Features
3 years ago.
Top Worlds We Want to See in Kingdom Hearts 3 - Part One
An aspect of the Kingdom Hearts series that every fan looks forward to with each new release is the announcement of new Disney worlds to explore. Since the start of the series, Disney has become both more liberal with the usage of its properties in the series, incorporating worlds like Tron and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers, as well as have acquired new properties that could potentially be explored, such as Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilms. Up until now several…
3 years ago.
Adventures in Eorzea: A Monthly Blog on Developments in Final Fantasy XIV
Adventures in Eorzea is a blog series on the developments of Sharjeel Makna, a level 60 Warrior (...and Warrior of Light!) within the wonderful world of Final Fantasy XIV. The series aims to highlight ongoing content updates in the game while providing commentary and opinion on the various additions to the title and giving brief insight into the culture of the online game's community. To read up on other posts in this series, follow this link.  Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sharjeel Makna.…
3 years ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade – Our Top Character Picks: Reader's Choice
We have been covering our most wanted characters for Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade, a brand new entry in the Dissidia series featuring a 3 on 3 battle system currently on arcades and rumored for a PlayStation 4 announcement some time soon. Our first and second set of picks (which you can find here and here ) were evaluated by our staff using a variety of factors, including  character popularity, title popularity, unique move sets, and roster diversity. However, for the last…
3 years ago.
The Case for Final Fantasy XV's Pitioss Ruins
Typically, when we think of Final Fantasy dungeons, we think of monster-filled labyrinths that test your ability to prepare your party for difficult encounters. There have been many that have had some sort of gimmick, such as FFIV's Magnetic Cavern, or FFVIII's Tomb of the Unknown King. Final Fantasy XV is no exception, but one dungeon stands out from the rest: Pitioss Ruins. It's such a weird fit in the game. Unlike the other dungeons, this one features no combat and…
3 years ago.
We chat with A Stage Reborn, Final Fantasy XIV's player-run theater troupe
A Stage Reborn is a community-run theater troupe of Final Fantasy XIV players that’s taken to performing in-game events, including their most recent performance of “I Want to Be Your Canary”, a play that originally appeared in 2000’s Final Fantasy IX.   It’s been a big hit with the game’s community, and has garnered a following that’s offered to volunteer in the production and has invested in their future projects as well.   Steve Pederzani (in-game name Wanderer Sabaku of Diabolos), is founder and…
3 years ago.
It won't take you three days to kill FFXV's Adamantoise; we do it considerably quicker
Calm yourself Conan, it won't take you three actual days to kill the Adamantoise. Heck, it won't even take three in-game days. With a little prep, it's easy to whittle down battle time before your pizza delivery driver arrives. Make no mistake, this Final Fantasy XV boss isn't exactly a pushover. The Adamantoise has well over five million hit points (that's a lot), but its attacks are rather predictable and survivable if you're decently geared. In the video below, I highlight…
3 years ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade - Our Top Character Picks: Part One
For those unaware, Square Enix has recently been rolling out a slew of updates for Dissidia Final Fantasy, a new re-imagining of the Dissidia series currently exclusive to arcades in Japan but slated for console release at some point in the future (and we can't wait!). While the title promises a full roster comparable to the original Dissidia titles, a slate of new characters have already been announced - including Final Fantasy XIV's Y'shtola, Type-0's Ace, and Tactics' Ramza. However, more…
3 years ago.
Final Fantasy XV Guide: How to locate all the soundtrack CDs for the car radio
Final Fantasy XV's car is special. Not only does it take you around the vast world of Eos but it functions as a place to kick back and chat or listen to music. Square Enix has fitted your radio with a number of classic Final Fantasy soundtracks - many of which need to be purchased at various vendors throughout the game. Now don't worry, the car does come loaded with several CDs right out the gate. You'll start the game with…
3 years ago.
Take one last roadtrip through Final Fantasy XV's trilogy of demos
Final Fantasy XV's long-awaited release is mere days away (that's if you haven't managed to snag a copy already) so we thought we'd kick back and reminisce about the demos we've had up until launch. Believe it or not, there are three demos for the game that have spanned well over a year, starting with 2015's Episode Duscae. If you purchased a "Day One Edition" of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you got Episode Duscae…
3 years ago.
World of Final Fantasy: A Beginner's Guide
World of Final Fantasy is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America, and I thought I'd share some basic entry-level tips for your journey through Grymoire. The game has a truckton of Mirages to collect and train, as well as a variety of bosses and battle challenges to face. Check 'em out below: Catch 'em all, level some There are many Mirages to collect in World of Final Fantasy, and all of them come with their own unique…
3 years ago.
