About Erren Van Duine

As a self-professed Final Fantasy fan, Erren created Nova Crystallis in 2009 as a place to collect the latest information on her favorite series. As owner and Editor-in-Chief, she also spends her time writing for RPG Site as Senior US Editor.

Final Fantasy VII PS4 trophies surface online


The HD port of Final Fantasy VII for PS4 may be just around the corner if a new trophy listing means anything. A listing for the game’s collectibles has shown up on popular trophy site Exophase complete with names and descriptions all in English.

The port, announced last year at Sony’s PlayStation Experience 2014, is based on the PC version and was slated for Winter 2015 following a delay at this year’s E3. It’s possible with PSX 2015 next week we’ll hear a final date there. Read on for the full list, which includes a Platinum.


  • Gaia’s Guardian – Obtain all trophies


  • First Blood – Emerge victorious from your first battle
  • Breaking New Ground – Use a Limit Break
  • Consummate Cross-dresser – Get Don Corneo to choose Cloud over the two females
  • Fledgling Summoner – Use a summon Materia in battle
  • Materia Mastermind – Raise a Materia to Lv. 5
  • Best Bromance – Go on a date with Barret in the Gold Saucer
  • Chocochampion – Win the Chocobo Racing mini-game
  • Corel’s Angel – Score 10,050 points or more in G-Bike at the Gold Saucer
  • Shuriken Join Us – Have Yuffie join your party
  • Won’t You be My Valentine? – Have Vincent join your party
  • Making Waves – Obtain the Leviathan Materia
  • Waiting in the Wings – Obtain the Bahamut Materia


  • Coming Up All Nines – Obtain 99,999,999 gil
  • Liege of Leveling – Reach Lv. 99 with one character
  • Bahamutype-0 – Obtain the Bahamut ZERO Materia
  • Roundtable Destruction – Obtain the Knights of the Round Materia
  • The Slash to End All Slashes – Learn Omnislash—Cloud’s last Limit Break
  • Loose Cannon – Learn Catastrophe—Barret’s last Limit Break
  • Packing a Punch – Learn Final Heaven—Tifa’s last Limit Break
  • See the Light – Learn Great Gospel—Aeris’s last Limit Break
  • A Universe of Pain – Learn Cosmo Memory—Red XIII’s last Limit Break
  • Meet Your Maker – Learn All Creation—Yuffie’s last Limit Break
  • Wheel of Fortune – Learn Slots—Cait Sith’s last Limit Break
  • Inner Demons – Learn Chaos—Vincent’s last Limit Break
  • Gale Warning – Learn Highwind—Cid’s last Limit Break


  • A Feat of Meteoric Proportions – Complete FINAL FANTASY VII
  • Transcendant Convoker – Obtain the Master Summon Materia
  • Diamond Disintegrator – Defeat the Diamond Weapon
  • Ruby Render – Defeat the Ruby Weapon
  • Emerald Eviscerator – Defeat the Emerald Weapon
  • Failure IS an Option – Have your whole party fall in battle

Dragon Quest Heroes launches on PC December 3rd


Square Enix has officially confirmed the PC release for Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below – set for a December 3rd release.

The game – available for pre-purchase from Steam now – will be coming in at $59.99 and include the 13 downloadable Slime weapons that released with the PS4 version. Those who pre-order the game will also receive 10% off the original price.

Read on for the full details:

Digital Slime Edition

The Digital Slime Edition for PC includes eleven additional goopy Slime Weapons and two bonus maps!

  • Splat O’Nine Tails
  • Slime-On-A-Stick
  • Slime Sword
  • Gooreat Sword
  • Gungenir
  • Gooey Gloves
  • Happy Map
  • Goomerang
  • Goopid’s Bow
  • Squishing Rod
  • Gold-Digger’s Map
  • Fandangoos
  • Goolden Axe


In Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, the protagonists must rise up against seemingly insurmountable odds, facing off against swarms of enemies and gigantic monsters in an exhilarating action game. Filled with characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below will be available on PC in beautiful HD graphics.


When a dark shockwave sweeps through the city of Arba, the monsters that once lived peacefully alongside the people are driven into a frenzied rage. As either the hero Luceus or the heroine Aurora, the player joins forces with a cast of fan favorites from previous Dragon Quest titles, such as Alena, Bianca and Yangus, to bring the rampaging hordes of monsters to their senses and restore order to the kingdom.

Key Features

  • Overpower Hundreds of Monsters – Swing into action against seemingly impossible odds and become the hero of the battlefield. Cleave through relentless swarms of monsters and fight against gigantic foes in an epic clash of good versus evil.
  • Fight Alongside Legendary Characters – Players can embark on a journey with some of the most beloved characters of the Dragon Quest series – all voiced – to form their own party of four and stride into battle. From the sultry Maya of Dragon Quest IV fame to Yangus, the thief with a heart of gold from Dragon Quest VIII, the player’s party will always be full of character.
  • Strategy-Oriented Battles – Players can level up each character and upgrade their unique spells and abilities. Swapping between characters strategically and unleashing the right skill at the right time will help players survive the toughest battles.
  • Collect Monster Medals to Turn the Tide – Gather monster medals from defeated foes to bring them back to the battlefield as allies or to take advantage of their special skills. Up to 24 monsters can fight by the player’s side at any one time.
  • Legendary Trio of Creators – The title comes to life in beautiful high-definition graphics for PC with a host of distinctive characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama. Both Yuji Horii, director and creator of Dragon Quest, and Koichi Sugiyama, the composer closely tied to the series since its first installment and creator of countless memorable musical masterpieces, are working on this full-scale action RPG.

