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Square Enix Releases Doctored and Misleading FFXIII Screenshots: Shame on Them

Golgotron says, "Clearly Square Enix is not being honest with these recent screenshot releases. This is completely unacceptable and they should not be allowed to use these tactics without major repercussions. I can understand that a lot of video game sites tend to stick to straight reporting of news rather than enter the opinion side of things but something needs to be done about this.

I encourage anybody who is reading this to spread the word and make people aware of Square Enix's dishonest business practices. I will be sending Square Enix an email at [email protected] to express my dissatisfaction with this incident and I encourage others to do the same."

Update:

Square Enix stated via twitter, "We are looking into how the #FFXIII altered screens ended up in our presskit &will update asap. This was obviously not intentional..." That statement was 10 hours ago at the time of this update.

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TheHater2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

So I check the images on Kotaku, and they were right

PS3
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Xbox 360
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I don't feel like post all the images, but I hope you guys get the point. If you look at these images, you will notice that all the characters are doing the same exact damage and all have the same exact HP and MP.
This is pretty sad to say the least.

NamelessTed2749d ago

One of the commenters on Kotaku goes into some great detail about how nVidia and ATI hardware render things like anti-aliasing, shadow maps, numerical precision, and texture filters and the typical differences one would expect to see.

It is also worth pointing out that the games run on different engines for each console so you would assume some difference because of that.

Agent Smith2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

Dammit Square Enix.

TheHater2749d ago

Haven't you notice that these images are carbon copy of each other with the exception of the Xbox 360 button and PS3 button? Look at the pictures carefully. Its the same screen but one just has the other systems buttons photoshoped in

Bereaver2749d ago

They just photo shopped the L1 button onto most of the things. You can see a black outline around it.

I'm not sure about you guys, but I heard from someone, that a certain version looks miles above another.

Saaking2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

SE sucks. They know the game's been gimped and are trying to keep it as hidden as possible till release date. If FFvsXIII goes multiplat, I'll never buy a new copy of FF again.

SE has lost ALL respect from me and many others. The are one of the, if not THE worst developers around.

Lou-Cipher2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

When the two versions of FF13 get released we will all be able to see the differences, and then we all will have proof on how full of $hit Square Enix have become.

NamelessTed2749d ago

Credit goes to SombraViento

we won2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

LOL I was looking at those pics earlier and thought something was wrong based on how they were exactly the same when you linked them up, like you did. All the reports are saying the 360 version looks more crisp so those pics were suspect.

The FF13 Kotaku article posted earlier today on N4G is the one I'm talking about.

SE did this so they wouldn't upset the PS3 crowd but who doesn't do this in most cases lol.

blu_yu_away2749d ago

Could you have honestly thought you could get away with this? You really expected people to not notice everything in the photos was in the exact same position at the exact same time just with different buttons? If you are going to lie at least put a LITTLE bit of effort into it.

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barom2749d ago

Do people just need a reason to hate? So what if they are fake? These are screenshots for fanboys to begin with and to stand up against this issue is to side with fanboyism. Take Square Enix' message, the game is going to be fine on both consoles so no need to compare, buy it on the console of your choice.

snaz272749d ago

however if i was id defo not get it now! if it wasnt bad enough that they sold out this gen, doing shady things like this should never be rewarded.. truth is though. everyone here will still rush out and get it regardless, this sends the message that they can do whatever they like! hit them where it hurts! there pocket! if you must buy it, get it pre owned!

TheHater2749d ago

These images were email to Kotaku by Square Enix.

Megaton2749d ago

So... we ready to chuck Yoichi Wada off the roof of the SE building now?

*puts my jacket on and gets my keys*

snaz272749d ago

if there message was thier both the same, and the message were true, why didnt they release both versions REAL pics? what are they hiding! the fact is they are lying to one or the other! are you happy being lied then? well more fool you! doesnt mean your a fanboy, just cos you dont like lies!

