All posts tagged: Final Fantasy XV

Japanese Video Game of the Year Awards – 2016

It’s that time of year (give or take a few weeks) where we all take a second and ponder the year that was. However, rather than use this time for introspection or self betterment, why not just think about which games were most fun? Which ones took you by surprise, which ones met your expectations and which ones exceeded them by far. If only there were some already completed list to help spark your though process, complete with pictures and individualised blurbs… Why, who put this here? What luck! A (somewhat) well thought out list of Japanese based video games that made 2016 fun. Talk about a lucky break. Why not give it a look? I’ll meet you down at the bottom of the page. Have fun! GOTY – Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth 2016 was, in the eyes of many fans, a year dedicated to the long-running Monster Taming franchise Digimon. At the forefront of it’s year-long victory was none other than this year’s Game Of The Year; Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. The first worthwhile …

Final Fantasy XV – Review

Well folks, it’s finally here; the game we’ve all been waiting for nigh on a decade now…or was it longer? Though understanding regarding the development processes of a video game vary, I think everybody can agree that they are simply happy that this period of waiting is now over. Of course, that means that everybody can now play the XV (nee Versus XIII) adventure they have so longed for, finally, and perhaps contentiously, putting that one burning question to rest; Is it as good as we’ve hoped? The Hype Train, as it has so been dubbed, is a rather perilous facet of pop culture. With passengers pinning their hopes and dreams on a station not yet reached, joy can turn to malice in an instant depending on how well their dreams and ideas mesh with the reality presented to them. Of course, this effect is only intensified by a particularly lengthy journey and with more than a decade of trailers, concepts and plans behind them, Square Enix lay bound to the tracks before this aforementioned train. …

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV – Review

For as long as there has been more than one kingdom, there have been tales of war. Not trying to be glib, just stating the facts. Small disagreements, minute clashes that escalate as populations boon, swirling into a chaos of misunderstandings, conflicts of ideals and simple greed. Now, this is not to say that peace is an impossibility, but that it is a possibility hidden in the depths of the future, one that must be purposefully reached. Additionally, in the world of fiction, war makes for a far more compelling story than peace, especially when said war involves lightning, gods and really, really cool daggers. XV. Those two letters representing two numbers representing over a decade of waiting, a waiting which is still being enacted. No, my friends, this is not the game you are looking for, but a movie based within its world. A prequel of sorts delving into the story of a protagonist unseen thus far. Rather than add to the tale of Noctis Lucis Caelum (as Brotherhood Final fantasy XV does), Kingsglaive …

Hands-On With Final Fantasy XV At Madfest 2016

It has been quite a while since Square Enix gave us the opportunity to preview Final Fantasy XV, and since then the game’s release has been delayed for seemingly unknown reasons. This, to all those who have been anticipating the game ever since it’s reveal, is something they hope does not plague them for longer than it has to, but Square Enix are doing everything in their power to expose it’s audience to FF XV in whatever form they can. At the inaugural Madfest Japanese Pop Culture Festival, Square Enix’s sizeable gameplay area featured several consoles running a brand-new build of the upcoming game, albeit only playable in twenty-minute segments. I can’t say that the game has changed too much from the last time I was able to get my hands on it, but certain tweaks and changes, though minor, are very much recognizable. Perhaps the biggest change that I was able to notice was that of the altered combat system. As a whole, it’s very much the same, but there was one key striking …

Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV Delivers on It’s Promise

Well, well, well. It certainly has been a trip hasn’t it? Ten years,a decade, since that little Versus XIII announcement that sparked one of the longest running pre-release windows since Duke Nukem Forever. But those days are very slighlty behind, and just a little in front, of us my friends as Square Enix has finally delivered us some definitive information regarding the oh so elusive Final Fantasy XV. I know, cray right? Nevertheless, it is the truth and it’s coming at you like a speeding train. Let the uncovering commence! From the purple lit Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Square Enix let loose the most information about the FFXV universe to date. Fans cheered, creators bowed and co-host Greg Miller swooned over the car so heavily featured in promotional material. From the onset, the showcase promised fourteen brand new reveals, though it was not too hard to determine even then that one final showing would be added to that list, bringing the final count to fifteen. Get it? Because of the number? Anywho, why don’t …

