Well there’s a kick in the stones for loyal day one fans of Final Fantasy XIII. One day after its European release the Collector’s Edition for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions has had £10 knocked off the price at HMV.
- Click here to buy Final Fantasy XIII: Collector’s Edition (PS3) from HMV for £49.99
- Click here to buy Final Fantasy XIII: Collector’s Edition (360) from HMV for £49.99
If you own both consoles you might as well go for the PS3 version which has better graphics in some areas. 360 players are still getting a fantastic looking game though.
So what’s in the box? A CD soundtrack presented in an artwork decorated slipcase and liner notes by the composer Masashi Hamauzu, a hardback book featured artwork, CG renders and images of the games epic vista environments. There are also three separate exclusive art prints of the Eidolons or Summon monsters if you prefer. Last of all there’s a ‘Brand of the L’Cie’ decal (sticker) that you can treasure, slap it on your fridge or spend all day trying to get it to stop falling off your arm at the next Tokyo Game Show.
PS3 gamers will also find a card in the box (and the standard edition) with a number to register online to get included in a future lottery of beta keys for FFXIV, with unique items upon the game’s release too.
Why the almost immediate reduction then? Well, the scores have started coming in and they’ve ranged from sevens to high nines generally which by Final Fantasy standards isn’t great as they’re expected to average at least a nine. Perhaps HMV have thought they better get rid while hype still surrounds the release. To be honest, looking at the contents of this Collector’s Edition it’s a much fairer price for what you’re getting. Still, no keyring?
Praise has been high for the game’s gorgeous graphics and excellent soundtrack. The story has been well received too. However, the more linear nature of the game has upset quite a few fans. The amount of people I saw on facebook yesterday complaining that all they’d done was press one button for the first three hours was shocking. For a more in-depth look at the game, check out Matt’s review.
If the scores are to blame for this sudden reduction, you have to wonder how long it’ll be before websites start chopping the price of the standard edition? We’re RPG players, we can wait.
Thanks to Scazza at HotUkDeals