Square Enix really seem to be in love with the Master Race lately. Just yesterday I told you that Final Fantasy IV arrived on Steam, reaching a new audience who (somehow) may not have had a chance to play that particular story yet. Well, don’t let me stop the train from rolling. The much more recent series, Final Fantasy XIII (the full trilogy), will be landing on Steam soon too.
I've been playing Final Fantasy XIII: Lighting Returns. You'll be getting a review from me ASAP, but suffice it to say that I'm tired of Lightning. However, it seems that I may be in the minority - apparently she's so popular, that she'll be seen again in future Final Fantasy games.
There are a great many people rather excited for the next episode in the drawn out Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy subseries. I am, as I’ve pointed out numerous times in the past not one of them. If you’re one of the many straddling the fence about it, here’s a collection of the critical consensus for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII that could just sway your opinion.
I love Moogles. I remember old school Final Fantasy games when you could even get Mog to join your party, or when you had to find all the Moogles hidden around the world. They are awesome and help define Final Fantasy games - it's no wonder they're part of what make FFXIV awesome. This, though, is just weird.
As you all know know, Lightning Returns is not high on my list. Despite being a Final Fantasy fan girl, this game just does not look that good. But look, there's a new trailer to win us over. Oh, but it fails.
13.13.13 – start the Facebook mania people! This will only happen once in the history of the planet. Final Fantasy 13 will release in 2013, with the plot giving our heroes 13 days to save the world.
As a gamer raised on a diet of 8 and 16 bit games, their general aesthetic invokes an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Things like this though â€“ combining my love of modern games with the heady wistfulness of bygone eras â€“ make me giddy.After the jump youâ€™ll find a collection of videogame demakes created by Swedish artist Junkboy. â€“ pieces of videogame art in which new games are made to look as if theyâ€™d been released many years previous. Theyâ€™re all pretty damned awesome, and some of them are frightfully clever â€“ particularly Red Dead Redemption. If youâ€™ll recall, Red Dead Revolver was originally a Capcom property before being acquired by Rockstar. Its been demade to look like Gun.Smoke, Capcomâ€™s 1985 Western-themed arcade and NES shooter.Scroll slowly, and see if you can name them all!
Final Fantasy XIII ended up being not all it could be â€“ but thatâ€™s no reason to sue Sony and the gameâ€™s developers, Square Enix. Apparently a better reason is the claim that the game has caused PS3s to become inoperable â€“ effectively bricking them.
I canâ€™t say Iâ€™ve personally heard of a single instance of that happening, but Daniel Wolf of San Diego believes otherwise.
Weâ€™ve seen the video comparisons, and scrutinised screen shots detailing the differences between the two versions of the latest Final Fantasy from Square-Enix.
While the PS3 â€“ for multiple reasons â€“ ended up being the quote obviously superior versions, sometimes the sales figures donâ€™t agree.
Now that the gameâ€™s been out for a while, letâ€™s compare the sales to see if the game-buying public had their silly hats on or not.
When the announcement was made that Final Fantasy XIII â€“ once exclusive to the PS3 - was going to make its way to the rival X360 platform, the gaming world was put in to a state of shock.Now that the first Final Fantasy for this generation of consoles is finally available, lets see if the game itself manages the same effect â€“ or if 13 is indeed an unlucky number.
When Final Fantasy XIII was announced for the Xbox 360, the internet erupted into shock and awe. Many were concerned that a game, so late in its development already would not port well â€“ and it seems they were right. According to Eurogamerâ€™s Digital Foundry the Xbox 360 version is significantly inferior to the the one found on its once exclusive home, the PS3.
â€œThe rumours are true. Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 isnâ€™t anywhere near as impressive as it is on PlayStation 3. The real kicker is that itâ€™s a lot worse than it should have been.â€
Everyone has that little thing that just gets on their nerves. For Lazygamer, it's console installs, but me?- I hate it when developers are too useless to release HD resolution games on an HD console.
It happens here and there but when it happens to a game that's coming from a top-notch development team, I feel no pity. Take Halo 3 for example, the flagship title and series for Microsoft and the Xbox 360 and Bungie couldn't even get the damn thing running at 720p.
As you all know, Final Fantasy is coming to both platforms. One of them isn't going to be running in HD, and that hacks mah goat summin' fierce.
Which one is going to be the blurry one? Did you guess?
Final Fantasy XIII is the biggest Playstation game to become multi-platform and as such there is a lot of interest about whether or not the Xbox 360 version will match or better it graphically.
The PS3 version was released late last year in Japan and the Xbox 360 version has now just been completed. The first website out the gates with a comparison is Nowgamer who are handing the victory to the PS3.
There really isnâ€™t any mature way to put this so we are going to retreat back to fanboy name calling to make the point.
â€œlol PS3 fansite failâ€
Okay letâ€™s get back to being moderately serious now. There has been quite a bit said recently about Microsoftâ€™s marketing budget and how the Final Fantasy XIII marketing campaign seems to be entirely powered by the Microsoft war chest.
Over the weekend, Square Enix released a good deal of screenshots. These were intended to highlight the comparative lack of differences between the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.Many were taken aback at the similarity between the shoots, knowing how difficult it is to obtain image quality parity over different architectures. What an achievement on the part of Square Enix, making both versions of the game look the same. The Silly fanboy squabbling could be put to and end! Hooray! Something though, was afoot. And it wasnâ€™t on the end of my leg.