Kingdom Hearts III Premiere!

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To those who are under a rock, I got some excited news to share and it’s good news about Kingdom Hearts III. Since we are a couple of weeks away for E3, Square Enix hosted a special event where players can try out a demo of Kingdom Hearts III. Some of these players are fans such as anime English Voice actress Erika Harlacher got to experience Kingdom Hearts III. As of now, the news I found is just tidbits. Square Enix has not uploaded a trailer or anything on the Kingdom Hearts website. The stuff I found is from Twitter, IGN and GameSpot.

According to gameplays and screenshots, we got another Disney character joining Sora’s adventure, Video game character Wreck-It Ralph will be in Kingdom Hearts III and helping Sora; however, Ralph will be a summon character where Sora can call him and use him to fight.

Also revealed in the game is Sora’s new Keyblade abilities and fight style. Based on the pictures and videos, Sora can use different fight depending on what he uses. For example, using the keyblade based on Monster’s Inc. will allow Sora to transform his weapon into yo-yos and either use laser attacks or trap his enemies.

Shown in another gameplay, Sora can also use his environment for combat such as running on the walls similar to flowmation. Sora’s other attacks involves him using Disneyland’s live attraction rides as attacks which can help him fight bosses and enemies.

As a funny Easter Egg and tribute to Final Fantasy, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT makes a surprise visit in the world of Toy Story. Even the character Rex makes a comment about playing video games and referring back to Final Fantasy.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know the release date, but according to game director Nomura, he mentioned that the announcement of the release date should be coming probably in next month. My guess is that we will find out at E3 2018.

What do you think about this game? Kingdom Hearts III is coming out this year for PS4 and Xbox One.

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PAX East Final Fantasy XV news: More content for 2018 and 2019

If you were at PAX East, you might have attended the panel and listening on the news regarding to Final Fantasy XV. I didn’t go, but I found some tasty news!

Comrades standalone

Square Enix announced that the multiplayer expansion “Comrades” will be stand-alone. Meaning, you don’t need to buy Final Fantasy XV or have the game installed on the system. If you want to play online, you can get this game instead. Meanwhile, they will also be adding new features like raid battles. This stand-alone version will be out this summer.

Originally, the expansion is needed with a copy of FFXV in order to play.

New Episodes and Alternate Story?

It looks like Final Fantasy XV will be alive for 2018 as well. According to an outline at PAX East, Square Enix will be releasing 4 more Episode stories each involving Noctis, Lunafreya, Aranea and Ardyn. This new collection of Episodes will be called The Dawn of the Future. A new theme for the Episodes will be composed by Yoko Shimomura. According to Square Enix, these stories will portray a “alternate grand finale”. Meaning, these stories will have endings that could have happened and be different than the ending that was already presented in the main game. (If you already played and beat FFXV, you already know what I am talking about). These stories will be released in 2019.

Here is what is known:

As a fan of Final Fantasy XV, I am going to save up and play more!

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition – Incomplete Review

Google Play description:

Explore the world of the fifteenth FINAL FANTASY in the palm of your hand.
Download Chapter 1 and play for free!
Subsequent chapters are available for purchase.

“Explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV
with a cast of cute and cool characters! ”

Now you can enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XV story across 10 exciting chapters.

Tap to move, tap to talk, and tap to fight
Easy for anyone to pick up and play!

Story

The Tale of the Chosen King, Savior to the Star.

After years of fighting, the nations of Lucis and Niflheim at last agree to an armistice.

As a symbol of this promised peace, Noctis, crown prince of Lucis, is to wed the Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae.

The prince sets forth for his wedding on the eve of the signing ceremony, sent off by his father, King Regis.
Unbeknownst to Noctis, however, the journey ahead is fraught with perils…

*There won’t be any spoilers!

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New Tomb Raider game set for Fall!

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Remember the news from Square Enix that a new Tomb Raider game was being developed? Good news, it’s happening!

Revealed on YouTube, a new Tomb Raider game is set to be released in the fall of 2018. The new game is called Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game will be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The game release date is September 14th. There’ not much information, but according to the description players will “experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider.”

This is the third game of the series. The first one is Tomb Raider and the second one is Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Square Enix reveals Gummi Ship gameplay and development in Kingdom Hearts III

Most of you already found out about the recent trailers of Kingdom Hearts III, especially with the new world of Monsters, Inc and Hikaru Utada returning. You can see them here in this hyperlink along with my input.

Recently today from GameSpot, Square Enix revealed new details in the gameplay and the current progress of the game. According to the Japan D23 event, Square Enix revealed that the Gummi Ship, the ship that allows Sora and friends to travel to worlds and fight enemies, will be back, but with adjustments. It is mentioned that the Gummi Ship will have two different types of gameplay. Players will be able to explore in a free-form exploration style and the other gameplay is combat when players will fight enemies.

