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12:10 AM on 02.14.2015

Square Enix reveals new Dissidia Final Fantasy

Square Enix has a new Dissidia Final Fantasy in the works, the publisher revealed today at the Japan Amusement Expo in Chiba. It's a three-on-three fighting game currently only announced for arcades. You have to figure ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 02.12.2015

Get a load of this Final Fantasy Type-0 HD footage and PSP comparison

I'm really glad Square Enix is localizing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, now it's just time to see if it pays off in March. If you're on the fence this video might give you a bit more information as to what to expect, with PS...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 02.12.2015

Square Enix trademarks Lara Croft: Relic Run in Europe

According to this European trademark, Square Enix has registered the name Lara Croft: Relic Run. There's no platform or window set, so right now we're basically in the dark. "Relic Run?" That sounds an awful lot like Temple R...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 02.11.2015

Hitman: Agent 47 looks anything but stealthy

The tone of this trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 matches my playstyle for the game series, which is to go in quietly only to screw up repeatedly and end up having to trade bullets with everyone. While I could have done without ...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 02.10.2015

So what's the difference between the PS3 and PS4 versions of Dragon Quest Heroes?

Dragon Quest Heroes will launch in Japan this year on both the PS3 and PS4 -- Square Enix is "interested" in a localization, but we haven't heard anything concrete yet. So what's the difference in terms of the generational ga...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 02.10.2015

Man at Arms forges Auron's Katana from Final Fantasy X

Man at Arms is a pretty badass video series that crafts fictional weapons in real life, and this time they're tackling Auron's Katana from Final Fantasy X. You'll be able to see the entire process in the 10 minute video, which condenses the smithing process. Even if you aren't a fan of the series it's still worth watching just for educational purposes.

Chris Carter





2:35 AM on 02.09.2015

Square Enix christens Bravely Second with a subtitle

Square Enix, in all its infinite wisdom, has decreed Bravely Second shall henceforth be known as End Layer. That concludes this special report. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of Titanfall. 『ブレ...

Kyle MacGregor



Step right up and win a prize from the Square Enix Steam sale photo
Step right up and win a prize from the Square Enix Steam sale
by Jason Faulkner

UPDATE: Due to me having car trouble and not being able to update this till now, the contest has been arbitrarily and retroactively extended to 1:08 PM EST. Any entries before this time now qualify for prizes. Isn't this great? 

Hey there, boys and girls! To commemorate the great deals on Steam this weekend, we've thrown together a spontaneous contest. Now you can compete to the death for fame and glory!

All you have to do to enter is create the funniest fan art that you can muster and submit it in the comments. The one that makes me laugh the hardest wins! We'll also be having second place and a special "Sad Trombone" prize.

Here's what's at stake:

  • First Place:Tomb Raider Collection (or a combo of games of equal value)
  • Runner-Up: Your selection of one Final Fantasy title
  • Saddest Little Trombone: Daikatana or Murdered: Soul Suspect

The contest runs from 2:30am EST Sunday until 12am EST Monday, so get those pictures in.

Remember: Even you could be a winner.

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7:00 PM on 02.07.2015

Raid Square Enix's tomb with this weekend's Steam sale

This weekend's Square Enix Publisher Weekend sale has some ridiculous deals. Some of my childhood favorites that I didn't even know made it to PC are on there, including the whole Legacy of Kain series. Here's some of the hig...

Jason Faulkner

10:30 AM on 02.05.2015

Square Enix will release the Final Fantasy XV demo alongside of Type-0 HD

Currently, I'm scheduled to review Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, but I have a feeling that I'm going to want to play the demo for XV first. There's something about Final Fantasy demos -- I recall some of my best gaming ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 02.03.2015

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off its 'Valentione's Day' event

Final Fantasy XIV likes it keep its players interested by running frequent events, and the latest one kicks off today. It's called "Valentione's Day," and is obviously themed after the real life celebration in mid-Februa...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 02.02.2015

Dragon Quest Heroes team interested in localization

Speaking with Game Watch at the Taipei Game Show over the weekend, Square Enix producer Ryutaro Ichimura discussed a potential western release for Dragon Quest Heroes.  “I want to proceed thinking po...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 AM on 01.31.2015

Spelunker Z for PS4 is Square Enix's latest troll

The thrill of the teaser site was intoxicating; the announcement heartbreaking. Square Enix delivered the punchline to its latest troll job today, unveiling forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive "Project Code Z" as a...

Kyle MacGregor



Final Fantasy XIV will get its DirectX 11 upgrade for the expansion photo
Final Fantasy XIV will get its DirectX 11 upgrade for the expansion
by Chris Carter

Ever since the launch of Final Fantasy XIV, the development team has mused on the idea of providing a DirectX 11 update for the PC edition, which would drastically improve its visual quality. While the PS4 version has near-perfect parity, the PC would be the clear superior platform with this improvement.

Finally we now have a release window for DX 11 -- it will arrive this spring/summer when the Heavensward expansion hits. The update will mostly fix the finer aspects of the graphical style (like water), and it won't be an all across the board fix. See the gallery for a better idea of what to expect.

Letter from the Producer Live [Square Enix]

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Life is Strange: Episode One Achievement guide photo
Life is Strange: Episode One Achievement guide
by Brett Makedonski

It's always great when a game's Achievements exploit the mechanic or feature that the title does best. That's what Life is Strange's set does -- at least for the first episode. Almost everything in episode one can be unlocked through exploration. The sole exception is an Achievement for simply finishing.

The Achievements that might prove difficult are for taking ten optional photos. Life is Strange has a chapter select feature that tells you how many photos in each section remain to be collected. However, make sure to select the option to "play this chapter in collectible mode" which will allow you to hunt without changing any choices you've already made.

Everything from here on out may contain spoilers. Even the images for the Achievements are spoilers in that they give away what needs to be done. I've listed them in the order in which they appear, but I highly recommend playing through once at your own speed before using a guide to clean up.

With all the formalities out of the way, an easy 200 Gamerscore's right around the corner!

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Review: Life is Strange: Chrysalis photo
Review: Life is Strange: Chrysalis
by Brett Makedonski

"If I'm not looking through a viewfinder, I'm looking through a window. Always looking."

Max Caulfield, the introspective protagonist of Life is Strange, spends her life searching, observing. Actually, it might be more akin to wandering. She's 18, a newly minted "adult." Everyone keeps telling her how much life has in store for her, but she's more intent on the short-term -- just surviving one awkward social interaction after another.

It's a situation that's easy to empathize with. Everyone's felt the uncertain pangs of adolescence, even the most sure-footed of people. Life is Strange gives the player a chance to walk in those shoes with Max -- to try to avoid the gaze of every set of judgmental eyes, and to skirt confrontational conversation lest things just get even worse. It can be weird and cringe-worthy at times, but, hey, doesn't that nicely sum up those formative years?

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