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1 week 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 month 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 month 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,…
1 month 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 …
1 month 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…
2 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…
2 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…
2 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…
3 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…
3 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…
3 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…
4 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…
5 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…
5 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…
5 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,…
6 months ago.
TGS 2016: All the news, stories and more rounded up
This year's Tokyo Game Show has come to a close and what a ride it was. From big trailers, to release dates and special hardware announcements - there was something for everyone. While Square Enix was a bit light on new game reveals, there's no doubt they have plenty waiting in the wings from now through the end of the year and early next. Should you have missed anything over the course of last week, we’ve rounded up all the…
6 months ago.
NieR: Automata Interview: Exploring the world of Platinum's latest
Last year, Square Enix surprised the world with a special announcement at E3 - a little-known game called NieR would be getting a sequel. The original 2010 release failed to live up to critical and sales expectations alike, spelling doom for the now cult classic RPG. For as much love as it received in smaller circles, many fans believed a sequel nigh impossible. That is, until now. Square Enix revealed a surprise partnership with Platinum Games who are bringing their action…
6 months ago.
NieR: Automata Preview Impressions
At Gamescom 2016 I was given the opportunity to view a gameplay demonstration for NieR: Automata - Square Enix and Platinum Games' upcoming Action RPG due out next year. As the follow-up to 2010's NieR the game takes place in the same universe as Drakengard, set in an unknown time following the events of the previous title. With all that information in tow, I certainly had a lot of questions - many of which were answered during an extensive showcase…
6 months ago.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Review
Final Fantasy and film-making have a long, storied history spanning back eleven years now. When Squaresoft penned their first film with Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, many were disappointed. How could something like this be considered "Final Fantasy"? A few years later, Square Enix decided to try their hand again - this time with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which was praised for its fan service but fell flat as a proper film. 2013 saw the conversion of Final Fantasy Versus XIII…
6 months ago.
We check out the Dragon Quest Heroes II Japanese demo
Square Enix recently put up a demo for Dragon Quest Heroes II on the Japanese PlayStation store, so we thought we'd go for a ride. Dragon Quest Heroes II features two new playable protagonists and a slew of new and returning Dragon Quest series characters. Developed by Koei Tecmo, the spinoff series fuses elements of Dynasty Warrior's hack-and-slash gameplay with Dragon Quest's RPG mechanics. New features in this version include the ability to change vocations (such as Mage, Monk, and so…