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1 week ago.
Kingdom Hearts III Review
Combining popular Final Fantasy themes with famous Walt Disney films, the Kingdom Hearts series has captivated the gaming world since it’s original release back in 2002. There wasn’t anything quite like it at the time, and if I’m being honest, there still isn’t anything quite like watching Donald Duck face off against Final Fantasy 7’s Sephiroth set to the backdrop of Disney’s Hercules. And somehow, Square Enix and the Walt Disney Company have made this bizarre combination work, so much…
1 week ago.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Teaser Trailer Analysis
The hype is real! State of Play just debuted Final Fantasy VII Remake for the first time since 2015 (yes it was really that long ago). Since then, there's been virtually no information outside of a few teases and things here and there. However, Nomura said that this year's theme was "7" clearly indicating that Final Fantasy VII would finally be kicking off starting this year. If you haven't seen this trailer yet... what are you…
1 week ago.
Final Fantasy VII Remake gets a teaser trailer; more to come this June
Sony has unveiled a new teaser trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake via their newly "State of Play" broadcast today and it looks glorious. According to game director Tetsuya Nomura via Twitter, most of the plans for the game are already in place in the run-up to its launch. Nomura also promises for more information to release this coming June, which suggests the game may make an appearance at E3 2019. And finally, producer Yoshinor Kitase has shared a message about the…
5 months ago.
The Last Remnant Remastered Review
Originally released worldwide back in 2009 for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC later that same year, The Last Remnant is a stand-alone title from Square Enix with unique gameplay elements, large scale battles and charming characters. The game follows the story of a young man named Rush Sykes, who desperately searches for his sister in a world on the border of full scale war over the control of ancient, magical artifacts known as Remnants. I didn’t have the chance to…
5 months ago.
We check out the Japanese Dragon Quest Builders 2 demo
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the sequel to 2016's Dragon Quest Builders, a game much in the vein of Minecraft but with a Dragon Quest flair. Right now, it's only scheduled to launch in Japan on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this December 20th -- and there's no word yet on a localization overseas. Still, a free demo has been uploaded to the Japanese PlayStation Store. You can watch us play through the PlayStation 4 version of the Japanese demo…
6 months ago.
A look at World of Final Fantasy's "Maxima Upgrade" DLC
World of Final Fantasy Maxima is available today on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and includes brand-new content including additional Mirages to collect, new bosses, a fishing mini-game with Noctis, the ability to switch Reynn and Lann out for Champions, and more. On PlayStation 4 and Steam you'll be able to purchase a separate "Maxima Upgrade" DLC that includes all the additions the other platforms are receiving. In the video below, we highlight some of the new features and content. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR0XPsJyeGU…
7 months ago.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Review
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third and final installment to the new and reimagined prequel trilogy of the Tomb Raider franchise originally released back in 1996. Following the story of Lara Croft as she uncovers the mysteries surrounding her father’s murder, she accidentally unleashes a Maya Apocalypse in a desperate attempt to keep a dangerous artifact out of the hands of Trinity; a military organization determined to control the fate of the world using ancient and powerful relics. I…
8 months ago.
Dragon Quest XI Review
Around over a decade ago now Dragon Quest VIII was first released on the PlayStation 2.  At that time, I didn't know much about Dragon Quest.  My cousin had bought the game in order to get the Final Fantasy XII demo that came with it but he never really got into the game.  I asked him if I could borrow it to play it and he pretty much just gave it to me.  I remember when I first started playing…
11 months ago.
A look at Final Fantasy XV's Mod Organizer
Square Enix has taken the first step in releasing their suite of mod tools for Final Fantasy XV with the launch of the Mod Organizer which allows users to create their own mods to add new items into the game, or replace models for existing ones. Let's first start by taking a look at the interface. This is what my editor looks like currently, I have a few weapon mods I've been playing around with, one of them which is published which…
11 months ago.
We spend 90 minutes with Vakyrie Profile Lenneth's smartphone port
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth's smartphone port arrived on iOS and Android earlier this week, so we thought we'd spend some time with this version to see how it shapes up. Some things to note before we start: we played the Android version of the game on a Samsung Galaxy S7 (Wikipedia), and the game requires Android 4.4 or later installed. For iPhones you'll need iOS 8 or later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEqOHBv3knI There are also new features added to this version of the game, such as the…
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Review
It's been almost two months since the launch of Final Fantasy XV's release on the PC, so it's about time I got around to giving it a review. This review will mainly look over the specifics with the PC edition. Instead of reviewing the story content, I will be taking a look at the port to PC, what it's capable, as well as a brief look into what's ahead for the PC edition. Graphics So, how does the game look?…
1 year 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 year 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 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…