Final Fantasy video game news!

Final Fantasy game news incoming!

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Revealed at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix revealed a new trailer to the game upcoming game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. The trailer shows the heroes of light gathered together and  talking about what’s going on. The gameplay also shows an improved HUD screen and new action sequences. One of the biggest moment in the video revealed Noctis from Final Fantasy XV. The trailer shows Noctis fighting Garland with his fight style and his waypoint attacks. The game is set to be released in NA in January 2018 for PS4.

Final Fantasy XV

Also revealed today, Square Enix unvield another addition to the game Final Fantasy XV. On October 31, 2017, players who have the season pass will be able to download and play Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades. In this video, players will be able to create their own avatar and with either partake in single or multi missions. Taking place within the story, your character, a Lucian Kingsglaive, will work with characters like Cor, Cid and others in hopes of fighting Daemons. The trailer even includes a new song composed by well-known Final Fantasy composer,  Nobuo Uematsu; the new song is titled “Choosing Hope”. Here is the synopsis of the story (This will contain Spoilers!):

For the first time, Final Fantasy XV players will be able to create their own character and join up with three other friends to take on epic quests and battles in the game’s first and only online multiplayer expansion titled “Comrades.” Starting October 31, players will set foot as a survivor from Kingsglaive to find out more about the disappearance of Noctis after the events in Chapter 13 from the main game. Set in a world engulfed by darkness, the expansion casts players as a member of the Kingsglaive, with powers and unique abilities invoked from various Lucian kings, who join forces to bring the Light back to the kingdom of Lucis. Other members of Noctis’s crew including Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis will be made playable in future game updates. As members of Kingsglaive, players equip royal sigils that grant special powers from the Lucian bloodline. Players can then strategize and create a balanced team to take on a variety of quests. In addition to multiplayer quests, single player quests are also available for players to enhance their characters.

Final Fantasy IX

Released yesterday, Square Enix has finally released another port game of a classic for PS4. Final Fantasy IX joins the digital market at the PSN. Fans who remembered playing this game in PS1 can relieve it again on PS4. The game includes new additions just like Final Fantasy VII such as no encounters, auto save and many more. As part of the promotion, the game is currently on sale for 20% off and if players buy the game within 9/19 through 9/26, players will not only get the game cheap but they will be awarded with a custom theme for the PS4 and avatar profile pictures designed by Toshiyuki Itahana.

Get your game on!

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Anime News: No more DVDs from Sentai Filmworks

I found out this news in my newsletter and it was also mentioned in Twitter.

According to the English License company Sentai Filmworks, the company is hoping to phase out all home DVDs formats for future anime by 2019. This means that in 2019 and the future, all anime will most likely be sold as Blu-Ray sets (standard or Premium) or digital series. However, certain older anime that already has been sold in DVD format (Clannad, Angel Beats, Parasyte, Akame ga Kill or other DVD released titles) will still be sold.

As part of the recent news, Sentai Filmworks will be giving shoppers a free Blu-Ray DVD player if they make a purchase of $299 or more in the online store. The promotion begins in September 19 to September 30.

This is surprising news since most people prefer buying DVDs or DVD combos. With the future progressing, Sentai Filmworks wants fans to experience anime in Hi-Def. I don’t think I will do this offer since PS3 and PS4 already has a built-in Blu-Ray player inside.

Friday Funny 125: Vacation

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday. Hello everyone, this is Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat. I have come to tell this important news before begin this funny post. By the time you read this, I will be gone because of vacation. I am currently with my family up at the mountains for a fishing trip. This is a vacation we have been planning a while back. I really need this vacation since it’s been a headache lately for me and the rest of the family. I think a piece of mind is what we need. Don’t worry, I won’t be gone forever and I will come back. I will be back on Sunday and feeling refreshed.

In the meantime, please continue to support the OWLS and Arria’s Blog Carnival. Also please support my best friend Allie’s fanfiction story. She needs feedback and it would make me happy to hear that someone has read her stories. If you do visit her, tell I said hi.

Time to begin.

To end this video, here is some nice peaceful songs:

Bye

Response: My anime beginning story

This is my response to Shay’s video and Kauses (creator of Otaku Gamer Zone) post. In this special post, I will briefly discussing how did I get into anime and what kind of shows did I see growing up. I am going to use the best of my best memory to write down my life. It may not be 100% but I am going to share it. I don’t want to bore you with the details so I will just briefly describe my experience.

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Anime Movies in the Fall season!

As we approach fall, get ready for some new movies. As people get ready for movies like Justice League or Thor: Ragnarok, anime movies will also be heading towards select theaters too!

