Square Enix Fakes Final Fantasy XIII Comparison Shots



Square Enix has been caught passing off faked comparison screenshots of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of top tunnel crawler Final Fantasy XIII as evidence there is no difference between the two versions.

Square Enix gave “official comparison shots” of the two versions to a site gullible enough to post such a thing; even casual observation revealed some images to be completely identical, whilst others merely had the button graphics switched around:


Even were the versions graphically identical, there would be noticeable differences in the file properties and details such as lighting and resolution.

The Xbox 360 port has already been singled out by eye-witnesses as being inferior to the PS3 original (and Square already admits the version will have lower quality pre-rendered cutscenes), so these images appear doubly deceptive.

Square Enix later issued a statement claiming the insertion of Photoshopped fakes was “obviously not intentional”:

“We are looking into how the FFXIII altered screens ended up in our presskit & will update asap. This was obviously not intentional…”

Just how did they get there?

In any case, the subject of port differences in a major title like this is probably far too sensitive for any truthful response to expected from Square Enix, a company which does not in any case have the best reputation for media relations.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like you were once a bitter RRoD fag and took it up the ass one too many times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My 360 also on the way of RROD for the second time.. What a weak console. Playstation never get hot in that way.


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:19 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If graphics are the only thing slightly inferior (but still good), but they play the same, it's no fucking big deal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Boring game is BORING.
    God-like Merchandise is god-like. Nuff said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's adorable how everyone now has decided that this game sucks purely from Sankaku's biased anti-ffxiii spamming. Nice group of puppets you got, sankaku. I mean, it's not that difficult to get people to hate on something--everyone is more than ready and willing to jump on board if it makes them feel superior about something. How about let's encourage forming your own opinion and free thought (yeah right...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh snap, it looks like a lemming lost his way.
    you should try asking for directions, bitch!
    kotaku is that way>>

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    Comment by Artefact

    We're reporting on the Japanese reception. You obviously don't have a clue about this, otherwise you'd realise the reception the game has received is troubling; there are plenty of facts and sources discussed in the articles, which you conveniently ignore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think I'll just rent this to burn some time, while I can see how shit the game can turn out to be

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have both systems and I wont play it on either. Game looks like a miserable failure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    technically the 360 can do way better than these screens but square knows japanese fans would kill them if they used the 360 to its potential

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The same goes for PS3. Both can do better. But not at the same time (if they expect it to be the same).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantasy 13 is an abortion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long time fans of the series have to have realized by now that you're basically just paying for a battle system and its management. No FF game has given you free reign to advance the story as you see fit. Even with faux non-linear games like ME2, you have to do specific things for the game to advance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm still confused as to why we should care about this. What makes this worthwhile news anyway?

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    Comment by rikarika
    23:46 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should release it for PS2, I bet sales would go through the roof that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wonder why they keep posting negative things abt final fantasy. are they tat jelous abt it ? = =

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny how people forget that opinions on anything is purely personalized. I remember when final fantasy 10 came out and the amount of people i remember telling me how bad it was and how it was way to linear etc etc etc. Turns out its my favourite final fantasy to this day. just goes to show dont judge a game untill you've experienced it. just because a bunch of people dont like it does'nt make their opinions any more valid to you. god knows the amount of total morons on here who post vindictive comments whenever theres a picture of a girl thats not asian and doesn't looks like she's anorexic. i reserve judgement

