The vast majority of the time, multiplatform games are basically identical across the two power platforms; the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. There are some exceptions of course (and we're not counting the first year where crappy 360-to-PS3 ports were common), but for the most part, there are very minimal differences.

However, when you have a game that's as massive as Final Fantasy XIII , you may encounter a few major obstacles that prevent the two versions from being nigh-on identical. From the time FFXIII was announced for the 360, the naysayers have wondered how Square-Enix will approach the two different formats, and how they'll deal with the greatly reduced storage space on the DVD for the 360. Well, here's yet another example of that issue: according to Crious Gamer, Square-Enix may not include Japanese voices with the 360 version of FFXIII. But PS3 owners don't have to worry. Said Yoshinori Kitase:

"Obviously, when we talk about XIII it’s for PS3 and Xbox – with PS3 being on Blu-ray there would be enough memory, but on Xbox probably not. At the moment we’re thinking of releasing the voice in English only. Are there many people who would like to play with Japanese voices?"

Look, although we don't mind that 360 owners will get this groundbreaking title, we've been saying from the start that in this particular case, the PS3 version will be superior. And almost every time we hear of a new update, it's a "for instance" situation of how Blu-Ray's enhanced storage capacity is allowing development to progress smoothly, while the standard DVD format for the 360 version is causing a few hitches. For the sake of 360 owners, we hope Square-Enix doesn't have to strip anything more away from the production, but at least the developers aren't taking stuff out of the PS3 version just so it can mirror the 360 version. That'd be just…wrong.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

if they did take things out of the NA ps3 version just to match the xbox, omg the hell SE would be in.

Shatterday
Shatterday
11 years ago

I would be truely upset.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

I may not buy this game on release day because of this. I would rather wait for a complete FF game, FFvXIII.

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

i dont think ill be buying this one anyway.

the battle system is way too…..actiony. for an RPG game.

personally i would much rather FFvXIII

if your gona make an RPG, stick it to the RPG format, and hey, if it aint broke, dont fix it, go back to the FFX-2 battle system, it was perrrrrrrfect.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

Bottom line: Features in PS3 games should not be sacrificed just because there are storage limitations on another console, period.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
11 years ago

this is exactly why it should have stayed a ps3 exclusive. remember 360 owers laughed at blu ray and how it was just a gimmic? now look who gets the last laugh. they're are just reciving the scraps of our superior version.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I think that's a pretty big negative for the 360 version.I am sure many FF fans wanted to play through the game in both English and Japanese.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

For enthusiasts.. it's a huge negative 😉

Byakko2009
Byakko2009
11 years ago

It's funny because PS3 haters will swear Blu-Ray does nothing for games. Brainwashed, I say, brainwashed! Tekken 6 is also having trouble fitting onto a DVD. Sure one can argue that most of this is due to CG scenes, uncompressed audio, etcetera. But still, imagine a Tekken 6 on 2 discs lol.

Pick Jin Kazama and finish story mode to see "Please insert disc 2".

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Microsoft its ruining my favorite hobby…I wonder if the next generation gonna be worst.

Mujy786
Mujy786
11 years ago

Ps3 + Blu ray is the power house 😀

rell
rell
11 years ago

Enough Said

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

But I thought blu-ray was useless ……

Sol
Sol
11 years ago

…Why?

Byakko2009
Byakko2009
11 years ago

I think he was being sarcastic. Since you know that's the FUD that was spread about Blu-Ray for gaming.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Obvious sarcasm is obvious .

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Here comes the clusterf*ck known as the port.

Sol
Sol
11 years ago

I wouldn't mind Japanese voice acting. It adds a different element to games.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

i watched this interview on the IGN site. I understood that they weren’t going to release the Japanese dialog for either NA version. I was disappointed in this cause i prefer Japanese dialog with subtitles much more then the English voice actors Square uses. I understood this as once again, the PS3 version of a multiplatform game will be limited and content held back because of the 360 version. I pretty pissed about this.

Doosharm
Doosharm
11 years ago

That's pretty much how I took it as well.

"At the moment we’re thinking of releasing the voice in English only. Are there many people who would like to play with Japanese voices?"

These two lines suggest to me that they are considering releaseing in English only for both platforms. Nowhere in that statement does he suggest it will only be for one platform. Furthermore, the last line seems to suggest they don't think many American gamers require the Japanese voiceovers.

But then again, I don't really care. As long as we get good English voiceovers I'm all set.

Archos
Archos
11 years ago

I agree with you Ben..I hope the lack of Blu-Ray on the 360 only cuts the extra language option in the game… I hope it doesn't affect the overall build of the game (as the PS3 version will suffer cause of the 360…).

Come on SE pull out something special… And keep the PS3 version as it was intended initially (no matter how inferior the 360 one turns out)…

Besides the point… but IGN just reviewed Infamous… 9.2!!!! Seems awesome.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Does Kitase-san realize the people he wants to be fair to are still waiting for their PS3 version of Last Remnant?

How about Star Ocean and Tales of series?

Stop trying to sugar coat a pile of feces, it still smells and tastes like shit.


