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.
Narrative adventures have come back in a big way over the past few years, with Telltale legitimising their existence again with a string of fantastic series. Square Enix got into the game last month, with the first episode of their own Heavy Rain styled adventure, Life is Strange. The first episode seemed to be pretty great, setting up a tale that would be fleshed out every six weeks with new episodes. It’s too bad then that the next chapter has been delayed.
If you're anything like me, then you most likely have a "House Party" protocol that instantly summons a horde of remote-AI-piloted Iron Man armours to your side, comprised of suits that are perfect for any occasion. You're most likely also highly delusional, and wondering why your cardboard armour doesn't hold in the rainy weather if you;re having such thoughts, but at least you aren't alone. Iron Man is a character that is made to sell action figures. And this latest variant has me sold, and then some.
We had that wonderful debate last week about the size of games. While the saying goes that it's not the size that counts but how you use it, we all know that size sort of does matter. We want games that will keep us occupied for a long time, either thanks to awesome replay value or due to an expansive and immersive experience to begin with. I don't normally demand this from a demo, but it seems we'll be getting that anyway.
If there’s one JRPG series out there that doesn’t get nearly enough love in the West, it has to be Dragon Quest. It’s a franchise that has been knocking around since 1986, although it wasn’t until 2005 when the series stopped publishing itself as Dragon Warriors and started growing the Quest brand. A new game is on the way, Dragon Quest Heroes, for both old and new consoles. And I like what I’m seeing.
Ever heard of the Square Enix Collective? Essentially, it’s a platform that will allow third parties to hit Square Enix with an idea based on a defunct property, and judging by the reactions from the public and Square Enix, allow said idea to get crowdfunded through channels such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. With the idea now entrenched, Square Enix is keen to make use of some of their older properties that are gathering dust. And those three licenses waiting for a resurrection happen to be a trio of classics.
I love Humble Bundles. I love that I can get a bunch of games that I’ve probably previously overlooked, all together in a sustainably discounted package. It’s also pretty great that a lot of the proceeds go to some sort of charity – so not only does my backlog score, but my conscience does too. I thought it would’ve been hard to top last month’s Star Wars bundle. Turns out I was very wrong.
There was some controversy around the Final Fantasy XV demo, aka Episode Duscae. Was it going to be included in all copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD? Would it magically disappear from your console's hard drive after a while? All your burning questions are answered. Maybe.
Bravely Default was one of the best JRPGs available for the 3DS. It was deep and engaging with a cool plot twist and some deep combat. It's only downfall was the repetitive gameplay that killed replay value. Now the sequel is coming and it's been given a tag line, but I think we can already read in something deeper.