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This is what happened to me
March 9 i posted the vid
I was very excited to deprive myself of sleep when i got this game but i to my dismay, the game freezes just early on the game. I tried to do it the 2nd time and it still hanged. So i decided to record it on my 3rd try. Yes, confirmed that Final Fantasy 13 Freeze/Hangs on my PS3. I tried pressing any buttons on the controller but i guess it really froze as even the XMB doesn't show up. even the PS3 doesn't blink at all.
UPDATE 13 March 2010:
the shop already replaced my copy twice and still hangs on the same place.
Now i managed to make it work. here's what i found out, when i load my 4th save file (my last save file), i get this freeze always at the same spot, what i did was load my 3rd save file (2nd to the last) and go through that part without any problem. the 3rd save file starts with lightning , the 4th save file is the 1st save you can do with snow.
Then i thought i was just lucky so i did a test. So when i started with my 3rd save file, i tried to save on the 4th (snow's first save point) and i just went through the freezing part above and created the 5th save just after the freeze part on the vid. So i then quit the game, loaded the NEW 4th save file i created and boom, it still froze on the scene on the vid.
So you need to try this, when something freezes, try to load the last save file then test the if it still freeze, if it does freeze then try the next save point file before your last save.
given the scenario above, im not sure if its a corrupted save file or its just that when FF tries to load from that save point, it will cause a freeze on some points.
NOW this sucks right? its clearly a problem that needs to be addressed. FF13 is a very relavant game. is this what happens when they decided to put it to multiplatform.
I'm having same problems. I've decided best thing to do is do a complete system restore which hopefully should get rid of the error codes. I can play all my games again now unless I go back on final fantasy again which will knacker the console up again. I've emailed square enix but I aint touching the game until they find a solution. if not, I'm trading it in for unchartered 2
Welll if it makes you guys feel better I can't even get the game to show up on my PS3 Slim. Insert disc wait 10 seconds machine clicks like it's spitting it out and then nothing. Eject try again, thought it was the disc bought a second one (first was my brothers) nope same issue. Called Sony did a file restore and teh guy gave up. PS3 works fine with every other game I own but apparently not my this one. Game works fine on my brothers fattty ps3 though.
Well Square enix updated their support though it doesn't solve anything. O and I have a 120 gb slim and it freezes after the chapter 7 boss.
If the screen freezes or you get a black screen, please check the following:
- If the issue occurs multiple times at the same spot, please check if the disc is scratched or dirty
- When the disc is dirty, please wipe the disc from the center to the outer circle lightly with soft cloth
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Who knows why it makes the Disk Drive freak out so much though when other games work perfectly fine, but trying to play the game will most probably kill the disk drive entirely the way its going, hopefully this can be patched.