Final Fantasy XV Recieves Some In-Depth Gameplay Information (Jury Still Out on Release Date)

Final Fantasy XV, FFXV, FF15, FF Versus XIII, whatever you want to call it, this game has been somewhere in the minds of gamers ever since its announcement…which was a while ago. But let’s curb the release date heresay for a while shall we? We’ve got details to discuss, well, I’ve got details to explain and a trailer to show, which is kind of similar to discussion. Anywho, Game Director Hajime Tabata and Marketing Manager Akio Ofuji took to the web of world wideness during a stream entitled Active Time Report in order to reveal som new tidbits about the latest in a long line of fantasies that may or may not be final in nature. Venturing in-game, villainy will take the form of the Niflheim Empire, a mechanically centered civilisation that has claimed control of the entire world, barring the nation of Lucis. Said force is headed by Emperor Iedolas Aldercapt, though his semi-retired status leaves Ardyn Izunia as the true ruler. Other revealed characters, such as General Glauca and Verstael, hold power within the …

The Twain Shall Meet – Final Fantasy XV TGS 2015 Trailer Revealed

One of the longest awaited Final Fantasy games in quite a while has reveived yet another trailer thanks to the Tokyo Game show of this, the year 2015. Now, whether you believe this game to be awaited due to its content or the delays that saw it jump from a member of the XIII franchise to its own shiny new number is neither hither nor thither, because we’re here to look at a pretty trailer. Graphics away! Rounding out as pretty brief in the ol’ length department, this cinematic trailer shows us glimpses of protagonist Noctis and a semi-imprisoned lady known as Luna. I say semi-imprisoned on account of her simply brushing aside one of the machine guns pointed at her head. Yeah, fully imprisoned people can’t just do that…it gets them shot. Anyway, a thematic flashback of fifteen years reveals that there may lie secrets in Noctis’ past relevant to the event of XV proper. They might not be, but it’d be pretty weird if they made a trailer for something that wasn’t important …

The Preview Returns – Episode Duscae 2.0 Released

Well Final Fanatics, it looks like its time again to take a look at XV and all it promises to bring us…by looking at Duscae once more. Ok, so apparently Square Enix took a little bit of a survey regarding the last release of this particular demo, the feedback of which led them to tweak the Episode a little in a number of ways. In regards to gameplay, the camera and targetting systems have been re-worked, whilst the battle system has been imbued with a few new combos and a touch of re-balancing. A new boss fight has also been promised…probably against the giant elephant-dinosaur-pig monster shown in the screenshots, but you know what they say about making assumptions. Of course, all of this information only applies if you actually own the Episode Duscae demo, which came bundled with Type-0 HD (which has also received a slight, camera-control upgrade). So sit back, wait for your game to update and enjoy the latest pre-instalment of FF XV; Episode Deux-scae…Two-scae…I’ll stop now. -30-

XV From XV – Highlight Trailer Released For Final Fantasy XV Demo -Episode Duscae-

Please don’t tell me you missed out on playing the demo for Final Fantasy XV! You know what I’m talking about right? Episode Duscae? Surely when you picked up your copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD you made sure to play the free demo that came with it. You didn’t get Final Fantasy Type-0 HD?! That’s insane! No, wait, it’s fine, it’s fine. Square Enix have done us all a solid today, especially those who havn’t played the Episode Duscae demo, and released a pretty great three minute trailer which basically highlights fifteen of the best moments from the Final Fantasy XV demo. Fifteen for fifteen, you get it? Yeah, you get it. Because of limited supplies, it’s not too crazy to imagine that some people didn’t actually get a chance to play the demo. I overreacted before and I apologise. Watching this video will instil in you exactly what playing the demo did; that this is going to be one hell of a great Final Fantasy title. It’s one that fans have been waiting …

