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Exclusive: PS3 Owners Want  Final Fantasy XIII  More
Exclusive: PS3 Owners Want Final Fantasy XIII More Exclusive
May 1, 2009 | By Chris Remo

Despite now being confirmed for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII is still more highly anticipated by owners of Sony's machine, according to data from research group OTX shared with Gamasutra -- it's the game most wanted by the PS3 base.

Despite that, while the majority of titles on the top 20 list are also multiplatform games with Xbox 360 versions, the PlayStation 3 most-wanted list actually features more first-party exclusives than those of the other two systems combined, numbering four in total.

One of those games, Sucker Punch Productions' Infamous, also holds the distinction of being the sole entry across all 60 most wanted games for the three major consoles that represents a brand-new property launch.

And while Final Fantasy XIII is the most wanted game, Sony Santa Monica's God of War III is only slightly behind in purchase intent, and its planned purchasers indicated a more widespread desire to actually put down preorder money.

The data, as provided by OTX's GamePlan Insights business intelligence tool and delivered to Gamasutra, was drawn during March and April of 2009, with the division's parent company OTX polling 1,000 gamers across numerous demographics on a weekly basis.

The 20 games with the highest levels of purchase intent among the PlayStation 3 audience are as follows:

1. Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
2. God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
3. Madden NFL 10 (EA Tiburon)
4. Assassin's Creed 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
5. Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward, Activision)
6. Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai)
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Raven Software, Activision)
8. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog, Sony)
9. Need for Speed: Shift (Slightly Mad Studios, EA)
10. Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (Insomniac Games, Sony)
11. BioShock 2 (2K Marin, 2K Australia)
12. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios, Eidos/Warner Bros.)
13. Fight Night Round 4 (EA Canada)
14. NCAA Football 10 (EA Tiburon)
15. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (EA Tiburon)
16. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Terminal Reality, Atari)
17. Infamous (Sucker Punch Productions, Sony)
18. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
19. Half-Life 2: Episode Three (Valve Software)
20. UFC 2009 Undisputed (Yuke's Media Creations, THQ)

The following chart of the first ten games on the list also illustrates levels of preorder intent among those who have already indicated general purchase intent:

More than half the games on the list are also present on the Xbox 360 list, suggesting a strong similarity in audience despite some key differences. Some of the higher-ranked of these titles include Assassin's Creed 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Tekken 6, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The PlayStation 3 list was the only one among the three major consoles not to include Harmonix's The Beatles: Rock Band.

In another interesting note, Valve's Half-Life 2: Episode Three made it onto the PS3 list at number 19, despite the game still being effectively unannounced, with no details or release projection available; it did not appear on the Xbox 360 list.

For more information, see the previously-published Xbox 360 analysis and Wii analysis.

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Brian Murphy
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Gran Turismo 5 is my most wanted game, followed by GoWIII and then FFXIII.


John Peterson
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Well, this makes perfect sense. A lot of people who purchased a PS3 did it in anticipation of FFXIII. No one who bought an XBox did. For them, it's a nice little bonus. I am an XBox 360 owner (still can't justify the price of the PS3) and I greatly anticipate Final Fantasy, but it isn't the reason I bought the system.

Christopher Myburgh
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Ugh. I honestly don't see why people can get so excited over the next iteration of Whack-a-Mole.

Alan Rimkeit
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I want God of War III, Uncharted 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the new Ratchet and Clank.

My wallet bleeds with happiness!

(Damn does the new Batman game look GREAT!!)

James Smith
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I always said I'd buy a PS3 the day they released FF7. I cant wait to get hold of the rerelease download, still I'd die happy with that oh so teaseful remake. Mind you, in my head 7 looked like that render anyway (still does)..

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@ James

FFXIII looks like it is a FFVII remake in a way. The story is very similar. Lightning is basically Cloud/Sephiroth in one but female, Ex military for Cacoon and given a mission by the Ici (whatever) as a "chosen one", and joins up with a rebel group. Cacoon = Midgar, Pulse is the rest of the world, the lci or whatever its called is the cetra/ancients, Cacoon government is after power just like Shinra except instead of Mako and world domination it sounds like they just want to isolate their citizens from the outside world and its ideas.

