Posts Tagged ‘Square Enix’

Otherworldly adventure Forgotton Anne launches in May

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We’ve all lost socks to some bizarre interdimensional vortex, but thanks to ThoughLline Games’ upcoming ‘cinematic adventure’ Forgotton Anne, we also know that these lost and mislaid items have their own world, where they’ve been granted sentience, mobility and (in some cases) snazzy hats, which are probably also sentient. Not all is well in the land of these ‘Forgotlings’, however. For starters, more things are exploding than usual.

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Chrono Trigger’s first patch is a step in the right direction

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Even after peeling away the shell of nostalgia, Chrono Trigger is a truly classic JRPG, so it’s understandable that people were a bit miffed when the recent PC release of the game was a messy port of the Android edition of the game with no shortage of technical issues. Today, it received its first major patch, which goes a long way to getting the game back on track. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Fantasy XV getting four new DLCs in 2019

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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 completely different ending.

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Podcast: Good game, bad story

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“I love to shoot the men!” you shout, as you pump 100 bullets into the prostrate torso of a dead soldier in Far Cry 5. “I’m so glad there are no cutscenes to–

THWOCK.

“Oh no.”

And lo, the lord delivered unto ye a sermon of the highest tedium, and the Four Ubisoft Writers of the Apocalypse rode over the earth and reaped the souls of all humanity with pointless exposition and dull characterisation. It was a bad time. But it’s not the only strong game let down by a bad tale. The latest episode of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is unable to discuss all the offenders, but we can take a punt.

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Square Enix promise fixes for Chrono Trigger on PC

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Chunky pixels are on their way back home, according to Square-Enix, as the first of a wave of improvements coming to Chrono Trigger‘s wonky PC port. Promising several patches over the coming months, the publisher/developer are starting with addressing probably the most immediately obvious flaw with the genuine JRPG classic’s PC version: The graphics.

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Dragon Quest XI is bringing the grandpa of JRPGs to PC

Goblin-bothering is a truly international pastime.

There are few games more influential on the JRPG genre than the Dragon Quest series. Classic all-ages tales of swords and sorcery adventure, held together with traditional turn-based combat in a world of charming monster & character designs from Dragon Ball artist Akira Toriyama.

While a pair of spinoffs have made the jump already (Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2, which I still insist are two of the best Dynasty Warriors-derivatives), today’s announcement from Square Enix marks the first time in the series’ 32-year history that a core game has come to PC. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age is due out this September 4th.

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Final Fantasy XV mod makes car radio play your music

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It was a good day when the director of Final Fantasy XV told us modding would be supported for the PC version of the regal road trip JRPG. Since then we’ve had some plain costumes, as well as some much-needed graphical aid. But now someone has made a mod that lets you import your own music to the car radio. The Regalia’s radio normally just plays old Final Fantasy soundtracks you find on your travels, but now you can throw anything into the disk tray. Here’s how to do it, along with some suggestions for a classic road trip. Read the rest of this entry »

Octahedron wants you to climb-dance your way to Heaven

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There’s a new psychedelic rhythm-synced action platformer on the market today. Octahedron let’s you surf through a pulsating, underground world on platforms pulled from thin air in this challenging psychedelic action game that has you defying gravity to a pumping beat. I always love to platform upwards, and there simply aren’t enough dance platformers in the world today.

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Have you played… Rise of the Tomb Raider?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

A very good game wearing the skin of not a very good game. Peel that skin away, or at least try to ignore it, and find the golden bones underneath. Alternatively, just play the survival mode DLC and experience Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s best bits without the flab with a new sense of urgency.
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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider coming in September

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The next Lara Croft adventure will be Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and it’s coming on September 14th, with no period of console exclusivity this time round. Square Enix have been bunging corks into their leaky reveal barge over the last couple of days, but now the teaser trailer is officially here. It contains all of your expected Lara action: she climbs a vertical cliff-face, falls down and slams into a wall, and looks at a sunset above some ancient buildings. But wait! That’s no sunset at all. It’s an eclipse. Everyone knows eclipses are prime ingredients in Top Archaeology. You can raid a tomb in the morning, you can raid a tomb at night. But raid one during an eclipse and you’ll find some proper mysteries.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider springs quite a few leaks

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Update: Big surprise! It’s finally now official.

Now, keep this between us – quiet, alright? Just between you and me, I think there might be a new Tomb Raider game in the works. I also think that it might be called Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and that it might be released this September, and that it’ll feature scenes a lot like the completely-unrelated-we-assure-you image you see above.

I have all these wild hunches because Square Enix’s PR seems to have sprung all of the leaks, spilling juicy game info all over the place up to and including shakey-cam footage of the teaser trailer, along with the release date. So much for a dramatic reveal, eh?