Hands-On With “Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae”

October, 2011 was when the original “Final Fantasy Type-0” was released on the PlayStation Portable over in Japan. That version of the highly sought-after video game was never released outside of the great country to the lamentation of all the fans who longed for the game with every fibre of their being. It’s now 2015 and that game has finally been released around the world on Sony’s next generation console the PlayStation 4. The new release of “Type-0” does differ from the original PlayStation Portable release in that it has been tweaked and changed to suit a more contemporary audience. This means better graphics, better gameplay and a better overall experience. Anyone reading this that hasn’t been keeping up with recent news would probably think that the release of this game would be the most exciting thing for “Final Fantasy” fans in the early months of 2015. If that’s what you do think, I hate to tell you but…you’re absolutely wrong. A certain special demo was provided with early purchases of the long-awaited game. This …

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – PAX East Trailer Released

Anyone who knows anything about video games and the industry to which it belongs surely has heard of the amazing gaming convention known as PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Those people aware of the event know that it is a mecca for pop culture fanatics the world over. Square Enix, a week away from releasing the much-anticipated “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD”, put together a trailer specifically for the crowds of PAX East which was held over the past weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. Crowds at the convention absolutely swooned over the new trailer and that lead Square Enix to release the same exact video online for us all to see. Simply titled the “PAX East Trailer”, the new video takes us, once again, into the world of the new game. Despite having seen most of the footage before, the trailer has still worked to raise hype ever higher and with only a week until release it has come at the very best time. Backing up the footage of “Type-0 HD” are a couple quick shots of the …

Swordplay, Spelunking and Shopping with Noctis – Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Screenshots Revealed

The long awaited, the long anticipated, the long wanted Final Fantasy XV is drawing ever closer my friends (hence my use of triplicate statements that all mean exactly the same thing, I’m just that amped). That being said, it shall still be a while until we can get our hands on the full XV experience, thus we must tide ourselves over with Episode Duscae, a nifty little demo to be included with Day One purchases of Type-0 (available with both English and Japanese audio with English, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish subtitles). So what are you waiting for? Shift your view slightly downwards and check out the screenshots that show our new protagonist (and friends) living it up on a road trip across country. Although their car is noticeably absent… -30-

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – Gameplay overview Trailer Released + “Episode Duscae” Demo Showcase

Can you seriously believe that “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD” is only about a month away from getting a full release? There’s some part of me that just comprehend it. It feels like Western gamers have been waiting years to get their hands on this game and…well, actually, it HAS been years…the original “Final Fantasy Type-0” was released on the PlayStation Portable. Wow. Anywho, to celebrate the almost-release of the new “Final Fantasy” title, Square Enix have released a brand-new trailer that basically combines everything we’ve seen over the past couple of months. Coming straight from the European Active Time Report in London, this trailer leads wonderfully into the final stretch of the game’s release. Bring on “Type-0”, baby! We’re ready! As aa little bonus to add on to the end of the “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD” trailer is another little video from the same event that shows audiences even more of what they can expect in the upcoming “Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae” demo that will come complimentary with any pre-order of “Type-0 HD. …

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae – New Screenshots Released

Square Enix knows what the fans want. Square Enix can’t always deliver exactly that but they always do their best to get as close as possible. Now I know you all want to get your hands on “Final Fantasy XV”, I think we all do, and I know you’d like to have a go at playing the demo ‘Episode Duscae”, I think we all do, BUT those two things have yet to be made available so the wonderful company behind them will give you the next best thing…screenshots. Yes, today Square Enix have released another batch of b-e-a-utiful “Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae” that will, once again, show you more of what you can expect in the upcoming game. I know, you don’t want to sit here and read all day, you want to see some pictures! Well we’ve provided them for you below so check them out and basque in their almighty glory! Want to play the “Final Fantasy XV” demo “Episode Duscae”? Well go and pre-order “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD”; every preorder will …

