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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be broken up into episodes


This guy is episodic
Dec 06
// Zack Furniss
After a divisive gameplay reveal at PlayStation Experience (looks cool, I'll play it), we're getting word from the Square Enix that the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be "told across a multi-part series." We don't know ho...
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Steam

Lots of games may have just had their Steam releases leaked


Half-Life 3, Final Fantasy X, Sonic Boom
Dec 06
// Joe Parlock
NeoGAF has caught wind of a whole load of leaked games potentially coming to Steam. Some of the games were added as potential topics in Steam’s Help Desk support system, while others have been mentioned in changes to St...
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'You're doing this for the planet'
[extremely nerds voice] "You're doing this for the planet, same as us!" There's a bit of actual, early gameplay from the Final Fantasy VII PS4 remake announced at E3 this year. You can see a bit of the, "more realistic gamep...

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Final Fantasy VII

The original Final Fantasy VII is now available on PS4


Scratch the itch before the remake's out
Dec 05
// Zack Furniss
Just after showing some actual gameplay of the Final Fantasy VII remake at PlayStation Experience, Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura came to the stage to announce that the original game is now available on the PS4 for $10.87. How 'bout that remake footage, though?
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft's latest alpha build adds Cloud NPC, next to Aeris


Aerith*
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
The Aerith NPC has been located in the Dalaran area in World of Warcraft for some time, but based on the latest Legion expansion alpha build, she now has a little buddy to accompany her. The Blizzard team has tons of nod...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is now playable from 'start to finish'


And the first half is polished
Dec 02
// Chris Carter
It's kind of absurd to be getting up-to-the-minute updates on the development of a game, I know, but this is Final Fantasy XV -- a game that was announced in 2006, and had rumors of cancellation for years on end. Ac...
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Final Fantasy XIV

Play Final Fantasy XIV for free for four days


96 wonderful hours of big burly pirates
Dec 02
// Joe Parlock
Are you a lapsed Final Fantasy XIV player? Did you try it out, only to find it didn’t quite click with you, or maybe you clocked hundreds of hours and, unfortunately, have been unable to renew your subscription? Well, t...
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Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI rated for PC


Probably the ugly mobile port
Nov 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Final Fantasy VI is on its way to PC, a new PEGI rating suggests. While Square Enix has not made any official announcements regarding the matter, the publisher has re-released a number of classic Final Fantasy games on the pl...
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Ramza

Square Enix teases Ramza Beoulve's appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy


Great to see Tactics represented
Nov 25
// Chris Carter
Square Enix is set to launch Dissidia Final Fantasy in arcades this week, and they've gone over the initial fourteen characters at launch, representing each main series game. Well, they're also doing an Apple-esque...
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Dissidia

Y'shtola rounds out Dissidia Final Fantasy's cast as a representative of XIV


Only Ramza is left
Nov 25
// Chris Carter
She might not be well known at all in most Final Fantasy circles, but XIV fans will recognize Y’shtola the Conjurer. She was featured in the original build of XIV, before moving into the reworked A Realm...
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Dissidia

Lightning appears in yet another Final Fantasy game


Dissidia Arcade
Nov 24
// Chris Carter
Have you had enough Lightning yet? No one can, according to Square Enix, and she'll be representing Final Fantasy XIII in the arcade version of Dissidia, set to debut this week in Japan. As a note, she was already in Di...
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FFXII

Final Fantasy's Vaan isn't a street rat: I don't buy that


'I'm gonna be a sky pirate'
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
I've always had a lukewarm relationship with Final Fantasy XII, and its protagonist, Vaan. The only thing it really did for me was ape Final Fantasy XI's combat and add in gambits. Post-game content was pretty cool comp...
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Final Fantasy

Hahahaha: Tidus shows his stuff in Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade


Sorry, 'Tee-dus'
Nov 21
// Chris Carter
Tidus (Teedus) is kind of an awkward protagonist. X was the first fully-voiced Final Fantasy game, and Square really tried to force in some strange subplots and scenes meant to evoke emotion -- instead, they ended ...
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Zidane

Does anyone like Zidane? I don't hear him talked about much


His game was pretty great
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
Whenever the "best" Final Fantasy discussion comes up, VI is almost always near the top for a reason. Then you start getting into uncharted territory, with games like V and VII getting thrown around. But ...
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Lightning Returns

Lightning Returns is coming to Steam on December 10


Now PC players can finish the trilogy
Nov 20
// Joe Parlock
The Final Fantasy XIII series has long been over for console players. Lightning Returns originally released back in 2013, and since then the fanbase’s attention has been split between Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fanta...
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Final Fantasy Explorers

