Editorials
1 month ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 7) May 09 2016
In the latest episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It, Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow of Nova Crystallis and Michael Damiani of Easy Allies chat about Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster coming to Steam, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius heading west, take some of your emailed questions, look back on the ten years of Final Fantasy Versus XIII/Final Fantasy XV, and dive head first into the current raid politics in Final Fantasy XIV. Listen on our SoundCloud or watch on…
1 month ago.
Watch the first hour of Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin
Service for Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin has begun in Japan, and we thought we'd take a spin through the new freemium smartphone RPG on iOS and Android. Watch the first hour below! https://www.youtube.com/v/Oxt-wFOwyuU Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin is set before the original Valkyrie Profile and stars the same protagonist Lenneth. You'll be able to recruit and collect a wide variety of Einherjar for your party of four, and combat functions quite similarly to the series vernacular. The story is told through a…
2 months ago.
We spend some heart-to-heart time with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is the newest entry into the now fourteen-year old saga that marries Disney and Final Fantasy characters into an original storyline. Out now in North America for both iOS and Android, the game originally started life as a browser-based game in Japan (scheduled to go offline in September 2016). In the video below, we check out the first 30 minutes of the game from the title screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAmT1l49B_E Chronologically, Unchained χ takes place before all others in the series,…
2 months ago.
Final Fantasy XV's Platinum Demo is a trip down the Carbuncle hole
Announced at the Uncovered Final Fantasy XV event on Wednesday, the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo is a free title that allows you to traipse through the Crown Prince Noctis’s dream world. Joined by a guardian Carbuncle, the fuzzball familiar leads young Noct through a series of environments in an effort to rejoin him with the waking world. While Platinum Demo is very much a demo, don’t expect it to reflect Final Fantasy XV in its full glory. Perhaps it was…
2 months ago.
Final Fantasy VII Remake's new combat and letting go of ATB as we knew it
The original Final Fantasy VII seems to get guff for being the most dated of the PlayStation-era trio, and that sentiment isn’t without merit. Side by side, VII and Squaresoft’s late-gen offerings like Final Fantasy IX and Chrono Cross look like they come from different eras - like Sony had secretly snuck a PlayStation 1.5 somewhere in there. In actuality, the leap came from the company’s eventual mastery of developing for the hardware - creating some of the most impressive…
2 months ago.
More than a moment: a look at I Am Setsuna's Japanese version
I AM SETSUNA is heading overseas this summer for PlayStation 4 and Steam, but we thought we’d share a bit of the import version to whet your appetite. Known in Japan as Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna, it marks the first title for Square Enix’s new Tokyo RPG Factory studio. “Who are these folks”, you ask? Fans of a “bygone” era of role-playing games that aim to bring about their return. Just take a look at their official website statements: …
3 months ago.
Patch 3.2 is the best time for you to finally get into Final Fantasy XIV
Let’s get this out of the way first... I was like you once. What I mean by “you” is that, at some point in my past, like some of you in the present, I thought MMORPGs like Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV were undeserving of their sacred roman numeral in the “mainline” franchise. Why did I think this? Well, if you had asked me then I’d have probably thought a couple minutes before mumbling “something something multiplayer.” Fortunately I caved from…
6 months ago.
Final Fantasy VII Remake PlayStation Experience 2015 Trailer Analysis
Today during the PlayStation Experience keynote, Final Fantasy VII Remake made a big appearance with a new trailer showing off cutscenes and gameplay - all in-engine. For such an occasion we decided to piece together a quick analysis - taking a look at Final Fantasy VII Remake's battle system, gameplay, gameplay mechanics and anything else you might've missed on your first perusal. Starting off with the trailer itself, the first thing we notice is the abundance of real time footage - showing off…
1 year ago.
Why Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a distraction and not a gift for fans
Square Enix had a great E3 in 2013 with the announcement of Final Fantasy XV along with many other great titles releasing soon. Ever since then Square has been doing its best job to keep fans of the series content until they were ready to show  more with other titles such as Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy X|X-2. Naturally most people assumed they were waiting for E3 2014 since no major news for Final Fantasy XV had appeared since…
3 years ago.