Final Fantasy XV and Type-0 HD Net Some New Screenshots

Though it’s been quite the wait for the not-so-Final franchise to receive its next addition, we’ve still got a ways to go until both XV and Type-0 HD hit the shelves and, subsequently, our consoles. In the meantime, Square Enix has released a few more screenshots to remind you that these titles look cool. This time around, we get to see Noctis jump into the thick of things and take on some generic soldier types, who I assume serve as the cannon fodder in this adventure. Seriously, henchmen need a union or something. Especially when they’re fighting against a Final Fantasy protagonist, and one who can teleport no less…or do a mid battle handstand. Shifting perspective a little, you might also wanna take a look at what Type-0 has to offer, namely images of students Eight, King and Sice (aka the coolest looking member of Class Zero). FF fans may also recognise some franchise regulars who may or may not be Ifrit, Shiva and Bahamut…they are…there’s nametags and everything. FFXV FF Type-0 HD via Gematsu -30-

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV Net New Trailers

Courtesy of a little shindig known as Jump Festa 2014, the duo of upcoming Final Fantasy titles have received new trailers. Highlighting some of the title’s fast paced combat, Type-0’s trailer presents Class Zero’s struggle against those who would attack the Dominion of Rubrum, as well as the trials they faces as students of war. The innate maturity of which is captured by the haunting song that overlays the trailer’s opening, though it later fades into a more triumphant tune, not that it makes it any less sad. Not to be outdone, Final Fantasy XV also presents some of its exciting features and familiar faces, complete with full English voiceover. Additionally, you may enjoy looking at the towns that populate the game and create the world at large and showcase the more industrial vibe of the game…also there’s a giant Eidolon. It’s name is Titan and it’s big. -30-

Final Fantasy XV Trailer Receives English Dub

That’s right friends, XV is still on the way. It’s been quite a while since we first saw vision of Noctis rolling around town in his chauffeured car and a lot has changed since then. Namely the titular number. Anyway, the last TGS revealed to us a new trailer featuring what may be the FF franchises first ever road trip, just a bunch of friends hanging out, fighting monsters and showing us all the environments that we will come across when we eventually play the game ourselves. Speaking of, Square Enix has just re-released said trailer with one noticeable difference; an English dub. So sit back and enjoy your first hint of what the cast will sound like throughout your next 50+ hour JRPG adventure. -30-

Final Fantasy XV – Tech Demo and Walkthrough Videos Released

We’re almost at the end of 2014 which means 2015 is just on the horizon. The new year is exciting not only because we say goodbye to the old but because of the many video games set for a release in the fresh 365 days ahead. One, possibly the most anticipated, is a video game by Square Enix called “Final Fantasy XV”. Maybe you’ve heard of it. I don’t know though, it’s a pretty unheard of series. Yeah…right. “Final Fantasy XV” has been on the mind of JRPG fans every since it was announced which was a lot longer ago than I care to remember only because it has tormented me due to the fact that I don’t yet have it in my hands, but that can be said about many games that haven’t been released. Recently, Paris Games Week played host to a relatively small but booming showcase by Square Enix who chose “Final Fantasy XV” to be their main focus. Shown to a crowd of extremely lucky game lovers were two videos; one …

Final Fantasy XV and Type-0 HD Reveal Some Gorgeous Trailers and Release Info

No you didn’t read wrong fellow FF fanatics, Square Enix has just released a brad new look at the long, long anticipated FFXV and Type-0 HD. Both trailers depict a number of locations, showcasing some of the new gameplay styles that will appear in each game, whilst also spending plenty of time to show you just how good the games look. Final Fantasy has always been known for its incredible visual elements, so just imagine what they can accomplish on the newest generation of consoles. Along with the trailer for FFXV, it was also announced that Tetsuya Nomura would be stepping away from the game in order to focus on projects that could only be made possible by himself, as was the official declaration. In his place, Hajime Tabata (director of Type-0) will see the game through to its eventual release somepoint in the future. Although it is also known that Type-0 HD will hit America on March 17th and Europe on March 20th. We have a date people! Also, said game will ship with a …