Check out every job in Final Fantasy Explorers


Coming in January
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Final Fantasy Explorers will arrive in January on the 3DS, but in the meantime, you can take a look at this infographic to plan out your upcoming job choices. As someone who has been maining Paladin in Final Fantasy XIV for s...
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Whatever

...Whatever: Squall fights in Dissidia Final Fantasy, I guess


Whatever
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
Dengeki has straight gameplay, too. The Koei Tecmo-made Dissidia Final Fantasy is chilling arcades in Japan for a while, but could come to PS4 at some point.
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Shantotto

Shantotto will be returning for the new Dissidia Final Fantasy


Hohohoho
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Shantotto is an immensely popular Final Fantasy character among the fanbase, even though you don't hear about her often outside of it. After a modest start in Final Fantasy XI, she invaded other games, including the Dissidia...
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Cloud

Smash isn't the only fighting game Cloud is hitting this year


Dissidia Final Fantasy footage
Nov 18
// Chris Carter
More Dissidia arcade trailers are out in the wild, and this one deals with the divisive Cloud Strife. While a lot of people who have never played a Final Fantasy game are quick to dismiss him, I feel like I have to ...
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Cloud in Smash

Everything we know about Cloud in Smash Bros. from both a Final Fantasy and Smash perspective


In incredible detail
Nov 17
// Brett Makedonski
In the wake of last week's reveal of Final Fantasy's Cloud coming to Super Smash Bros., some people have managed to put together videos analyzing his introduction in great detail. We have two great examples for you. The firs...
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Dissidia

Fan favorite Terra takes a step up to the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade plate


'Tina' in Japan
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
Terra is often a fan favorite Final Fantasy character -- heck, anyone from VI is usually a top choice. What makes her especially badass in Dissidia is that she can Trance mid-fight, turning her into her Esper f...
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Cecil

My main man Cecil shows his stuff in latest Dissidia Final Fantasy trailer


Oh, and Bartz too
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
Final Fantasy IV is still my favorite entry in the series. Having replayed it every few years or so I wouldn't say nostalgia fuels that claim, as it still has a fantastic soundtrack and an amazing cast -- "Spoony Bard" ...
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Dissidia

All hail the Onion Knight


More Dissidia footage
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
You didn't think I'd miss the next Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade video just because it was the weekend, did you?Following up the Warrior of Light and Firion, here's the classic Onion Knight. Hailing from Final Fanta...
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Dissidia

Watch Firion smack up Lightning in this Dissidia Final Fantasy vignette


l'Cie? More like l'Lame
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
I think one of my favorite pastimes, as I've come to realize over the years, is watching character-specific trailers for fighting games and brawlers. It may seem excessive for those of you who don't partake in these genres, t...
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Not a drill
This is not a drill. Nintendo has announced the newest Smash Bros. character, and it’s only god damn Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. The trailer up top shows both his FFVII and Advent Children costumes, as well as...

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FF Explorers CollectorsEd

Final Fantasy Explorers Collector's Edition is the real deal


A nice collection of goodies!
Nov 12
// Patrick Hancock
Final Fantasy Explorers was shown off today during the Nintendo Direct, and man does it look great. It's coming to North America on January 26, 2016, and will come with all the DLC that's been released in Japan, for free...
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Dissidia

Can I...have Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade now?


I've always dug this series
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
A lot of people have been down on Dissidia in the past, but I see it as a spiritual successor of sorts to Square Enix's Ehrgeiz (good God that game could use a remake). I'm a bit bummed, then, that the arcade versi...

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Patch 3.1)

