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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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PS Vita

That's a damn fine PlayStation Vita

Japan, though!
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
I like this PlayStation Vita design even more than that metal slime PlayStation 4. They share a similar theme, but it's the little touches that matter -- the custom d-pad art, the liquid metal slime accessory for the headphone jack, the slick box the system comes in. All great.
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Dragon Quest Heroes

Well well, it looks like Dragon Quest Heroes was just stealth confirmed for PC

Square Enix you bunch of rascals
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
Just moments ago I got a number of texts from friends telling me to boot up Steam to confirm a message they had obtained. Apparently, Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to PC, and Steam users are being asked to pre-purchase t...
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Life is Strange

Life is Strange is getting a physical edition, out next year

In January
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
If you haven't played Life is Strange yet, you may as well wait. Square Enix has announced that there will be a limited edition version available, which will debut on PS4 and Xbox One on January 19. Europe will also be gettin...

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....

Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Nov 09 // Steven Hansen
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One [reviewed], Xbox 360, PC, PS4)Developer: Crystal Dynamics (Xbox One), Nixxes Software (Xbox 360)Publisher: Microsoft (Xbox One, 360); Square Enix (PC, PS4)MSRP: $59.99Released: November 10, 2015 (Xbox One, Xbox 360); Q1 2016 (PC); Q4 2016 (PS4) Having previously glimpsed the supernatural, Rise of the Tomb Raider's Lara is open to the wild theories of ancient immortality that consumed her father. A brief trip into Syria introduces the new enemy, a highly-funded, obviously evil group called Trinity led by Konstantin, a religious zealot and less comic book version of Uncharted 2's Lazarević. Lara then tries to beat the stonejaw-led shadowy entity to the Siberian wilderness, where most of the game takes place. The first thing I noticed in Syria was its rich orange sands, a strong contrast to the last Tomb Raider's much more muted palette. Then it was Lara's powerful blue glow stick as she began navigating tombs, providing the same orange/cyan look you find in most Hollywood movie color grading. Naturally, when Lara goes to off to Russia and the blue-white snow and ice, she's suddenly packing orange glow sticks. It's not a bad thing, though. Rise of the Tomb Raider is not shy about using unrealistic lighting to set a mood and it works, like when the blizzarding night sky is illuminated with an eerie deep red light thanks to Trinity flares. It's one of the best-looking games this year, but it also goes beyond stylish at times and helps set the mood. Coupled with a camera that occasionally, but never annoyingly, takes control from you to frame the next impressive mountain establishment or some such thing you have to climb. [embed]319740:61038:0[/embed] The combination of framing, use of color, and lighting are welcomed Hollywood cribbing. Most of the additions since the last entry are welcomed, too. The stealth options make more sense in a supposedly serious game hellbent on showing the brutality Lara deals with (gruesome death close-ups are still plentiful), rather than the more discordant Lara-as-Terminator that doesn't jive with the story being told. That said, you can still mostly do that. Even when the game hinted I could stealth through an environment, unless I saw an obvious path, it was easy to loose bows from afar into enemies' heads. Rise also touted the tombs pre-release, which are peppered throughout the world. They're probably the highlight. I think Tomb Raider is a better platformer than shooter and working out these beautiful, often complex environmental puzzles had me yearning for a more ICO-like distribution of puzzle/platforming versus murder. The stealth, too, kind of hints at a game that could've made death and killing meaningful in line with the narrative, but instead we're left with a refinement of the Uncharted series sans one-liners.  