Showing posts with label Square Enix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Square Enix. Show all posts

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Xbox One backward compatibility feature brings Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy and Civilization Revolution as Xbox One X enhanced from Xbox 360.

The entire Xbox community came celebrating the fourth-annual X018 event this weekend at Mexico City and Microsoft Studios teamed up with Square Enix to announce that Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy will be backwards compatible on Xbox One from November 13.

It is time for fans of the series to rejoice in excitement as Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII from role-playing game franchise Final Fantasy has joined the library of Xbox One X enhanced backward compatibility.

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Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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These three action RPG titles from "Fabula Nova Crystallis" saga with mostly positive receptions were originally released within 2009 to 2013 for Xbox 360 consoles aside from other platforms like Android, iOS, PC and PlayStation 3.

Not only are these games are being made available for Microsoft's eighth-generation home console, FFXIII Trilogy is receiving enhanced visual upgrade to be enjoyed on the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X.

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The above-mentioned titles will soon join previously announced lineup of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and World of Final Fantasy Maxima as part of Final Fantasy Legacy Collection, will be releasing throughout 2019.

On another note, turn-based strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games has also received Xbox One X enhanced update. Back in April 2017, the title joined the backward catalog of games already.

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FFXIII and Civilization Revolution is Xbox One X Enhanced

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Some people may have missed their chance with these titles the first time they were launched and had no way of playing it back now without migrating back to older consoles or maybe experience it on PC if there is a version available. This is where the Xbox One backwards compatible feature comes to play.

Microsoft has done a great job amassing more than 500 titles from Xbox 360 platform and 25 of them are enhanced for Xbox One X. Another 32 original Xbox classic titles are now available to enjoy on your Xbox One devices.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Final Fantasy XV DLC Cancelled

Square Enix cancelled upcoming four DLC episodes for Final Fantasy XV. Also, game director Hajime Tabata quits the company.

Back in April, developer/publisher Square Enix of action role-playing game Final Fantasy XV announced additional content for the 2016 game in a panel at PAX East, which includes four new episodes planned to release on 2019.

Today, they revealed in a livestream that three of these four expansion packs are cancelled. On top of that, game director Hajime Tabata is also confirmed to have left the company after finishing his last work day on October 31. This is just too much to take in, right?

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Final Fantasy XV DLC Cancelled

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Before the unexpected official announcement, these character-focused episodes include Aranea, Ardyn, Lunafreye and Noctis were to offer side stories and an alternate finale. Except for episode Ardyn, rest three is scrapped now.

Ardyn is currently scheduled to release in March 2019 and the events of this episode takes place before the story of FFXV, where players have the chance to take the role of Ardyn Izunia, the main antagonist of the game.

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There would also be a tie-in anime titled, Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue that explores the reason behind Ardyn becoming so vengeful. We also have a preview of the episode in a form of teaser trailer here. Check this out.




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Luminous Productions, an internal studio of Square Enix were in charge of developing these content add-ons will now focus on developing a brand-new AAA title for global market since they are no longer tasked to the DLC episodes anymore.

On director Hajime Tabata quitting the studio, the official statements mentioned him resigning back in October, probably in pursuit of founding his own company. He sincerely thanked all of the loyal fans in his resignation letter for supporting the game for years.

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Game Director Hajime Tabata Leaves Square Enix

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When Square Enix initially released plans for bringing more content to Final Fantasy XV, fans were convinced that the game will never end considering the title was originally announced back in 2006 before it saw release in 2016, exactly ten years later.

Unfortunately, that certainly is not the case at hand until further development because according to one of their earnings report, this executive decision of cancelling the DLCs resulted in a tremendous amount of loss of around $33 million.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

Kingdom Hearts 3 sets Sora, Donald and Goofy to Kingdom of Corona from Tangled to meet with Flynn and Rapunzel.

With Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far seeing a successful run on PlayStation 4, players are preparing themselves and building hype for the upcoming action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III, which is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2019.

Developer/publisher Square Enix is bringing back Sora and his gang consisting Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku for the twelfth installment of the series on PS4 and Xbox One. In the sideline, they are launching some exciting trailers related to the plot.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

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The newest trailer of Kingdom Hearts III explores the Kingdom of Corona from Disney animated movie Tangled from 2010.




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Sora ended up on Corona with his friends only to come across Rapunzel, who just came out of the tower to see the outside world as Flynn Rider was climbing on it. The golden haired girl is then quickly confronted by plant-like creatures that Mother Gothel probably left behind to keep an eye on her.

Sweet talking thief Flynn points out that he can get her to the Kingdom but to him, Sora and his friends seem to be more accustomed for combat. So, they jump in to help and together they defeated all creatures. The trailer ends with Rapunzel saying "Best day ever!", just like she does at one point in the movie.

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Another fun-filled Kingdom Hearts III trailer has just teased players with more exciting stories and it just keeps getting better each time. After crossing over with Big Hero 6, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean, bringing Tangled into the mix really set the bar on top.

