Brendan    2015-03-17    4 comments

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD was released in North America today, marking the start of a week's worth of releases in various regions across the world. Yesterday, review embargoes were lifted and multiple publications were allowed to post their thoughts on the long-awaited western release of Final Fantasy Type-0. I've gathered a few key impressions and linked to the full text below. Via Destructoid's Chris Carter: Although it doesn't necessarily justify the HD treatment at every turn, the core game is worth playing whether you're a fan of the franchise, or just enjoy challenging tactical action. If Square keeps highlighting and pushing quality experiences like this, it will prove to more people it hasn't lost its touch. Via Polygon's Philip Kollar It discovers a fine balance the series has been sorely missing, between simplicity and complexity, difficulty and approachability, scope and scale. It also finds its own voice and a wide variety of things to keep players busy. Not all of those activities are handled perfectly, but damn it, I'd rather have a game that tries something interesting and occasionally stumbles than another generic saving-the-world epic. Via IGN's Meghan Sullivan: Type-0’s gritty tone, fast-paced action, and strategic approach to time management...

One More Type-0 HD Trailer for the Road

Brendan    2015-03-15    5 comments

With Type-0 HD only days away, Square Enix is still cranking out trailers in an effort to lure in any hesitant, last-minute gamers (I'm looking at you, xin -_- ) before next week's worldwide release. Their newest trailer elaborates on the roots that Type-0 HD shares with the lore and mythology of the Final Fantasy series as a whole. Personally,...

The Unicorn is Real: Final Fantasy XV Playable at PAX

Brendan    2015-03-10    5 comments

Final Fantasy XV has attained a mythic status in the echelons of the gaming community. It has existed as vaporware, to varying degrees, for almost a decade now. This weekend, however, changed all that for the better. With only a week to go until Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and, by extension Final Fantasy XV -Episode Duscae-, become available worldwide, Episode...


First Mevius Final Fantasy Trailer

Brendan    2015-03-09    2 comments

The first promotional video for the upcoming mobile game Mevius Final Fantasy has debuted on Square Enix's Japanese Youtube page. The video features gameplay of the story's protagonist in combat, changing through jobs, and engaged in exploration. It's the first Final Fantasy game for uniquely developed for mobile devices that will attempt to mimic the experience of a console entry;...

Type-0 HD English Trailer at PAX

Brendan    2015-03-08    2 comments

With Type-0 HD a little over a week away from release worldwide, Square Enix is spotlighting the game's english voice acting crew. It's a nice change from the traditionally Japanese-heavy voice acting that has permeated most of the recent trailer releases. This trailer features Machina and Rem quite prominently but doesn't shy away from the voices of the game's other...


X|X-2 HD Remaster Arriving on PS4 in May

Brendan    2015-03-03    1 comment

One year after the HD Remasters of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 arrived, Square Enix used the anniversary to announce that PS4 editions will release on May 12 in North America and abroad on May 15. It's a little later than their ambiguously stated original goal of Spring 2015, but it nevertheless tucks another warmly received title into...

Gold Saucer Opens for Business in Final Fantasy XIV

Brendan    2015-02-25    2 comments

Final Fantasy XIV’s race towards its first proper expansion, Heavensward, has only sharpened its focus on the existing game's content. One of the game’s most hotly anticipated new features, the Manderville Gold Saucer, became available to players as of yesterday morning’s update. Fans of the Gold Saucer’s original incarnation will be thrilled with its Final Fantasy XIV counterpart. The Manderville...


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Brendan    2014-03-13    3 comments

Lara Croft’s presence in the gaming industry could be called ubiquitous, to say the very least of a character that has been a staple of the gaming experience since 1996. Lara Croft has played a key role in the birth of the action-adventure genre, has spanned four generations of hardware, all in more than 9 games that have collectively sold...

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Brendan    2014-03-05    3 comments

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Brendan    2014-02-24    5 comments

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