Editorials
6 months ago.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus Review
Since Final Fantasy XV's launch last November, there have been a multitude of free updates to the game that either add features or have a bit of fun. "Episode Gladiolus," however, is the first paid story DLC that's out after the original box. Two more featuring Noctis's chums are coming too: "Episode Prompto" in June and "Episode Ignis" sometime this year. While a lot of games that employ a similar post-launch DLC structure, FFXV plans to have unique gameplay types based…
8 months ago.
Top Worlds We Want to See in Kingdom Hearts 3 - Part One
An aspect of the Kingdom Hearts series that every fan looks forward to with each new release is the announcement of new Disney worlds to explore. Since the start of the series, Disney has become both more liberal with the usage of its properties in the series, incorporating worlds like Tron and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers, as well as have acquired new properties that could potentially be explored, such as Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilms. Up until now several…
8 months ago.
Adventures in Eorzea: A Monthly Blog on Developments in Final Fantasy XIV
Adventures in Eorzea is a blog series on the developments of Sharjeel Makna, a level 60 Warrior (...and Warrior of Light!) within the wonderful world of Final Fantasy XIV. The series aims to highlight ongoing content updates in the game while providing commentary and opinion on the various additions to the title and giving brief insight into the culture of the online game's community. To read up on other posts in this series, follow this link.  Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sharjeel Makna.…
8 months ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade – Our Top Character Picks: Reader's Choice
We have been covering our most wanted characters for Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade, a brand new entry in the Dissidia series featuring a 3 on 3 battle system currently on arcades and rumored for a PlayStation 4 announcement some time soon. Our first and second set of picks (which you can find here and here ) were evaluated by our staff using a variety of factors, including  character popularity, title popularity, unique move sets, and roster diversity. However, for the last…
10 months ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade - Our Top Character Picks: Part One
For those unaware, Square Enix has recently been rolling out a slew of updates for Dissidia Final Fantasy, a new re-imagining of the Dissidia series currently exclusive to arcades in Japan but slated for console release at some point in the future (and we can't wait!). While the title promises a full roster comparable to the original Dissidia titles, a slate of new characters have already been announced - including Final Fantasy XIV's Y'shtola, Type-0's Ace, and Tactics' Ramza. However, more…
1 year ago.
Distant Worlds is an audiovisual celebration of the Final Fantasy universe
I’ll go ahead and admit it up front. Despite my daily log-ins into Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea, I consider myself a lapsed Final Fantasy fan. Almost a decade of Final Fantasy XIII, with its incoherent, disastrous plot and an endless barrage of side titles (I'm looking at you, Type-0) has clouded my positive memories of why Final Fantasy has had such a big impact on my life. Even today I look at the upcoming Final Fantasy XV with a bit…
1 year ago.
Rounding up my favorite moments from Final Fantasy XV's new footage
Yeah, we've all heard the news by now, Final Fantasy XV is getting a delay until November 29th. While we'll have to wait two more agonizing months until the next numbered title is in our hands, it's encouraging to know that director Hajime Tabata and the team are taking the time they need to release a game they feel meets the quality standards expected by fans. Speaking of the team, they were out at this year's Gamescom, but did not leave…
1 year 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 year 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…
1 year 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,…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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: …
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
3 years 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…
4 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…
4 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…
4 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…
4 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…