E3 is a crazy experience. Make no mistake it is fun, but when tackled in a manner where news comes first and gawking comes second, the convention is a special kind of monster. The biggest challenge though? Press conference day. There’s a reason why I’ve named it “The Gauntlet”. Traditionally, attendees had four press events to work through. That meant racing from Microsoft and Xbox to EA, hitting Ubisoft at the Morpheus theater and finishing the day off with Sony, leaving you completely drained. And it’s about to get even tougher.
Final Fantasy IV is easily one of my favourite entries in Square Enix’s long running franchise. It originally released way back in 1991, but has since seen multiple re-releases and even a 3D remake. It spawned a sequel many, many years later (in 2008), called The After Years, which went on to be ported to multiple platforms and received the 3D treatment too. It’s now coming to Steam, giving PC users around the world the chance to experience its mediocre, grind-fest, episodic tales.
Sleeping Dogs was a fantastic experience. With a compelling protagonist, a unique world to play in and plenty of Kung Fu fun, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Triad Wars is meant to continue that wonderful experience in a new form, but I'm not convinced.
Hilariously derailing and obligatory “I asked for this” one-liner.
Square Enix is doing possibly the weirdest game reveal in the history of gaming. Instead of just biting the bullet and letting the world know at once, they’re forcing us to sit through a three-day reveal which is magnitudes more disorganised than any Twitch Plays Pokémon game ever. Thankfully, the internet is impatient – which is why the game we’ve been waiting for has leaked. And it’s not at all surprising.
Tomb Raider is a popular franchise. It even spawned awful movie spin offs that I love because of Angelina Jolie and Gerard Butler. The latest game caused a bunch of controversy with the way it rebooted the franchise, but apparently it's exactly what we needed - it has sold tons of units and become the most successful game in the franchise.
Life is Strange episode 1 introduced us to the supernatural tale of Max Caulfield, who despite her seemingly normal appearance, has the ability to rewind time. After 5 years of being away from her hometown she returns to see that while things seem fine on the surface, the town of Arcadia Bay has many secrets, and Max is the only one that has the power to uncover the truth and stop an impending disaster. Episode 1 was a great introduction into the world of Life is Strange and it did a fantastic job of establishing its characters and their everyday interactions. Episode 2 looks to build on top of that great foundation, and for the most part, it succeeds in doing that.
…If you’re in Japan that is.
Hey, I love Star Wars as much as the next guy who happens to have his hair tailored in a Leia Organa cinnamon bun style from Episode IV: A New Hope, but that franchise has been around for a while. It’s starting to look quite old, even though said antiquity is in a way timeless. Still, I’m keen to see what an updated Star Wars would look like. And Square Enix has done just that. And then some!
I often think back to the glory days of Squaresoft. I used to buy so many of their RPGs. This was before I ever read game reviews, back in the before times when I trusted the guy in the game store and learned to trust certain publishers - trust which has been dashed over the years. Now Square Enix is hinting at a lot for 2015, and I'm hoping that they don't disappoint me anymore.
What defines a Final Fantasy game? For years, only the core numbered games garnered much relevance. But with the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on new generation consoles, and the fact that it brings with it the demo for the next major Final Fantasy. But is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD simply a placeholder until you get get your hands on a better Final Fantasy game, or can it go toe to toe with any of the big titles?
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD may just be a PSP remake, but it still had an important impact on the Final Fantasy universe when it was originally released in 2011. Part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis universe, the lore spreads across the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, as well as into Final Fantasy XV. While this latest trailer is for Final Fantasy Type-0, avid fans may see some elements or lore from the other games, too.
Final Fantasy X is arguably the last great Final Fantasy game we've seen. I wouldn't argue that because I still enjoyed XII and I think even A Realm Reborn has its merits. However, for fans of this installment, it's about time for a remastered version on new generation consoles. And that's exactly what you're getting in May.
Last week, Square Enix reportedly told the good people at Destructoid that Life Is Strange Episode Two was delayed. No reason was given and we had no idea what was going on behind the scenes, although there was certainly plenty of speculation. But now it seems that it was just a nasty rumor.
I am amped for the Final Fantasy XV demo, Episode Duscae. It will be great to see what the game is like now that it's finally emerging from development hell. It was important to game director Hajime Tabata to show off this piece of the game for the fans. However, it is having an impact on total game development.