Brendan    2016-11-30    4 comments

Well, ladies and gentlemen, our long night is over: Final Fantasy XV became available internationally today, capping more than a decade's worth of development with a warm welcome internationally. Though plagued by pre-release leaks today was still a momentous occasion for fans of the series, and for spectators hoping to see Square Enix cement its comeback with the crown jewel of its arsenal: Final Fantasy XV. If you're anything like me, you've watch the developer and the brand's fortunes and reputation tank in the post-Final Fantasy XIII universe. Square Enix has spent the better part of the last four years clawing its way back into relevance and to commemorate the occasion of what is, quite possibly, the most anticipated title in the company's history, two new trailers were released. The first is Ride Together, which is endearingly odd but still kind of fun: The other is Stand Together, which is just downright heartwarming: I arrived to Final Fantasy XV with great optimism despite remarkably low expectations. I am pleasantly surprised to say that the finished product is lightyears ahead of where the Episode Duscae demos and Platinum Demo experience left us and a lot of fun. Not to mention that...

Lengthy FFXV Impressions Hit the Web

Brendan    2016-10-20    0 comments

Final Fantasy XV is just over 40 days away from release worldwide and Square Enix has given multiple gaming new outlets an extended stay in the world of Eos. Destructoid, Polygon, and GameSpot have posted opinions that range from lukewarm at worst to downright giddy at best. GameSpot, noting the game's expansive world and numerous activities, wrapped up their preview...

FFXII: The Zodiac Age Gets Some Lovin' Too

Brendan    2016-09-28    3 comments

September has been a crazy busy month for Square Enix. From PAX, to GameStop Expo, to TGS and now EGX, the company has been giddily showing off its blockbuster lineup to crowds across the world. The upcoming HD remaster of FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE was livestreamed at EGX, courtesy of PlayStation Access this weekend and the result is...


Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Gets Gorgeous Gameplay

Brendan    2016-09-28    0 comments

The impossibly named KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE is creeping closer and closer to its release. Arriving on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017 in the west on January 24, 2017, the game will mark the last major entry in the Kingdom Hearts saga ahead of Kingdom Hearts III. You can view the EGX stream...

FFXV PS4 Slim Incoming

Brendan    2016-09-24    2 comments

There was some speculation that FINAL FANTASY XV’s delay from September to November may have been related to Sony’s as-of-then-unannounced hardware, the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim. While the additional development time has yielded significant improvements to FINAL FANTASY XV, the whole situation is still a bit suspicious. Sony and Square Enix have announced a Limited Deluxe Edition Final Fantasy...


FFXV Looks Sharp on Xbox One

Brendan    2016-09-24    0 comments

There’s no doubt that Square Enix has heavily promoted Final Fantasy XV on Sony’s hardware, the PS4 and PS4 Pro. While confirmation of support for the PS4 Pro was pretty immediate, there’s been nary a whisper about the Xbox One S. Regardless, FINAL FANTASY XV’s development team is charging ahead with optimizing the game for Microsoft’s hardware as well. Dualshockers...

Brotherhood's End

Brendan    2016-09-24    0 comments

Square Enix has uploaded the fifth and final entry, THE WARMTH OF LIGHT, to BROTHERHOOD, the anime series that follows the early exploits of Noctis and company from FINAL FANTASY XV. This comes as the game’s original launch day, September 30, is within sight. Reactions to BROTHERHOOD have been universally positive and the anime itself has added depth and dimension...


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Square Insider Reviews Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Brendan    2016-08-24    0 comments

In hindsight, Kingsglaive was obviously expected to be Final Fantasy XV’s emergent multimedia universe darling. I would argue that position has been usurped by the consistently excellent anime Brotherhood. Whereas Brotherhood is quite good, Kingsglaive is just good enough. This isn’t to say that Kingsglaive is bad. With stunning visuals and a gripping score, the foundation for an excellent movie...

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD: The Square Insider Review

Brendan    2015-05-28    2 comments

When Type-0’s localization was finally announced at last year’s E3, gamers in the western hemisphere breathed a sigh of relief. Hajime Tabata’s second outing on the PSP would finally be reaching avid fans via an official release on the PS4 and X1. For gamers desperately searching for a sign that the Final Fantasy series is, at long last, correcting its...

Tomb Raider: The Square Insider Review

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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