D23 news: Kingdom Hearts III new updates!

Hello good people, I got some news from D23 in regards to Kingdom Hearts III. All the news came from IGN, Game Informer and Twitter user Crash Maku Fantasy @RedMakuzawa  .

Toy Story

This Saturday, Square Enix released a new gameplay trailer of Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer revealed Sora demonstrating news moves like using the Guardian form and also teaming up with Hercules in Mount Olympus. The biggest highlight of the trailer revealed a Toy Story World! Sora, Donald and Goofy becomes toys and they help Woody and Buzz find Andy and their missing friends and stop the Heartless and the return of Young Xehanort. This is so far the only Pixar world in Kingdom Hearts.

This is random but relevant news, but Kingdom Hearts II had some codes inside that they were planning to have Woody and Buzz as summon characters but they were removed last minute.

Kingdom Hearts III and HD collection in Switch and Xbox?

Game director Tetsuya Nomura mentions at the D23 that the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III, 1.5+2.5, and 2.8 could be available for Nintendo Switch maybe after they get they release Kingdom Hearts III for Xbox One and PS4. He also mentioned that the following games besides III could get ported for Xbox One as well. However, a Switch release is not a definite answer and it is only a possibility. Here is what Nomura said:

“The Nintendo Switch is definitely a very interesting piece of hardware, but if we lightly say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll be on the Nintendo Switch,’ I’m sure people will come back and say, ‘But what about the PS4 and Xbox One? We want them out first. Don’t focus on other platforms,’” Nomura told IGN. “So for now, we want to focus on what platforms we’ve already announced we’re going to be releasing Kingdom Hearts 3 on. And so after, perhaps, maybe we can start thinking about other possibilities.”

So in short, Kingdom Hearts III must be released for PS4 and Xbox One first before they tackle on Switch or any other previous titles.

Other playable characters for Kingdom Hearts III?

Kingdom Hearts is well-known for a diverse cast of characters. Besides playing only as Sora, players can sometimes play as Riku, Roxas, Aqua or others; however, today’s recent update reveal some exciting news. Tetsuya Nomura hinted that other characters can be playable besides Sora. Also revealed, the game will have up to five characters joining the party. It was first introduced in the Orchestra trailer, with Sora, Donald, Goofy and Hercules, and now revealed in the Toy Story trailer, players will have many characters helping the player. The video showed Sora, Donald, Goofy, Woody and Buzz working together.

Gummi Ship is back!

Confirmed by the director, the Gummi Ship returns for the game. The Gummi Ship gameplay has not been revealed but it is back. It’s unsure how will it play. In the past games like KHI and II, players use it to travel to different worlds, shoot enemies and even customize their ship.

Be sure to follow @RedMakuzawa for Square Enix news like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV or other Sqare Enix titles.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST (I forgot to mention this) the trailer ends with the possibility of a release date. Kingdom Hearts III might be released for 2018.

Video Games News: Dissidia major announcement!

Today I woke up to exciting news this morning in regards to Final Fantasy. I want to thank @RedMakuzawa (news writer for Final Fantasy content and social media manager to the project game Lost Soul Aside) and the Square Portal for keeping me up to date on the latest news on Square Enix titles.

It was announced today that Square Enix will be releasing a new Dissidia video game for PS4 titled Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (NT stands could stand for New Tale or New Tournament). This game was developed by Team Ninja who are well-known for games like Dead or Alive, Nioh and Ninja Gaiden.

Team Ninja

The game will include over 20 playable characters (Squall, Cloud, Sephiroth, much more) and amazing summoning characters like Shiva and Ifrit. It will also include team battles like 3v3 matches. You can play as your favorite Final Fantasy character offline and online; however, it is mentioned that there will not be a story mode but it will have some sort of story. The story narrative is done by Kazushige Nojima who worked on titles like Final Fantasy XV and the upcoming games Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

But wait there is more! Leaked in Amazon (with the price of $60), even though it wasn’t in the recent trailer, it is confirmed that Noctis Lucis Caelum (protagonist in Final Fantasy XV) will be joining the game.

If you are going to E3 2017 (June 13-15), this game will be playable as a demo. The game doesn’t have an exact date but this game will be released for PS4 in early 2018.

