Final Fantasy XIII Xbox 360 Already Leaked to Pirates


The Xbox 360 port of Final Fantasy XIII has been leaked to pirates a week in advance of its international release date, and is now being downloaded the Internet over in a literal free-for-all.

With the Xbox version thought to have noticeably inferior graphics to the PS3 version, and coming on 3 DVDs with half as much data, the early release to pirates is probably amongst the last things anyone at Microsoft or Square Enix wanted to befall the release.

Meanwhile the PS3 remains possibly the most unpirated console of all time… Just how sales of the two versions compare will be interesting to behold. Will piracy and degradation offset the Xbox 360’s lead in installed systems?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'll never know its up if you don't use torrnts. Also due to the release of info that the game is so linear they may have done it to increase sales and increase sales of Xbox360s since the retail game will have a code in it showing its not bootleg. MS will ban - brick- Xbox360s that have run the bootleg one as well. Its a win win situation for SquareEnix USA and MS world wide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The inferior graphics bit has been debunked a long time ago ffs. The video was captured from an SD source which explains the 576 (PAL) resolution.

    360 version runs at same resolution and frame rate as the GheyStation 3 version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ps3 version is always going to sell better because the demographic fanbase is on sony's console

    its the exact same reason why tekken6 sold a lot more on the ps3 aswell

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Japan I would agree with you, but in the US... You really need to do away with your fanboyish bullcrap.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    07:06 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think he's being fanboyish, there's every reason to think that that's just the case with series like Final Fantasy and Tekken.

    The thing is, there aren't many 3D versus fighters to, let's say, broaden the demographic on other systems (save for licensed shounen animu games), while there were a load of JRPGs released exclusively for... the Xbox 360 for the past three years. Hell, even from the get-go the 360 launched with stuff like [eM] -eNCHANT arM-, while the PS3 had almost no JRPGs to speak of. There's been some laaaaate porting of old 360 titles recently (and many of those are Japan-only), but the fact is that there now is a pretty good demographic of JRPG players on the 360 in America.

    So yeah, there's no way to tell... although FF XIII is a pretty special case, it's been promoted forever as a mainly PS3 title, coupled with the superior quality FMV sequences... I assume most American players will be inclined towards that version, but who knows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I were a developer I would be happy that people who can't afford my games pirate them and play them too. :3
    Also people who aren't generally interested in such games are gonna try them out too. Isn't that kinda nice? ^__^
    Long live piracy! :3

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    Comment by El Chaos
    07:22 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is with people who can afford it, but don't.

    There'd be no point to be made about "having the chance of trying out the game before buying or even renting it" if they released a demo on both Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store, rather than just stupid trailers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the type of thing you hear from 25 year old blockbuster clerks, living at home, still sucking on their mothers tits for food.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    inb4 MS counts the pirated downloads, the game released by 3x cause it's 3DVD's and try and pull a 6m number over the PS3 version out their ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta keep in mind when it comes to the 360. most of the userbase are achivement whores. can't get achivements from downloaded games. Microsoft will wipe your gamertag and delete them.

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    Comment by Geerie
    01:01 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what are you talking about? the majority of gamers are achievement whores, just as many on psn hunting their platinum trophies as there are people grinding for points on xbox live and steam as well. the same even goes for world of warcraft.

    in order to get theirs higher they buy more games and it keeps a cycle up for subscriptions. people just fucking love these things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares if the 360 version is pirated? I doubt there are enough modded 360s out there that have avoided bans to actually make it an issue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the most un pirated console hahah make me laugth the game cube was the same when its was pirated its only a matter of time the craks it done now it time to make the move any console or system is unpirateable and this shity web page ist always attacks the American things

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think it deserves to be pirated.. it was the most anticipated rpg to come out in a long time.. and didnt even come close to its hype.. it was juss plain dissapointing..

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    Comment by El Chaos
    11:06 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, this just in ('cause I couldn't be arsed to fact-check anything about this piece of shit game):

    FF XIII's director, Motomu Toriyama, was also behind the X-2 fiasco. This explains a whole fat lot, doesn't it.

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    07:59 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will still buy the 360 version and give everyone the finger when I do...

    'cause I got the moneys to do so...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    bad for microsoft and square enix mean very good for me. why pay 60 dollar for a game, I am most likely gonna just play once? pirate ftw!!