IaMs122749d ago

Dont blame MS because they are not the ones who dropped the ball here. It shouldnt matter if it went multiplat they should still develop and try their hardest on all. Heck take that fat check MS wrote and use it to bring everyone an awesome experience, you know it will cover the charges...

Kain812749d ago

nothing more to say, this is really a punch in the FACE of all the FANs you had Square-enix, but this is not the first punch from you so iam not that disappointed...sad so sad...

mikeslemonade2749d ago

You're blind if you think Microsoft had nothing to do with this. If it wasn't for Microsoft it wouldn't be multiplatform. First FF to average less than a 9 since Final Fantasy 2?

Dragun6192749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

All I can say is press A to Wada

http://img269.imageshack.us...

Yup, looks like its the PS3 version with Xbox360 buttons photoshoped on them.
Lets uncover whats behind the LB button shall we.
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Looks closer
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Rush2749d ago (Edited 2749d ago )

Are we seriously all going to stand here and pretend Square-Enix is the first company to release doctored screen shots of there game. If we made a list of game companys that didn't doctor there screen shot's like adding extra AA and cleaning them up. The list would be far shorter then the list that does.

I guess them screens are abit obvious though but seriously everyone does it its been happening for years. I don't care....

PS2 games have had impossible to look like screen shot's on the back of there cases for years. Just about every games company on the planet does it I can imagine. Its called marketing but since we all seem to have some bone to pick with Square-Enix for FF13 going multiplat.

BAD S-E BAD BAD BAD!

Noctis Aftermath2749d ago

Terrible tactics SE.

RIP Squaresoft.

FiftyFourPointTwo2749d ago

From now on, SE stands for Square Ewwnix.

Just dont screw up FF Versus XIII, SE.

Sarcasm2749d ago

Even if both versions are "identical" there would still be differences in screenshots. Heck, I think the most identical game out there for PS3 and 360 is Battlefield Bad Company, yet if you look close there are still differences.

Square Enix has no shame.

thesummerofgeorge2749d ago

What a huge loss for gamers, and how sad for the legacy of FF. I wish a developer with the chops to do it would come along and fill their shoes, we need more epic RPGs, ones that tell amazing stories that stick with you long after, ones with a massive scope and meticulous attention to detail. We're slowly losing the adventure in video games.

Great RPGs are too few and far between these days, while I'll hold off judgement on XIII until I play it, I'm very disappointed in what I've been hearing about it over the years. The lack of towns in the game was a big one, towns have always been one of the most charming aspects of FF. I wish an old FF team would get together and make a new RPG series and get back to their roots, great storytelling.

This photo doctoring news comes as no surprise, SE has been very dishonest about XIII since the beginning. Definitely not a good sign... FF fans deserve a lot better, we're the only reason the series is still around. If 'VS XIII' is a dud, I'm done with FF altogether. They can't keep coasting on the FF name alone, coming out with crap and stamping Final Fantasy on it isn't good enough.

Ravage272749d ago

now i REALLY think there's a significant difference between the 2 versions, why else would they do this???

Alvadr2749d ago

Pah, who cares. Devs have been doing this ever since fanboys have been plaguing the internet with there comparisons.

Redempteur2749d ago

lol at least they shopped the right part ...not like GT with grid that just took whatever scene they wanted ...

vhero2749d ago

You can tell they are doctored for the simple reason they captured the exact same split second moment in battle on both consoles. Think about this here I am talking about exactly the same strike, on exactly the same enemy, at exactly the same camera angle while your bars at the side are in EXACTLY the same position. as they are constantly moving with the battle. These 2 hots are what I'm talking about..

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Definitely doctored images but why would somebody doctor them? Isn't that obvious?This is Kotaku though one of the biggest 360 fanboy sites around though so I expect nothing less from there.

REbirth2749d ago

the 360 controller will be able to be used on ps3!! and SE just put an option for ps3 users to change their icons when that happen

gaffyh2749d ago

Not cool Squeenix, not cool...