With much surprise. there’s even a minigame where enters in a “Game and Watch” game and has to help Mickey. The game is called Giantland which is based on the 1933 Mickey Mouse cartoon short Giantland.

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Finally Square Enix talks about the progress of the game. The game being worked on by three separate team focusing on three sections: early, middle and late. The people consist of 100 workers and they are are involved in the sections. GameSpot mentions that this does not mean there will be 9 worlds, but it involves the completion of the worlds. The early phase of the worlds is 90% complete, the middle is 60%, but the final is unknown. The director of the game series Tetsuya Nomura mentioned he has been planning to do something for Kingdom Hearts for long time since ever since he has been with Final Fantasy. The secret should be revealed later on when the game reaches completion.

Source:

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/kingdom-hearts-3-trailer-shows-monsters-inc-world-/1100-6456687/

 

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Game News: Sonic Director joins Square Enix!

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Found on Twitter but I found out in Anime News Network, Sonic the Hedgehog game programmer and former leader of Sonic Team Yuji Naka revealed the news that he decided to join the game company Square Enix. He even mentions that he will still be working in video games.

So what does this mean? I believe Sonic will still be in Sega unless something happens but that means the same guy who worked on Sonic games will be lending a hand in Square Enix team and be involved projects such as Final Fantasy or other well known titles.

Here are some interesting facts:

  • Yuji Nake joined Sega in 1984 but starting developing Sonic the Hedgehog in 1990.
  • He left Sega and formed his own team named Prope in 2006. (This is probably the same time where Sega split up into teams and made games like Sonic 06 and Wii game Sonic and the Secret Rings.)
  • He was the producer to the OVA anime Sonic the Hedgehog in 1996 and executive producer to 2003 Sonic X anime.
  • In Prope, he made games like Rodea the Sky Soldier, Fishing Resort and Ivy the Kiwi?

Final Fantasy XV DLC Review: Episode Ignis

Site Synopsis:

An original episode told from the perspective of Ignis. With Altissia in ruins after the Trial of Leviathan, Ignis faces the Niflheim Empire to protect Noctis at all costs. Joining him along the way is Ravus, high commander of the Niflheim Empire, who is determined to rescue his sister Lunafreya.

Featuring fast-paced battles and multiple endings, it is finally time to learn about the untold events that transpired during one of the most dramatic moments in FINAL FANTASY XV.

(May contain spoilers if you have went past Chapter 9 with the fight with Leviathan. Overall, I won’t spoil the game’s story)

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Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition news confirmed and PC updates!

You may already know this but I am a huge fan of Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy is my all time favorite video game besides Kingdom Hearts and Sonic the Hedgehog. You might be wondering, “Matt, you always talk about this game and I want to try this but I hear there’s DLC, what should I do?”

I got some exciting news for newcomers and returning fans. Revealed in Twitter by the official Final Fantasy XV account, Square Enix will be re-releasing Final Fantasy XV with all the recent updates from 2017 DLC and new content. The new version is called Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition. Based on the trailer, this game will be for PS4 and Xbox One. The game will include all the recent DLC episodes (Gladiolus. Prompto, and Ignis) including the Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades; this also includes free updates like the Regalia-D and the ability to change characters in the main game. With an addition, the new version will include a new attack for the Armiger and a an expansion to Insomnia. In the video, playing as the timeskip Noctis, you will be able to explore an all new dungeon in the Ruins of Insomnia and encounter new bosses and view new additional cutscenes in which players will see Cor in his new 10 year skip form!

However, if you already have the game and you don’t want to buy another copy of the game, I got some positive news for you. According to GameSpot, there will be a separate Royal Edition for the PSN and Xbox Store for $20 (this is for the USA and I don’t what’s going to cost at the UK). Buying the physical version of Royal Edition will be $50 or £40 (UK). This new version will have a new cover like above designed by Yoshitaka Amano.

To be honest, I wish this free like how Street Fighter V did it when you already have the game, you can download the free Arcade Edition.

But wait there’s more!

If you want to play Final Fantasy XV but you don’t have a console, but you got a PC, I got some new good news. Already mentioned, Final Fantasy XV will be joining PC. However, also announced on Twitter, the game will also include the recent Royal Edition and all the free past DLCs like the Episodes and Comrades.

According to a Twitter FFXV friend I follow, Maku posted a small graph detailing on the bonus incentives if you preorder Final Fantasy XV PC. Depending where you get the PC game like Windows, Steam or Origins, you will be getting some bonuses.

 

Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition and the PC version will be released at the same day on March 6th, 2018!

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.

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?