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4 months ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Review
Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer online role playing game that originally released back in September of 2010. However, due to a lot of extreme issues that made the game nearly unplayable, it took the combined efforts of director/producer Naoki Yoshida, his development team and the community of devoted fans to bring the game back from the brink of destruction and become what would be called Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. This "revamped" version would launch in August…
2 years ago.
Talking Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood with producer/director Naoki Yoshida
With Final Fantasy XIV's second major expansion on the horizon, it's natural we still have plenty of questions. After all, the undertaking is proving to be absolutely massive with each reveal - as to be expected with two new jobs, new locations, battle system updates and more. With Heavensward wrapped up it's time to look toward the game's future and all the improvements it's looking to bring along for the ride. We had the chance to catch up with Naoki Yoshida…
2 years ago.
Dragon Quest Heroes II Review
DRAGON QUEST HEROES II is yet another series spinoff that’s graced shores outside Japan, in what seems to been a plentiful last few years for the franchise’s faithful hoping to see more games on a home console. While the absence of a Dragon Quest X localization pangs, you won’t find yourself without a few good games that faithfully carry the series aesthetics down some interesting avenues, like the clever and lovely Dragon Quest Builders. The second collaboration between Square Enix and…
2 years ago.
NieR Automata Review
NieR Automata is a brilliant game, and I’m still in a semi-stupor that it’s actually a thing that exists. The original NieR, which released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2010, wasn’t reviewed in the highest regard. Most of the complaints were about the gameplay and combat, though praise was given to the unconventional story presentation and excellent score. The sum total earned it middling marks, and sadly, the game was overlooked by many. It seemed like NieR's…
2 years ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Interview with Naoki Yoshida
Following up the first day of Final Fantasy XIV's final leg of Fan Festival activities in Frankfurt, producer/director Naoki Yoshida had a chance to sit down for a special Stormblood-themed round-table conference. Nova Crystallis along with select press from around the world were in attendance for a chat discussing different aspects of the upcoming expansion - including locations and the newly revealed Samurai job class. Yoshida: Thank you for staying so late for this. Last October we began our group of Fan Festivals…
2 years ago.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review
With the road to Kingdom Hearts III still shrouded in darkness, Square Enix has seen fit to put out another HD collection to hold fans over with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. A mouthful, I know, but it's the final piece of the puzzle needed before the series can continue - or so we hope. Here's what you need to know: packed inside this release is a story told in three parts. An HD remaster of the original…
2 years ago.
Final Fantasy XV Review
A lot’s happened in 10 years but we’re finally here. Final Fantasy XV is real, it’s in our hands and we’ve played it to completion. It’s kind of hard to believe. Armed with a wonderful soundtrack, a big open world and an action-based battle system, Final Fantasy XV represents a big step for the series. After years of expectations, troubled development, a generational leap and staff changes along with a host of other difficulties and delays the game has shaped up…
3 years ago.
NieR: Automata Interview: Exploring the world of Platinum's latest
Last year, Square Enix surprised the world with a special announcement at E3 - a little-known game called NieR would be getting a sequel. The original 2010 release failed to live up to critical and sales expectations alike, spelling doom for the now cult classic RPG. For as much love as it received in smaller circles, many fans believed a sequel nigh impossible. That is, until now. Square Enix revealed a surprise partnership with Platinum Games who are bringing their action…
3 years ago.
NieR: Automata Interview: Die Welt von Platinums neuestem Streich (German)
Letztes Jahr überraschte Square Enix die Welt mit einer besondereren Ankündigung auf der E3: Das eher recht unbekannte Spiel NieR wird einen Nachfolger bekommen. Das Original erschien 2010 und blieb hinter den Erwartungen für die Verkaufszahlen und Kritiken zurück. Trotz einer eingeschworenen Fangemeinde schien ein Nachfolger bis dato noch unmöglich. In einer überraschenden Partnerschaft tut sich Square Enix mit Platinum Games zusammen, die ihre Erfahrungen mit Action-Games voll ausspielen können. Taro Yoko's Spielwelt und Geschichtenerzählung rundet das Paket ab. Wir hatten vor…
3 years ago.
NieR: Automata - Impressionen von der Gamescom (German)
Auf der Gamescom 2016 haben mir Square Enix und Platinum Games einen kleinen Vorgeschmack zum Action-RPG NieR: Automata spendiert, welches Anfang nächsten Jahres erscheinen wird. Der Nachfolger zu NieR aus dem Jahr 2010 spielt ebenfalls im gleichen Universum wie Drakengard, wogegen die Handlung in einer unbekannten Zeit nach dem letzten Spiel angesiedelt ist. Insbesondere als Neuling der Spielreihe hatte ich einige Fragen, welche in einer ausführlichen Demonstration des Spiels, gefolgt von einer actionreichen Time Trial beantwortet wurden. Am Anfang der Präsentation gab es eine kleine Einleitung…
3 years ago.
