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    Chances of a supermarket price war for Final Fantasy XIII ?

    What do we reckon then?

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    It wont need one, the reviews are very average and it is a niche game.

    Original Poster

    Even so, I would have thought that the demand would be massive just on the back of the brand name alone, plus the fact that it is a multi-format title.

    Spark;7927690

    Even so, I would have thought that the demand would be massive just on … Even so, I would have thought that the demand would be massive just on the back of the brand name alone, plus the fact that it is a multi-format title.




    mmm-I agree with insomniac-I dont think the supermarkets will see this as worthy of a price war-call of duty/fifa-they are just about educated enough to know the score with these types of games but thats about their limit. Supermarkets know about making money-they know feck all about games.

    Final fantasy has been on a down since the best ones. i.e 7, 8, 9 and 10 at a push.
    So doubt supermarkets will bother with price wars, No benefit to them in terms of bringing people through the doors i don't think

    Original Poster

    It's very true and I doubt the pre-order figures for this title are anything near close to those of the two games which you mentioned but surely this must be one of the biggest multiformat launches of the year.

    iNSOMANiAC;7927684

    It wont need one, the reviews are very average and it is a niche game.



    yeah I will get it, but the reviews have pretty much touted it as a interactive movie with some battles, shame really could've have been something special, ho hum

    Spark;7927742

    It's very true and I doubt the pre-order figures for this title are … It's very true and I doubt the pre-order figures for this title are anything near close to those of the two games which you mentioned but surely this must be one of the biggest multiformat launches of the year.



    Not to the casual market... JRPG's are incredibly niche.

    Flodd;7927794

    Not to the casual market... JRPG's are incredibly niche.



    If proof were needed that gaming's gone mainstream one of the biggest franchises in the business is now considered niche.

    Just a shame mainstream = mindless tat for the most part :-(

    megalomaniac;7927890

    If proof were needed that gaming's gone mainstream one of the biggest … If proof were needed that gaming's gone mainstream one of the biggest franchises in the business is now considered niche.Just a shame mainstream = mindless tat for the most part :-(



    I agree on some levels... I've never played a FF game myself and have no intention to, RPG's require me to devote far too much time I don't have...

    The problem with FF is that outside of RPG nuts and (what you might call) hardcore gamers it simply doesn't sell in vast quantities in the UK compared to NFS, Fifa & Pro Evo.

    megalomaniac;7927890

    If proof were needed that gaming's gone mainstream one of the biggest … If proof were needed that gaming's gone mainstream one of the biggest franchises in the business is now considered niche.Just a shame mainstream = mindless tat for the most part :-(



    its never been that big in Europe in comparison

    Alfonse;7928001

    its never been that big in Europe in comparison



    FFVII was a fairly big release on PS1... in the days when geeks still owned gaming and chav's stuck to smashing bus shelters.. :thumbsup:

    Flodd;7928022

    FFVII was a fairly big release on PS1... in the days when geeks still … FFVII was a fairly big release on PS1... in the days when geeks still owned gaming and chav's stuck to smashing bus shelters.. :thumbsup:



    agreed, but its nothing in the popularity it has in Japan and China

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    Flodd;7928022

    FFVII was a fairly big release on PS1... in the days when geeks still … FFVII was a fairly big release on PS1... in the days when geeks still owned gaming and chav's stuck to smashing bus shelters.. :thumbsup:



    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2007/08/makelovenot-warcraft-460.jpg

    FFVII was the second biggest selling game (9.8 million) on PS1 behind Gran Turismo (10.85 million), infact there are 3 FF games in the top ten. There are another 2 FF games and 4 JRPGs total in the top ten PS2 sales chart......hardly a niche and this is the first FF of the current gen.

    Alfonse;7928001

    its never been that big in Europe in comparison


    Judging by the sales figures either your saying Japan is the worlds biggest market (hint it's not, the UK's currently bigger) or your wrong.

    Original Poster

    megalomaniac;7928247

    FFVII was the second biggest selling game (9.8 million) on PS1 behind … FFVII was the second biggest selling game (9.8 million) on PS1 behind Gran Turismo (10.85 million), infact there are 3 FF games in the top ten. There are another 2 FF games and 4 JRPGs total in the top ten PS2 sales chart......hardly a niche and this is the first FF of the current gen.Judging by the sales figures either your saying Japan is the worlds biggest market (hint it's not, the UK's currently bigger) or your wrong.



    Japan is the second largest market for games in the world after the United States or at least it was the last time I checked. The UK is massive though and is easily the largest market for the industry in Europe which has started to show in recent years. Canada, Britain and the US are also probably the best countries to live in if you like to game on a budget.

    I remember FF7 and 8 being massive on the PS1 but then things did quieten down a lot in the days of the PS2, although I think that MMOG one was still quite big. I was under the impression that this was going to be one of the biggest releases of this generation so far though especially as geeks really stopped owning gaming pretty much as the PS1 surfaced.

    I've already pre-ordered mine from Amazon....lucky for me as they're all sold out now from Amazon. I don't think Supermarkets will have a price war on this but there's always hope.

    Spark;7928589

    Japan is the second largest market for games in the world after the … Japan is the second largest market for games in the world after the United States or at least it was the last time I checked.



    As of last year we've (the UK) taken the 2nd spot. :thumbsup:

    But we've always been top three or there abouts, we were number one for a period in the 80's.

    cant wait for this, gonna epic
    nothing beats 7 though

    muffin247;7928792

    cant wait for this, gonna epicnothing beats 7 though



    Same here, I personally prefer 8. I do hope it's going to be better than 12, I gave up playing it after a week....it just felt something was missing.

    8 was good but the materia? system on 7 was genius

    7 was the best.
    8 was different... I put up with it but wasn't very keen. (and never completed it, as I saved over my main save that was outside Ultimecias {sp?} Castle and never played again lol)
    9 was pretty cool, good in every way.
    10 was a solid effort, and I got addicted to Blitzball.
    10-2 was pathetic. The less said, the better.
    Got about halfway through 12 (?) I think, but lost interest...

    Don't think I'll be rushing for 13 sadly, my RPG need has died out a little over the years. If 7 was released on XBL (I know, it won't, but IF) then I would certainly purchase and be the happiest person ever.

    muffin247;7928831

    8 was good but the materia? system on 7 was genius



    +1

    Original Poster

    megalomaniac;7928778

    As of last year we've (the UK) taken the 2nd spot. :thumbsup:But we've … As of last year we've (the UK) taken the 2nd spot. :thumbsup:But we've always been top three or there abouts, we were number one for a period in the 80's.



    Doesn't surprise me to be honest. Gaming is really sociably acceptable here now and is far bigger than the film industry where as it is still more of a geek thing in Japan. When I was in Akihabara last year there were tons of 20 and 30-somethings in the arcades and games stores but the vast majority of them were visiting Brits, yanks and Aussies or Korean migrants.

    Of course you still have the Nintendo over-50's group there too but most of them will buy one ds or wii title a year, if that.

    The pricing strategy in Japan is also extremely out of date. They charge what they think the fans will pay over there which is why this retailed at £70-80 at launch in December. If they did that here then most people would vote with their wallets which is why we usually end up paying around half of what they do. In the west, that kind of game pricing went out with the likes of Street Fighter 2 on the snes.
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