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3:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Final Fantasy XV has a big, connected world; airships to be determined

A bunch of 'lil tidbits are coming out of interviews with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, who is spinning the caught-up, Japanese version of, "see those mountains? You can walk there," that Shigeru Miyamot...

Steven Hansen


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Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.






Square Enix is making me take my shoes off, which socks should I wear? photo
Square Enix is making me take my shoes off, which socks should I wear?
by Steven Hansen

I'm going to go check out Dontnod's Life is Strange tomorrow ahead of its January 30 release and, well, life is strange. In the housekeeping email about the appointment, there were some bold lines (like embargo) with pertinent bullet points underneath (expect our review next Thursday).

The third bold line, though.

"Shoes

  • Because we're using an Airbnb, you'll need to take off your shoes in advance. SEA will provide slippers, or you can go barefoot or wear clean socks. Weird I know, but it's apparently non-negotiable."

Now, I'm okay with this. I'm a firm believer of a "no shoes indoors" rule. Seems like common sense to me and on the side of my front door is a mountain of shoes that says politely to guests, "Take your fucking shoes off you filthy animal." Still, this is a bit different. I love to look my best. So what socks should I rocks tomorrow? 

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Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5)
by Chris Carter

Final Fantasy XIV has come a long way. Although there wasn't any real endgame content to speak of when A Realm Reborn launched in its 2.0 incarnation, Square Enix worked hard to deliver in 2.1, and has continued to deliver in every major patch since.

With each update came new "Primal" (read: Summon) fights, all of which had an Extreme version to test the mettle of its playerbase. Now, the developer is gearing up for an expansion later this year, and the latest 2.5 patch has provided a ton of mid-level content, with no Extreme or proper hardcore raid in sight.

That makes this patch rather unique, and players of all skill levels will enjoy it.

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2:00 PM on 01.17.2015

Obscure Video Games: Nanashi no Game

[Update: Sorry for the confusion everyone! As you said in the comments, the link below is actually for the sequel to Nanashi no Game and not for the original. Thanks for the correction!] Nanashi no Game (The Nameless Game) is...

Obscure Video Games

11:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Bravely Default mobile game doesn't look half bad

Bravely Default is getting a mobile game spin-off. This news either delights you or makes you want to bore out your eyes with rare amiibo. Perhaps both. Or maybe neither. Maybe you're apathetic but still clicked on this...

Kyle MacGregor

1:15 PM on 01.11.2015

Publishers wanted to change Life is Strange leads into men

In the first developer diary for the upcoming Life is Strange, Dontnod (Remember Me) creative director Jean-Maxime Moris explained how difficult it was shopping the game to publishers, most of whom urged the company to turns...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 01.09.2015

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call gets Xenogears DLC

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call had a ton of content packed into it -- perhaps more than any other recent rhythm game, so I'm not bothered by all the DLC it's getting. This is especially the case because "Soaring" fro...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 01.09.2015

Bill Farmer, voice of Goofy, goofed: Kingdom Hearts III not dated yet

Over the holiday break there was a pretty big commotion over some recent comments by Bill Farmer -- the voice of Goofy. He noted that Kingdom Hearts III was coming out "sometime this year," which he soon corrected i...

Chris Carter



Assigning New Year's resolutions to major videogame studios photo
Assigning New Year's resolutions to major videogame studios
by Kyle MacGregor

It's an annual tradition: Making resolutions to kick off the New Year. There's a whole new arbitrary set of twelve months in which to better ourselves. Or, you know, make the same mistakes we made in the last dozen. It's finally time to quit smoking or start going to the gym. Whatever.

Here's a bunch of words about what videogame companies should do to shape up in 2015.

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3:00 PM on 12.30.2014

Square Enix job posting hints at Final Fantasy XV related PC project

I'm really excited for Final Fantasy XV. The Kingdom Hearts influences, the beautiful engine, the idea of a bro-road trip with dinosaurs. I'm in. Square Enix might be planning a "XIII"-like mini-franchise too, ...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 12.23.2014

I'm so down for Dragon Quest Heroes

If there are any Dragon Quest fanatics in the house, they're out Christmas shopping. It's just me, guy who played Dragon Quest IX but remembers almost nothing of the DS role-playing game. That said: I love Hyrule Warriors, m...

Jordan Devore







Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome photo
Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome
by Kyle MacGregor

Jump Festa is happening today in Chiba, Japan. What does that mean for us? Well, a stunning new trailer for Final Fantasy XV for one thing. It feels good to be excited about Final Fantasy again.

The reel also gives us our first peek at Final Fantasy XV's incarnation of Cid, a recurring figure in the franchise. Actually, it's Cindy, in this case. (Or perhaps Cidney -- there seems to be some disagreement over this on account of how folks at Square Enix pronounce the name.)

She's a mechanic, of course, which fits nicely along with the road trip motif and Cids having a proclivity for engineering. Her gender is a point of distinction among characters that bear the moniker, though, as she'll be the first female Cid in the series.

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10:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest looks, sounds AMAZING!

This is the first trailer for Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Marvel at its majestic beauty. It's a JRPG-shaped swizzle stick here to stir up your emotions. You feel that? Yeah, that's a double shot of nostalgia clinking up against your heart like rocks in a glass. Or something. Feels good, baby.

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer

"I could do with a baaaaaahhhhth." Got to have a Brit to help differentiate the bro-cast, innit? These are, for the first time, the English voices for Final Fantasy XV. Same ones you'll spend two hours with in the March...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 12.17.2014

Life is Strange releases its pent up teenage angst next month

The introductory episode of Dontnod's Life is Strange is scheduled to bend time and break the rules on January 30. The indie-tinged five-part adventure game about all the mixed emotions of being a teen is coming to PC, ...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris photo
Review: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
by Darren Nakamura

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a surprise hit for me. I had never been a huge Tomb Raider fan, but its focus on puzzles, asymmetric cooperative multiplayer, and replayability drew me in. It's hard to believe that was already four years ago.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (abbreviated as Lara Croft: TOO, which any word nerd will appreciate) picks up the torch from Guardian of Light, adding four-person multiplayer, new puzzle mechanics, and updated visuals. It has a great formula for success, but it slips a little in execution.

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