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Square Enix has torn up its promises of DLC for Final Fantasy XIII, and also its promises that the game would still be a PS3 exclusive in Japan.

In comments to Famitsu, leaked ahead of release, developer Toriyama reportedly denies any prospect of DLC for Final Fantasy XIII:

“We were planning to make DLC for it, but those plans disappeared… Sorry!”

Previously he stated “If you keep hold of your copy forever, perhaps there will be even better things in store!”

Cynical interpretations of Square Enix’s actions speculate that they simply made the promise to try to stop people selling their copies and flooding the second-hand market (which happened anyway), but never had any real plans for making DLC.

In other news, Square Enix’s prior assertions that it had “absolutely no intention” of releasing Final Fantasy XIII on the Xbox 360 in Japan (it was marketed as a PS3 exclusive in Japan) have proven to be equally dubious as well – it recently became clear that the Japanese Xbox 360 version will be released in December, severely angering many fans.

Square Enix’s statements now seem set to enjoy an extraordinarily low level of credibility amongst fans – perhaps deservingly.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    is it just me, or has Squeenix turned into a fucking cunt of a business and deliberately fucks with its fanbase that made it into what it is today? i mean, its ok if they wanna release it on xbox, ive been over it for 2 years now, but to try and squeeze all the microscopic amounts of profit out of an average game(at best) is beyond greed imo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I liked the FF games mostly for the story, I have ff13, but I haven't finished it, hell I barely even started it, I got the game, played it for a week, then bought another game I was waiting to be released and just haven't came back to it.

    I'm not really a big fan on the turn style battles though, I like to be able to move my character and basically kill them like the Secret Of Mana game. I have to admit that I do like the ff13 battle system better, but I would rather just be able to run and dodge attacks, than sit there having the battle system decide if my character was fast enough to move out of the way or was looking at the chick in my party too hard and didn't realize a big bolt of lightning was coming and killed his stupid ass.

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    Comment by Tidus
    16:31 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There really is no point making a xbox 360 port in japan because of how low xbox 360 sales are doing there. Not to mention its probably gonna be pirated either way. In the end its not going anywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would have been 80% movie, 20% "gameplay" anyways. No big loss.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What was that, Square Enix? You don't want anymore fans? Why, you could've just asked! No need to be so indirect, silly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually hated FFVIII..now that's a BAD story and game. FFXIII made me cry at the end. Remember X was just linear until you reached a certain point..

    FFIX is still my favorite by far...=)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCK SQUARE ENIX

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “We were planning to make DLC for it, but those plans disappeared… Sorry!”

    The Longer we keep the game the more change we have to brick our PS3's.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix disappointing its customers? Oh No Who could have seen that coming?

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    Comment by alidan
    16:26 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have a blind friend, and honestly i be he could.

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    Comment by alidan
    15:39 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyone think that the 360 people in japan deserve to suffer just as much as the ps3 people?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    money creates assholes.

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    Comment by alidan
    16:27 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well actually, they would be dicks, and the fans would be assholes for supporting the dicks and giving them nice warm homes.

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    Comment by Logax
    16:02 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix...I am dissapoint... -_-

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    Comment by meiling
    11:06 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am still confused in this day and age why fanboys and girls still fall for the "we will only release this on this platform" promise. In the end it has turned out few games stay on one platform over another when there is possible money to be made. It has been this way for how many years? It is time people open their eyes to reality of the past.

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    Comment by tomasse
    09:44 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    a f*uckin discrace on SE for the path they have chosen to follow through the years...they could have done so much more but they decided not to....!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 15/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably just figured it was time to cut their losses on this horrible sinking ship and never look back. Or at least I can hope and pray such.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    05:37 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aren't they obliged in some way to provide some kind of online component, any component at all?

    'Cause the game's box art clearly say "PlayStation Network" and "Xbox Live"...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 10/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was so tempted to buy a PS3 solely for FFXIII, glad I did neither. This announcement just proves my point further.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i knew it was a bad idea from the get-go to get FFXIII. first of all, FF games tend to be kinda short with compared to lots of RPGs these days, endless sandbox ones aside. i also find recent FF game's sidequests to be mediocre and not worth it at all (come on, wasting hours on one enemy just to get a useless emblem emblazzoned on my airship is not my idea of an accomplishment)

    Look like there won't be a FFXIII International after all with the suckiness. Here's hoping Agito XIII and definitely Versus XIII (IF they are still ATTEMPTING any god damn thing with it) makes up for this disaster. But i guess XIII wasnt all that bad. it's more fun to watch someone play then actually playing it to me

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHO need it after all? it fail game. thanks for wasting my 60$

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    Comment by SIN REKA
    22:21 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    DLC might have been fine a while ago, but seeing as I'm doing nothing but grinding for platnium ingots now, I'm just ready to get this over and trade this in.

