AU Shippin' Out March 8-12: Final Fantasy XIII

SquareEnix's highly anticipated Japanese RPG makes its Western debut on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

There aren't too many game franchises that can boast they've been around for more than 20 years, but Final Fantasy is one of them. This week sees the latest iteration in the series, Final Fantasy XIII, released on Aussie shores. This time around you play as a former soldier called Lightning, who is stuck between sides in a brutal civil war. Final Fantasy XIII marks the first time the series will be released on multiple platforms at the same time, and it will be gunblading the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this Tuesday.

Japanese games seem to be leading the pack this week, with Yakuza 3 also being released. Launching in the West a year after its debut in the Land of the Rising Sun, the game is largely in Japanese and uses only subtitles to explain the story. A few other minor changes have been made to the local release, such as the removal of hostess clubs.

Last year saw Activision launch two new peripheral-based games, but only one of them, DJ Hero, made it to Australia. Now the second game, Tony Hawk Ride, is due to slide down the ramp into retail. In the US, Ride sold just 116,000 units in its opening month; how it performs Down Under remains to be seen.

March 9, 2010
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360)

March 10, 2010
Tony Hawk Ride (PS3, Wii, 360)

March 11, 2010
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (PS3 ,360)
Yakuza 3 (PS3)
Sonic Classic Collection (DS)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising (PC)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Gold Edition (PC)

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14 comments
Happylife45
Happylife45

after i first got the game i mean it, i dropped it on the ground, the dude even asked me if i wanted a bag for it HOLY CRAP PROEST GAME ON THE PLANET

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@Chickan_117 Thanx! I'm from the US, but the AU reviews don't BS if you know what I mean.

bennae66
bennae66

i was wetting myself over ff but i dont think im willing to walk in a straight line for 20 hours. i might borrow it from eb for 7 days.

Chickan_117
Chickan_117

@FallenOneX - There is now. Here, IGN, PalGN and a wealth of others. Got mine sitting in front of me and it looks like I have to do a server rebuild tonight after work!! Nooo, I won't get to play until tomorrow night now!

Pete5506
Pete5506

SO very pumped for FFXlll

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

My copy of FFXIII is most certainly in stores and yet I must wait until tomarrow? THE BRUTALITY!!!

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

I'll be getting Yakuza 3 and Sonic Classics Collection. I'll hold RE 5 Gold Edition till later.

Abecale
Abecale

Whoa! I didnt even realize Yakuza 3 is this week!! It totally got over shadowed by this months games :( :( Sorry Kazuma!

illmatic87
illmatic87

Didnt know Yakuza 3 was so soon. Will eventually get FFXIII down the road. and Chaos Rising---not a single review Ive seen so far, im fairly content with DoW2 by itself so far.

Spartan_JN
Spartan_JN

None of them, ill be picking up God Of War 3 on the 17th on the other hand :P

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Is there an AU review up anywhere?

Chaudzff
Chaudzff

Final Fantasy Win FTXIII