Announced in ANN, Eleven Arts are planning to screen some anime movies this October in the US. The first one to be announced is the movie A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima. This manga well known for the story about a bully named Shoya Ishida who picks on a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya as kids. After she gets bullied to the point where she leaves the school, Shoya gets bullied by his classmates and then isolates himself in high school. He then later tries to redeem himself and seek to apologize to Shoko. This anime was worked with Kyoto Animation.

Another anime movie joining October is a movie called Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection. Here is the synopsis:

In the story, a pair of researchers stay behind on their dying planet of Eltria with their two daughters, Amitie and Kirie, in hopes of finding a way to revive the planet. But when the husband Granz falls ill it seems their dream of reviving the planet will die. Against her older sister’s wishes, Kirie sets off with her childhood friend Iris to seek help from a distant alternate world. They arrive in Japan on Earth to search for the key to their planet’s regeneration. There, they meet Nanoha Takamachi, Fate T. Harlaown, and Hayate Yagami.

Last but not least, the Pokemon movie, Pokemon the movie: I Choose You will be screened in theaters in November 5th and 6th in English Dub. You can preorder for tickets!

Friday Funny 124: Nothing is true; everything is permitted

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome again to TGIF Friday Funny, a day where I post up more silly content. I hope everyone is doing okay as we make it to the another week of September. As Hurricane Harvey drifts away,  Hurricane Irma appears and I pray that everyone will be safe on the East side of the United States. This week is also the beginning of the a new blog tour for the OWLS.  If you go to the blog, we already started a new topic called Treasures in which we talk about the importance of what is that we value and the dangers of mental illness.

In my life news, I completed the story for the DLC for the game Final Fantasy XV Assassin’s Festival. I am hoping to do a review for the story and what I thought about this collaboration. I also started watching a new anime and it’s called My Hero Academia. So far this anime has a great cast of characters and I love the music in it. Also most importantly, this month will be very busy this month as I will deal with stuff related with my family. As a heads up, my blog writing might be cut down a bit as we get to the middle of the month. Hopefully, this won’t lead to a hiatus or a break but just in case I disappear this month, something has come up. I will still try to blog as usual and I will keep you guys informed.

With this said, let’s have fun!

Some of you have seen the Netflix Death Note 2017 movie and I bet you guys were traumatized on how awful (or good) on the presentation. To help boost or forget the live action movie, here are some anime clips.

But wait there’s more! To end this post, please check out my best friend Allie’s blog. Just like me, she is a writer like me and she made a blog to write out a fan-fiction of her favorite cartoon Loonatics Unleashed and she made her own adaptation of season 3. Please help and give her feedback on her writing. She is a more awesome writer than myself and she would be happy if she had people read them. Once you read them or at least one, tell her I said hi!

Here is a link for Episode 1:

https://writersvisionaries.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/first-blog-post/

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – Closed Beta Impression

A while back in August, Square Enix website opened up a special event where players could sign-up and hopefully gain an access code to the upcoming fighting spin-off brawler Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Originally, the code was easy to get if you participated at EVO 2017 but then they decided to offer limited codes to anyone. I was fortunate enough to get the code via from the website instead. Square Enix happily gave me an email with a code to the game but I had to wait until the official start day to download the game. The email states that the Beta will be open to download from August 25th to September 1st; The game will be playable in this time period up to September 3rd in which the game will no longer be playable. In this time period, I got to experience Dissidia NT in it’s incomplete form and I will share my thoughts on it. There won’t be spoilers since this game doesn’t have a story.

Introduction:

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is the next installment to the Dissidia series. I first started off in the PSP titled Dissidia. The game was a “fighting game” of the Final Fantasy franchise. The success of the game led to sequels and a Japanese arcade game now the recent announced international PS4 game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. The game is set to be released in NA ,January 30th, 2018.

Featured Characters:

In this closed beta, the game offers fourteen playable characters from each series. Here are following characters that could be played and each from their own world:

  • Warrior of Light (I)
  • Firion (II)
  • Onion Knight (III)
  • Cecil Harvey (IV)
  • Bartz Klauser (V)
  • Terra Branford (VI)
  • Cloud Strife (VII)
  • Squall Leonhart (VIII)
  • Zidane Tribal (IX)
  • Tidus (X)
  • Shantotto (XI)
  • Vaan (XII)
  • Lightning (XIII)
  • Y’shtola (XIV)

These are the only playable characters players could only use. Even thought the official website revealed more characters such as the villains, Square Enix wanted to focus on these 14 characters. Just a quick reminder that Amazon revealed that Noctis from Final Fantasy XV will also be playable in this game as well. Also joining the fight is the ability to use Summons; players will be able to use allies such as Shiva or Ifrit or others.