    Either way, I must be in the extreme minority of people that liked FF8 AND 13.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never played ff7, I started at FF8 and loved the story..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just confimed MS FUCKED with FF. NO doubts there since it was made multiplat, but its good for the LOLs because of the fuck heads saying that they would go with download content anyway.....thx MS and SE for destroying what the game could have been.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not surprised.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    07:13 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't know what can you add to the game. maybe ability to play all the party? :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess this is the classic case of how the mighty have fallen.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:36 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, its a case of the mighty falling on a banana peal, as in it happend so fast and almost seamed like a joke.

    hitting there head on a rock, getting up and forgetting how to walk, ff10 to present.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lucky number 13.

    shit started going down for Squeenix now.

    they should stop making FF's for a while and look back at the previous games and reflect on that.

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    14:14 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they'll enrage the few hardcore Final Fantasy fans they have left in Japan to please the 2 or 3 Japanese people who were hoping for an Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII, and how does this make sense exactly? I mean, Even I who's got a slight predilection toward Xbox think this is ill-advised (more like super stupid).

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    Comment by alidan
    14:39 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    to be honest, they pissed them the fuck off when they went from Nintendo 64 ff7 and moved everything to ps1

    the continually chipped out the "hardcore" fans with every ff sense ff 7

    i doubt there is one real fan left when ff13 came out, and its all the ff7 people who got on only than that are left.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square went form being one of the tigthest companies, to a company that can't do shit right in a span of a few years.

    I swear, I we can return to the time where they could do no wrong. A world of pretty graphics and fatigue systems.. eh

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not Square's fault, or i should say it's not Squaresoft's fault. I saw this coming when the Enix buyout happened. They have been systematically destroying old Squaresoft franchises. I think it's actually revenge. I hear that they plan a Parasite Eve title next. I guess they've beaten the FF horse into a pulp and need new material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    really, I saw this coming once Hironobu Sakaguchi left cause he said that he didn't like the direction the company was heading in. So he started his own company and made the good Blue Dragon and Better Lost Odyssey Games, with The Last Story to come out on Wii soon.

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    Comment by alidan
    15:08 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    have to play lost odyssey too. i didn't have an hdtv back than, and holy shit was there allot of unreadable text in that game.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:35 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    THANKS i knew there was a game i haven't beaten yet but couldn't remember what it was, have to go play that soon.

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    Comment by Mr.Bitches
    15:23 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix is the NBC of the gaming world.

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    Comment by Kai
    13:12 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see why they are releasing it on the 360 when no one owns a 360 in japan. And DLC they would release would be alternate costumes or be able to buy Gil or items.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:55 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh come on man. Give the ten 360 users in Japan, who imported the US version, a chance to play the Game in Japanese D: Squeeeenix has a Heart after all >:

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    Comment by alidan
    14:26 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    apparently there are enough 360 gamers there, and they want to sell the game to them for what, 100$ minimum instead of them picking up a preowned copy on a ps3 later for what 5$ or is it even less now?

    i mean morbid curiosity is a bitch to have.

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    Comment by shoranhimura
    13:10 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    square enix, what have you done??

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    Comment by alidan
    14:24 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well they wiped there hands of the game completely it seams.

    Comment by BrightSide
    13:09 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damnit, I was hoping for new missions to kill more turtles.

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    Comment by Seele
    13:09 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And there was a need to release a DLC why...? It's not like it's gonna the game any better. >.>

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:59 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Question: WHY do people even bother listening to Square? Their PR is scummier than Activision or EA. Or maybe both of them COMBINED. Square just keeps fumbling through and confuses gamers. Ignore them and judge games by their merits.

    It's like Square's entire PR division is filled with Peter Molyneux and Hideo Kojima hype-spinners. Enough already.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:09 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese gamers, get used to it. Multiplatform is the new 'exclusives'.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    00:17 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *nods in agreement and patiently waits for more FF13 hentai doujins in the next Coimket*

    Avoid the disappointment, avoid the stress...Stick to the hentai...