Last edited by Nynja on 5/12/2009 12:16:23 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

The Tales games are Namco Bandai, and as far as I know the Tales game most recently shipped for the 360 *is* being given a PS3 version (enhanced) as well.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Good call, thanx for pointing that out. I think the other title I was thinking of was "Infinite Undiscovery" but I feel like I'm forgetting something else.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

NP, I just wanted to be fair to Namco since they are doing better with PS support, and they are bringing Soul Calibur to the PSP which earns them sufficient kudos to overcome any negative brownie points they gained with their faux exclusive support of 360.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I read that message from another article, too and i was worried. Based on that message, do you think they will release both languages on the blu-ray?

It sounds like "hey dvd are restricting the size of the game, so we making both versions identical, not that many people play with japanese voices anyway"

I'm still hesitating if they would go the extra mile to make their all-time-best-bud, MS look bad.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

You beat me to it but yeah I feel the same way you do. Like they are going to restrict the entire game because of the DVD limitations.

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

How pity for microsoft's breakbox.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

I am sorry but the way it is worded in his interview is very ambiguous and if you read it a couple of times it sounds like he is saying that they are considering releasing it in NA with English only voicing. And at the very beginning he says "obviously…PS3 and Xbox" so just out of a very skeptical of SE mindset it seems to me that he is saying "Since the DVD memory limitation of Xbox we are going to release English only voice acting in outside of Japan regions because who wants to hear Japanese voices anyway. And besides we have to make the games identical to be fair to both systems."

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

So let me get this straight…

-PS3 owners now have to wait longer while the game gets ported down to the 360.

-PS3 owners will not get the FF 13 demo with Advent Children, because it wouldn't be "fair" to 360 owners.

-And now PS3 owners will not have a Japanese voice option because there isn't enough space for it on DVD?

… wow this just keeps getting better and better. Thanks M$!

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Love the avatar, Barnabe. And the post! 🙂

-Arvis

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

Ha, As always it's good to see you Arvis.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Folks, keep a watchful eye on the non-Japan release of this game and whether the international PS3 version really is the same as the Japanese PS3 version. I have a bad feeling about this.

As for the Japanese voicing, personally I would prefer – yes PREFER – to have the game with the original Japanese voicing and story with English subtitles. Sure I might play the game in English language as well, but unless the English VA is really good, the original actors will do a better job of conveying the emotions of a scene through their voices.

I hope that they include the original Japanese voicing, but I have my doubts.

As many have pointed out this is yet another example of a game's development being compromised by the use of DVD on the 360. Shame on MS for trying to pass of the lie that DVD is good enough for HD games, when quite clearly it is not.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Agreed. I know otakus feel this way.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

This is why I am seriously considering importing a Japanese version for comparison. I was thinking of buying a 360 version also but the way things are trending it seems like I will get the 360 version on the PS3 anyway so that everything is entirely fair for both systems. I wonder if they will put the game on multiple blu-rays as well just to say "Hey look we needed to do it on both systems the game is so big"

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

this wont be release on multiple blue rays. theyve alread stated there wont be any disc swapping on the PS3. But this is concerning non the less. i may get the Japanese and NA PS3 versions also to compare. im going to be super pissed if the NA version on the PS3 is stripped of more then just Japanese content.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

One thing is for sure… the Japanese version will be pure AWESOME!!

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

@Coverton;

I would seriously laugh so hard if they released on multiple discs for PS3 simply because they wanted to be fair to 360 gamers…

Kitase: "We could of fit the game on one bluray, but we wanted to be fair to Western gamers and have both PS3 and 360 fans be required to change discs."

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Is there a place where people can go to answer this man's question that he asks at the end of that statement? I would love to tell him personally that "Yes, I want to hear the original Japanese voice acting thank you very much!"

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Ditto.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I just wanted to meet this man and slap some senses into him.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Squeeenix you bastards!

Thrill Kill
Thrill Kill
11 years ago

square will never be what they once were. im glad i grew up when i did. 80's and 90's was the greatest time to grow up

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

You bet'cha!

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Does that mean that the Japanese version will have English voices?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

English subtitles would be nice.

Honestly, I see localization as a two pronged job, there needs to be localization of all the menu and message text in the game, as well as subtitles for all voiced dialog. The second prong – the more extensive localization – is the replacement of the voice acting and any modifications to the story needed.

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

I'm sick of all the bad news coming from SE I don't know why I bother just give me FF vs XIII and I'll be straight I might just have to import FFXIII like the rest of you

rell
rell
11 years ago

I agree with u

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I pretty sure SE meant that neither the PS3 or 360 version in the west will contain a Japanese sound track. Only the Japanese one. Its really not a big deal as far as the audio options go, its just starting to make us wonder when else Square will hold back from the US PS3 version in order to "be fair" to the 360 version. If content or anything gets held back, it will be another example of a PS3 version of a game getting teh shaft in order to accomodate for the 360s failings. Its not the comsumers fault the 360 limits developers. I my self, like many other Sony owners are tired of getting the short end of the stick because of the crapbox.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

For some people not having the authentic Japanese voice acting is a huge deal. You might call us anal retentive, elitists, purists, or a whole slew of other things but some of us want authenticity. Some people have expected that since games are coming into the new generation and now are on larger format discs (ps3 games anyway) that we would have more options like original voice acting as well as dubbed English voices. There have been games that do it and one game in particular does it on 360 that I know of off the top of my head and that is Ninja Gaiden 2. It's just that as someone pointed out, playing with the original voices with subs gives you a better feel for the intended emotion.