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All posts tagged "Square Enix"

  • You really should be playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    Turning not only one but two mainline Final Fantasy games into massively multiplayer online experiences is pretty crazy, right? Right. Except, that it’s not and may be some of the most interesting moves that Square Enix has ever done. Over the past few weeks I’ve been neck-deep in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and it may just be one of the best entries in the series. During the past decade or so I've been hesitant about MMO games due to bad and bland experiences (I’m looking at you, World of WarCraft and Lord of the Rings Online), but after...

  • Final Fantasy XV breaks records with over 5m units sold

    After 10 years in development, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) was released on 29 November. It seems like the wait has paid off for Square Enix as over five million units of the game have been sold. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, this makes Final Fantasy XV the fastest-selling title in the series. The game went on to break the record for the number of digital downloads for a day-one release in Japan. In Asia, excluding Japan, it also smashed sales numbers for a combination of physical and digital titles sold on the day of release. Local allocation...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [PS4] review: that unfinished feeling

    Game developer Eidos Montreal has finally released its latest edition to the Deus Ex franchise titled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This widely anticipated game might not be all it's cracked up to be. But, it certainly tries its best. Mankind Divided incorporates the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor Deus Ex: Human Revolution but doesn’t seem to be as impactful with regards to the story. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad game. The story of augmented apartheid Two years have gone by since the multiple endings to Human Revolution (no matter what ending you received, it doesn’t seem to affect...

  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past review [3DS]: one of the best JRPGs ever

    There’s a distinct lack of traditional JRPGs in this modern age of re-invented consoles and hyper-realistic graphics. One series that has stayed true to its roots is Dragon Quest. Finally, after 16 years, English fans will be able to experience one of the most epic gaming tales ever: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. The game originally debuted on the PlayStation 1 and has now been remastered for the Nintendo 3DS console. Well, it's only just been localised for English audiences and was in fact released in Japan three years ago. Fans in the 'Western' market have been clamouring...

  • Dragon Quest I [Android] review: revisiting the forefather of JRPGs

    Before giving Dragon Quest I a go, I'd only ever previously played DQ VIII on the PlayStation 2, and that was brief foray into the series. Recently, I'd been looking for an old-school JRPG to play on the go and the DQ I remake on Android was the recommended port of call. The entirety of Dragon Quest I is a JRPG trope and cliché. Let me rephrase that: DQ I invented many JRPG tropes and clichés. From the game's "save the princess from the dragon" storyline to the endless grinding for levels, and overall fantasy theme. The entirety of Dragon Quest I is...

  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [PS4] review: run away from your problems

    If you and your friends spent a late night recounting the great games of 2008, Mirror's Edge would likely feature somewhere in that conversation. It was a monumental title, back when shooting things in the face was fast becoming the norm. With its focus on mobility and physics rather than violence and machismo, it was a breath of fresh air. Eight years after its debut, its prequel/sequel/god-knows-what, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, is now setting PCs and consoles alight with deep eye-straining contrasts and primary colours. In many ways, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is much of the same, but that's also not to...

  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past preview: a traditional 3DS JRPG for fans

    The latest release in the long-running Dragon Quest series isn't a new title, but rather a remaster. Originally launched on the PlayStation back in 2000, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past was released for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS market in 2013. The game is finally heading to Western audience and I'm currently in the midst of reviewing the title. But what of first impressions? Dragon Quest VII starts has you playing as a silent, nameable protagonist, along with some very characteristic childhood friends. Everyone lives on a planet with only one island and ocean as far as the eye...

  • Final Fantasy XV delayed thanks to day-one patch

    For better or worse, day-one updates have become the norm over the past few years. In saying so, there are a few big disadvantages to taking this route. Arguably the biggest downside is that you need an internet connection to grab the update, along with plenty of data. After all, patches can often be several gigabytes in size. Fortunately for those without a decent connection, Square Enix has opted to delay Final Fantasy XV's 30 September release in order to incorporate the day one update. Game director Hajime Tabata broke the news in a video uploaded to the Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel. "Our...

  • Dragon Quest VII showcased at E3 2016, coming 16 September

    The series that doesn't always make it over to Western audiences is coming to Western audiences. During E3 2016, Square Enix finally showed off some English footage of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (DQ8) for the Nintendo 3DS. A stand-alone game, DQ8 features characters who live in a world covered in islands. At some point during this planet's history, it instead had continents, but all have since finished. Your quest is to travel to the past and figure out what went wrong. Keeping in line with the original PlayStation release, DQ8 features a class system where characters can switch...

  • Square Enix announces Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 release date, shows off new trailer

    The third compilation in the Kingdom Hearts series is finally getting a (rough) release date. Titled Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the game will be available worldwide in December this year. The Square Enix (SE) and Disney mashup series is finally making its debut on the PlayStation 4. The collection will contain an HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (originally released on the Nintendo 3DS), cinematic tie-in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, and finally the all-new title Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage. Both of the latter titles will tie into Kingdom Hearts III, though...