Lightning never strikes the same place twice, right? Wrong, it strikes the same place thrice! You should know this because I told you way back in September that Square Enix were bringing their entire Final Fantasy XIII trilogy to Steam. The first of the series arrived just over a month ago, on the 9th of October. The second will be landing just in time for Christmas.
I’m a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series. I’ve played every single title in the main numbered series other than the PlayStation 2 and online entries. One spin on the franchise I’m interested in playing is Type-0. It’s a 2011 PSP title which is being given a HD spit and polish for the new generation of consoles. It may not stop there though.
I wasn't excited for Final Fantasy Type-0 getting a Western release. The game was presumably cool on PSP, but I didn't think putting it on PS4 would look great. In fact, the only reason I was planning on getting the game was to get my hands on the FFXV demo. However, my eyes have been opened and I was so very very wrong to not be excited.
Who doesn't know Where's Wally? If you ever scanned over any of his books as a kid, you’d know that he’s not always so easy to find. The striped, spectacled fellow likes to hide away in all sorts of incredibly busy images, making life difficult for eyes everywhere. Think you’re a master? Try spot your favourite SNES character in this image.
One day I will go to the Tokyo Game Show. One day. It seems a bunch of publications got to chat with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata while there. I already told you some of the details revealed, but now we get the best comparison ever - Final Fantasy XV will be like Red Dead Redemption.
Thanks to a change of director, we're finally getting new details about Final Fantasy XV. It's going to be an impressive game, of that I have no doubt. However, director Hajime Tabata isn't going to be satisfied unless it defines the generation.
The PlayStation 4 has done gangbuster numbers around most of the world since it launched. One place where it’s struggling? Japan, surprisingly. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t exactly have a home field advantage, with sales being lacklustre so far. One game that could determine the future of the PlayStation 4 however, is Final Fantasy XV.
We’ve spoken before about trends in games. Right now, the current fad is something akin to a good ol’ fashioned mob stomping, four on one action. But there’s another trend circling the industry. MOBA games. Well, to be precise, the fact that every developer wants a piece of that lucrative pie. Could Final Fantasy spin a game off in that genre direction?
Bravely Default was certainly that - courageously returning to the default approach JRPGs should take. It was a whole bunch of fun and is yet another reason people should have a 3DS. Now, its sales are making Square Enix sit up and listen.
What’s old is new again. Out of all the Final Fantasies, Final Fantasy III is most likely the one game that I’m least qualified to talk about, having never played it. Still, provided that I can ignore that dusty emulator folder on my PC, I’ll be getting a chance to do so when the game hits Steam later this year.
Having played FFXIV: A Realm Reborn in Beta on the PS3, I wasn't really too sure what to expect on the new generation console. Would it be the same thing, just made a bit more pretty? Or would it make a decent game into a fantastic experience? Square Enix has made an excellent contribution to the MMORPG genre, perhaps the best MMO that I've played to date. Most of their awful UI and account management issues seem to be resolved on the new console, which means I could focus on playing the game instead of the chore of its admin.
Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 were very different. They featured differing combat styles, gameplay mechanics and even changes to open world approaches. Lightning Returns, the final installment in the trilogy, carries on the tradition of changing everything. Unfortunately, these changes are not improvements.
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.
I cannot contain my indifference for Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns. I enjoyed a great deal of Final Fantasy XIII and its cleverer-than-you-think paradigm shift battle system and Final Fantasy XIII-2 is one of the best games in the series in ages, but I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis saga. Plus Vanille’s in it, and if I have to hear her any more I may just have to defenestrate myself…even if she has got a funny new hat. And yet, this recap of the events so far is utterly charming.