Except for the bloat, which kind of flies in the face of the snappy movie cues and Uncharted's beats. Rise borrows slightly from the Legend of Zelda formula in that there are distinct areas ("hubs") organically woven together, but requiring back-tracking with new gear and items. It's a very game-y conceit. In the cinematics I asked why Lara hadn't a camera (or even a cell phone) to prove (evidence!) the things her father died over, but she didn't even slip an iPhone out of her pocket. At the same, coming across a rope and being told I can't cut it until I find a knife, well, why the hell does Lara not have a knife? People who like busywork will probably appreciate the hub areas replete with open-world style challenges (burn all 10 communist propaganda posters, cut down all the snared rabbits, etc.), but it kind of grated on me. I didn't open the map until a few hours in and I immediately wanted to slam it shut after seeing the Assassin's Creed-style unreadable mess of icons. And while these tasks often yield rewards, including XP, it just feels to unnecessary. Which is kind of true, given that I got through the game fine without doing anything but the most convenient extras, and didn't find a +2 damage Polished Barrel to affect my capacity to kill folks all that much. So why's any of it there at all? Rise has a very pressing, dire narrative, and is a joy when you're moving around and exploring the gorgeous environments. Constant IU flashes (10XP!!!) only serve as an intrusion and gum up the works. Having to pause the game and look at a static menu screen to hear picked-up audio logs (already a bit of a lazy, all too convenient way to shove more story into your game) kills momentum, tension, excitement. You just have to stare at a render of a tape recorder if you want to know why the big bad bleeds from his hands. The story handles the necessary, telegraphed third act turn to the supernatural well, but generally suffers from a glossing over. The Burberry-clade arm of Trinity trying to beat Lara to the punch are well-acted, but pretty one-dimensional (even with everything wrapped up in explanatory audio logs). An entire society isolated in the Siberian wilderness speaks perfect English. It's perfunctory Hollywood boilerplate, down to the set up for the sequel, but competently done. Worth noting: I ran into an odd problem late in the game where enemies would disappear. First right before me when I was swinging an ice axe at them as if Lara did so with enough force to banish them from this plane of existence, but then sometimes they'd vanish completely on their own. Once this locked me in a room because whatever needed to trigger to open the door couldn't and I had to restart (not losing much progress), while it also happened during the game's final boss fight, which was anticlimactic. The loss of XP from these tactical Houdinis might impact games on harder difficulty settings where the leveling and crafting system could prove more necessary, though on normal I got to a point where I didn't even care to spend my skill points. That excess is a problem shared with the last Tomb Raider, which bills itself (and thematically tries to be) a survivalist game, but simply isn't. It's a bit goofy ruining the beautiful colors of the world by constantly jamming down the "survival instincts" button to light up objects of interest and clambering around to strip trees of their boughs. Eventually I stopped going out of my way to pick up trash, yet I still always had ammo and arrows. Crafting, skill trees, open-world-style quests: it just feels like bloat. Busy work. And it isn't consistent with the story. Moving around, on the other hand, is sublime. It is odd, though. There's an animation for when Lara is pushed up against a short, maybe knee-high lip; pressing the jump button has her labor up it a bit. Yet if you push the jump button otherwise, she will leap clean four feet into the air like a cat. That amusing inconsistency aside, Lara's movement animations are all so fluid and impressive. If she barely makes a jump, she can slip and fall if you don't press a button. But rather than her needing to get a grip be a recurring quick-time event, it organically happens every time you barely snag a ledge. This means you can tell if that prompt is about to come up and can preemptively push it, and Lara will secure her grip and you can continue about fluidly climbing around. It's a good bit of adding interaction to the platforming without having to pre-plan bits of structure that will start to crumble when you grab them. Rise of the Tomb Raider is better than its predecessor, but only because of its additions; it doesn't fix any of the things that were wrong with Tomb Raider (2013). The story is smoothed down, much of it hidden away in dull audio logs. It's not about "survival" as billed, given the ease of mowing down dozens of folks and plenty of resources. But finding tombs wherein to clamber about ancient Rube Goldberg machines, coupled with the gorgeous visual flair and diverse environments, make Rise's wilderness one worth exploring and elevate Tomb Raider's otherwise perfunctory take on the third-person action platformer. I still get a strong sinking feeling in my stomach when I've misjudged a jump and watch Lara careening towards a splat. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Get to know 'er
I sometimes forget that Raiders of the Lost Ark came out in 1981. Its breezy pulp adventure quality carries only obvious signifiers of its era (like, Nazis), and the repetition of these tropes act as enough hand waving to the...

