Game news: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links heads to PC in Winter 2017

[Anime News Network]

Announced at the Tokyo Game Show recently, Konami’s app game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will be heading to the PC version in Winter 2017. According to the English Facebook page, the game will be available to play in the PC via Steam. What’s even better is that players who wishes to play on PC instead of mobile phone, players can transfer their game data to PC with everything they owned.

It is also revealed that Konami are planning to release an update which will allow players to duel and meet characters from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

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Final Fantasy XV: Assassin’s Festival review

[Final Fantasy website]

An all-new immersive Assassin’s Festival is overtaking the town of Lestallum!

Starting on August 31, 2017 until January 31, 2018, you can partake in this limited time event, featuring gameplay elements from the Assassin’s Creed game series, mini-games, and a chance to obtain exclusive items, such as the “Medjay Assassin’s Robes” for Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto.

FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival is available as a free download from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store.!

The “Master Assassin’s Robes” for Noctis can be obtained via the Dream Egg, a special item from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival. The Moogle Chocobo Carnival is going on now and will end in late September, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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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!

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?

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV game review

Game’s story:

Restless before bed young Noctis asks his father, King Regis, to tell a fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure instead of just another generic bedtime story. Regis begins with a peaceful day being disrupted when monsters raid the royal capital, Insomnia. Young Regis, joined by Weskham, starts his adventure from the royal capital. Eventually they are joined by friends Cid and Clarus, where they travel to the plains of Duscae only to discover a mysterious cave where their enemy resides. Throughout the tall tale, King Regis and Noctis interject their own commentary, adding depth and perspective to the story itself.

This game is free for PS4 and Xbox One

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Mobile Game News: Final Fantasy XV mobile game announced!

Joining the news with a PC version, Square Enix announced that they will also make a mobile adaptation to Final Fantasy XV. Don’t worry, it is not Final Fantasy XV A New Empire (what some people call Game of War with a Final Fantasy XV skin)!

The new game is called Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. The game will retell the same story of Final Fantasy XV but with the characters in “Chibi Style”. The game will consist of 10 episodes with the first episode being free while the other nine is by purchase.

Square Enix is hoping that game will make Final Fantasy XV more fun as players can play “whenever and wherever they want” in their hands. The game app will be in Androids and iOS. It is not specified when will the game come out but it should be around Fall 2017!

If you want to play Final Fantasy XV but you don’t own a console and just want to play on your phone, go check it out.

Gaming news: Final Fantasy XV PC version announced!

Announced through Twitter and IGN, Square Enix announced at Gamescon that they will be releasing the recent Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy XV for Steam, Windows PC and Origins. According to the news, the PC port will include 4K quality and simulated realistic features such as “realist hair simulation”. The game will also include all the all the recent updates and DLC for free. The PC is set to be released on 2018.

Here is the Key Visual for the PC:

Video Game News: Dissidia release date and new Sword Art Online game!

Revealed in Twitter, Square Enix’s fighting spinoff game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT announced the release date for games and the preorder bonuses. The Japanese version is set to be release on January 11th, 2018; The North American version will be on January 30th, 2018.

The news also revealed some preorder bonus. Players who preordered the Deluxe Edition version (physical or digital) will receive the  “Nameless Warrior” skin for the Warrior of Light character and a mini-soundtrack and season pass.

If players preordered from select retailers, players will be given a steelbook case with three art variations.

If you don’t mind spending the money, you can also pay for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

This one includes the following:

  • collector’s box packaging
  • a bust of the Warrior of Light
  • an 80-page artbook
  • the game’s official soundtrack
  • a steelbook packaging with unique art
  • DLC season pass

Sword Art Online

Announced by Bandai Namco of America and Europe, a Sword Art Online game has been announced and this time, the game will focus on Gun Gale Online!

The game is called Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. This game will be playable for Xbox One, PS4, and Steam in 2018.

According to the information, the series creator Reki Kawahara will be supervising the game’s original story and be creating the player’s choices and interactions which will affect the game story. It is noted that previous characters from the novel, anime and game series will show up. The game will be a third-person action shooter and it will be the first Sword Art Online video game be on Xbox One and PC! It will run on Unreal Engine 4, four vs four competiton duels and co-op boss battles.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy PS4 Review

GameStop Synopsis:

Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot®, is back! He’s enhanced, entranced & ready-to-dance with the N. Sane Trilogy game collection. Now you can experience Crash Bandicoot like never before in Fur-K. Spin, jump, wump and repeat as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot®, Crash Bandicoot® 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot®: Warped. Relive all your favorite Crash moments in their fully-remastered HD graphical glory and get ready to put some UMPH in your WUMP!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Stormy Ascent Level

Stormy Ascent is now available for download as part of the Crash BandicootTM N. Sane Trilogy collection. Experience the notorious Stormy Ascent level from the original Crash BandicootTM game. Previously unreleased, this level will challenge even the most hardcore Crash fans! Do you have what it takes to tackle the fast retracting steps, vial throwing lab assistants, flying birds, moving platforms and iron spikes?

