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3 weeks ago.
"The Legend of Final Fantasy VII" book giveaway
Thanks to the fine folks at Third Editions, we're giving away TWO hardcover copies of "The Legend of Final Fantasy VII", which explores the genesis of the beloved title including its early stages of development, through to the creation itself. Currently up on Kickstarter, Third Editions' efforts extends throughout Final Fantasy VII's mythology (such as the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII) and looks at that content with a fine lens of original analysis. Their signature work also covers other notable fan-favorite titles,…
1 month ago.
A look at Final Fantasy XV's PC Demo
Many of you have heard that Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC soon on March 6th, 2018. We recently posted about the demo that was made available a few days ago. We took a short hands on look to see how the game shapes up on the PC. You can view the gameplay below which covers the base story line from start to finish available in the demo. https://youtu.be/koipG_Cwt6c The footage captured was at 1080p and ran mostly…
1 month ago.
Secret of Mana Remake Review
Originally launched for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993, Secret of Mana is a beloved action role-playing game of captivating colors, beautiful music, and unforgettable characters. Two and a half decades later, Square Enix has revisited their old RPG stomping grounds by releasing an updated version of the classic title on Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, and PC. And staying true to the source material, this edition of Secret of Mana is just as charming as it’s 16-bit predecessor. I had…
2 months ago.
The Zodiac Age on PC is Final Fantasy XII's definitive version
With Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age now on PC via Steam, we delve back into the mystical land of Ivalice; it’s easily never looked so good. Set in a charmingly fantastical world where “airships plied the skies, crowding out the heavens” and magic and machine coincide, Ivalice is world where Medieval and Mediterranean cultures and architecture combine. Anthropomorphic creatures with a modicum of intellect walk alongside humans, trading with them freely, while guards decked in the livery of knights…
2 months ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Review
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT has to be Square Enix’s most ambitious attempt on this branch of the franchise yet. Developed by Team Ninja, who is responsible for the Dead or Alive series, it shows some merit in the form of three-versus-three combat that requires for coordinated team play to secure victory. Initially released for Japanese arcades in 2015, it seemed like a promising successor to both the original Dissidia title and the follow-up, Dissidia 012. While the console version of…
2 months ago.
Lost Sphear Review
Tokyo RPG Factory’s first game, I Am Setsuna, was hit or miss. Using Chrono Trigger as its palimpsest, I Am Setsuna borrowed structural elements, character inspiration, abilities, and the famous double and triple techniques from the classic SNES title. This is not a bad thing, but it drowned these aspects in overly complicated systems and standoffish writing. I Am Setsuna is not without its moments or merits, and it certainly charmed me, yet I found it lacking in some respects (you…
3 months ago.
Catching up with Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood producer/director Naoki Yoshida
It's been more than six months since Final Fantasy XIV's second expansion "Stormblood" released, and now the game is deep within its so-called "patch series", where quarterly updates to the game introduce more content such as the continuation of the main scenario, new raids, new features, and so on. Recently we had the chance to chat with producer/director Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida on the state of the game, the reception to Stormblood, and what it means for the future of the mainline…
3 months ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Open Beta Impressions
Back in August I had the opportunity to play Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Square Enix’s ambitious 3 vs 3 fighter. While the roster was small, I was fairly impressed with the team-based gameplay and focus on cooperation between allies in order to secure victory. Despite the cluttered UI, which has since been changed due to player feedback, I found the game mostly enjoyable - if not somewhat of a variation to the previous Dissidia titles. Local multiplayer worked quite well…
4 months ago.
Hands-on: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
Recently, I had the chance to spend a morning playing the up-coming Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and it became more and more apparent the longer I spent with this group brawler that teamwork is by far the most important element when it comes to playing the game well and being victorious. After two PSP entries of Dissidia found characters from across the Final Fantasy series facing each other one on one, this up-coming PS4 version takes the battle to a larger…
4 months ago.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Ignis Review
After Episode Gladiolus and Episode Prompto, I wasn't really sure if Final Fantasy XV's post-release scenario DLCs could hit the story mark. Solid gameplay and great soundtracks, but Episode Gladiolus didn't offer much to its titular character and even less to the overall story. Episode Prompto flailed in another direction, burying exploration of his insecurities under a slew of important-sounding but actually-irrelevant plot twists. I felt it was emblematic, in a way, of the mothership game's storytelling stumbles. The multi-player expansion Comrades, which…
4 months ago.
Star Ocean The Last Hope 4K and Full HD Remaster Review
Star Ocean The Last Hope International recently received a re-release that included a visual upgrade in the form of Star Ocean The Last Hope 4K and Full HD Remaster. This title includes all of the features bundled into the PlayStation 3 release of Star Ocean The Last Hope International and is a good introduction to the series for newcomers looking to explore earlier installments of the franchise. While elements of the story haven’t aged remarkably well, Star Ocean The Last Hope…
9 months ago.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Review
The road to a high-definition version of Final Fantasy XII has been a long one but it's finally here. Square Enix's release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age brings the modern classic to a new era and with it, perhaps a chance for redemption in the eyes of fans who may have passed it up the first time around. Getting right into it, The Zodiac Age is a hefty package for the price. For the first time, Western players are…
10 months 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…
11 months 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…
11 months 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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,…