Nov 11 // Chris Carter
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed])Developer: Square EnixPublisher: Square EnixMSRP: $39.99 ($12.99 per month)Released: June 23, 2015 Whereas past patches tended to lead towards an epic conclusion with a pesky Primal, 3.1, As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness in many ways is a table-setting diversion. The brand new trial encounter (Knights of the Round EX) is not gated by the main story questline -- players can just pick that up from the Mor Dhona bar -- and the tale essentially consists of a series of errands and cutscenes, with only one instanced mission at the end. All said, it will take you roughly an hour to complete. It basically deals with locating missing comrades after the events of the story and has no real payoff other than furthering the Warrior of Darkness arc, which will likely slowly play out throughout the entire course of Heavensward, until another expansion comes around. That said, it still has a lot of personality. I enjoyed seeing the new cast interact with one another. The real star of this patch though is the new exploratory mission mode. Billed as an open-world sandbox, you're thrown into a randomly generated high-level zone with various objectives, including combat challenges and gathering activities. In a Guild Wars 2-like twist, players will share rewards and XP if they fight named creatures in this mode while encountering other parties, and everyone can contribute to objectives as a party.  The rewards are excellent, and the entire affair plays out like a giant randomized hunt. It's a rush to fly around with a bunch of strangers and locate targets, and killing a bunch of high-priority enemies will spawn newer, tougher bosses. While it's meant to be played as a group you can still solo queue for it, as long as you're okay with rolling greed for everything against everyone else. I played this more than anything else this patch and don't see myself getting tired of it. [embed]320086:61066:0[/embed] Players can also head into two new dungeons and the 24-person Void Ark raid, meant to mirror the Crystal Tower casual activities in vanilla Realm Reborn. I'm happy with how the two dungeons (Saint Mocianne's Arboretum and Pharos Sirius Hard) turned out. The developers have it down to a science now (the same goes for the new EX encounter, King Thordan, which is just as fun as every EX in the past, and perfectly tuned in terms of difficulty). Bosses are fun without being too tough for people just passing through in matchmaking, and the locations, although heavily gated to prevent speedrunning, are full of detail. While patches typically provide three new dungeons, I'm actually fine with a pair of them, and the trend of one new location and one remake is something I can get behind. The Void Ark is very similar in that regard, but it also provides a brand new arc, which I personally feel is stronger than Crystal Tower's. The encounters are a tad easier than the previous casual raids, which I'm starting to have mixed feelings about. I get that the philosophy is accessibility, but at the same time, I feel like the developers aren't preparing the player base for tougher activities, some of which support matchmaking tools. On the flipside, I'm a bit more invested in the story this time around, as they've weaved Diabolos into it, as well as another fan-favorite character from the series that I won't spoil here. So what else does 3.1 entail? A bunch of ancillary stuff. For one, you have the Vanu Vanu beast tribe quests, which will provide hardcore players with another faction to grind for. I was never big on the tribes as they felt far too repetitive for menial rewards, and only adding one tribe feels like a half-measure -- people will just grind it out in a few minutes and move on daily. The Gold Saucer also got a small update in the form of a new wing, two new mini-games, and the Lord of Verminion strategy game, as well as some new Triple Triad cards. I'm really glad the team is still pushing this zone, as it's the perfect place to go while you're waiting for queue times, or if you want to spend a few minutes in the game without doing anything important. No, Verminion isn't quite Pokémon, but it adds in another use for minions, and it's definitely fun enough to play a few times on a weekly basis. Other quality-of-life fixes are in, like the fact that the DualShock 4 is now plug and play on PC. There are new camera options, enhanced companion functionality like full support for other mounts, a small Ninja buff to bring them in line with other DPS, more flying mounts, and the ability to ride in Idyllshire. Another controversial change is the "solution" to the housing market -- demolition -- or as other MMOs call it, "decay." After 45 days, your house will be demolished, unless you log in and prevent it. It's...a very typical strategy for more hardcore games, but for a casual MMO like Final Fantasy, it feels out of place. I wish Square Enix would just fix the housing issue with bigger wards and more of them, but the developers haven't actually addressed it in months. All in all, I'm a bit conflicted on 3.1 I adore the exploratory missions, and find them to be one of my favorite gametypes in an MMO to date. The new dungeons (as well as the Void Ark) are strong, and the story, while brief, is engaging. But at the same time, this is clearly a catch-up patch, with the typical loop consisting of players grinding for Poetic Tomes to better face the existing Alexander Savage raid. Sadly, there's no new wing for Alexander, and most disappointing of all, the anticipated continuation of the Zodiac weapon questline is nowhere to be found, as it has been pushed to a later patch I'm not sure if As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness is enough to really pull anyone back in if they quit recently, but I'm having fun with it regardless. I can see myself doing the Void Ark weekly for the foreseeable future, and logging in regularly to do more exploratory missions. I just hope the team has more up its sleeve sooner than later. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward was a tremendous expansion, all things considered. It brought in a whole new storyline that was worth getting invested in, new classes, and tons of additional activities including a raid. B...

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Final Fantasy XIV

Moogles will be in Final Fantasy XV, because fans demanded it


A Twitter poll wins out
Nov 10
// Chris Carter
The people have spoken -- Moogles will appear in Final Fantasy XV in one way or another. When asked by way of a Twitter poll whether or not people wanted to see the lovable creatures in the game, the yeas outweighed the nays....
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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII composer isn't working on the remake


'Not at all,' says Uematsu
Nov 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Nobuo Uematsu, the beloved composer of Final Fantasy VII (and the most titles in the series), will not be contributing to the soundtrack for Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. While speaking with French outlet&n...

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