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Legacy of Kain

There's a '50% chance' we will see a proper new Legacy of Kain game

So you're saying there's a chance
Nov 05
// Chris Carter
Legacy of Kain fans have had a small taste of the universe recently with the free-to-play shooter Nosgoth, but others (myself included) are chomping at the bit for a real, proper action game. Finder AU managed to sp...
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 runs better on PS4 than Xbox One

Surprising absolutely nobody
Nov 05
// Laura Kate Dale
Thanks to a new interview we now know what resolution Just Cause 3 will run at on PS4 and Xbox One. Surprising absolutely nobody, the PS4 version runs at a higher resolution. According to an interview with GamingBolt, the gam...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider launch trailer features an original song by Karen O

'I Shall Rise'
Oct 30
// Darren Nakamura
Rise of the Tomb Raider is just a couple weeks from launch (for the Xbox One at least), so naturally we can expect a launch trailer to keep the hype train rolling. This one comes with an extra tidbit of news, past the new bit...
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NieR: Automata

First gameplay for NieR: Automata emerges

Yep it's Platinum all right
Oct 29
// Chris Carter
If you happened to attend Paris Games Week, you might have been able to catch a quick look at NieR: Automata, the newest entry in the series developed by Platinum Games. For the millions of you who didn't though, here's a vi...
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NieR Automata

That upcoming NieR game is called NieR Automata in Japan

Guessing that's referring to Automatons
Oct 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey everyone, good news. We can finally stop calling the next NieR game placeholder titles like NieR 2 or The New Nier Project.  According to an interview with Japanese site GamesTalk, the upcoming NieR game we saw tease...

The easy way to earn XP and mini medals in Dragon Quest Heroes

Oct 26 // Jordan Devore
[embed]317559:60858:0[/embed] Head to that level and zoom around to the different nodes. Doing so will cause a group of enemies to spawn and a metal slime may be among them -- if not, zoom to the next location. Once you've done that everywhere, select "Evac" from the start menu and try again. If you're struggling to kill metal slimes before they flee, try to land a critical attack. One should be enough. There are items that increase those odds, like the Raging Ruby, which is also used in mini medal grinding. You can also try raising the Deftness stat in your characters' skill trees. For farming mini medals, there is a very specific approach as outlined in this video. [embed]317559:60857:0[/embed] To recap, you will want Bianca outfitted with a Raging Ruby (lower damage, more criticals +5%), Ace of Spoils (extra spoils +10%), and Allure Ring (mini medal drop rate +2%). That last item is the most important one, and it's earned from the Yangus and Jessica quest line. With Bianca in your party, head to the "Caliburgh - Captain" map. Zoom to the Geargate warp and look for a group of red she-slimes. Swap to Bianca and use her R1 + Triangle attack, which launches a volley of homing arrows (note: you don't need to charge this move -- just press triangle once!). Keep using that attack until the enemies in that area are all dead, and then walk back the way you came to force the group to respawn. You'll do this over and over again and wrack up mini medals as well as some bonus XP and gold. This method is a slog, but it's by far the best option. If you're having trouble maintaining Bianca's mana, in the short term, just evac and start the map again. In the long term, make sure to unlock Powersaver and Critical Surge in her skill tree. She'll never run out of mana again as long as your attacks don't repeatedly miss. A note on new game plus: After the credits roll, you can tie up loose ends or begin a new-game-plus run, though I'd hold off. By starting fresh, you'll gain 50 skill points, but some of the best weapons and items in the game won't carry over. Your Battle Records progress for certain trophies won't transfer, either. It's inefficient. If you want that Platinum trophy, you can and should stick to a single playthrough. A note on those ridiculous post-story bosses: Bjorn is the easiest and should be your first target. Shoot him in the head with the turret on the left, and prioritize shooting down his boulder and fireball attacks. Eventually, you'll be able to hop on his head and stab him in the eyes for a bit. Nokturnus is no joke. Familiarize yourself with his moves above all else. The best advice I can give is to make sure your characters have Artful Dodger and Ace Evader in their skill trees. Without those upgrades, it's very hard to avoid his one-hit-kill attack from above. Atlas is unlocked after you beat all of the Veteran versions of the main story bosses (They're called Grudge Matches on the level select screen.) He has a stupid amount of hit points, but there's an easy way to bring him down: Terry! Equip him with a Mighty Armlet (critical hits on weak points +5%), Wrecklace (Coup de Grâce damage +7%), and Titan Belt (damage to weak points +6%). During the fight, use Terry's Falcon Slash (R1 + Circle) to create copies, then repeatedly spam Gust Slash (R1 + Square). This will rapidly build up his tension meter, at which point you can become invincible, activate his Coup de Grâce, stun Atlus, then repeat the process. You'll need to have Terry at a high enough level for him to kill the boss in time, but otherwise it's easy. (This tactic is super useful in most of the game, by the way.) Zoma is the biggest jerk of them all. He should be your final target. You won't win unless you have a high-level party and equipment to offset his magic. I gave my characters a Bunny Tail (reduced freeze time +40%), Lucky Dragon's Wing (magical resistance +20%), and Raging Ruby (lower damage, more criticals +5%). That finally did the trick.
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And tips for those final bosses
Dragon Quest Heroes made my weekend disappear. I had already invested enough time in finishing all of the side quests that I figured I might as well strive for full completion, but a few optional bosses stood in the way. They...

