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!

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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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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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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.