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    Comment by Poisoned Cookie
    13:12 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're gonna ruin KH3. I just know it. -_-

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    Comment by Kuro Neko
    23:05 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah...it kinda seems like it's really tripping out now. :/

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    Comment by Schrobby
    00:47 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Using never planned DLC to prevent second hand sales is devious but quite clever. Companies lie to maximize profits. They always will. Don't trust them.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:14 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you have hope for kh3?

    i mean i didn't even like kh2 enough to beat it, kh 1 was fun and i liked leveling and the grind, but is there a real level system in 2? if i remember right it was a level system only in name and was completely artificial.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    22:38 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is true, however, any hope for improvement in KH3 is as good as gone now. If SE can't take care of their MAIN franchise, what hope is there for the secondaries. So far they've shown

    Low opinion, respect for fans and what they want
    lack of innovation
    lack of level design
    laziness
    ability to openly break promises or ignore their own words.

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    Comment by alidan
    03:18 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, i hate to do this, but to squares credit, they have been doing far better with real time fighting in the kh style than turnbase combat for quite a while.

    you can have some hope for the battle system, but any rpg elements? you can probably for get about those.

    Comment by Vicious
    13:21 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A Reversal? A Ps3 Beta? Unpossible!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ruin KH? It always sucked, it couldn't possibly be worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its not so much as it was linear though, as a fan of the series, i can get over that. what i cant handle is where are all the interesting sidequests? the captivating interaction with NPCs, the secret aeon, the more complex weapon crafting, deeper skills. they've turned the ultimate weapon crafting into grindfest-then-buy-shit. and dont tell me the cieth stones are enough. in the other games there were chocobo raising, card games, chocobo races, the theater in X(or was it only in X-2?). in XIII the most powerful things are the Guis. apart from having a shit ton of health, with the right equipment they're a piece of cake. in X even if you had some characters maxed out and with ultimate weapons, the toughest bosses were still a great challenge. man fuck Square Enix.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    16:50 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From all FF games, FF VII, VIII, XII, IX were the ones I enjoyed the most (in that order).

    I think it was obvious in what kind of shit direction FF would be heading after Sony's fiasco with FF movie.

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    Comment by alidan
    18:08 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Darkrockslizer

    explain what was wrong with the movie? because i didn't think it was bad. i'm a minority in that, but i really didn't think it was bad. i'm not saying its a god among movies, but its not bad, and i remember parts of it and not in a bad way, more than i can say about most movies.

    and so you know im talking about sprites within, which i assume you meant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fanboy or no, the games were good. As in if people were objective about them, they were good games. If you want to compare games, compare FFXIII to Big Rigs and get some perspective on the true scale of gaming. The game was solid and good, it wasn't groundbreaking and fantastic, it was a solid game. I would like them to do more to exceed themselves, but if you remove the complaints that there wasn't any towns or sidequests, there really isn't that much to complain about. Everyone's complaining about non-issues. You can't complain about something that isn't in the game based on design. You can wish it was there, but the game shouldn't be judged on your wishes, it needs to be judged on what it is.

    All the rest is just your preference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha another ff fanboy. Go home loser :p

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    Comment by Myballz
    15:45 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's possible add Towns,weapons, and new outfit's in the DLC Square?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIII really wasn't that bad, compared to XII and X-2, XIII was actually good. Compared to anything pre-X, it was a terrible game.

    Without comparing it to other games constantly, can you honestly say that it wasn't worth playing?

    I liked the linear gameplay, it was different, considering how every game wants to be sandbox now. Which is a nice idea, but when EVERY game wants to be open and free, it gets really old.

    The game could've been a lot better, but it also could've been a lot worse.

    Hopefully Square will go back to the good old days and make amazing games again... One can dream.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, every single FF was a good game, yes including X-2. The morons who called it "Charlie's Angels" must have stopped playing in less than three hours. I treated it as an FFX epilogue, as it was meant to be. I've always wanted to have a playable epilogue since Lunar 2, and they gave it to me. They also gave me another plot, new characters, and the chance to see the aftermath of what happens to a world after it is clear of its ancient enemy. That may not be enough for many, but I couldn't care less, they did a great job with it, even if it came in a different package.

    Anyway, comparing games is really what is killing gaming now. It's not like it's wrong to compare games, but if you blitz through games like nothing, then you're your own worst enemy, because EVERYTHING will start looking the friggan same if you keep playing the same genre over and god damn over again.

    Every FF has been a strong, powerful game to anyone who doesn't somehow hop on the stupid bandwagons of people who think they're cool for hating games without even giving them the credit they deserve. So many childish assholes see one bad thing and judge the game's entirety because it doesn't follow their specific expectation, like somehow if the game wasn't made by and for you specifically it's not worth your time.