Crash Bandicoot

Dr. Neo Cortex has a plan to take over the world, and he wants to create genetically engineered animals to do his bidding. To create his minions, Cortex kidnaps as many animals as he can; Crash Bandicoot’s girlfriend just happens to be one of his victims. Take control of Crash as he runs, jumps, and spins through 30 levels of intense action on three different Australian islands. Only you can help Crash save the animals, save his girlfriend, and foil Dr. Cortex’s plot.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back…out this time to save the world? And he’s asking for help from his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot? Is this just a conniving plan to lure Crash into Cortex’s next dastardly experiment? Can Crash win again or will he join Cortex’s mindless zoo? Bigger free-roaming 3-D environments, all-new animations and a whole host of colorful characters – watch as our hero Crash, ice-skates, rodeo-rides a polar bear and jet-packs through zero-gravity in the continuing adventures of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – This time he ain’t joking!

Crash Bandicoot Warped

Oh yeah…he’s back…AND he’s ready! It’s a Whole New Time-Traveling Adventure! All new-style gameplay action – scuba dive, ride a motorcycle, a baby T-Rex, and go free-roaming airborne in a plane! Play as Coco! Gallop along the Great Wall of China on a tiger, go extreme on a jet-ski and other high-flying surprises! Prove your skills with the new Super-charge Body Slam, Super Slide, Double Jump, Death-Tornado Spin and a Laser-Guided Bazooka. All new enemies include a new Big Boss, Uka Uka, N. Tropy, a menacing Dingodile and of course, the return of some favorites like N. Gin and Tiny. More Action. More Fun. More Puzzles and Secret Levels. And you didn’t think it could get any better!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award by Capili Jiron

I didn’t think I was going to get an award but thank you Capili Jiron for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! As usual, here is the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

Once you are finished with this reading my post, go check out her blog and support her new YouTube channel and send her love!

My answers to the 11 questions

1. What kind of trading cards, if you any, do you collect?

I used to collect Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Currently, I just get a free rare Yu-Gi-Oh! card from my magazine subscription Weekly Shonen Jump.

2. How do you play video games? On console, portable device (Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita), Smartphone, or PC?

I currently play on console such as PS3 and PS4. I do have a smartphone and I use Android.

3. Do you have a favorite game board to play?

I love Candyland and Monopoly.

4. If you met someone that wants to get into anime, what anime series would you recommend them?

This is my opinion, these are my choices:

Clannad

Dragon Ball Z

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Sword Art Online

Rurouni Kenshin

5. If the same person asked what anime to avoid, what series would you not recommend?

Here is some I wouldn’t recommend:

Rosario Vampire (Anime version)

Hellsing

We Without Wings

6. What was the recent movie you seen this year?

I seen the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

7. What’s the recent cringiest moment you have ever experienced (in anime terms or non)?

Anytime my parents or siblings ask if I’m going to get a girlfriend. Either that or they just bring up some embarrassing moments in my past for laughs and giggles.

8. Do you remember your first follower when you started to blog?

I think the first follower I got was Arria Cross from Fujinsei.

9. Who do you follow the most as soon as you log in your WordPress account?

That depends, I either follow Arria, Scropzgca, or Shay Taree.

10. If you could have any food or meal for your last meal, what would you eat? (money is ignored)

I would want to eat sushi or eat a meat-lovers pizza!

11. What’s the number 1 goal do you plan to do in 2017? It could be about your blog or personal life.

I want to be able to change this blog and upgrade so I can get paid for writing. I want to make it like a business.

My 11 nominees

  1. Rocco B
  2. Lyn Thaler
  3. Sindy
  4. Seasons Memories
  5. Krystallina
  6. Michael Phillip Atkins
  7. ignite18
  8. Anime Girls NYC
  9. TashaNights
  10. Allie of Visionaries
  11. Random Garage

Questions for you

1. What kind of trading cards, if you any, do you collect?

2. How do you play video games? On console, portable device (Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita), Smartphone, or PC?

3. Do you have a favorite game board to play?

4. If you met someone that wants to get into anime, what anime series would you recommend them?

5. If the same person asked what anime to avoid, what series would you not recommend?

6. What was the recent movie you seen this year?

7. What’s the recent cringiest moment you have ever experienced (in anime terms or non)?

8. Do you remember your first follower when you started to blog?

9. Who do you follow the most as soon as you log in your WordPress account?

10. If you could have any food or meal for your last meal, what would you eat? (money is ignored)

11. What’s the number 1 goal do you plan to do in 2017? It could be about your blog or personal life.

Thank you!