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    people who own an xbox will buy the xbox version. people who own a ps3 will buy the ps3 version people who own an xbox will buy a xbox version people who own a ps3 and an xbox and buy both version are retards. God knows its obvious the xbox version is going to be inferior but i doubt very much it'll make any difference at all to the enjoyment(or lack of enjoyment considering the slack its been getting)simply put its a case of the bayonetta. it was superior on the xbox so i purchased that version my ps3 owning buddies(who unlike me did not own both systems) was forced to buy the ps3 version and most of them still found the game to be excellent. If people can still appreciate the ps3 version of bayonetta i think a slightly inferior version of this games going to make 0% of a difference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am finding the stubbornness of SE to tell the truth getting extremely annoying. Whenever someone catches them with there pants down they active like there stupid and don't know whats going on your they bullshit there way out. Its a shame I like there games so much because I really dislike SE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 21/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well since anybody who actually cares about the game has already been sold on the PS3 version being superior anyways, why don't they do us all a favor and include the japanese voice track from celebrity voice actors on all that nifty extra space the blu-ray version has. I'm sure it will be better than any dub work they decide to put in.

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    Comment by Lelouch_Lemperouge
    00:54 16/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    etou! only the A B X Y TRIANGLE SQUARE CIRCLE CROSS AND SOME ICON ARE CHANGE. What do you mean fake in this topic.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    07:49 30/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't tell the difference.

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    Comment by tyciol
    19:27 07/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Poor Xboxers, they just can't win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 21/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHAT? no, no, wait, i see a difference!

    if you just maybe zoom into (156, -189) in the third picture by 10002738937489% then maybe we'd find a little chip that's different...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Squares last response to this was,

    "Unfortunately we did mistakenly include screenshots taken for pre-production (non-promotional use only) in our latest release of assets. Screenshots from the final game intended for the press kit will be released shortly. As shown in our recent demo tour and Microsoft's X10 event, there is no material difference between the two consoles."

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The more recent word from people seeing the tour versions is that the 360 version looks better anyway, except in FMVs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.gamespot.com/events/microsoftx10/story.html?sid=6248500&tag=top_stories;title;3 [http://www.gamespot.com/events/microsoftx10/story.html?sid=6248500&tag=top_stories;title;3]

    "However, we noticed at this stage that the movies on the Xbox 360 suffered from more compression than on the PlayStation 3, while the Xbox 360 had an overall crisper image quality in the main game."

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    Comment by AsakuraZero
    09:36 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    waiting for the price cuts

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    worth it for 15 bucks.

    Comment by Shalala
    09:30 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh I not buying it.

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    Comment by Canadane
    09:30 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    CANADANE LAUGHS at the fools who bought such a game.

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    Comment by MeganekkoAi
    10:27 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This hole S-E are digging for themselves is getting deeper and deeper with every announcement they make...

    ...but fear not, they'll be catapulted upwards the moment they release Final Fantasy VII on PSN, for on that very day, Sony's servers will fry as millions of rabid fanboys go berserk and (attempt to) rebuy what they already own and wasn't even all that great to begin with. And all will be well in Square-Enix-land.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    11:00 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    But it already is available on PSN. http://na.square-enix.com/ff7psn/

    I have it that it's indeed one of the most popular downloads there, too.

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    Comment by MeganekkoAi
    18:14 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh crap....looks like I've missed that one.

    But I guess you could replace FF7 with an "enchanced remake" or just about anyting FF7-related that could be produced with minimum time and effort and continue in (successfuly) milking the FF7(-franchise!) even further. I assure you: slap FF7 on the cover and it'll sell like cupcakes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, but the hole is reserved for burying Sony.

    Oh, Sony, you fucking lied about "saving cost" when you took away PS2 backward compatibility from the PS3. Obviously the PS3 can do backward compatibility. How else do you play PS2 games from PSN? You just wanted to charge us money for the games we already own, just the fiasco you tried to pull with the PSP Go.

    Comment by Firetribe
    10:07 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like FF13 is already doomed to fail in the US, even before it reaches here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comparing two versions of a Final Fantasy game is like comparing excrement: One might have some corn, the other might be darker, but they're both shit anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, I don't really care if the 360 gets it at this point. It would be another thing entirely if the game was great, but a mediocre tunnel game? Sounds up their alley.

