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    by Published on 01-18-2019 10:22 PM
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    3. Kingdom Hearts,
    4. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories,
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    6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days,
    7. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep,
    8. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance,
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    Kingdom Hearts is a game that needs no introduction. It seems even the most jaded of fans still hold very much respect for this little gem that has, against all odds, remained as one of the PS2ís most beloved classics. This was a time when SE was still doing tons of risky, experimental stuff rather than trying to capitalize on the thing that was big at the time. I think it should come as no surprise that I really miss those times.

    Though Kingdom Hearts may be the last of its kind - that being a quirky, experimental title - itís still a shining example of a simple joy of creating new and exciting things that used to be SEís M.O. Iíd argue itís also one of the last bastions of such creative joy within the company, but I guess Iíll be elaborating more on this in later pieces.


    But what is it that makes KH so risky and experimental? Why, itís the unique combination of Disney and Final Fantasy, of course. As if that needs to be stated. Much like the mythical encounter Sakaguchi had with a Disney exec, itís just one of those things that we treat as a given nowadays, ...
    Published on 10-09-2017 07:45 PM
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    Ah, sequels. They're the ultimate base breakers. We either can't wait to see how the story we like so much continues, or are dreading how butchered the end product is guaranteed to be. Want to share your thoughts on sequels? Know any that measure up to the hype of the first movie/game/tv show? Head on to our thread here and join the discussion! ...
    by Published on 02-20-2017 08:08 PM
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    2. Final Fantasy Series,
    3. Square-Enix,
    4. Podcast
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    Now that we live in a post-FFXV world, Del Murder and I took the time to look back on some... interesting trends that SE has decided to follow in its game announcements.

    We've all joked about "Please be excited" and announcing announcements of announcements, but where did it all start? And where is it going? Will XVI meet the same fate? Have a listen as we discuss what we think about all this - and feel free to join the discussion!

    by Published on 11-28-2016 05:35 PM
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    2. Final Fantasy XV,
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    Final Fantasy XV comes out TOMORROW! After an excruciatingly long wait, we will soon all finally get a chance to see what all the fuss was about! Join us in this episode of Final Fantasy Talk as Wolf Kanno and I discuss the game's turbulent development and our hopes for the final product.

    by Published on 11-25-2016 09:55 PM
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    2. Features,
    3. Final Fantasy XV
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    Recently we've been treated to an excellent piece penned by our dear Pumpkin, showing us how a skeptic of FFXV's undeniable greatness can still hope for some good things. Considering I'm pretty much the opposite of a skeptic in that regard - that is, I am a raving maniac ready to ingest every copy of FFXV - I was thinking that thinking of counterpoints to my own point of view which might actually be a healthy way to soothe my proverbial mammaries. Here's five areas in which FFXV might screw up! ...
    by Published on 08-22-2016 07:20 PM
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    Today, Final Fantasy XV's official Youtube channel released a video showcasing the voice actors of some of the main characters of the game. After much speculation, the official voices have finally been revealed (with Kari Wahlgren, the voice of Ashe from FFXII returning as Aranea Highwind, though she isn't featured in the video).

    Each of the actors soeajs about what makes their characters compelling to work with, and what the overall impression that Final Fantasy XV made on them was. Click on the video below to check them out for yourself!

    What are your thoughts on the voice actors and their respective talents? Do you think they fit what we know of the characters so far? (Personally, the reveal that Matthew Mercer was playing the role of Cor Leonis made my inner fangirl squee.)

    Let us know in the comments! ...
    by Published on 08-21-2016 08:00 PM
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    So Final Fantasy XV has been delayed. Again. With a tangible release date this time, thankfully! Tune in to the latest episode of Final Fantasy Talks where Psychotic and I discuss our thoughts on this recent pushback!

    by Published on 08-18-2016 10:07 AM
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    The recent announcement of Final Fantasy XV's two-month delay was met with a mixed reception. Many people are glad that we will be getting a more polished product, but others have become so fed up with waiting that their hope for the product has started waning again.

    Apparently, some have even turned to the competition for comfort!

    A while ago Square Enix provided their users with a poll, asking whether they were more interested in Persona 5 or Final Fantasy XV. The reasons were speculated to be either the similar release period (with Persona 5 having a Japanese release planned just two weeks before Final Fantasy XV) or the Persona series' increased prominence in recent years, especially among JRPG enthusiasts who have long been Final Fantasy's core user base, some of whom have begun to felt more and more alienated by the real-time action RPG combat and more of a move to science fiction than fantasy.