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    Comment by Callysto
    19:14 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Publicity and exposure is exactly that. Microsoft probably doesn't care as it's brand name recognition.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    19:25 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still FFXIII on xbox is no good. Such awsome CG movies is waaaaaay too compresssed. even if a had a cracked xbox i still will be thinking twice before pirating FF even a week before release. but it's still good that they bringing FF to xbox, so much more people would play it.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    19:50 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Really.... And the companies probably wish it was feudal japan and they could have the local lord hack of body parts or the head of these "Pirates". IMO, the pirates do them undeserved favor.

    Well, as I said, the bank robber is not a "Radical" in that he certainly supports the "System" for he at least agrees with the banker the value of the coveted money. The true radical tries to get people to use other currency or go to barter.

    Why would ANYONE waste even "Broad Band" (anyone have the latest higher speed Gigabyte level broadband?) time on multiple DVDs of a "Rail Shooter" adventure full of exhaustive fights and more time spent on making "Homeless 80s punk runaway kid" outfits for the characters than the story? Is it worth the DVDs to burn it even?

    I have the perfect "Hack" of the gaming systems...time. "Buy no new game system under a year old" Don't buy it, wait a while, the price will go down.


    1. Orignal X-Box -NEW- $399.99 and that's if I'm not buying from some ebay scalper who's got a brother who owns a store and, wonder of wonders, they could order 10,000 units if they want to despite the 'shortages' at retail.
    ---To any attack trolls, I'm not speaking idly, at least about 360's USA release, I know though not as blood kin a guy who owns a store that told me that...

    So: Game system $399.99 and a few new games, $60 each... Circus Maximus, Blinx, DOA volleyball, Oddworld Stranger's Wrath...

    In short about $640...

    "I'm really feeling buyer's remorse. And I either feel really shitty draining money from my savings -or- I'm worried about keeping the power turned on to play the fucking thing."

    Now, that is NOT the choice I made.
    Observe, what I did in RL---

    2. X-Box when the pawn shops are full of them as everyone pawns theirs to have a fraction of the money to plead a scalper for the latest 360 and they have to keep the one at Hastings both under lock and key but modify a (this is for REAL) heavy duty chain through the case with thin cable wire through holes drilled in the system due to all the theft attempts including "Smash and Grab" in a full store as the thing is being played by kids...

    X-Box US$40. Games $5 each. $60...

    "Fun! Fun! FUUUUNNNNN!!!!!!"

    Let me tell you, "Circus Maximus" is pure orgasm. Best $5 I ever spent. Hard and crash happy, but pure aggressive fun. I like playing the big guy with the dominatrix like partner, the ones that look most like real gladiators.

    And didn't even dent my budget despite a lot of sh-t I've dealt with in my personal life in recent years. Worth it just for the living art of DOA volleyball, having the ladies lounge and play...

    Just reminds me, gotta look up "Conker: re-loaded" I'd even spend US$10 for that game...


    I'm not knocking the new. I'm making a good list for the "Bargain Bin" in another year or so...

    Conan (obviously),
    Little Big Planet,
    Bayonetta (yes, X-box 360, you win Otakus),
    Golden Axe Beast Rider (likely suck suck suck at $60 but not $10),
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Knights into Dreams

    IMO, there is but ONE thing I missed by not getting an original X-Box new; The subversive fun of turning it into a halfway decent Linux PC at 1/3 the price. However, the 900lb Gorilla on Via-ra aka Microsoft might literally send "Security" and lawyers to smash it in front of me and I was too busy then to really want to mess with it.

    Anyone out there done this? How easy is it?

    At US$40 each I could actually use a pile of original X-Boxes for a "Render Cluster" since I do do a lot of 3D stuff including the resource hog "Poser" which is good for DIY pornography and rendering scenes, such as inspired by the "Great one's" literary works;-) For "Distributed computing" more smaller computers usually beat by a factor of 2 one "Powerhouse" computer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can tell that it's a Barbarian of Gor post when it's a screenlong and you don't bother to read it

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    05:42 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too long to read?
    Don't even bother to comment then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My words exacly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm kind of worry for the Xbros, it's a pity that they waste traffic for linear shit. FF13 does not deserve even pirating it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep Microsoft really owned themselves on this one. Bad idea to stole sony's exclusive rights.....

    Pity for the box cuz this crap made it look even more obsolete now...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    learn to speak english

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:32 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony never had exclusive rights to FF. Get a clue dip shit.

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    Comment by obro
    18:34 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah PC pirates is killing the industry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you take the time to actually notice it, most of the copyright infringement in the world is done in the poorer countries in the world. You know, the ones where monthly salaries are well bellow $500?

    Get off your high horse. "Piracy" isn't the problem. It's just an indicator of the underlying issues that made it commonly available in the first place.