    The whole situation is rather lame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont really see a difference O_o

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's the point, they're the same images -,-

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    Comment by First Posting Idiot
    08:18 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they didn't make it multi-platform in the first place, maybe they could have added more content to a PS3 only version.

    but alas, they sold out and screwed up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game was destined to be shitty from the get go. Read some actual interviews about them being just too fucking lazy to build shit in HD.

    The game was ported to 360, not designed for it. How difficult is that for you to understand? Is your brain stupid?

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    Comment by Exia
    08:17 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I had a choice I would BUY it for ps3. Sadly since I only have a 360, It'll only be a fun rental for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stop being so poor and buy a PS3 too.

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    Comment by Shanyy
    09:15 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As you can see, the PS3 and the 360 gives EXACTLY the same result...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, and the result of Bad.

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    Comment by cats
    12:55 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow shanyy, you can't even read can you?

    The point is going into the image properties and examining it this is total bull shit. The images are exactly the same in more then a few cases, just with some lighting differences.

    It's already been stated that it's drastically inferior.

    Seems like a last ditch effort now that japan knows what an awful game it is. Since xbox360 is sadly the king (90% Piracy) in the u.s. they HAVE to do this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol who cares what ones graphically better, because this comment is exactly right, hasn't almost every reviewer said ff13 is terrible? Even if one did look better or worse, the end result is the same, shit plot and and linear as a bridge.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    22:15 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No no. He's on to something. They fail over here, and there won't be a slope at all. Their profit graph will be a line strait down the Yaxis...poor squareenix.

    Ah well, it can't be helped...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you mean tangent to the x-axis

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    shut up fatimmortal

    Comment by Firetribe
    10:13 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, pretty graphics are the only thing it has left going for it.
    With a boring story and and linear game play, once you take the graphics away, it becomes less than rent-worthy - bargain bin-worthy.

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    Comment by Aliaus
    11:02 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by fatimmortal
    11:32 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Y = mX + C


    Comment by Firetribe
    11:35 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget the line is sloping downward like FF13's sales.

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    Comment by fatimmortal
    11:46 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, M = -9000

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    Comment by Pas Glop
    09:26 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should read the article. Not only read the title and look at the pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I have no doubts that the actual playable portions of the game are going to be visually identical between the two versions."

    "Yet eye-witnesses have already reported that the playable parts in the Xbox version are inferior..."

    THAT, confirmed.

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    Comment by Lord Ryo
    18:37 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is Square Enix we're talking about, I highly doubt FFXIII will be their last mistake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Yeah you right Inferior Graphice /= Great Graphics

    After all we all play games for the cut-scenes not the story like this game amirite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lower res pre-rendered cutscenes? Considering 80% of the game appears to be pre-rendered cutscenes, I can see where this would be a concern and it is here that the Blu-Ray format wins due to sheer capacity. I have no doubts that the actual playable portions of the game are going to be visually identical between the two versions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet eye-witnesses have already reported that the playable parts in the Xbox version are inferior...

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    16:40 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering their sales, they should work harder on not failing again on something...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That should be enough. Stop listening to any further news about the game.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    22:19 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah. Pathetic stuff like this deserves to be posted up so we can all have a good laugh.

    Comment by Schrobby
    14:20 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if you have a PS3 you shouldn't buy such a shitty made game.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    10:50 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the only reason for you not to buy it, rather than the game being less than mediocre, is because you don't have a PS3? And you base your decision on comments from some random NeoGAF dude and some IGN journ-lol-ist, not even some remotely qualified comparison like, say, DigitalFoundry's?


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    Comment by El Chaos
    11:37 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, talk about the devil.


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    Comment by thugangel
    08:07 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awesome, you linked an article that barely did any comparison of the said game.


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    Comment by El Chaos
    03:37 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, at least we know they indeed improved many things over the demo, so there's a pretty good chance they'll improve it even further for the American and European releases.

    Then again, technical improvements probably won't fix what's really wrong with this game, but whatever... :P

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