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Final Fantasy XV mod fixes jitters and long load screens

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Good news, boy fans. A modder has offered a quick solution to a couple of Final Fantasy XV’s technical problems. The JRPG stag do performs generally well on PCs but that doesn’t mean there aren’t issues. Some players using a gamepad (myself included) have found that the game keeps detecting your mouse and keyboard even when you don’t want it to, flipping the on-screen prompts from controller buttons to keyboard keys. This causes jitters and frame drops. It’s v v v v v annoying. But don’t fret, a hero has arisen. And it’s the same guy who fixed Nier: Automata when the developers didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition

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The story of Final Fantasy XV is a tricky one to unpick. There’s the story about how it took ten years to actually come out, transforming from a Final Fantasy XIII spin-off into the boyband roadtrip-stag-do adventure we know today. There’s also the story of what happened after it came out, where a large chunk of its third act was almost completely rewritten and streamlined after people started complaining about how linear it had suddenly become after spending hours and hours on the glorious open road.

Then there’s the story of the game itself, which, at this point, has been spread across so many different forms of media, including a film, four anime episodes, four bits of DLC, a mobile spin-off and a multiplayer expansion (with even more to come, no less), that only three people in the entire universe actually understand it and would be able to recite it to you from start to finish.

But the story of four lads saving their home from an invading imperial army isn’t really what Final Fantasy XV is about. In fact, it’s arguably the least memorable thing about it. That might sound blasphemous for a JRPG, where the story is traditionally one of the most important parts of a game, but every conservation I’ve had about Final Fantasy XV over the last sixteen months always boils down to one of three things: food, photos and friendship. And it’s those that make it one of the best and most interesting goddamn JRPGs of the last decade.

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Life Is Strange: Before The Storm can’t escape the first game’s use of harmful tropes

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Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for the entirety of both Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm.

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is, in its own right, a very good game. But it can’t avoid the fact that it’s a Life Is Strange game, specifically a prequel to the original. And in the original, one of its central characters is dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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 plenty of shorter things to say soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Fear Effect Sedna revives old PlayStation horror today

Square Enix’s experiment in licensing fan-made, crowdfunded sequels to old games they own today emerges from its bunker for the first time with the launch of Fear Effect Sedna. It’s a supernatural stealth shooter following up on Kronos Digital Entertainment’s old Fear Effect games from the PlayStation. Sedna is actually a sequel to the original Fear Effect from the year 2000, though it does tinker with ye olde structure a little in going from that fixed-camera survival horror to more of a top-down shooter style. A remake of the first game is in the works too. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Fantasy XIV is adding a mega-scale hunting ground

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We might be devoting a lot of column inches to the good, good boys of Final Fantasy XV as of late, but let’s not forget that its immediate predecessor is still one of the most successful MMORPGs on the block.

In-between expansions, Final Fantasy XIV is supported by massive episodic updates, each one effectively a small expansion. The second episode of the current season was so big, they had to split it in two. The first half brought cackling clown-god Kefka back for an encore performance, and the latter half (due to hit servers on March 13th) promises a new, larger kind of endgame experience.

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The Best of Final Fantasy

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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 regard one another as friends, allies in a world that doesn’t understand us. Let’s look not to the past, but to the future!

And also at this definitive list of Final Fantasy games available on PC ranked in perfect order.

Don’t worry, there’s only nine of them.

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Kane & Lynch 2 is well worth a go for 80p

Psst, hey, you, wanna see something unusual for 80p? Pick up Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days in Square Enix’s Steam sale. Made by Hitman folks IO Interactive, K&L 2 may be typical for a 2010 cover shooter in a lot of ways but I still find it interesting for:

1) An aggressively ugly look riffing on uploaded camera phone videos that are over-compressed, blown-out, glitched, distorted, and censored by video hosts.
2) Making you fight for ages with awful guns, scrabbling from cover to cover and desperately trying to grab new guns after yours runs out of ammo.
3) A stunning and bustling Shanghai.
3) That bit where they’re naked and drenched in blood.

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Lost in time for decades, Chrono Trigger finally hits PC

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Twenty-three years, eh? Some of you reading this are probably younger than that. Well, you whippersnappers had better sit up and pay attention, because a genuine, no-qualifiers-necessary JRPG classic just popped up on Steam, over two decades past its original Super Nintendo debut.

While others such as Square’s own I Am Setsuna have attempted to recapture its spark, there really is nothing quite like the original time-travelling classic Chrono Trigger. For the first time, us PC folk can experience it without having to go emulate old consoles, though perhaps not without some issues.

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