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As for the top 20 the only games I would buy on there are FFXIII and Tekken 6 for sure with Modern Warfare 2 and God of War III as possible buys as well.

James Smith
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Thanks BN :) looking forwards to it even more now!

Geoffrey Mackey
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Did anyone consider that the 360 has a ton of JRPG's on there to keep players occupied until FF13 comes out? I mean I can't wait for it, but I played four JRPG's in the last year and there's still another four I haven't played.

@John Paul that reasoning doesn't usually work with average consumers. If I had a budget, I could get a $200 Xbox and still have $200 left over to buy games. Besides who uses Wi-fi for online games? Honestly none of my friends do. Wi-fi is great for a laptop but not so much for games.

Michael Pulst
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I'm actually wanting FFXIII Versus more than FFXIII. Don't get me wrong I want both, but I think Versus has a "darker" attitude with it and it appeals more to me because of that. I've tried to figure out why I think that's so but couldn't really come up with anything other than the footage shown so far shows bright scenes for XIII and darker/military'ish type story with XIII Versus.

As for wi-fi for consoles... what's wrong with it? I've been using it for PS2 (bought a Linksys Wireless 802.11g bridge), 360, PS3 and Wii; no issues with gameplay for me. I hope next gen consoles and handhelds will start to support 802.11n though.

Ed Alexander
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I'm pretty sure that the core SKU for FFXIII is on the PS3. They had to scale down some things in order to get FFXIII on the 360 (I don't believe specifics have been discussed to the public yet), so the "full" version is on the PS3.

Victor Bunn
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most anticipated titles? hmmmm, Uncharted 2, Fat Princess, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XIII, FFVII on PSN, Grandia on PSN, Xenogears on PSN, Gran Turismo 5, God of War III and any DLC that comes for Killzone 2.

@Geoffrey. I disagree. I use Wifi for online gaming with one of my PS3s, Wii, PSP and DS and it works great. Only my original PS3 uses a wired connection. I also disagree about the budget statement. I have never been a fan of the gimped 360. It's a blatant rip-off IMO. Even if you spent the extra $200 on games you will need a HDD eventually, you may not need Wifi but there are still the other expenses to consider... charger, Live subscription (let's be honest, Xbox 360 without a gold subscription is a joke) the mentioned HDD...these things cost money. The less knowledgeable consumer could easily blow an extra $150 bucks on extra gear in addition to the cost of a 360 and they haven't even bought a game yet. Many people will buy MS/360 brand HDDs and Wifi adapters and those are horribly overpriced. Personally, I'd never buy a 360 without a HDD and wifi should have been standard at least.

@ James FFVII is in the Japanese PSN store along with Grandia and Xenogears.

John Peterson
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That is a good point, but my router is at my television anyway for my DVR, so it really isn't an issue. Also, don't get me wrong, I am not PS3 bashing. I would own one in a second if I could justify that price for any entertainment device. I only got a 360 cause I got it $100 off and I only payed $400 for my TV! You can see where I am coming from I hope in that regard. I will probably pick up a PS3 in another 3 or 4 years used for a few hundred less and pick up the games I want cheap.


This is the first I have heard of the 360 version of FF13 being scaled down for the XBox. Where did you hear this? Not that I don't believe you, I am just curious as I would like to try and find out what is going to be lessened for the Microsoft console. If it is some graphical resolution and a few tracks from the soundtrack, so be it. If it is game content, I would like to try and find out what.

Geoffrey Mackey
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I understand what you're saying, but I think you're still coming at this from a game enthusiast point of view. I remember reading somewhere that around 50% of PS3 and XBox users never even connect to the internet (this is the target market I was referring to). So something you and I care about, many others don't. Plus I've used a 360 arcade and was actually pretty impressed. The load times aren't any slower and everything else works the same, you just can't download huge game add-ons. It's a great entry-level deal. I do think MS hurts themselves by overpricing accessories but thats the way it goes. As for the wifi, my point is basically that your ping times will never be as fast as ethernet, even if it isn't off by much I'll never use wifi for games. But I gotta admit those PS1 classics would get me on board if they were released in the US PS store.

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