The last mainline game from the series came out more than a decade ago and so many movies have come out in the mean time. Now that Disney has acquired Pixar, other popular franchise like Monsters, Inc and Toy Story came to play as well.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Shadow of The Tomb Raider Slammed on Steam

Shadow of The Tomb Raider gets massive load of negative reviews on Steam because of a recent sale.

With the recent release of action-adventure game Shadow of The Tomb Raider, developer Eidos and publisher Square Enix has brought back series protagonist Lara Croft once again and successfully concluded the reboot origin trilogy.

Initially, the game is launched on 14 September for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a worldwide positive reception. However, things started going south lately when Square Enix decided to offer a sale for the game on Steam, which made many players who pre-ordered the game angry.

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Shadow of The Tomb Raider Slammed on Steam

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The retail price for the standard edition of the game received a 34% off on Valve's digital distribution platform Steam, shortly after a month of its release in a week-long sale and another 47% discount on the Croft Steelbook Edition.

Within days after the sale started, the game has its reputation moved from "Mostly Positive" to "Mixed" because of a surge of negative reviews. Most of them are complaining about being ripped off by pre-ordering as it came to sale too soon anyway.

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If you go through the recent reviews on the Steam page for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, all you will see is people being pissed off at Square Enix for this marketing tactics and 66% of the consumers left a negative remark for their dick move.

The only good side of this sale is that if anyone still hasn't picked up the game, now is the time. Since the Croft Steelbook Edition is also going on for a 47% price off, this is a killer deal right now to grab the base game and all the upcoming DLC when they arrive.

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What this Steam sale backlash leaving behind is a knock-on effect for future when players will reconsider the point of pre-ordering games if they are going on sale so early and if people will ever trust the company with any of their upcoming titles.

However, among the mass pile of review bombing over sale, there were some mentions of issues regarding audio and several glitches. Some of them also complained about the story arc being short and even the ones recommended it has the same grumble.

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Fans were very excited for Shadow of the Tomb Raider from the moment it was revealed and many even expected the game to be one of the biggest titles of 2018 because of an impressive narrative build and incredibly detailed graphics but sadly, that's not the case anymore.

Though it picked up things pretty well with favorable response but didn't turn out as expected in the end. Although, the series is currently on rest as the Survivor timeline has come to an end, only time will tell how much bigger price the company will have to pay for this betray of trust.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far Announced for PS4

A collection of 9-game from the long-running Kingdom Hearts franchise is coming to PS4 later this month.

Upcoming crossover action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III from developer/publisher Square Enix is set for a release window of January 2019, aiming for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you are new to the series, chances are that you have a lot to catch up as this is the twelfth installment of the series.

However, Square Enix has made it easy to help you get hold of the complex timeline by announcing a collection of games into one titled Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far for PS4, coming on October 30, 2018.

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Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far for PS4

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Since the first game of the series was released in 2002, it has been difficult for fans to keep up with the story premise of Kingdom Hearts. The Story So Far collects every important piece together for the price of $39.99 and doesn't require anything else. Let's take a look at the games added to the compilation.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

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Although these are an assortment of old games you've played before, updates and minor changes are added along with HD graphics to deliver a refreshing experience to the fans. Even a feature-length film is also included in the package and it is available for pre-order now.

Unfortunately, they didn't announce an Xbox version of the collection and considering how the entire franchise has built up its legacy on PlayStation consoles throughout the years, players on Xbox are the ones who probably needed it the most to catch up with the adventures of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy.

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Adventures of Sora and Company

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Until now, there hasn't been a single collection that offered every important part of the overall story and The Story So Far is the most complete bundle ever. Only problem it has is that the games are not listed in chronological order and there are no new content in it.

As you wait for Kingdom Hearts III to arrive and characters from Disney, Final Fantasy, Pixar and The World Ends with You to reunite on January 2019, you have two more months in between to get yourself introduced to the entire plot of the franchise and maybe try to figure out which comes after which.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Final Fantasy Legacy Collection Announced

To keep you busy with the RPG action, Square Enix will release a ton of games from Final Fantasy franchise till 2019.

One of the most celebrated video game series in history where Square Enix had the privilege to be both a developer and publisher studio at the same time is definitely Final Fantasy franchise. Of course, they are responsible for series like Tomb Raider as well but can you really make a comparison among them in terms of popularity? I guess not.

Recently, they revealed names for a bunch of games from the overall releases to be launched on Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy Legacy Collection Announced

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Today, the company announced the news through a Tweet from their official account while detailing about the involved titles on their site.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
Starting off with a light-hearted approach towards the series, we are off to a path of action role-playing adventure, which is explored in 15 chapters. The story revolves around Eos, a world that is weighed down by Starscourge plague that turns human and animal into fierce Daemons. Currently the game is available on PS4, Switch and Xbox One.

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima
This is a game that assembles many of the heroes from different Final Fantasy titles into a world for you to enjoy. Players are to go on board for a magical quest throughout the land of Grymoire with lead characters Lann and Reynn. Your ultimate franchise crash course will release on November 6, 2018 for PS4, Steam, Switch and Xbox One.