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Just Cause 3

Oh, right, Just Cause 3 has a story

Or so they say
Oct 23
// Jordan Devore
I'm a fan of the Just Cause series for its freedom of movement, particularly when it comes to aerial antics, but some people live for all-out destruction. Others, like Destructoid reader Coil_Whine, are into the story. That's...
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Deus Ex

Adam Jensen is brutal in this Deus Ex trailer

Cover your neck!
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
Between the ceiling full of mechanical arms and that man with the golden mask, there's a lot to like in this trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. But as someone who adored Painkiller's stake gun, one of the all-time greats i...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV director sheds some light on Noctis and crew's dark outfits

Bros for life
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
Apparently, fans have been wondering why Noctis and the rest of his Final Fantasy XV crew are all dressed in black. They've taken to the official forums to voice their questions, and the game's director, Hajime Tabata, s...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Find out more about Lara Croft in this new video series

Insert "Wild 'n' Wet" jokes here
Oct 22
// Vikki Blake
As we countdown to the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Microsoft has released a new video series called "Woman vs. Wild." The new series will offer "a deep dive into the gameplay mechanics" in Croft's journey. 
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Just Cause

Just Cause 3 makes for a neat 360-degree video

Come glide with me
Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
It might just be that I'm still new to 360° videos and my sense of wonder hasn't worn off yet, but I got a kick out of this one for Just Cause 3. We get to follow protagonist Rico Rodriguez on a wingsuit ride as he blows up bases and shrugs off a bunch of bullet wounds.
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Square Enix

Square Enix plans to remake a lot of old games

Let's get milking
Oct 21
// Laura Kate Dale
Back at E3 this year, Square Enix announced probably the most-requested remake from the company's back catalog, a remake of Final Fantasy VII. According to a recently released annual report, Final Fantasy VII is just the star...