NieR: Automata Preview Impressions
At Gamescom 2016 I was given the opportunity to view a gameplay demonstration for NieR: Automata - Square Enix and Platinum Games' upcoming Action RPG due out next year. As the follow-up to 2010's NieR the game takes place in the same universe as Drakengard, set in an unknown time following the events of the previous title. With all that information in tow, I certainly had a lot of questions - many of which were answered during an extensive showcase…
3 years ago.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Filmkritik (German)
Diese Rezension enthält keine größeren Spoiler und basiert auf der englischen Version des Films. Final Fantasy und Filme haben eine lange gemeinsame Geschichte, die sich bisher schon über 11 Jahre erstreckt. Als Squaresoft damals mit Final Fantasy: Die Mächte in dir den ersten Film ins Rennen schickte, waren viele Fans enttäuscht. Was hatte das mit "Final Fantasy" zu tun? Als es Square Enix ein paar Jahre mit Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children erneut versuchte, wurde es für den Fan Service gelobt, hatte als echter Spielfilm jedoch…
3 years ago.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Review
Final Fantasy and film-making have a long, storied history spanning back eleven years now. When Squaresoft penned their first film with Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, many were disappointed. How could something like this be considered "Final Fantasy"? A few years later, Square Enix decided to try their hand again - this time with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which was praised for its fan service but fell flat as a proper film. 2013 saw the conversion of Final Fantasy Versus XIII…
4 years ago.
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below Review
Dragon Quest. Most of the discussion around the series these days seems to be a lack of localization. Not only is the newest “mainline” title Dragon Quest X missing in action, but several remakes of classic titles have been forgone. Has Square Enix given up on Dragon Quest in the west? Will Nintendo localize? OMG! Should I start my “localize Dragon Quest XI” fan campaign yet? Hold up... Toss out that baggage for just a minute... Here’s an actual Dragon Quest game coming…
4 years ago.
Breaking down Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae
As many of you know the Final Fantasy XV first peek came out just a few days ago, packaged within the expertly remastered Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. I picked myself up a first print copy, and wasted no time in downloading the demo. I was excited to try it out, and for me that's a pretty big leap. From my days as a commenter on this and other sites, I've never really held interest in what was once known as Final…
4 years ago.
Recording for a New Generation: A chat with the studio behind the music of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae
When news broke that an outside studio would be handling the music in-part of Final Fantasy XV, we were intrigued. It meant that Square Enix was becoming more comfortable again with others touching their work and a strong desire to see that work through to completion by adapting large-scale use of live music in their games. For that purpose, composers contracted to the company such as Masashi Hamauzu and more recently, Yoko Shimomura, have turned to the expertise of the…
5 years ago.
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Review
Of the many early PS2 titles that are now viewed as having helped to define the RPG genre in that high-quality era, Final Fantasy X remains among the best. The 2003 follow-up, Final Fantasy X-2, isn’t as favorably regarded, but Square Enix's decision to include it alongside its all-time-great sibling as one package in Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster isn’t unwelcome. Both games have been brought together on the PS3 and PS Vita a decade after their original…
6 years ago.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Import Review
At its core Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is an intriguingly designed RPG weighed down by a bloated and often nonsensical story that feels bare even after fifty hours of game time. Despite best intentions much of what the game does ends up feeling generally half-baked, and while combat and customization are the best that this title has to offer, Lightning Returns ultimately ends up an experiment that is likely best not revisited in the future. While I found Final Fantasy…
6 years ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review
The vast odyssey that has been the creation, destruction and now rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV has finally come to an end. Three years on from the game's original, fractured release, Square Enix has managed to pull together something most companies wouldn't have even attempted - a full mea culpa reboot of the game. Many believed it couldn’t be done, but here we are with the failings of the original version behind us - and what we get is an…
6 years ago.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX Review
Oft touted as one of the defining titles of the PlayStation 2 era and part of Squaresoft's perfect last hurrah, it’s almost hard to believe that over a decade has gone by since the release of the original Kingdom Hearts. For many choosing their favorite entry in the series is a difficult task, but for me the choice is a little easier - the very first entry will always have a special place in my heart. Adventuring with Sora, Donald and…