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.

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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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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:

OWLS Blog Tour: FFVII Advent Children – Fight together as a family

Family means everything (or does it?) This month, we will be discussing the importance of family relationships in anime and pop culture. Family relationships include a child and his/her parents, sibling rivalries, adoptions, and etc. Some questions about family that we will be contemplating on include how one’s family shapes his or her identity? How do we define family? How does a broken household influence a person’s view on family? We will be exploring these questions and types of relationships in this blog tour—so enjoy!

(May contain spoilers from the video game but I will not be planning to spoil the entire movie)

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Final Fantasy XV DLC Review – Episode: Prompto

Game site synopsis:

It’s time for Prompto to take centre stage in his very own episode!

Become the cheerful gunslinger himself and experience a brand new storyline, wrapped in thrilling Third Person Shooter gameplay. Separated from the group in a harsh arctic environment, Prompto heads off to the place of his birth to uncover the truth of his mysterious origins…

(Warning: May contain spoilers if you have not completed past Chapter 12! It will also have some spoilers of the Episode but only a minimal.)

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