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Final Fantasy

4 months ago

Feature: A better class of art thief

Confessions of a teenage asset ripper

I never played Secret of Mana 2 on the Super Nintendo, but I could recognize its trees in a blink. I saw them in countless other games, their lush branches decorating the corners of fantasy worlds filled with magic, dragons, and bugs. Oh, so many bugs. I've never played the first Star Ocean, the Suikoden series, Terranigma, or Chrono Trigger. But I know them. They…

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6 months ago

Final Fantasy XV getting four new DLCs in 2019

Final Fantasy XV has already seen some story based DLC this year, but at PAX East there was an announcement from Square Enix regarding four add-on story packs coming to the game in 2019. The Dawn of the Future DLC hopes to set itself apart from other story-based add-ons by creating an entire season of alternate plot branches, building towards (what appears to be) a…

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7 months ago

The boys are back! Final Fantasy XV released on PC

Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Fifteen months after starting their journey on console, the anime boyband road trip stag party of Final Fantasy XV have finally arrived on PC. It's out now. The boys are back in town. We've only just got the game ourselves so our review will take a while, though I'm sure we'll have…

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Feature: Ranked in the correct order, finally

The Best of Final Fantasy

A group of Final Fantasy fans divided against themselves cannot cast fire. Or so the saying goes. For too long we’ve been at war about which is “the best”. Sliding roman numerals around on a table until one of us gets upset and starts using bad language. Let’s end this, here, today. Let’s look at each other, earnestly, with open minds and opener hearts, and…

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Feature: The big interview

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition: all your PC port questions answered

The royal boyband roadtrip adventure that is Final Fantasy XV is almost here. In just under two weeks, Square Enix's ginormous JRPG will finally arrive on PC, a little over a year after it first came out on console. Yes, it gets a little bit bogged down by its wonky story beats, but to dismiss it because of that would be to ignore all the brilliant things…

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Feature: Listen now for exposition

Podcast: What counts as a JRPG?

You’d think we could agree on four simple letters. But nothing is ever straightforward on RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week the gang are talking JRPGs, or Japanese role-playing games to use some real words for human people. Does a game have to be made in Japan to be defined as an JRPG? Or does it just need some bright colours and lots…

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Final Fantasy XV getting demo next week, also adding Gordon Freeman cosplay

A proper playable demo of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is coming next week, containing the RPG's first chapter, following the recent benchmark tool. A demo! In this day and age! Bless their hearts. Square Enix have talked a lot about wanting to do the PC version right, mods and all, and they do seem to be going for it. They're even teaming up with…

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8 months ago

Feature: An absolute bangaa

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review

There's a race of beings in Final Fantasy XII called the Bangaa. They have the snout of a crocodile, the squat of an ape and the arms of an entire gymnasium. Their ears are colourful leathery drapes, their lips adorned with piercings and trinkets. One of them, a shopkeeper called Migelo, resembles a rehabilitated Watto. Others are menacing bounty hunters. But they all have strange…

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Feature: Listen now or be monstered

Podcast: What are the best monsters?

They lurk, they creep, they skulk and weep. Monsters in videogames can be as simple as a big spiky cyclops ball, or as unsettling as a sobbing woman in a rainy alleyway. This week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, the team is talking about their favourites, from flaming skulls to digitally possessed diving suits, and the clever ways in which game monsters…

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Cast Firaga on your GPU with Final Fantasy XV’s PC benchmark tool

It's been a long time coming, but the expanded, tuned, moddable and polished-up PC port of magical realist pretty-boy road-trip RPG Final Fantasy XV is nearly here. The only question that remains is "How well will this thing run on my PC?" Well, hypothetical questioner, I've got some good news for you: Square have been kind enough to release a benchmark tool for the game,…

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Final Fantasy XV due March 6 on PC, supporting mods and HDR

The anime boyband roadtrip of Final Fantasy XV will swing by PC on March 6, developers Square Enix have announced. Noctis, Ignis, and the rest of the boys have been rolling around consoles since November 2016 and I am delighted they are finally coming to our town. Our version will be fancier than the plain old console version too, coming with bits including mod support,…

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Final Fantasy XII coming to PC on February 1st

With the pace Square Enix are slinging old console Final Fantasy games at PC, we're almost caught up in time for Final Fantasy XV hitting in a few months. Before then, though, Squeenix are filling in one big game: Final Fantasy XII. Today they announced that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, the recent PlayStation 4 revamp of the PS2 RPG, will come over to…

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9 months ago

Feature: Happy birthday, fans

30 years of Final Fantasy: The highs and lows

It’s the 30th birthday of Final Fantasy, says Square Enix. The first in the series was released in Japan on this day in 1987 and an old story goes that the name was chosen because Square was in financial trouble at the time – almost bankrupt – and it was likely to be their last game. But that’s rubbish, the creator later said in an…

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11 months ago

World of Final Fantasy catches ’em all on PC next month

We're seeing more of the main Final Fantasy games on PC these days, and a fair number of the strange spin-offs and side-games too. Square Enix today announced that the next round our way will be World of Final Fantasy, a spin-off which is a bit like Pokémon except you collect cute versions of FF characters and stack them on each others' heads. Yup. Initially…

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1 year ago

Feature: A Prompto recovery

Final Fantasy XV’s director on rehabilitating Prompto and choosing his favourite among the lads

The royal road trip of Final Fantasy XV [official site] is coming to PC (and with planned mod support too), it was announced this week during Gamescom. That’s good, we like road trips on RPS. So to find out more I sat in a room with the game’s director Hajime Tabata and his translator to quiz him on the origins of Prompto’s camera, the mysterious…

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Feature: "Of 100 nobles watching, 100 were impressed"

Have You Played… Final Fantasy IX?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I hadn’t, until this week. You may now judge me. Done? OK. When people ask the doomed question “what is the best Final Fantasy”, all the memes will rally to the side of Zidane and his troupe of actor-rogues. And that’s a lot of fun, because…

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2 years ago

Final Fantasy XV director dreams of PC port with mods

Square Enix still haven't announced a PC port for Final Fantasy XV [official site], but I am cheered by game's director saying he would like to bring the anime boyband roadtrip over. Hajime Tabata even says he'd be interesting in special PC features like mod support. This is, unfortunately, not a plan. It's not an announcement. It's not confirmation. It's not even really a hint.…

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Mobius Final Fantasy falling from pocket onto PC

Now that consoleers have enjoyed two months of the beautiful anime boyband roadtrip that is Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix have announced that we PCnauts will soon finally start fantasying ourselves with- oh, a port of free-to-play mobile game Mobius Final Fantasy [official site]. Grumble grumble. Mobius might be a smashing game, for all I know, but it's not the boyband barbecue I crave. What…

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Final Fantasy XIV’s Revenge Of The Horde Update is Live

FOR THE HOR—wait what? Different horde? Well this is awkward... anyway, the new 3.3 update for Final Fantasy XIV [official site] is live today. It's called Revenge of the Horde but has surprisingly little to do with shamanism or the phrase "zug-zug!" Patch day is always a fun day because it means another hearty helping of things to dig into, and Revenge of the Horde…

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