Review: Life is Strange: Polarized

Oct 20 // Brett Makedonski
Life is Strange: Polarized (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One[reviewed])Developer: Dontnod EntertainmentPublisher: Square EnixRelease date: October 20, 2015MSRP: $4.99 (Each Episode) To this point, Life is Strange's greatest strength has been in the Arcadia Bay that developer Dontnod created, which is a place that we experienced mostly on our own. We'd walk around, observe, converse -- whatever we could do to learn a little more about the town. Great depth was added simply by letting us look at everything. It's no coincidence that Max told us early on in episode one that she's "always looking." In Polarized, she isn't always looking. Instead, she's quickly pulled from scene to scene with little time to take in her surroundings. Life is Strange's most poignant bits are often the ones where Max is allowed to reflect, to slow down. The last episode put less of an emphasis on this, but it still worked. Pulling the same trick twice in a row doesn't fare as well, as this doesn't quite feel like the same game that we meticulously pored over for four episodes. More damaging than the quick pace is the manner with which Polarized treats Life is Strange's characters. So many of them were flawed yet sympathetic in some way. There were very few that existed outside of a moral grey area -- even the ones who seemed like they should be pure evil. Unfortunately, this chapter mostly does away with that nuance. Too many characters are revealed to be straight-up heroes, villains, or pawns. We were conflicted about these people in the past. Now we're essentially told how to feel about them. It takes away a lot of the heart-string pulling and leaves you numb to their arcs. [embed]316331:60781:0[/embed] As often as Polarized deviates from the Life is Strange formula, it's not always a detriment. Some parts are the strongest sections of the episode. These are the moments when Life is Strange is at its most Twilight Zone, which is a side that Dontnod has largely abstained from. There's an entire backward scene where everyone walks and talks in reverse; it's a real joy. Earlier, there's a conversation with an antagonist where Max has no dialogue options but to offer sincere admiration. It's weird and uncomfortable enough to make your skin crawl. While that forced interaction worked, others aren't as successful -- especially when they come at critical junctures. Apart from one very notable occurrence, much of Polarized gives the player very little agency over Max's choices. That's a problem when the four previous episodes thrived on it. Actually, Polarized goes so far as to retroactively render some previous decisions moot, sacrificing a major game feature for narrative good. Despite finding issues with this chapter at every turn, I found myself more or less fulfilled with the conclusion -- although, I firmly believe that's an enthusiasm for Life is Strange as a whole as opposed to this installment alone. I think Dontnod discovered that it created a world that sprawled a little too far, and it wasn't sure how to bring it all to an end. So, it went with the easiest option. Or, as an art critic in this chapter phrased it, it took the path of least regret. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.] (Previous Life is Strange reviews: Chrysalis, Out of Time, Chaos Theory, Dark Room)
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The path of least regret
It's perfectly fitting that Life is Strange's final episode is subtitled Polarized. I can't think of a more apt word to describe my mindset right now. Life is Strange's conclusion left me satisfied, but not for the same reaso...

Life is Strange: Episode Five Achievement guide

Oct 20 // Brett Makedonski
Polarized: Finish Episode 5: Polarized This is the only Achievement that's earned through story progression. All you have to do is finish the episode. Incandescent: Take optional photo #1 in Episode 5: Polarized Once you're back in the classroom, go talk to Kate Marsh once you have control of Max again. Comfort her. Afterward, take a photo of her. Night Vision: Take optional photo #2 in Episode 5: Polarized Max will eventually find herself in an art gallery. From the point where you gain control of her, walk forward and to the right until you can go down some stairs. There's a woman staring at some photos and there's a camera behind her. Feel free to borrow it to take a picture of her from behind. Framed: Take optional photo #3 in Episode 5: Polarized We're back in a familiar place. Rewind time after Mr. Jefferson attacks an investigator. Ask Jefferson for a final photo to unlock this Achievement. Camera Obscura: Take optional photo #4 in Episode 5: Polarized Max has to think quick to keep the Two Whales Diner from a'sploding. After that's done, turn around and take a picture of the very dead whale next to the restaurant. Blowup: Take optional photo #5 in Episode 5: Polarized This photo is immediately after the previous one. Turn around from the whale and check out the car on top of the roof. You have to find the right angle for this prompt to appear. Try working your way around the left of it. Iris: Take optional photo #6 in Episode 5: Polarized We're right back at the etching in the classroom that started it all in episode one. Look at it once and watch it change. Look at it again. Third time's a charm and that's when you'll be able to take a photo of it. Sensor: Take optional photo #7 in Episode 5: Polarized Everything's getting mega trippy. You'll find yourself in a hallway maze. After briefly becoming Victoria, you'll transform back into Max. When this happens, take a right toward the showers and snap a picture of the giant squirrels. That's right -- giant squirrels. On Display: Take optional photo #8 in Episode 5: Polarized This might be the weirdest optional photo in the entire game because you don't actually hit the photo prompt. When in the backward hallway (you'll know what I mean), don't go into the bathroom. Instead, walk past it and up to this skeleton in the corner. The "Journal" button will appear, so hit that. That's what unlocks this Achievement. Light Meter: Take optional photo #9 in Episode 5: Polarized This one is very easy to miss. It can be found in the dreamworld flashlight section. It's during the locker area. Sneak past everyone and go to the part where Samuel's searching for you. Head down his row of lockers and take a right. Somewhere over there is Warren's locker -- his incredibly creepy locker. Snap an unsettling picture. Silhouettes: Take optional photo #10 in Episode 5: Polarized Time for the last one...bottles?! "This might be hell," as Max so eloquently puts it. So, go around the junkyard section of the flashlight dreamstate and collect bottles. There are five in total and they aren't too tough to find. After grabbing all of those, you need to take a picture of them all lined up on the workbench. The workbench is at the opposite end of this area, so just work your way through it. It kind of sucks. Selfie Awareness: Take all optional photos in Episode 5: Polarized The penultimate Achievement will unlock as soon as you nab your last optional picture. All that's left to do for full Gamerscore is to wrap up the episode!
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Point camera, earn Gamerscore
Here we are, friends. It's time for the conclusion to Life is Strange's five-episode arc. I'm writing this prior to playing, and I have no idea what to expect. Well, that's a half-truth -- I expect to be an emotional wreck by...

