Posts Tagged ‘Square Enix’

New Thief Trailer, Same Old Worry

By John Walker on October 9th, 2013.

It’s hard to know what to think about Thief. Previews haven’t been impressive, and it’s clear the project’s been through all kinds of hell. As we nudge closer to next February’s release, the trailers aren’t exactly inspiring us. This latest, described as a “gameplay trailer”, shows very little of that, and just makes me worry even more.

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Deus Ex Continuing With ‘Universe,’ New PC Game

By Nathan Grayson on October 2nd, 2013.

Against all odds, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was marvelous. It wasn’t quite a perfect continuation of the original’s legendary legacy (and those boss fights were utterly atrocious), but it let us dissect a rich and, um, very gold cyberpunk world with a surgeon’s belt of clever tech toys. Also vents. Just the right number of vents. But what’s next? Well, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut is coming out on October 22nd, but that’s just tying up some loose ends. Deus Ex: Universe, however, is the future, and it promises to be quite grand in scope indeed.

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Free-To-Play Legacy Of Kain, Thy Name Is Nosgoth

By Craig Pearson on September 26th, 2013.


It turns out hearing the name Nosgoth over-and-over-and-over is enough to make me lose it. After the fifth time I heard it spoken in this trailer, I got the the giggles and had to rewatch to get the details. I’m almost embarrassed that I can be so easily amused, but it is a silly word. That second pass gleamed the relevant information, and I watched a third-time to make sure I hadn’t been hearing things the second time: Psyonix has been secretly developing a free-to-play PVP multiplayer action game set in the Legacy Of Kain universe. Human teams will fight Vampires teams. Guh?
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The Banking Crisis: Thief

By Adam Smith on September 25th, 2013.

Oh, Thief. First it giveth, then it taketh away. I suppose that’s better than most thieves, who aren’t too keen on the giving part, but I’d much rather Eidos Montreal’s reboot of my most beloved series would settle into a predictable pattern. Many people disagreed with my opinion that the previous trailer captured some of the City’s character, but I reckon it’s the best footage that has been publicly released so far. Nathan’s experience when he managed to put his hands all over the game wasn’t very positive though. The new trailer swings back toward the negative, with mention of multiplayer leaderboards and a…hnnnghh…exclusive…heeuurgh…preorder mission.

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Would You Like To Try Again? FF14 Re-Released

By Ben Barrett on August 28th, 2013.

It’s very rare to see a game get a second chance at greatness. Publishers don’t react well to perceived failure so the ongoing saga of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is more than a little heart-warming. After a, to put it nicely, not so good original release the rebooted version of the game has been barn-storming its way through my friends list since early access began. By all accounts it’s made some significant improvements. Now Square bring news they’ve been so immensely popular that they’ve had to temporarily cancel digital sales of the game to keep their servers functioning. This amidst desperate attempts to keep things under control by limiting character creation and increasing numbers of servers available. Thoughts on these moves and a launch trailer under the cut.

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Witness The Murdered: Soul Suspect Trailer

By Craig Pearson on August 21st, 2013.


Being a Scotch person, I suffer a daily indignity of idiots asking me to say words that that have the letter ‘r’ in them. ‘Murder’ is a particular favourite. I honestly don’t know what’s so funny about hearing the word ‘murder’ coming from someone with a Glaswegian accent. When you hear it up there, it means you’re either watching Taggart, you’re about to take a broken bottle to a vital organ, or you’ve met my dad. You don’t want to do any of those, frankly. I was reminded of this as I watching the Murrrrderrrredrrr: Soul Suspect trailer, a game about the ghost of a detective solving his own murrrderrrrerrererrrering.
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Visible City: Thief Out February

By Adam Smith on August 16th, 2013.

Thief is a slippery game. When it finally revealed itself, the results were impressive, although I found cause for concern in the City’s lack of character and the potentially staged nature of several encounters. Then there was news of disturbances during development, not altogether surprising considering the length of the job and the size of the team. It was when Nathan played the game and reported back that hope sputtered like the torches in Bafford’s mansion. Today, I’m as surprised as could be that a trailer, with no in-game footage, has restored some confidence and interest. The depiction of class warfare is far from subtle, but there are images reminiscent of the earlier games’ cutscenes, and the City looks recognisably magnificent. Also, release may not be as far off as I’d suspected.

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Tomb Raider To Continue As Comic, Before New Game

By John Walker on July 24th, 2013.

While a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider hasn’t officially been announced, it’s obviously inevitable despite rumours of “mediocre” sales (ie. Square’s expectations were ludicrously high). And it seems the gap between the two games will be bridged by a comickybook.

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Eidos Montreal Boss Quits, Blames Square Mismanagement

By John Walker on July 24th, 2013.

More hints of troubled times at Square have appeared, via the resignation of Eidos Montreal’s founder and general manager, Stephane, D’Astous. Describing “irreconcilable differences” to Develop, he let loose with a tirade about a “lack of leadership, lack of courage and the lack of communication”. And he was just getting started.

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Opening Shot: 25 Mins Of Murdered: Soul Suspect

By Craig Pearson on July 15th, 2013.

Solved: the killer is Kevin Spacey
Just as it took me over a decade to get pun in “Diagon Alley” (Don’t judge me: I got it after walking through it on the Harry Potter Tour. Hmm, I sense further judging after that revelation…), I only just noticed that Murdered: Soul Suspect was a pun. They slipped it in like a clove in tasty rice. In this case, the “soul” part refers to the fact that the detective investigating a murder is a ghost and is looking into his own death, but also to the idea that he’s hunting down a single suspect. Anyway, I have no sympathy for the profane main character. He has a silly hat and he is a smoker.
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Behold! The Graft Of A Million Concept Artists

By Jim Rossignol on July 5th, 2013.


The fourteenth Final Fantasy game is very pretty. It’s a very pretty MMO, too, which hardly makes it unique, but it does make it very likely contain more swords than the Samurai Blade Library of Scabbard Isle. Some of those swords will be as big as three men. Since this is actually Square’s second attempt at making a fourteenth Final Fantasy game, I wonder if it should be called XIVb? That’ll never catch on.

But here’s something that will always be popular: videos of distinctly over-attractive fantasy words. Below!
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