Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades Closed Beta Quick Impressions

As a way to bring hype and attention to the upcoming expansion pack to the popular Final Fantasy XV game and it’s official online mode, I will be talking about my impression to the Closed Beta to Comrades. I am sorry that this is really late and I will try not to waste any time. This impression will be really fast and brief!

In the beginning, in order to get the beta, players must own a copy of Final Fantasy XV, a PS+ or Xbox Live account and got the season pass. Once you get the season pass, players will be gifted to try out the early stages to Comrades. When you first start the game, you are given the choice to be either man or woman; you can later customize your fashion. Once you get done, you will be placed in a server and you will be in a hub where you can interact with the characters and even train your skills. The weapons you get is a fast katana, shuikens, poles and daggers. Once you are ready to play, you go talk to Cor or someone who is there and start the mission. The missions usually involves with either killing a specific Daemon or protecting Cindy on a escort mission.

The Positives

I think it’s pretty cool that Square Enix is adding this new feature to the game. In the past, they have done online games such as Final Fantasy XI and XIV, so they are not new to this. For a beta game, this game wasn’t too difficult to understand. The controls feel exactly like Noctis from the main game and I like being able to still switch weapons. It’s also nice to interact with the side characters like Cindy and Cor and even feel part of the Kingsglaive.

The Negatives

As a beta, I understand things were going to be limited. I didn’t really much of this because the servers in this game wasn’t the best. There was times the game couldn’t find any open lobbies or a strong server and it made me feel like I wasted my time downloading a beta. Like most online complications, the game’s connection with players can have bugs such as lags or delays.

Overall

For being an early stage, this expansion game is pretty well done. The gameplay is no different than playing the main game. I think what’s fun is that you can have players working together and fight as one like game and movie. I also think that once the game is fully finished and polished for the full game, the complications won’t be present as often. I am looking forward to unlocking content for my character and even curious about the story. In my opinion, if you have Final Fantasy XV and you like the game, I would recommend it if you are hyped to play online. I might be jumping into conclusions since this was a beta. Did you play the beta? What is your opinion?

Just a reminder, Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades is expected to be released on November 15th for Xbox One and PS4. If players have the season pass, they will be able to play for free. Based on the recent trailer, the story of online will take place during 10 years where Noctis disappeared into the Crystal. With Noctis sudden disappearance, the rest of the surviving Lucians and Kingsglaive must stand together and fight the Daemons wandering Eos. Along the way, players will be able to encounter Noctis’s friends and they can work together and save Eos in the darkness.

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FFXV news: Episode Ignis trailer and story reveal

Happy Halloween! Here’s the latest treat for you guys.

Announced yesterday at Sony’s Paris Game Week, Square Enix finally unveiled on the upcoming DLC story in Final Fantasy XV in regards to Episode Ignis. They reveal a key image to the story and a trailer. According to the trailer, the episode takes place in the events during the conclusion of episode 9 where Noctis fights the Leviathan. Meanwhile, we get a flashback with Ignis and kid Noctis. In the present, Ignis must fight the Imperial Army on his own and then encountering the game’s antagonist, Ardyn. Along the way, he meets Lunafreya’s stepbrother Ravus. According to GameSpot, the game will have music composer Yasunori Mitsuda who is well-known for composing Chrono Trigger. Unlike Episodes Gladiolus and Prompto, this episode will multiple endings.

If you got the season pass already, the DLC will be free. If not, this story will cost $5.

News: One Piece Switch Port and FUNimation dub new anime

One Piece

Released in 2015, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 will return and will be re-released for the Nintendo Switch in Japan. According to Bandai Namco of Entertainment, the Switch Port of the game will include all the DLC inside the game unlike the PS4, PS3 and Steam version. This is only in Japan but if it comes to North America and Europe, Switch players will be able to play this game with everything included.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is a video game published by Bandai Namco of Entertainment and developed by Omega Force. The game plays like a Dynasty Warriors game but with One Piece characters. The game story will go all the way up to the Dressrosa arc. The game was originally released for PS3, PS4 and Steam in Japan, America and Europe.

FUNimation

Recently announced today, FUNimation got the license to dub two different anime. These two will be dubbed and streamed for fans. FUNi got the license to Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World – and the anime English Dub will begin on Thursday 4 pm EDT. They also got the license and Dub rights to the recent and popular Shonen Jump anime Black Clover. The Dub anime will be streamed on October 29th 4 pm EDT.

Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World synopsis:

In an imperfect world, the stories make it beautiful. Meet Kino, a traveler exploring beyond the boundaries into unknown mystical places! With only her guns and talking motorcycle, Hermes, by her side, she learns about unique people and their customs through the fascinating stories they weave. But to see everything, she can only spare three days in each land before moving on to the next adventure.

Black Clover Synopsis:

In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: Eyes of Heaven game review

Published by Bandai Namco of Entertainment and developed by CyberConnect2 (they also worked on the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series), we get another JoJo Bizarre Adventure video game and unlike the previous game on the PS3 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: All-Star Battles, this game will not have players buy any DLCs. I got this game from a flash sale with a price of $15; the retail price is about $60. In the PSN store, this game title has the world bundle. That is because in the North America version, this digital game includes the game itself and all the DLC such as additional missions and Jotaro Kujo Part 4 version. In this review, this will contain spoiler but only minor. The spoilers will occur in the story and I will do my best to not give away too much details.

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Game News: Dragon Ball FighterZ release date, cover and Preorders!

If you like Dragon Ball Z, you might have been following the news on the upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ. If you haven’t been following the updates, I got the news for you.

Bandai Namco Entertainment of America and Europe announced today that Dragon Ball FighterZ will be released on January 26th of 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and Steam. Online they revealed the cover art for the game in regards to the preorder bonus. The game will have an Ultimate Edition and a CollectorZ Edition.

Here is what the Ultimate Edition will have:

  • the FighterZ Pass (a season pass to play as 8 playable characters in post release date)
  • a music pack with 11 songs from the anime
  • commentator voice pack

If you preorder the game digital today, players will be able to play an open beta of the game for PS4 and Xbox One. Early gamers will have access to Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta and exclusive lobbies. Also added is a Stamp Pack with girls such as Bulma, Android 21, and 18.

The CollectorZ Edition includes these:

  • The game (PS4 or Xbox One)
  • 3 Art Boards
  • A Goku Statue
  • Exclusive Steelbook
  • A collector Box

 

The Japanese version of the game will come out on February 1st.

 

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Cover Update and exclusive Preorders

With only couple months away, Square Enix  has made some updates for the upcoming fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Besides having Noctis from Final Fantasy XV joining the roster and being placed in the Assassin class with the other other characters. Square Enix have revealed the cover of the standard game case.

People who decides to buy the game in the standard version, not the Steelbook Brawler edition, will have this for the cover. The cover will have Warrior of Light ( FFI), Cloud Strife (FFVII) and Lightning (FFXIII).

Besides the cover, Square Enix will be giving away exclusive weapons DLC to those who preorder from retailers. Players who decides to preorder from GameStop will be given Garland’s weapon, Garland Claymore Blade.

They also recently announced that if you preorder from Amazon, players will get a new weapon for Cloud. It’s Cloud Nail Bat DLC.

Even though I never played Final Fantasy VII, I don’t recall Cloud using a weapon like this but based on the wiki, this weapon has appeared in the game and other series.

So what do you think of the news. Do you want the Steel Brawler case or Standard version. Which retailer are going to preorder?

Final Fantasy XV: Assassin’s Festival review

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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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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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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.