Gameplay Description:

Unlike past Final Fantasy games where players rely on turn-based combat, Dissidia NT fight system involves freedom movement combat which allows players to run and jump freely and interact the environment. You can attack anyone and anywhere and you can even dash in midair for up close combat.  In order to do serious damage to your opponent, you need to rack up point by attacking your opponent. Once you accumulate enough points, players can perform a character’s Brave attack in which takes away either a chunk or bit of health from the enemy.

My Overall Experience:

I enjoyed the PSP game and after I was able to download play the PS4 version, I just had sit down and enjoy every moment of little time I had. At first, I was confused on the game’s set up even after going through the tutorial. One of the biggest annoyances that made it hard to play was the HUD screen, the one that displayed the points, the team’s health bar, summon bar and techniques. I had to just focus on my own health and whoever I am attacking.  Having 3v3 matches made the game feel kind of chaotic since you are trying to focus on who are you attacking or who do you support. This 3v3 matches reminds me of the anime fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs+ because the arenas was either small or big and fighters were blasted everywhere. You can also say it can also resembled Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z since not only you rely on a one button combo but you and your teammates can also work together and share energy each other or use a summon together.

Nonetheless, the game is visually beautiful. Thanks to Team Ninja, the characters looks very detailed and they even added battle damage look. Depending how long you fight or how much damage got inflicted, your character could show up looking dirty or having armor cracked. The beta even included English Dubs! Personally, this is a big plus to me since I do like the voices in English but hopefully they will add a Japanese Dub to those who prefer a Japanese feel. The characters feel great and you can learn pretty fast once you get your hands dirty. I always enjoyed using Cloud because he is move easily and perform heavy attacks and the I also like using Zidane whenever I want to do more damage on my opponent midair. I did have trouble adjusting to magic fighters like Shantotto and Y’shlota since I am more of physical fighter than magic user.

I tried online for a little bit and I had my ups and downs. The first time I played, the game feel balanced and I didn’t encounter issues such lag or any other poor connections. Of course the biggest let down is that the load times searching for people. Whenever I waited a long time, I wanted to leave and go to practice mode. The second time I fought online, the game suffered incredible lag where I couldn’t move at all. However, I will let it slide since this game is a beta. I do miss those in-game cinematic ultimate attacks like in the past games. Since the game will be focused on 3v3, the game removed those ultimate attack animations to avoid crashes.

Conclusion

For a beta game, this game was impressive and fun. I enjoyed the online and practice modes as it helped me test out playing the game on the controller as opposed to handheld device. The game does need some work but it was nice to see how far the company worked on this game and I can’t wait to play it when it is 100% finished. The characters were fun as well and I am eager to try out the villains and hopefully Noctis.

Did you play the closed beta? What did you think of it?

OWLS Blog Tour: Samurai Jack – The 50 Year Treasure Hunt

“Treasure”

There are moments in our lives where we lose our sense of self-worth and value and as a result, we find ourselves deep in darkness or drowning in the ocean. However, every person in this world is a treasure—we treasure ourselves or we are treasured by others—and at times, we may need to be reminded of that. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring pop culture characters who have suffered from mental illnesses, depression, and/or suicide. We will be discussing how these individuals cope with these issues, the reasons for their emotions, and how they handled the situations they are in.

***Mental illness, suicide, and depression are pretty serious topics and we hope that our OWLS post will give you some solace.

(I will keep the spoilers a minimum. If not, it will have spoilers!)

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TGIF Episode 123: Feel the heat!

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome to another exciting episode of TGIF Friday Funny. I hope everyone is okay since this week has been really stressful. Here in California, we are hit by a heat wave again where the temperature is in the triple digits in Fahrenheit. I hope everyone in Texas is okay. If you don’t what’s going on, Texas got hit by a hurricane called Hurricane Harvey. I pray that everyone in Texas is alright. As we make it to September, get ready for a climate change. We will slowly movie from heat to cooling weather as we approach fall. As we go to a new month, get ready for rapid change in all of us. The OWLS will begin a new blog tour month in this new month. Our topic will be called treasure and it will focus on emotional struggles. Please support us as we try spread the word in this important topic. Let’s begin this weekend with something funny and happiness!

To end this post, I want to share an imaginary playlist for Noctis since it was his birthday on Aug 30th. I did one with Gladiolus and Prompto, now it’s Noctis turn. Don’t worry, I will do Ignis but probably in December since his Episode will likely be there. This is my idea playlist just for fun!

 

That’s all my friends~