If you don’t know what is Dissidia, Dissidia Final Fantasy is a video game spinoff based on the popular franchise Final Fantasy where characters (good and evil) are pitted together and fight each other in a unique fighting RPG video game. The first game was in the PSP called Dissida Final Fantasy and another one was made and titled Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy. This game was also on the arcades in Japan.

 

Sources/Credit:

Anime News Network

Square Portal

@RedMakuzawa

Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy news: 3 more years?!

According to recent news from Square Enix, the upcoming anticipated video games Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake are expected to be released within three years or more. President Yosuke Matsuda states that these games will probably be out in the fiscal year of 2018 or more.

Game director Tetsuya Nomura states that this time span fits in with these games. In his words, they have “still have a way to go”. Square Enix is also recruiting people to help work on the game Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue review

Square Enix Store descriptions

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of 3 magical KINGDOM HEARTS experiences that no fan should be without.

This collection of adventures features:

KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
Originally released in 2012, KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD is a full-HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D Dream Drop Distance, brought to console for the first time. Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.

KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)
A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ.

KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –

A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.

(Possible spoilers if you have not played the past Kingdom Hearts games.)

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Final Fantasy XV DLC Review – Episode: Gladiolus

PSN synopsis:

After losing to the enemy high commander Ravus, Gladiolus is forced to swallow a bitter pill and face the limitations of his own strength. In order to travel with the Chosen King, he realizes he must also possess a comparable level of power in order to protect him. In the ancient ruins that were found in the Kingdom of Lucis 30 years ago, the spirits of heroes that once served the king await the next generation of warriors. The episode features:

•A new story told from Gladiolus’s perspective uncovering the events that transpired when he left the party in FINAL FANTASY XV’s main storyline
•An exhilarating combat system that capitalizes on Gladiolus’s blocking and counterattacking play style through the new ”Valor” and ”Rage” systems
•Special items that can be carried over to the main game—exclusive to those who complete EPISODE GLADIOLUS
•Two brand-new gameplay modes: ”Score Attack” and ”Final Trial,” made available upon completing EPISODE GLADIOLUS

(May contain spoilers if you haven’t played Final Fantasy XV)

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Final Fantasy XV DLC Review: Holiday and Booster Pack

In this review, I will be talking about the recent DLC packs for the game Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy XV is a game filled with an amazing story and cast of characters Square Enix wants to continue to make this game even more fun for players by adding exclusive items and content for players. Some are fun to play while others help add a challenge or support to the story. Besides the single DLC like Reglia Decal skins or weapons, Square Enix recently released two DLC packs with a certain amount of content. The first one is called the Holiday Pack and the second is the Booster Pack. They are free DLCs but if you bought the season pass, players will receive exclusive items (If you got the season pass, players will be able to download the packs with plus sign on the side e.g. Booster Pack +). I bought the season pass and I will be going over each pack.

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Final Fantasy XV game review

After a decade of waiting, the long awaited Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy XV (previously called Final Fantasy Versus XIII) is finally released. With many promotional videos, anime, movie and apps and delays, Final Fantasy XV brings the fun and enjoyment for those who have waited for a long time. In this review, I will be discussing the gameplay, story and value and let you know if this game is worth buying. I won’t be spoiling the story here so don’t worry. Final Fantasy XV is owned by Square Enix and the game is available for PS4 and Xbox One.

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Last week news: Boruto movie in English! Marvel x Square Enix Avengers game?

With so much that happened last week, I found some juicy news to share!

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Announced this Saturday, the Naruto movie Boruto: The Naruto Movie will finally be in English Dub and made for home DVD and Blu-Ray. Viz Media is in charge of the Dub and license. The movie is set to be released on March 28th. The voice of Boruto (Naruto and Hinata’s son) is done by Amanda Celine Miller; Sarada (Sakura and Sasuke’s daughter) is Cherami Leigh and Mitsuki (a friend to Boruto and Sarada) is Robbie Daymond. Here is the plot for the movie:

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s talented but impetuous son.
Meanwhile, Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear and attempt to assassinate Naruto. Petrified, Boruto is shielded by Naruto, only to disappear in front of Boruto’s own eyes.

Speaking of Viz, if you missed out on watching the Sailor Moon R: The Movie that happened 2 weeks ago, you can preorder a copy of the DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie is set to be released on April 18.