XIV: A Realm Reborn Phase 3 Character Creation Preview
In the wee hours of the morning (for me, anyway) Phase 3 started of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta. I had planned to stay up late and give it a play, writing this article up for you all to wake up to a nice surprise. However, with all of the translating, transcribing, write-ups, screenshotting, and late night trailer-waiting I've done in the last week I decided it was best to just crash out and do it in…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy VII ~Open~ [Hiatus]
Today's update will be very, very short. Because E3 is in just a week and I have to prepare for a lot of stuff, I decided it would be a good idea if I went on a bit of a break from these articles. I had planned to make an announcement sooner, but a good time hadn't come up and I felt I should at least have gotten to play a little bit of VII beforehand so you'd have something…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy VI ~Fin~
I'm coming at you a few days late due to some last-minute 'plans' and some editing issues, but Monday night I beat Final Fantasy VI! Yes, this update sees me reaching the end of what seems to be a heavy fan favorite as well as licking the last of the sprite-based adventures. It's goodbye inch-high, hello models, but I don't plan on going without a bit of a bang. Here's how it all went down! Progress ~Friday, May 24th (After 6PM) Realized there…
3 years ago.
Screenshots from the Lightning Returns 'Extended First Look' HQ Trailer
A week ago today, I provided you all with an in-depth look at a high quality version of the Lightning Returns trailer made available at Jump Festa. Some time after that article was posted, I came into possession of a similarly HQ version of the extended trailer that was released in January and began trying to upload it somewhere on the net for all of you to watch. It's with a bit of a heavy heart that I must report…
3 years ago.
Ehren’s 3FP: Final Fantasy VI ~Act 3~
It's Friday the 24th, and you know what that means! This week was still a little slow, but I made a decent amount of progress. I've done a fair amount of the extra stuff, and unlike most of the other games I've been referring to a guide every now and then just to make sure I don't miss things that are crucial to the endgame! Since this is the only game I haven't personally played prior to this, a lot…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy VI ~Act 2~
It's a sunny Monday afternoon, and time once again for my playthrough update! Much of my weekend was spent working on the Lightning Returns HQ Trailer analysis, but I still managed to get a decent chunk done. With all my current characters sitting between Level 18-22, I've got every confidence I'm prepared for what's next. Progress ~Saturday, May 18th -Chose Sabin's Story Met with Shadow and agreed to travel with him to Doma, the only route back to Narshe Switched to Cyan and defeated the…
3 years ago.
Details from the Jump Festa Lightning Returns trailer you might have missed
As we draw closer to E3, Square Enix has seemingly slapped a padlock on their lips and thrown away the key in regards to certain upcoming games. One noticeable silence is on the front of Lightning Returns, which saw a short media burst back in March that at the time seemed to be the start of a more open, resource-heavy period of marketing for the game before drying up again just as suddenly. With just over three weeks left until the…
3 years ago.
What is Final Fantasy Versus XIII?
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Appearing in a video game trailer over a moonlit cityscape set to a somber Yoko Shimomura tune, this quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet lit a flame seven years ago that still hasn't gone out. More words illuminate the screen: crystals, a line of kings, an isolated nation, swords and sorcery, the outer world, a new era - as a sort of prelude to the visual splendor that would follow. And…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy VI ~Open~
Hello again, readers! It's Friday (May 17th), and time once again for my playthrough update. I started Final Fantasy VI Advance on Tuesday, and so far I'm enjoying myself quite a lot. I never realized how stupidly overpowered Edgar's Auto-Crossbow was right at the beginning of the game, and I have basically been shredding enemies all week. Although it was another somewhat busy week and I'm still very near the beginning, I managed to get in some solid playtime and…
3 years ago.
Ehren's 3FP: Final Fantasy V ~Fin~
After an extended absence and some odd posting dates, it's time once again for the playthrough update! This time around we're discussing Final Fantasy V, which I managed to beat in a week! I started last Tuesday (a little before my update for that week, I know), and am watching the credits roll as I type. To save a little time I've cut out a few of the side things I did, as this game went by so fast. So,…
3 years ago.
In Defense of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
"Sora, this was the day that your journey began. I know, because I was here, too. It's time for the truth." Kingdom Hearts Re:coded finds its origins in Kingdom Hearts coded, a cell phone game that was announced at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show alongside Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. All three games--a prequel, a midquel, and a sequel--ended up lending themselves to the continuation of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but only Kingdom Hearts coded took…