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Review: FFXV Episode Prompto has great music

Episode Prompto is the second FFXV DLC scenario, focusing on the titular bro. It comes after Episode Gladiolus and continues the trend of including gameplay that’s entirely different from the main scenario. How does it work out? Let’s break it down with as little spoilers as possible. Continue reading Review: FFXV Episode Prompto has great music

A new Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age story trailer dropped today

Final Fantasy XII is the second most underappreciated game in the series. Players in the past didn’t understand the excellent Gambit system, combat was no longer turn based, and the developmental woes resulted in the latter portion of the story rushing to an abrupt conclusion. While the end is a weak point, the rest of the story stands tall as a solid tale of political intrigue and divine powers. Continue reading A new Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age story trailer dropped today

Schedule of Events for E3 Coliseum Announced

Earlier today, Geoff Keighley, creator and producer of The Game Awards, announced the lineup for the E3 Colisuem, “a spectacular main stage event that will connect video game fans with the biggest names in entertainment.” The event will feature two days full of demos, panel discussions, and epic one-on-one interviews. Continue reading Schedule of Events for E3 Coliseum Announced

Dissidia is returning, and this time, it’s on PS4

In the wake of the new and previously unannounced Dissidia Final Fantasy game being listed on Amazon this morning, Square Enix has announced the third installment of the Dissidia Final Fantasy spin-off series, entitled Dissidia NT. Continue reading Dissidia is returning, and this time, it’s on PS4

Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be a disaster, isn’t it?

Square Enix recently announced they had shifted the development of Final Fantasy VII Remake from CyberConnect2 to an in-house team headed by Naoki Hamaguchi, main programmer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and the project lead for Mobius Final Fantasy. According to Hamaguchi: Continue reading Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be a disaster, isn’t it?

Lost Sphear is Tokyo RPG Factory’s second game

Tokyo RPG Factory is essentially an indie development studio set up by Square Enix in an effort to bring traditional JRPGs to the modern era. Their first game was the beautiful I Am Setsuna, which released on PS4, PC, PS Vita (Japan only), and more recently as a Nintendo Switch launch title. Today, the studio announced their second game: Lost Sphear. Continue reading Lost Sphear is Tokyo RPG Factory’s second game

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’s gambit system is the greatest

One of the most controversial moves in the Final Fantasy series was  the implementation of Final Fantasy XII’s Gambit system. A good many fans absolutely hated it, saying “the game played itself” or that it “took skill out of the equation.” Those people are called fools, because the Gambit system is the best combat system to come from the mainline Final Fantasy franchise, barring Final Fantasy XI. Continue reading Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’s gambit system is the greatest

From Nier: Automata to ARMS, developers are enticing fandoms

Nier: Automata saved the Nier franchise from obscurity, introduced the greater gaming community to Yoko Taro, and bailed Platinum Games out of a tight spot. Some say this is due to Yoko Taro’s storytelling, which is on a different level than we’re used to in video games, while others say it was Platinum’s amazingly implemented gameplay and Teflon slick UI that turned an obscure niche title into a million plus seller. However, Taro’s stories never saved any of his previous games from obscurity, and Platinum’s masterful game design had yet to deliver them a mega-hit, so I must attribute this newfound success to Yoko Taro’s genius move to focus on creating a virally appealing character. Continue reading From Nier: Automata to ARMS, developers are enticing fandoms

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PS2 on PS4 port gets Western release date

After previous signs that an announcement was coming, today we received confirmation that the West will be getting the PS2 to PS4 release of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. The game will have its resolution upgraded, as well as trophies added, Remote Play, and PS4 Share supported. It’s also good to note that the version being ported is the Director’s Cut, which brought new gameplay modes and characters when it first debuted. Continue reading Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PS2 on PS4 port gets Western release date

Dark Souls taught me to enjoy piecing stories together

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Final Fantasy XV featured some of the best stories in video games, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. However, when I speak of how great their stories are to others, they act as if these games had some of the worst stories in their respective franchises. This phenomenon had me stumped until recently, when I realized why I found the stories of games like these to be so appealing: Dark Souls had conditioned me to piece stories together in order to see the grand picture. Continue reading Dark Souls taught me to enjoy piecing stories together