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Square Enix is really starting to embrace the western PC gaming culture by bridging their connections with various services and platforms that are currently exploding with popularity. The company's latest endeavor includes moving Final Fantasy XIII from the exclusivity of home console entertainment to home computer entertainment.
Final Fantasy XIII is currently listed on Steam with pre-orders made available at a 10% discount for only $14.39.
As described on the Steam page...
“As a deepening crisis threatens to plunge the floating world of Cocoon into chaos, a band of unsuspecting strangers find themselves branded enemies of the state. With the panicking population baying for their blood, and the military all too happy to oblige, they have no choice but to run for their lives. Join them on a desperate quest to challenge the forces controlling their fate, and prevent untold destruction.”
The page lists a couple of awards that it won from over in Japan, including the Japan Game Awards in 2009 and 2010 in two different categories. I don't really see how it won, because other than the game having some pretty decently looking graphics, it suffered from an overly convoluted story and some fairly annoying characters. You can get a glimpse of the action in the trailer below.
Nevertheless, there were plenty of people out there who loved the game enough for it to get a sequel, and even a spin-off for that sequel, known as Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns. Both sequels failed to inspire audiences to believe that Square knows what they're doing with the Final Fantasy license, but the recent videos of Final Fantasy XV seems to have renewed some hope and restored some faith in the brand.
I imagine that this might be a good starting point for some PC gamers who weren't all that big on the Final Fantasy franchise over the last decade. This also works as a tipping point for building interests (or at least, I think that's what Square would hope) in order to bolster the appeal of Final Fantasy XV. It's not unlikely that the game might make the jump to PC, and using Final Fantasy XIII as a lead-in isn't all that bad an idea.
Of course, you'll have to first see if your PC is up to snuff, and that means combing over the fine details of the game's hardware specs. Hence, it's now time to roll-out the system requirements.
The game actually has a pretty low threshold on the requirement front, check it out below.
OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
Processor: 2GHz Dual Core CPU
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce 8 Series/ ATI Radeon HD 2000 series VRAM 256MB or later
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
Sound Card: Sound card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
It's funny because there are entry-level, budget-priced laptops that are more powerful than that.
You can pre-order Final Fantasy XIII right now for only $14.99 or learn more by paying a visit to the Steam page.