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 by saying: Even after just 15 hours, I can tell FFXV is a massive game packed with things to do and locations to explore. The need to know about its expanded universe seems like an unfortunate requirement that undermines the impact of the story, and the overreliance on fetch quests can be tedious at times. But none of this puts me off of FFXV's open world. What remains out in the world of Eos is undeniably alluring, and I can't wait to explore more of it once the game finally launches this November. Destructoid, wary of the game's boy-band roadtrip emphasis, offered following sentiments: Will it make back its budget and become a massive hit? I'm not so sure. I think the concept of focusing on a rich band of boys is already niche as it is (I'm cool with...

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...

Meet the English Voice Cast of FFXV

Brendan    2016-08-24    0 comments

Square Enix has added a new video to their Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel because, apparently the company's trying to make peace after delaying the game to November 29th. Rest assured, all is forgiven because of three words: Darin De Paul, AKA, Ardyn Izunia, Chancellor of Niflheim. This video also marks--I think--the first time we've heard Lunafreya speak in-game.

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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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