Previews
2 months ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4 is bigger and more beautiful than ever
Final Fantasy XIV has certainly come a bit into its own the past several months, having seen its global release this past August on both PC and PS3 to a resounding success that caught even Square Enix by surprise. Two years and nine months since the announcement of "A Realm Reborn" the game has transformed into the largest title in the history of Japan - and it's about to get even bigger.Set for launch on PlayStation 4 in just a…
2 months ago.
Lightning Returns English Demo Impressions
The North American release of Lightning Returns is in just one week, so what better way to get people excited than a quick set of impressions (and screenshots) from the English demo?To start with, the opening CG sequence is (as many of you have already seen) gorgeous. It's followed up by a pretty concise scenery-shot primer narrated by Lightning herself, which covers a few connections and refreshers such as Serah's death. The demo dives pretty much immediately into things after…
6 months ago.
Lightning Returns is an accessible series send-off
“Well she never really left, did she?” That rather silly question floated through my head as I sat down with some uncertainty to peruse the latest playable portion of the new and upcoming title from what has now become a trilogy of Final Fantasy XIII games.For me - whether it was the games, light novels, audio dramas, or the perfume - Final Fantasy XIII has eternally been an abstract concept in my head. There’s always Lightning, great-yet-mildly-unexplained combat, and a…
9 months ago.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX Impressions
For many, the original Kingdom Hearts represents the height of a golden age of Japanese RPGs. Bolstered by the incredible success of the PS2 and a post-FFVII Squaresoft that was still on a roll, Kingdom Hearts was an explosive hit that became a series that even threatened to potentially eclipse its cousin Final Fantasy.It's strange, then, that it feels like we've had to wait so long for a 'proper' new Kingdom Hearts game. There have been spin-off handheld titles, sure…
9 months ago.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Hands-On
At the ‘Future of Final Fantasy’ pre-E3 event on Tuesday morning, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Producer Yoshinori Kitase had a very short amount of time to explain his game to press salivating at the concept of learning more about the newly announced Final Fantasy XV.It was clear that he chose his words carefully. Rather than focus on the legacy of the Final Fantasy XIII saga, or the character of Lightning, he offered a simple summary of his game -…
10 months ago.
The Future of Final Fantasy Event Report
Following the announcement of both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III at Sony's press conference on Monday night, Square Enix held a private press event to provide further details on the future of both series.We had a chance to see it for ourselves, and over the course of an hour were treated to the company's plans for their first foray into the next generation of games and game platforms.The presentation kicked off with a brief montage of several key…
11 months ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Preview
Back in February, the closed beta for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn began. Since then we've gotten a few updates from the team regarding the final version of the game, but beta status remains mostly a mystery. While the NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement) is still in place for regular players, select press (like myself) have had the gag loosened a bit and can now talk about their personal impressions of the game. No images, videos, or sound clips may be…
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Event Report
You know, I’ve always wondered why there seems to be this sort of invisible wall that divides Final Fantasy fans.Of course, everyone has their favorite title, but there always seems to be this massive disconnect between fans of the single player entries and those of the online titles. Now admittedly, I seldom played online titles until recently, and even then dabbled sparingly in Final Fantasy XI for a short time out of curiosity before the original release of Final…
1 year ago.
Lightning Returns Preview Part III: Bold new ideas for the series, but are they for the best?
With the final entry in the Final Fantasy XIII saga, Square Enix has surprisingly and decidedly broken the tried and true mould set by previous games with that number attached with a strikingly different effort in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.Rounding out the finale to an unplanned trilogy, they’ve a lot of work ahead of them to try and recapture fans who may have drifted away or become disenchanted as well as those simply disinterested in titular heroine Lightning.…
1 year ago.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview Part II: The developers explain the latest in the FFXIII saga
For part two of our three part Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII first look, we’ll be focusing on the little things – that is, the finer details caught between the lines during our preview.Our hands-off preview with the live demo was followed up by a brief question and answer session with Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Director Motomu Toriyama. The pair shared some insight into the game's development, as well as their own challenges with applying user feedback. As…
1 year ago.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview Part I: Demo Report
The Final Fantasy XIII series owes a lot of its success to the character Lightning, according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase.Her distinctive look has brought about an opportunity for not only a closing chapter to her saga, but also a brand new game in a brand new world. With this new gameplay experience, both Yoshinori Kitase and Director Motomu Toriyama hope to satisfy fans and maybe newcomers alike.Following the official reveal trailer this past December, Square Enix invited…
1 year ago.
What is Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII?
It’s been less than a year since Final Fantasy XIII-2 launched worldwide, bringing with it higher praise than its predecessor. The praise was deserved, the game improving on many aspects of FFXIII – though its story left many perplexed. It arguably created more questions than it answered, leaving fans in the dark and trying to piece together what happened.DLC was created allegedly to address this, but that too left even more questions once released in May. Perhaps the worst…
2 years ago.
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2: The First Three Hours
Did FINAL FANTASY XIII really need a sequel? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself ever since the game was revealed back in January of this year. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to preview the game on several occasions, but each time I was left with more questions rather than answers.That being said, I was recently invited to visit the game again by Square Enix. Much to my surprise, we were allowed to sample a full three hours of…