    Nevertheless, while the ...
    by Published on 06-27-2016 08:10 PM
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    2. Square-Enix,
    3. Final Fantasy XII
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    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has many fans waiting in anticipation! This long-awaited HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII is finally coming to PS4 in 2017.

    Join me as I sit down with Wolf Kanno to talk about everything new in the HD rerelease of this wonderful Ivalice epic.

    by Published on 06-22-2016 10:16 PM
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    There's a reason the term "sophomore slump" exists. The first entry in a series always brings a certain degree of expectation to the table that a sequel should logically meet and even surpass. Needless to say, doing so is very hard. Although, video games are a unique case. Due to their interactive nature, most sequels are actually capable of being objectively better than their predecessors. Is Bravely Second an example of this or does it fall flat compared to Bravely Default? ...
    by Published on 06-08-2016 09:07 PM
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    The lovely folks at Square Enix have just treated us with a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.8! In the trailer, we are presented with in-game footage of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance in glorious HD, as well as Birth By Sleep 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage. The new graphics in the latter look particularly good, with Aqua's adventure using the new engine that will be the basis for Kingdom Hearts III.

    The last segment of the trailer is devoted to Kingdom Hearts χ: Back Cover, the movie version of the recently released smartphone game that takes place at the very beginning of the Kingdom Hearts timeline. We get to hear a lot of cryptic conversations between new, hooded characters called the Foretellers, as well as some dramatic scenes. The film itself looks gorgeous and I can't wait to see what this is all about!

    But perhaps the most ...
    by Published on 06-06-2016 12:03 PM
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    2. Final Fantasy XII,
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    The wait has been long, but the time has finally come! Final Fantasy XII has finally been confirmed for an HD rerelease, and it's the Zodiac Job system version!

    The announcement came in the form of a teaser trailer (linked below) that showcases the game's improved HD visuals. The characters and environments are looking better than ever!

    According to various sources (neogaf forums), we can expect more than just a simple graphical update. As this version of the game will be based on the Japan-only International Zodiac Job System release, we can expect all of the extra features from that game, including a Job System, turbo mode, and a choice between Japanese and English voices, both of which are getting enhanced for the HD version. The soundtrack is also getting a remaster (is this what Arnie Roth spoiled us on?), and you will be able to switch between the original and rearranged soundtrack, just ...
    by Published on 04-11-2016 07:12 PM

    The official Final Fantasy XV facebook recently provided us with an interesting little tidbit. Popular YouTube channel Epic Meal Time recently visited Square Enix Japan! The recent influx of info on Final Fantasy XV inspired them to make a special Cheesburger Bento Box. They even involved Hajime Tabata in their shenanigans! Check out the video bellow and see for yourself!

    by Published on 04-09-2016 08:42 PM
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    With all the recent buzz around FFXV, it's easy to get lost among all the new info we keep getting. Here's one bit that stands out: Tabata has confirmed that there will be DLC, and that it will be both free and paid. Apparently, with a game of this caliber and development costs, DLC will be necessary to earn back what was spent on the game.

    But we already knew that DLC was coming. Not only is it an inevitability in today's gaming climate, but we have already heard the airship or moogles might be coming as DLC. This time around, while we still don't get any specific details on the content of the DLC, we get to know that Tabata is considering additional story scenarios.

    How do you feel about new story missions as DLC? Do you think it should be paid or free? Do you feel like it's a good thing, or is it fake longevity and they should just move on to XVI? Let us know! ...
    by Published on 04-07-2016 09:08 PM
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    2. News,
    3. Final Fantasy XV
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    It's no secret that there has been significant backlash over the fact that there are no female characters within the party of Final Fantasy XV. That statement may not be completely true. As reported by Nova Crystallis, Luna is confirmed to make a guest appearance in the main party.

    Tabata reassures us that we will be able to see Luna in action. So far her and one other character - that being Cor Leonis - have been confirmed as guest characters. The dircetor mentioned, however, that there is a difference in how these characters will feature in the party. Cor will be joining Noctis temporarily in a fight, while with Luna, it'll be the other way around - Noctis & co. will be assisting her in a battle that is already underway. No word on other guest party members, but perhaps we can expect more in the finished game? Aranea, anyone?

    What do you think? Isn't it cool that we'll ...
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