If you’d like to know more about Dragon Quest Heroes, we reviewed the PS4 version here.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII hits PC on December 10th


Following months of delay and nearly two years following its original release on console, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII finally has a launch date for PC.

Releasing through Steam, the PC port will be available on December 10th for $19.99 and boasts some of the downloadable content released for the original as well as support up to 60 frames per second.


Lightning Returns is the concluding chapter of the Final Fantasy XIII saga and series heroine Lightning’s final battle. The grand finale of the trilogy brings a world reborn as well as free character customization and stunning action based battles.

The world is sinking into a sea of chaos, and in thirteen days, nothing will remain. Though the planet is doomed, there is still hope for those who call it home. After centuries in crystal stasis, a hero has awoken—a legendary warrior on a god-given mission to save the souls of mankind. Her name: Lightning. Blessed with incredible strength and an arsenal of new weapons, she has everything she needs for the coming battle. Everything except time. And now she must make an impossible choice…

Downloadable Content Included In-Game

  • “Divine Wear” schemata
  • “Moogle Lover” schemata
  • “Ultimate Saviour” schemata
  • “FFX-2 Yuna” schemata
  • “FFVII Cloud” schemata
  • “FFX Yuna” schemata
  • “Tomb Raider” schemata
  • “Shining Prince” schemata
  • “Dark Samurai” schemata
  • “Sohei Savior” schemata
  • “Utsusemi” schemata
  • “Art of War” schemata
  • “Flower of Battle” schemata
  • “Shogun” schemata

The “FFVII Aerith” schemata is not included in this pack. Furthermore, there are no plans to make this schemata available in future.

Key Features

  • Lightning Under Your Control – Lightning will be the playable character – with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customize Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.
  • Action-Oriented Combat – A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any Final Fantasy game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.
  • DLC Content from the Original Console Version – The PC release will also include all the amazing DLC content from the original console version*, including Japanese voice-overs and various costumes, shields and weapons. *Except for “FFVII Aerith Costume”
  • A Constantly Moving, Beautiful World – Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.
  • Use Your Time Well – A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?
  • A Connected Experience – Stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.


  • This version of the game has had no changes or additions made to the story of the original Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
  • This game does not support Dolby Digital sound.
  • This version of the game includes some of the downloadable content released for the original.
  • The bonus items originally awarded for having save data from previous games in the series will be awarded in this version regardless of whether there is suitable save data present or not.
  • Includes no functionality linked to Square Enix Members or social networking sites.
  • It is not possible to change the names assigned to chocobos, map markers or schemata.

For more information on the Steam release, check out the official store page here.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided delayed to August 2016


The next installment in the Deus Ex franchise isn’t coming out quite as soon as originally forecasted. News came out today that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been delayed to August 23, 2016. The game was originally set to release on February 23rd of 2016, but was pushed back for polishing reasons.

Edios-Montreal studio head David Anfossi had this to say:

We’re confident in [Mankind Divided] so far. However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations, and refinement to meet our high standards. In order to achieve this, we need to move the release of the game to August 23rd, 2016.

We are sorry to disappoint you with this news, and also thank you for all of your support and comments. This game is a huge part of our lives, and we don’t want to compromise on its quality.

Final Fantasy XV development team comments on monster climbing, gambit system


The official Final Fantasy XV Twitter account has been very active as of late – recently fielding questions from fans that could have potentially ended up in a new Active Time Report. Today, it looks like some of those questions have been answered – not in video form, but through brief responses from various members of the development team over on the game’s official forums.

The first question asked focuses on the possibility of a gambit system for the game’s AI, similar to that of Final Fantasy XII’s. Prasertvithyakarn Prasert, Lead game designer and AI programmer replied saying, “We have created a system for FFXV where the player can decide the battle style that they and their comrades use, although this takes a different form to the gambits in FFXII. This will be revealed at some point in the future so look out for further information.”

Next, fans wanted to know if there would be some sort of monster climbing mechanic – similar to that which was seen in the original 2013 E3 reveal trailer. According to Yuji Kenichiro, Lead game designer and combat planner, “There is a gameplay mechanic where you can debilitate enemies by destroying parts of their anatomy and it plays an important role in battle.

“It is possible to make these kinds of attacks against specific areas on gigantic monsters by either striking them directly using the warp ability or by positioning yourself by the enemy’s vulnerable spots using parrying actions against their attacks.”

We’ll be sure to update this post should more answers arrive. Stay tuned!

Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade “Tina Branford” battle trailer


The latest Dissidia Final Fantasy character trailer to hit the web focuses on Tina (Terra) Branford from Final Fantasy VI. She’s the latest fighter in a cast of 14 other heroes who will be making their playable appearance in the re-imagined FF fighter for arcades, set to hit Japan on November 26th.

Square Enix will be uploading a new video each day counting down to the game’s release. Next up: Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII.