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3 weeks ago.
Talking Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood with producer/director Naoki Yoshida
With Final Fantasy XIV's second major expansion on the horizon, it's natural we still have plenty of questions. After all, the undertaking is proving to be absolutely massive with each reveal - as to be expected with two new jobs, new locations, battle system updates and more. With Heavensward wrapped up it's time to look toward the game's future and all the improvements it's looking to bring along for the ride. We had the chance to catch up with Naoki Yoshida…
1 month ago.
NieR Automata's 3C3C1D119440927 DLC continues what makes the game great
NieR: Automata is one of my favorite games this generation. Heart-rending tragedy and endearing comedy haunt Yoko Taro's universe and the memorable characters that inhabit it. The incredible soundtrack, the synesthetic marriage of well-designed gameplay elements, everything comes together so coherently -- so brilliantly -- that I still find myself thinking about the game in some way on a daily basis. Oh hey, now there's even more... This week brings us a new paid DLC titled "3C3C1D119440927" that's available for the PlayStation…
1 month ago.
Dragon Quest Heroes II Review
DRAGON QUEST HEROES II is yet another series spinoff that’s graced shores outside Japan, in what seems to been a plentiful last few years for the franchise’s faithful hoping to see more games on a home console. While the absence of a Dragon Quest X localization pangs, you won’t find yourself without a few good games that faithfully carry the series aesthetics down some interesting avenues, like the clever and lovely Dragon Quest Builders. The second collaboration between Square Enix and…
2 months ago.
Final Fantasy XV's new "Episode Gladiolus" DLC is a bit of a let-down
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…
2 months ago.
We play through Final Fantasy XV's Chapter 13 "Verse 2"
As part of the March update to Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix has included a "Verse 2" to the game's notorious Chapter 13. Following fan feedback regarding the story and gameplay featured in this section of the game, the team felt it necessary to release a free update that sheds more light on some events that transpire in the later parts of the game. Here you'll be taking control of Gladiolus with gameplay lifted from "Episode Gladiolus", a DLC episode that'll…
3 months ago.
NieR Automata Review
NieR Automata is a brilliant game, and I’m still in a semi-stupor that it’s actually a thing that exists. The original NieR, which released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2010, wasn’t reviewed in the highest regard. Most of the complaints were about the gameplay and combat, though praise was given to the unconventional story presentation and excellent score. The sum total earned it middling marks, and sadly, the game was overlooked by many. It seemed like NieR's…
4 months ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Interview with Naoki Yoshida
Following up the first day of Final Fantasy XIV's final leg of Fan Festival activities in Frankfurt, producer/director Naoki Yoshida had a chance to sit down for a special Stormblood-themed round-table conference. Nova Crystallis along with select press from around the world were in attendance for a chat discussing different aspects of the upcoming expansion - including locations and the newly revealed Samurai job class. Yoshida: Thank you for staying so late for this. Last October we began our group of Fan Festivals…
4 months ago.
Here's what you should nab before Final Fantasy XV's Moogle Chocobo Carnival ends
The Moogle Chocobo Carnival in Final Fantasy XV is still going on, but not for much longer! This special event that transforms the city of Altissia into a moogle and chocobo-themed festival will end on February 20th, and if you've been planning to give it a go, it seems like this weekend will be a prime opportunity. All you need to do to participate is to download the "Holiday Pack" DLC, which is free on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. However,…
4 months ago.
Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event: all the announcements
Square Enix Japan just wrapped up a special 30th Anniversary Final Fantasy event. FF doesn't turn 30 until December, but the company picked today, FFVII's 20th anniversary, to set out some of their plans for this, a banner birthday year for FF. We've covered some of the announcements elsewhere, but it only seemed right to round up the general announcements from the event under one banner. So - here's what you need to know: FFXV, FFVII Remake and FFXII HD News …
4 months ago.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review
With the road to Kingdom Hearts III still shrouded in darkness, Square Enix has seen fit to put out another HD collection to hold fans over with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. A mouthful, I know, but it's the final piece of the puzzle needed before the series can continue - or so we hope. Here's what you need to know: packed inside this release is a story told in three parts. An HD remaster of the original…
4 months ago.
The Case for Final Fantasy XV's Pitioss Ruins
Typically, when we think of Final Fantasy dungeons, we think of monster-filled labyrinths that test your ability to prepare your party for difficult encounters. There have been many that have had some sort of gimmick, such as FFIV's Magnetic Cavern, or FFVIII's Tomb of the Unknown King. Final Fantasy XV is no exception, but one dungeon stands out from the rest: Pitioss Ruins. It's such a weird fit in the game. Unlike the other dungeons, this one features no combat and…
5 months ago.
We chat with A Stage Reborn, Final Fantasy XIV's player-run theater troupe
A Stage Reborn is a community-run theater troupe of Final Fantasy XIV players that’s taken to performing in-game events, including their most recent performance of “I Want to Be Your Canary”, a play that originally appeared in 2000’s Final Fantasy IX.   It’s been a big hit with the game’s community, and has garnered a following that’s offered to volunteer in the production and has invested in their future projects as well.   Steve Pederzani (in-game name Wanderer Sabaku of Diabolos), is founder and…
5 months ago.
It won't take you three days to kill FFXV's Adamantoise; we do it considerably quicker
Calm yourself Conan, it won't take you three actual days to kill the Adamantoise. Heck, it won't even take three in-game days. With a little prep, it's easy to whittle down battle time before your pizza delivery driver arrives. Make no mistake, this Final Fantasy XV boss isn't exactly a pushover. The Adamantoise has well over five million hit points (that's a lot), but its attacks are rather predictable and survivable if you're decently geared. In the video below, I highlight…
6 months ago.
Final Fantasy XV Review
A lot’s happened in 10 years but we’re finally here. Final Fantasy XV is real, it’s in our hands and we’ve played it to completion. It’s kind of hard to believe. Armed with a wonderful soundtrack, a big open world and an action-based battle system, Final Fantasy XV represents a big step for the series. After years of expectations, troubled development, a generational leap and staff changes along with a host of other difficulties and delays the game has shaped up…
6 months ago.
A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV is a fun little beat-em-up side story
Those who pre-ordered Final Fantasy XV at GameStop or EBgames in North America, or GAME in the United Kingdom, A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV came with it. What's this all about? A King's Tale's place in the so-called "FFXV Universe" comes in the form of King Regis telling his young son Prince Noctis a bedtime story of his travails with close friends -- a journey not dissimilar from the one Noctis embarks on in FFXV. The game itself is a…
6 months ago.
Take one last roadtrip through Final Fantasy XV's trilogy of demos
Final Fantasy XV's long-awaited release is mere days away (that's if you haven't managed to snag a copy already) so we thought we'd kick back and reminisce about the demos we've had up until launch. Believe it or not, there are three demos for the game that have spanned well over a year, starting with 2015's Episode Duscae. If you purchased a "Day One Edition" of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you got Episode Duscae…
7 months ago.
World of Final Fantasy Review
Right now is a particularly exciting time for Final Fantasy, here, on the eve of its next major numbered title. Final Fantasy XV hopes to bring a new level of realism to the series typical fantasy-based stylings, and with it is a presentation that evokes much of our own world. So here we find ourselves in the final countdown… and… hello, what’s this? World of Final Fantasy is a hop out of the gate before FFXV, and couldn’t be any more…
8 months ago.
Dragon Quest Builders Review
When Square Enix first announced Dragon Quest Builders, I was skeptical. How could they marry the traditional trappings of a classic RPG with the mechanics of a typical free-roaming sandbox game? Were they just using the popularity of other building titles to make something quick and easy? Does this game even fit into the Dragon Quest series and lore? I found myself digging deep into these questions and more during my time with the North American release - out now…
8 months ago.
We take a spin through World of Final Fantasy's Dungeon Demo
World of Final Fantasy is set to release towards the end of the month, and Square Enix has put out a playable "Dungeon Demo" up on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 4 owners. (Vita owners, don't panic, the demo will be headed your way this Friday.) We took a spin through the demo, which you can watch in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66q-psNCGGE In the world of Grymoire, protagonist siblings Reynn and Lann are chosen "Mirage Keepers" that can summon Mirages into battle…
8 months ago.
Final Fantasy XIV's Stormblood expansion will take us to Ala Mhigo and beyond
Final Fantasy XIV's second expansion Stormblood was revealed at this weekend's Fan Festival in Las Vegas. Kicking off the festival's keynote was a teaser trailer featuring a portion of the opening cinematic. Final Fantasy XIV director/producer Naoki Yoshida revealed that we would be heading to the northeast -- toward Ala Mhigo. What's all that mean? Let's break it down. The trailer takes us through a hamlet at the base of a steep mountain face. Here we see chocobos, cannons being scrubbed,…