Distant Worlds is an audiovisual celebration of the Final Fantasy universe
I’ll go ahead and admit it up front. Despite my daily log-ins into Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea, I consider myself a lapsed Final Fantasy fan. Almost a decade of Final Fantasy XIII, with its incoherent, disastrous plot and an endless barrage of side titles (I'm looking at you, Type-0) has clouded my positive memories of why Final Fantasy has had such a big impact on my life. Even today I look at the upcoming Final Fantasy XV with a bit…
3 years ago.
We check out the Dragon Quest Heroes II Japanese demo
Square Enix recently put up a demo for Dragon Quest Heroes II on the Japanese PlayStation store, so we thought we'd go for a ride. Dragon Quest Heroes II features two new playable protagonists and a slew of new and returning Dragon Quest series characters. Developed by Koei Tecmo, the spinoff series fuses elements of Dynasty Warrior's hack-and-slash gameplay with Dragon Quest's RPG mechanics. New features in this version include the ability to change vocations (such as Mage, Monk, and so…
3 years ago.
We spend an hour dispensing justice with the Justice Monsters Five
Justice Monsters Five is a new freemium title now available for iOS and Android smartphones, and we thought we'd take a spin with it. You'll likely remember the title's announcement at Uncovered Final Fantasy XV event earlier this year, but to quickly recap, it's a game that you'll be able to play on your smartphone or in Final Fantasy XV as a mini-game. What I can best describe as a "Pinball meets Arkanoid meets RPG", Justice Monsters Five will let you…
3 years ago.
Watch us mess up Final Fantasy XIV's "The Rising" play
Believe it or not, it's been three whole years since Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn began official service. Each year, around this time, a special seasonal event called "The Rising" takes place in the game that celebrates the sacrifices made in the Calamity. The Crystal Caravan, a troupe of traveling playwrights, will tell the tale of the Battle of Carteneau -- where the Eorzean Alliance and Garlean Empire fought below the descending Dalamud. Through pure accident, the Warrior of…
3 years ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 15) Aug 22 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our fifteenth episode, we talk about the recently-released Final Fantasy XV gameplay footage, more Kingsglaive, and new developments for Final Fantasy XIV. Watch via YouTube or listen via Soundcloud below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm43P8vGIOM …
3 years ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 14) Aug 14 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our fourteenth episode, the entire show is devoted to recent Final Fantasy XV developments. While we recorded before director Tabata's official announcement, we lend our thoughts into why the delay happened (and why it's a good thing!) We also share our impressions of new Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV…
3 years ago.
An hour with Square Enix's Mobius Final Fantasy
Available on iOS and Android devices this week, Mobius Final Fantasy celebrates its worldwide launch over a year after its Japanese debut. Square Enix luminaries assemble such as producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Naoki Hamaguchi, writer Kazushige Nojima, artists Toshitaka Matsuda and Toshiyuki Itahana, with the soundtrack composed by Mitsuto Suzuki. In the video below we spend over an hour in the game's introductory chapter: https://www.youtube.com/v/BhT7CbPO4AU The game begins by introducing us to our playable protagonist who wakes up in a mysterious land called…
3 years ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 13) July 31 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our thirteenth episode, we discuss our impressions of the latest Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV trailer and its relationship to the upcoming game, I Am Setsuna's North American release and reception, Final Fantasy XIV's new Deep Dungeon content, and the Yo-Kai Watch collaboration event. Watch via YouTube or listen…
3 years ago.
I Am Setsuna's developers' room is cute as heck
I Am Setsuna released this week in North America and Europe, and we played a whole bunch of it. In the process of that we stumbled across the developers' room tucked in a far corner of the world. Here, in some strange parallel universe, the I Am Setsuna staff emerge to greet you, the player. It's something of a tradition in a few classic Square games. Check it out in our video below (which contains no major story spoilers.) I Am Setsuna…
3 years ago.
We dive into FFXIV's new Deep Dungeon: The Palace of the Dead
Debuting in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.35, The Palace of the Dead is a new type of dungeon content that can be attempted solo or a group of up to four players. In the video below, Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine, Tony Garsow, and Looking Forward To It alum Mike Dantoni descend through the first ten floors. Fair warning -- we get a bit silly. What makes this dungeon so different is that it uses an independent leveling system and…