't you actually try some intelligence, you won't know whether its useful until you try it.

    the problem with morons like you is you honestly DO believe you know something.
    YOU KNOW NOTHING.
    YOU HAVE NO F-ING CLUE whether FFXIII is good or bad or not
    you just parrot each other like idiots

    "I KNOW LINEARITY IS BAD!"
    YOU KNOW CRAP
    i'd guarantee all of you talking as if you know anything have played plenty of linear games and found them to be just fine.
    the only reason you automatically rant about it for FFXIII is because you'd rather parrot each others negativity than really think about it for yourselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And what's more he won't be able to comment that it's not tasty until he's eaten it all, and there's a whole hell of a lot of cat poo in the world.

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    Comment by Skullator
    19:52 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stop putting a spin on things when you havn't even tried them yourself.

    If you havn't finished the game, your say has no merit as you are just going with the flow and proving your inability to think for yourself.

    Question SE if they deserve it, but this is one of the better games of last decade and pretty much the first good JRPG the console has had, and for that I am grateful to them for releasing it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:27 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, what it must be like to be a fan-boy. I'll admit I've not finished the game, I don't have the will to keep playing it and I don't think I'm even half way through; so apparently I can't comment on it... Dang, and here I thought being so appalling that I chose cleaning my apartment over playing it was enough to say it's not a good game, guess I can't think for myself...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's more than they offer for an XBox 360, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:07 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    THEY ARE NOT SELLING THE GAME FOR 1500

    They buy it from you at 1500, and that's if the game is in absolute perfect condition. The cheapest I've seen it used is 3980.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This article is pretty misleading. It could be much more clear about who is buying the game for 1500 yen. I went on that site and couldn't find it there for less than 5000 yen, even used. I quickly realized that of course, the site will buy the game from YOU for that price. Reading over the article without paying attention makes it seem like you can buy it for that price, as many people have thought already.

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    Comment by Artefact
    06:49 03/02/2010 # ! Inadvisable

    I'm not convinced there is any way I can write this article without people willfully misreading it or just not paying attention. I even opted to leave numbers out of the title so as not to cause people to assume it was selling for that price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact, how about "Final Fantasy XIII Trade-In Value Plummets"?

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    Comment by kyosak
    17:54 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is it that JP games retail for such a higher price than the US versions?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably has to do with the volumes being sold in different regions. Less copies sold, higher markup, vice versa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    unlike the US which standardized MSRP, Japan weighs MSRP against the supposed production costs of the title.

    thus big pricey to produce titles get a big pricey retail cost.

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    Comment by basilio
    17:20 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would sooooo pick myself up a copy for $15 ><"... just to see how it turns out. If I'm not satisfied with it, I can always sell it for $10 XD

    Comment by H-Ero
    17:23 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still too high.





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