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Dissidia Final Fantasy

New Dissidia launches in arcades November 26

Final Fantasy fighter not far off now
Oct 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Dissidia Final Fantasy launches in Japanese arcades on Nov. 26, Square Enix announced today. The three-on-three arena fighter is in development at Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, the studio best known for its work on the Dead o...
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The What if machine

Final Fantasy XV director would like to work on Legend of Zelda

Hey, buddy, finish one game first...
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
In a bit of fantasyland fun wherein the sky rains donuts, whisky is a state-provided utility and we're not all tumbling towards death and trying to make the ride as bad as humanly possible, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Ta...
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Brave Exvius

Newest mobile Final Fantasy celebrates with FFVI nostalgia

Playable Magitek Armor Terra
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
A new Final Fantasy is out this week and you won't be alone in not knowing or caring. Apparently the "too sexy" Mevius Final Fantasy already came out in June, so it's been a hot four months since the last one (not counting r...
Life is Strange photo
Life is Strange

Life is Strange's final trailer is a dream nightmare

Just like Max's life
Oct 19
// Brett Makedonski
On the eve of the release of Life is Strange's final installment, Max is frozen on the precipice of catastrophe. Truthfully, she has been since the cliffhanger ending to episode four way back in July. Thus far, Life is Stran...
Final Fantasy XIII photo
Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is coming to PC in December

If all goes well
Oct 19
// Chris Carter
Remember earlier this year when Square Enix assured fans that Lighting Returns was coming to PC at some point? No? Well it did. So there. Producer Kitase Yoshinori has broken the silence again this week, noting that they...
Tomb Raider photo
Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider has exploding chickens

If you pre-order at GameStop...
Oct 17
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you had any doubt about Lara Croft being a terrible person, in Rise of the Tomb Raider, her latest adventure, the sociopathic archaeologist has the ability to use chickens as explosives. Rather than use, say, an inani...
Nier New Project photo
Nier New Project

The 'majority of the development' of Nier sequel is being done at Platinum Games

Only a few people from outside involved
Oct 16
// Joe Parlock
Remember way back at E3 when a sequel to Nier was announced? A creepy, unknown masked person took to the stage to tell us a sequel to the cult hit JRPG would be coming for the PS4 at some point in the future. They told us the...
Dragon Quest Heroes photo
Dragon Quest Heroes

Stop Dragon Quest Heroes from talking out of your controller

Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
Several hours into Dragon Quest Heroes, yeah, I should disable the sound emanating from my controller. Characters like to talk, a lot, and snippets of dialog regularly come through the DualShock 4's speakers. It didn't bother...
Just Cause 3 photo
Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3's Xbox One file size is kind of extreme, but not really

There's still time, Avalanche
Oct 14
// Brett Makedonski
Just Cause revels in its penchant for doing everything over-the-top. It wants you to hang upside-down from a helicopter, plant C4, dive toward the earth as the whirlybird explodes above you, grapple onto another helicopter, h...

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