    Illegal copies of PC games are almost always lacking several features that only legal owners have (multilayer, achievements, community access, tech support...). People who can afford playing games usually do so, if only because these features make it worth it. And when people don't, maybe it's the shareholders that should ask themselves weather they are selling a product that's worth it's price tag.

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    Comment by Zavalix
    18:48 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean piracy is killing the industry in general!... 30 years saying that and it's the apocalypse!, I tell you!, video tapes destroyed the Beta Max industry!...

    On a more funny note:
    Piracy shouldn't be what they worry about...worry about awful games not even people would download.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:28 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    stfu piratebay 4ever

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pirating in general is bad for the developers, however IMHO it brings the standard of humanity to a higher level, allowing us to experience more in life and helping us advance faster as a specie.

    Maybe thats why China is growing so fast >.>

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    Comment by Palmtop Tsundere
    18:20 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Recently, every new game for the 360 has been leaked early. Doesn't dent sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is completely stupid.... Of course no one will pirate the ps3, because it has NO GOOD TITLES... Plus if you put a mod chip in it oooOOooOooOoo good for you, since only american titles have been modded for it..

    Also it's meaningless to post about FF13 anymore since it just seriously sucks... It doesn't matter about the graphics, what matters is the gameplay: which SUCKS.

    I hate how sometimes it seems that Sankaku is trying to favor PS3 over the 360. We all know that a DVD contains less data than a blueray disc. This is the 60th time I've been told that in a different news article on this site and it's getting annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol you retard. you can't install a chip even on american consoles because it's not currently plausible

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

    Fanboi rage much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I stopped reading when i got to the part "Of course no one will pirate the ps3, because it has NO GOOD TITLES"

    his opinion in anything became void, but really? people still say this crap?

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    Comment by Narutofreak1
    09:02 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No good titles? Really?

    Can I say the 360 has no good titles too?

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    Comment by Castian
    05:21 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have the 2 consoles
    the 360 modded, for piracy of course
    and ps3 to own the 360 of course

    my 360 downloads are like a cheap "rental"
    if i like the game i buy it for Ps3
    if its a 360 exclusive i Buy it as well, truly!

    i liked bayonetta pirated for 360
    and i didin't care beign "inferior" in ps3
    i still buyed it for it
    after the "installation patch" quality was the same and i was happy again of beign both consoles owner
    the same for Orochi warriors 2, pirated for 360
    and i buyed Orochi Z for Ps3

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    Comment by cheese_cake
    18:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, seeing that the game wasnt as promising as thought to be, i'd think that piracy might dent sales *slightly*.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    18:36 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game's so bad I won't even download it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    20GB? That's only like half an hour as long as there is decent seeders.

    Not that I would really care of Xbox360 version tho.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    20gb in 30 minutes........

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Woah 20gb in half an hour? What kind of conections do you have over there? i would love one of those

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ive many good things about this game. sanku is the only one that found bad reviews.....from china might i add -_-.

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    Comment by nocturne
    10:59 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are only a few countries in the world where you can get a 100 Mbit/s connection at an affordable price (we're talking around 30-40 US dollars here). Do you, Sir Anon, live in one of those few countries?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Kortaku, if you're going to hate on critics, try and remember if you ever made a recommendation about a movie or game to any of your friends or family.

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    Comment by Reizo
    09:35 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    20gb in 30 minutes...Anon I'm stealing your fucking internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because people like to jump on bandwagons rather than forming their own opinions.

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    Comment by Kortaku
    19:10 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    because most people take the 'words' of 'professionals', rather than doing anything themselves. Lawl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can you claim a game is bad if you haven't even tried it?

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    Comment by shiroki
    19:03 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *14gb of fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup. Who would want to download 14GB of isos?

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    Comment by cheese_cake
    19:55 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd think that people who havent felt first-hand how bad the game was would pirate it. after-all, it was one of the more anticipated games of yesteryear.... well... until it was realeased....

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    Comment by patokite91
    23:22 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Lucifer
    22:22 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And nothing of value was lost..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've heard from a friend who has the Jap ps3 version that the story is linear however the game play / cg / story etc is quite interesting...

    true that there may not be a re-play value but I think I'm gonna download and judge it for myself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    14GB is nothing when you consider you get it a week earlier than retail and that it is free. You can finish it in that week.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    18:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It won't dent sales. Most of Japanese gamers use PS3 anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not necessarily I only play Japanese games and I have a 360

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    Comment by motaku96
    10:11 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that this is for the western market.

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    Comment by maxchain
    22:29 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure they'll use it as an excuse either way.

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