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    Comment by alidan
    16:18 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous
    15:41

    game play wise, i liked 12 more than any 3d ff game barring 7 and 9.

    story wise... its kind of meh

    why does love have to be a focus on so many of these now. maybe if there were open lesbians that are all over each other all the time, without the need of goggles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @15:41

    Compared to XIII, XII was extraordinarily good, like it wasn't a SE product.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts on it are that I just assumed America wasn't ready for it. I hated the ending, but then I can't stand any writer that thinks killing off a protagonist for the sake of killing them off is good writing. It wasn't the worst offender of it, but still.

    The acting in it wasn't really the greatest, the story was that of an american action story, but it actually forced people to think about it which doesn't really work. The inclusion of the lifestream Gaea thing probably was a bit too much for most who weren't already FF fans. Also, I think it was the FF name attached to it which jumbled everyone's expectations, and expectations fuck everything up. I never watch or read reviews because it creates an impression from a source that I have no reason to trust, but unconscious minds can still be influenced on what to think. Plus, most people never grew up out of high school. Most people just latch on to what they hear without realizing it and regurgitate them, pretending they're actually forming their own thoughts.

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    Comment by alidan
    20:45 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    want the tagline for it, forget everything you know about final fantasy?

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    Comment by alidan
    20:52 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous
    17:11

    yea, compare ff13 to a broken unfinished game.

    you know, if they didn't call this an rpg but an interactive movie i probably wouldn't have cared, i also wouldn't have wasted 8$ and 10 hours on the piece of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:55 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIII really wasn't that bad at all, I'm sick of hearing people whine about it. If only the linearity wasn't focussed on so much people wouldn't have played it already prejudging it as shit. For what it was, it was not bad in the slightest. It didn't have the towns, so what, I enjoyed the dang thing. It sure as hell wasn't a horrible game. The plot was pretty solid, the characters were decent, it wasn't a groundbreaking game, but in no way shape or form was it a horrible game.

    Oh well, fuck it. Hope they take this time to make something better... their experiment didn't work as they had hoped.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:21 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it had a shit "level system" the "party" system was broke as fuck (lets play that one boy who in ANY OTHER GAME i would have killed off and never revived just out of spite, and force you to play with him, having no option to swap him out and use someone infinitival more useful) or here, that retarded as fuck job tree shit. i hated ff10 system, and they just made it again, but without the fucking paths (which if you take wrong RUIN your characters)

    i had battles that were over 15 minutes long, because i upgraded the wrong thing, or god forbid, wanted a healer instead of a mage, where i lust spammed x while i watched tv or masturbated (seriously, hit slideshow in my image program and fap fap fap while i hammered x)

    o and lets not forget the story, where after playing for 7-10 hours, i still had no FUCKING CLUE WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK WAS GOING ON. all i knew was I HATED THAT LITTLE BOY SO MUCH. please tell me he dies, i thankfully rented this game so i only wasted 8$ on it and i want that 8$ and 10 hours back.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's about time for Square Enix to dissolve itself before it comes to a worse ending.

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    Comment by Mr.Bitches
    15:22 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree completely FFXIII is a terrible game that is extremely linear until Chapter 11 where it becomes only slightly less linear and it has almost no strategy involved and no parity. I can think of only two instances in the entire game to not use a party of Lightning, Fang and Hope. I breezed through the game with no upgrades until chapter 11 and then breezed through the rest after deciding to upgrade. The only strategy comes from fighting the very few optional monsters that have some special condition that makes it harder to stagger them.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    15:28 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, Square Enix is the next KyoAni in terms of trollin' their fans.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    14:29 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with anon 13:55 I did enjoy ff13, its not as horrible as ppl makes it to be.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol shitter. kh is awesome
    gb2urhalofaget

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude open your eyes Kingdom Hearts ended at 2 I mean think about it where is there left to go? That is why they keep milking it with prequels. Didn't you realize right off the bat that Birth by Sleep is what they teased with the special end of KH2? Not a KH3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't know people disliked the KH series that much. I only played 1 and 2 and enjoyed both of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:04 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually the kingdom hearts prequels and side games are there so once kingdom hearts 3 comes out we will better understand why they have to defeat xeanort before brith by sleep we had no idea who xeanort is or why he would want kingdom hearts
    sora and his friends defeats xeanort's heartless then nobody now they have to defeat the real one

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    14:48 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Square Enix is now adept at trolling people eh?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    15:11 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like "Oops!" then see their black faces for the lulz.






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