Reviews
2 weeks 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 weeks 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…
2 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…
2 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…
7 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…
7 months ago.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Prompto Review
The second of Final Fantasy XV's paid post-release DLC packages is "Episode Prompto", and features the character in a playable role in a side scenario meant to be a companion to the mothership title's plot. Each episode, like March's Episode Gladiolus, features a character and a unique gameplay style. This time, as Prompto is a prolific gun-wielder, the format is a third person shooter. Before we start, know that we'll be talking spoilers for the later half of Final Fantasy XV…
9 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…
9 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…
10 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…
11 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…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy XV Energizing Elixir Review - A Kweh-k Thirst Quencher!
After a long day of work I started to feel it. My energy levels were low. A headache was coming on. I felt sluggish, weak. Certainly not prepared to trek the wide world of Eos with Noctis and co. Would I be able to survive the day to make my first venture into the world of Final Fantasy XV, or was it all in vain?  As luck would have it, a quick check of my inventory revealed a potential save. A gorgeous…
1 year 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…
1 year 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…
1 year ago.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Filmkritik (German)
Diese Rezension enthält keine größeren Spoiler und basiert auf der englischen Version des Films. Final Fantasy und Filme haben eine lange gemeinsame Geschichte, die sich bisher schon über 11 Jahre erstreckt. Als Squaresoft damals mit Final Fantasy: Die Mächte in dir den ersten Film ins Rennen schickte, waren viele Fans enttäuscht. Was hatte das mit "Final Fantasy" zu tun? Als es Square Enix ein paar Jahre mit Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children erneut versuchte, wurde es für den Fan Service gelobt, hatte als echter Spielfilm jedoch…
1 year 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…
1 year ago.
I Am Setsuna Review
I AM SETSUNA has big shoes to fill. Newly-minted studio Tokyo RPG Factory are a big fan of the classics -- going so far as to proudly proclaim that they’d love to return to a bygone era of Japanese-style role-playing games. Well, you don’t get more classic than Chrono Trigger, Squaresoft’s masterstroke from the 16-bit era that accrued a metric ton of accolades an insatiable hunger for more - even after quasi-sequel Chrono Cross, ephemeral Chrono Break, and a modest remaster…
2 years ago.
Unboxing Square Enix's Valentine's Mystery Box
We got the opportunity to get our hands on one of the 200 Valentine's Mystery boxes that Square Enix is selling this year. The contents of the box are different to the ones sold in the past so you don't have to worry about getting an item twice. Each Mystery Box was sold for about £45.99 and is said to contain contents valued at a total of at least £55. You can watch one of our staff members unbox the mystery…
2 years ago.
Final Fantasy Explorers Review
FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS is Square Enix and Racjin’s newest entry into what has become a “monster hunting” genre of games. The success of Capcom’s aptly-named Monster Hunter series has brought forth a multitude of similar titles like Toukiden, God Eater, and Square Enix’s own Lord of Arcana. What Final Fantasy Explorers does, as one might easily imagine, is marry classic Final Fantasy series gameplay staples with Monster Hunter’s. How does it all work out, you ask? Well, there’s no doubt that…