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10:00 AM on 12.03.2014

That PS3 to PS4 upgrade program for FFXIV has been extended

In an effort to bring more people into the current era of consoles, Square Enix offered a special program that would allow players to upgrade their PS3 copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to the PS4. This process w...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 12.02.2014

Star Wars and Marvel on the table for Kingdom Hearts III

First, let's remember that Kingdom Hearts 2 did Pirates of the Caribbean and John Depp. And they released games called Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Birth By Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance, so the series is i...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 12.02.2014

Final Fantasy Type-0, but as a boring history doc for some reason?

I thought fascista Steve Blum at the onset--Type-0's Cid--had a Guile pompadour rather than an army hat. And I guess the hat makes sense, but then his young homie has big anime hair anyways and no sensible hat, so I'm lost a...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 11.25.2014

Square Enix announcing new console RPG that 'isn't a remake'

Square Enix was quiet this year. It's been all publishing and Final Fantasy milking. A Realm Reborn supposedly became something worth playing,  Final Fantasy X, X-2 HD came out, random crap like the Final Fanta...

Steven Hansen



Final Fantasy XV nature hike: Pig dinosaurs, red soled shoes photo
Final Fantasy XV nature hike: Pig dinosaurs, red soled shoes
by Steven Hansen

Final Fantasy XV footage? Yes, please. 

Check out the gas station at :22. Check out the abs at 1:12. Check at the weird main character running motion at 1:20 (little Verbal Kint in there). Everyone being tired at 1:46. The dinosaur pig at 2:02. Party members offscreen killing enemies without your involvement at 3:00 (at least that's what it sounds like). Nighttime at 5:20, though I'd like it even darker. 

I don't know why the cast are all red-soled, men in black fashion disasters, but everything else is pretty sweet.

Wonder what sort of player traversal options there will be outside of the car, which seems road-restricted. Remember when Final Fantasy VIII had you drive cars and run out of gas? Weird game. There were some grazing chocobos. And those sort of lame flying drop ships at the end.

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1:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Final Fantasy XIII-2 coming to Steam December 11

Continuing with its plans to release the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on Steam, Square Enix has announced the Steam release date of Final Fantasy XIII-2, "with a host of new features and enhancements," as spotted by Eurog...

Steven Hansen







Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)
by Chris Carter

The prospect of playing as a Ninja again in Final Fantasy excited me. After working my way up to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the class ended up having so much style and substance that it changed the game for the better, and I'll be enjoying it for months to come.

While the rest of the Dreams of Ice update wasn't as enjoyable as playing a Ninja at endgame, A Realm Reborn remains worth playing.

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1:00 PM on 11.04.2014

Type-0 director wants to continue 'Type' series for Final Fantasy spin-offs

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (and upcoming Final Fantasy XV) director Hajime Tabata, speaking to the Square Enix Europe blog, has said that he would, "like to make more Type games and make them into a Final Fantasy series. "...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 10.31.2014

This artist made Final Fantasy's Garuda out of LEGOs

Garuda has been a part of the Final Fantasy series for quite a while, and that tradition continues with Final Fantasy XIV. This form is a bit more human in nature, and instead of aiming for a more wild bird look, Square ...

Chris Carter



Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo
Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)
by Chris Carter

I still can't believe Square Enix salvaged the original Final Fantasy XIV. I mean, it had the guts to make the game a core entry, so I'm glad the studio reworked it into A Realm Reborn -- this whole saga is just really interesting to me.

The newest update is Dreams of Ice, featuring a Primal/Summon many fans of the classic series know and love, Shiva. It also brings along the typical major changes and content bits, as well as one of the biggest additions so far -- a new class/job.

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Whoa! Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is pretty fun photo
Whoa! Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is pretty fun
by Steven Hansen

Look, you can't blame me for turning a blind eye to Final Fantasy Type-0. Why hurt and labor and want over something you can't have? At least not a videogame, of which there are alternates and substitutes plenty.

Elliot Gay knew what was up. He played it on PSP. He sought out the unlikely HD remake, which we are somehow getting in the United States of America next spring, and played it at TGS.

What Square brought to Paris Games Week was a similar demo. Three playable characters partied up, a large area to run through. I'm just here to tell you what Elliot already knew. This game is pretty cool. Maybe Final Fantasy XV could be good.

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2:11 PM on 10.18.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's new 'Heavensward' expansion looks really badass

Live at the Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest event in Las Vegas, Square Enix revealed the newest expansion for the game, titled Heavensward. It's due out in spring 2015, and a number of details have been given as to what to ex...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Shiva does her thing in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy XIV's 'Dreams of Ice' update

Square Enix is gearing up for the release of Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.4, titled "Dreams of Ice." As expected it will feature Shiva as the new badass Primal encounter, with the new storyline leading up to her rise. Th...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Square Enix trademarks 'Masters of the Masks' in Europe

Masters of the Masks, eh? This trademark by Square Enix Europe is for a game, of course. But that's all we know. That's how it usually goes with these trademark things.  Any guesses? Something brand new, you think? Square Enix files trademark for 'Masters of the Masks' in Europe [AGB]

Dale North

9:30 AM on 10.14.2014

Square Enix releasing Final Fantasy XIV Game of the Year edition

On November 14th, Square Enix will release a "Game of the Year" edition for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It comes with a lot of physical goodies, including a printed book and five art cards. On the digital side it ...

Chris Carter



Sleeping Dogs' 'Definitive Edition' isn't so definitive photo
Sleeping Dogs' 'Definitive Edition' isn't so definitive
by Chris Carter

Tomorrow, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will be released to the public. It's basically the same idea as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition -- a re-release with promises of enhanced visuals for current-gen systems (PC, PS4, and Xbox One). Having played the Sleeping Dogs: DE for about a week now, I'm of the opinion that it doesn't really take advantage of the current-gen hardware in any meaningful way.

In fact, it looks and plays like the last-generation iteration. Visually it feels far too similar to the experience you've already had a few years back, not to mention the fact that I even encountered a few of the same slowdown issues that plagued the original during chase scenes. It might be 1080p on consoles, but it's also 30 frames per second, and it's not consistent.

Now, that doesn't mean that you should count out the Definitive Edition entirely. Sleeping Dogs is still very much a good open-world title, and worth playing if you generally enjoy the genre. There's so much packed into the game's universe, and combat is straightforward and satisfying with its many environmental hazards to slam enemies into. It also comes loaded with all of the DLC, including the spooky themed Nightmare in North Point, as well as the Year of the Snake and Zodiac Tournament story DLC -- and tons of extra outfits, vehicles, and missions.

In that sense, it is as "definitive" as a Game of the Year edition gets. So if you haven't played the series at all yet, get in on it on a current-gen system, or at the very least, at a sale. Everyone else should probably pass.

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