Square Enix and Marvel

Announced last week, Square Enix and Marvel made a huge announcement that these two companies are planing a special Marvel Avengers project. This project will be a game featuring the Avengers. Based on the description, the company Crystal Dynamics (well-known for the Tomb Raider series) and developer Eidos-Montréal (Deus Ex) will be involved with the game. It is also noted that besides this game, other games from this collaboration will be releasing as well. The Avengers project game is expected to be announced for 2018!

Unboxing – Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition (late post!)

This is a special unboxing post of the video game I preordered Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition for the PS4. This was originally planned for the official release, November 29, 2016, but things got too busy at that time. So this may be late but I will be showing you what the Deluxe Editon has and what it looks like compared to the standard version. This game is also available for Xbox One.

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NieR: Automata Demo Impression

What do you get when you cross a hack-and-slash video game and a company well known for making game series like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts? In the end, you get NieR: Automata, a video game in which you play as an Android whose duty is to protect the world from evil robot invasion.  According to Wikipedia, this game takes place in the Nier universe, a spin-off story of the Drakengard series. Thanks to Square and Platinum, they recently released a demo for this game on this PS4 called NieR: Automata DEMO 120161128. As a PS4 user and how much I love both Square Enix and Platinum games, I decided to download this demo and see if it’s worth the game.

Story

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where human life form no longer exists and it is overrun by robots. It’s up to the female Android 2B and her bot to fight against these robots and learn how to stop them. She is also accompanied by another android named 9S. Together, it’s up to them fend off these metal foes.

First of all, I never played any of Drakengard games nor know anything of NieR, but this world was breathtaking. The world looked very empty and it fits in with the themes of a world with no humans. Still, it is still a demo and we have yet to know what and where is the story. All we know is that 2B and 9S are fighting these robots.

Characters

In this demo, you only play as the silver-haird female robot named 2B.

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2B

Like most androids, 2B is a serious fighter that focuses on completing the missions and lacks some emotions. 2B is skilled with using her katanas and able to move fast as she slice through her targets. She is partnered up with another android named 9S, a young android boy who is quite the opposite of 2B. 9S has some emotions and he sometimes tries to be proper for 2B, even though it’s unnecessary. 9S is equipped with a robotic jetpack filled with fast jets and guns equipped.

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9S

While playing this demo, I notice that the relationship between these characters were more human even though they were androids. I like how, even though 9S was an android, he showed feelings for 2B and cared about her safety in the mission. My feelings for 2B was pretty neutral; there was nothing I didn’t like but there wasn’t anything I favored. Once I made it to the climax of the demo (the boss fight), I suddenly got interested in 2B. I won’t go into details but you can see what I mean in the videos I uploaded.

Gameplay (the meat of the impression)

Now this the meat of the post: gameplay!

Just like any other Platinum Game, this game relies on hack-and-slash combat with tricky villains and gigantic bosses. Like I said before, 2B is a fighter that can utilize her swords for fast combat and she has her bot to do the shooting, which actually comes in handy for distant foes.

I have played games like Bayonetta and Transformers: Devastation and I knew what to expect but I didn’t expect to play a huge world like this. The combat, with no exaggeration, is pretty fast and even the bad guys are smart. The game relies on the player to fight fast and use any skill to finish enemies. In this game however, the enemies can come in swarms too.

However, as a gamer who is used to playing fast games, this was icing on the cake. I really like using the sword combat to cut through my robot enemies and fighting giant enemies was epic as heck! Platinum Games is well-known for giant enemies and I wasn’t afraid to fight one. The giant bosses really tests you on your reflexes and you have to be ready for avoid taking damage.

Overall Impression

This game is epic and I recommend it if you are into fast games with troublesome foes. However, if games like smart enemies and giant bosses scare you, I wouldn’t recommend it. Personally, this game will probably be something I would buy especially if it’s done by my favorite companies. The world is huge, the characters feel real and combat is serious. This demo is free for PS4.

NieR: Automata will be available for PS4 and PC and it is set to be released on March 7th, 2017.

If you wish to see the gameplay, check out my playlist of myself playing the game. These videos shows me playing the demo and what to expect. There are six parts to this impression. Comment, like and subscribe to my YouTube channel!