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    Final Fantasy XIII-2 Bombing in Japan?



    When Final Fantasy XIII-2 made its Japanese retail debut on December 15, it did so in lackluster fashion. For 99% of games coming out, having a first-week Japanese sales total of over half a million would be a triumph -- huge success. But Final Fantasy XIII-2
    's 524,000 performance (PS3 version) is a mere one-third the size of the original Final fantasy XIII, and even stands distantly in the shadow of Final Fantasy's first direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, which also sold over 1.5 million right out of the gate. For a Final Fantasy title, XIII-2 is performing far below expectations.

    Things get worse for Square Enix when one considers that XIII-2 is supposed to be a game kept interesting in the long term with frequent DLC updates. This does not stop people from trading the sucker in, even a mere two or three weeks after its launch, however. Getting back from my Christmas vacation, something really stuck out at me as I made my rounds in the game shops: there are a lot of used copies of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Above, I am holding one small store's hearty supply of five used copies of the barely three-week-old Final Fantasy XIII-2, selling for 4,980 yen each. The game launched with a price closer to 7,000 yen for new copies, but has already plummeted to 5,500 in most stores.

    Sales were well under half of what Square Enix expected, the price has fallen like a rock, and trade-ins are rampant. From the looks of things, Final Fantasy XIII-2 isn't the comeback S-E was hoping for.

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    Hope they cancel FFXIII-3 and get to XV already.
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    Hiring Mistwalker to make your Final Fantasy games and your sales shall jump ten fold. Bcuz people are getting smarter.
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    A real shame, because for me personally a lot of the problems I had with FFXIII seemed to have been addressed in this one. I'll still buy it no problem once it hits the US. Can't wait!

    Well, at the very least now they can go gung ho with Versus!

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    Last I checked, it topped the charts in Japan. Now this?
    Shame.

    I think this game deserves more. Still you can't count it out just yet. Western release should help numbers move along.

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    It was still successful in it's first week launch. Like Aaron said, they better cancel any plans for a Final Fantasy XIII-3 and just focus on XV and Versus 13.







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    Quote Originally Posted by FonFahbre View Post
    It was still successful in it's first week launch. Like Aaron said, they better cancel any plans for a Final Fantasy XIII-3 and just focus on XV and Versus 13.
    They just cant unless they put everything into DLC (lol) Toriyama'd with the ending.

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    Well... i wouldn't say its bombing but it could have done better, after 6 months the combined JPN/EU/NA sales will give them a nice plus in the bank.

    When it comes to JRPG these days i expect more, other JRPGs have been delivering a much better gaming experience for this gen then the FF series.

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    They have to have realized...people would wise up when the product couldn't meet past standards...smh Sakaguchi was their soul...should have done everything they could to keep him around.
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    The whole concept of XIII-2 was flawed IMO. I can't wait to get my hands on this game so I can REALLY tell people what SE needs to do to get the FF series back to glory. Because the Noel/Serah party ain't gonna cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Versus View Post
    I can't wait to get my hands on this game so I can REALLY tell people what SE needs to do to get the FF series back to glory.
    Why would you want to go into the game with that kind of attitude? You'll be looking through a lense of critique, rather than just enjoying or not enjoying the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    Why would you want to go into the game with that kind of attitude? You'll be looking through a lense of critique, rather than just enjoying or not enjoying the game.
    Well because I generally just don't like the direction they took in this sequel. Now I will say that I have yet to play the final game and I'm sure there will be a handful of things I will like. But I can't ever help but feel that XIII-2 is just an unplanned apology for the original game do to fan outcry.

    I will play this game intently tho, like I do all major FF releases and form a 360 degree opinion on the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avrum View Post
    A real shame, because for me personally a lot of the problems I had with FFXIII seemed to have been addressed in this one. I'll still buy it no problem once it hits the US. Can't wait!

    Well, at the very least now they can go gung ho with Versus!
    Yeah think I'll still end up buying 13-2 even though I still haven't even finished the first one.... I'll wait n see.

    I just think SE dropped the ball once again for a couple of reasons. 1) The battle system although has been improved ~ maybe greatly improved over FF13s battle system but when it comes down to it, its the same battle system where its mostly auto battle. Now its auto battle with scripted QTE (quick time events? pretty sure thats what they call it..)

    2) The story, as soon as I heard time travel was in FF13-2 my heart sank. All that said to me was that they couldn't come up with a good story after FF13 with the same characters without the use of time travel where they can make up anything due to well... time travel. So that really disappointed me, they needed to keep time travel in the chrono world where it was believable. FF13 to me didn't feel like it fitted with time travel, so FF13-2 shouldn't have it either.
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    This is exactly the mistake they are doing with the FF series. take notice of it, they are basically trying to destroy all other RPG games out there by making FF do everything. one game will be open world, one game will be a linear piece of $#@! with a tease of open world and nothing really to do in there but to "oooooh, aahhhhh", another one with a tweaked battle system, basically the same but evidently better, Versus maybe open world? who knows. anyway, my point is, is SE has basically given there other titles the cold shoulder and put 100% effort into one title every single time, it's always Final Fantasy, everything is Final Fantasy. Personally, I hope the series falls flat and they lose a ton of money, because I am sick of Final Fantasy.

    If it craps out, SE did this to themselves and I would highly suggest they kick certain higher ups in that company right out on their asses. Do they work hard on there FF games? of course they do. But they need to start paying more attention to other successful RPG's that they have made. FF is always there game where they do so much work and sooner or later they will end up losing a lot of money because the series will become stale. I want them to concentrate on other RPG's, just like they do with FF. In my opinion, they are to stupid to do that.
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    I agree. Final Fantasy used to set the standard. And now they are letting other games set their standards for them instead of just focusing on creating a unique and innovative game that differentiates itself from its competitors. SE shouldn't be trying to squeeze all these little things of other games in Final Fantasy. Bcuz what you get is Frankenstein.

    Also, I saw some of Mass Effect in FFXIII-2 from what I've seen in videos. I really think they are just taking what people ask for and slapping things into the game.
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    I bet this ends up selling more in the west, people seem to be more gullible, Japan has wised up.

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    I'm a sucker for anything FF... even though I KNOW XIII-2 was a bad idea... I'll still buy it. Sorry.


    I do hope they can XIII-3 and just get on with it now

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    Square it's time to leave the FFXIII world alone...just focus on VSXIII and to come back strong remake FF7/10 and make sure FFXV is something special...it boggles my mind how Square used to be one of the companies to consistently put out the best games to the point where you could just blindly buy any of their games and be in for a treat...now? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by LegendaryAim View Post
    Square it's time to leave the FFXIII world alone...just focus on VSXIII and to come back strong remake FF7/10 and make sure FFXV is something special...it boggles my mind how Square used to be one of the companies to consistently put out the best games to the point where you could just blindly buy any of their games and be in for a treat...now? LOL
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    The merger has nothing to do with it.
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    What did you expect?You make an embarassing game people don't like , then make a direct sequel and expect to sell well?It's gonna bomb even harder in the west, the only two protagonists are two annoying $#@!s.That might be okay in japan but here?not so much.

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