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Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
Throughout the entire Final Fantasy series, Chocobos appear as a recurring animal and even earner their series of spin-offs. As title suggests, you are to wander in a world full of dungeons and each of your movement affects the world around you. With a 2-player co-op mode, the game will be arriving on the winter of 2018 for PS4 and Switch.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition
This co-op RPG is a spin-off title of the main series and completely remastered for releasing on 2019 for both PS4 and Switch. It tells a story of a world that is doused in poisoned gas called Miasma and everyone tries to protect themselves from it using large crystals.

The newly added online multiplayer mode will allow players to team up with three more friends simultaneously. Plus, each dungeons added more areas to explore than before.

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Final Fantasy VII
Now this entry right here has a lot of fan jump with joy in excitement as this one has changed the concept of gaming back then. To stop a major eco-terrorist organization from taking over the power sources of the world and save it from a possible downfall, mercenary protagonist Cloud Strife joins a rebellion group AVALANCHE. At some point in 2019, the title will see release on Switch and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy IX
A bandit group called Tantalus and their member Zidane Tribal decides to kidnap Princess Garnet of Alexandria. Strangely enough, she also wanted out and together they attempt to stop a war between nations of Gaia in an epic medieval fantasy tale. 2019 marks the release window for the game on Switch consoles and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster
Instead of picking up one title, you've got to choose two completely remastered Final Fantasy game here on Switch and Xbox One. In terms of graphics, story and soundtracks, these two titles will stand out among the rest.

The first one from the two is set on the world of Spira, revolving around the journey of Tidus and Yuna to stop the threat of Sin. Then X-2 shift focus on Yuna as she becomes a Sphere Hunter from a summoner and gathers new allies to find answers to some unsolved mystery.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
What Zodiac Age does to the originally released classic version of Final Fantasy XII from 2006 is providing a more polished graphics and gameplay. In a war between the kingdom of Archadia and Rozarria, Dalmasca gets caught and being taken over by the former.

So, Princess Ashe decides to form a movement along with a young man named Vaan to free their land. As a high-definition remaster, the entire game is presented in true HD with improvements on sound and visual. This one too will see release on 2019 over Switch and Xbox One consoles.

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Over the course of next 12 months, Square Enix intends to release the abovementioned titles on all available major platforms. So, we are covered with the iconic role-playing experience of the series till 2019 on different consoles.

For a very long time, fans have been asking for these Final Fantasy titles to release on modern day gaming platforms and the publisher have obliged to their demands eventually by encapsulating the memorable heritage of this franchise into a collection series.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Life is Strange: Welcome To Blackwell Academy Announced

Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix takes you back to Blackwell Academy by teaming up with Titan Books to create Life is Strange student handbook.

The five-part episodic graphic adventure of the Life is Strange title from developer Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Square Enix has explored the life of Chloe and Max but as the sequel, Life is Strange 2 has been announced a while back, we learn that the studio has moved on from the story of the original protagonists. However, Titan Books have announced a student handbook titled, Life is Strange: Welcome To Blackwell Academy recently for releasing on October 9, 2018.

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Life is Strange: Welcome To Blackwell Academy

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You can go back to the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon once again to revisit Blackwell Academy with the titular student guide written by author Matt Forbeck. This 160 page book is priced at $39.95, which offers an in-depth look into the heart of Arcadia and Blackwell, where Chloe Price and Max Caulfield were busy investigating mysterious disappearance cases tied to the story of the game. Throughout the pages, you will notice many doodles, notes and sketches of these two.

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Life is Strange: Welcome To Blackwell Academy takes you to a journey where you will discover more about other in-universe characters, rather than Chloe and Max. You can place your pre-order for the book on Amazon in advance and wait for October 9 to see release at the bookstores of North America but audience in U.K. will have to wait till October 30. Meanwhile, the first episode of Life is Strange 2 will come out at the end of this month, on September 27 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Life is Strange 2 Gameplay Demo

Before Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2 launches next month, check out the new gameplay video of the game.

While making their first game of episodic graphic adventure series Life is Strange, even developers Dontnod Entertainment or publisher Square Enix may not have anticipated that their project will be so successful that they will get back working on a sequel shortly afterwards. Anyways, Life is Strange 2 has been officially revealed at GamesCom 2018 earlier this week and now; a brand-new 20-minute long gameplay footage has come following by.

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Life is Strange 2 Gameplay Demo

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Here goes the first look at Life is Strange 2 gameplay featuring two main characters of the game in the suburbs of Seattle.




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Brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz are the focal point of the official gameplay video shown above. It opens up with Sean coming back from school and trying to get ready for a party at night. His close friend Lyla asks him about his progress with Jen, the girl he likes and then they both returns home. He meets with his dad, who gives Sean some money and then goes to his 9-year-old brother Daniel's room to check on him. Then he gets back to Lyla again on video chat, talking about the party at night.

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As these two were talking, Daniel goes outside wearing a zombie mask he made for Halloween and Sean quickly rushes out seeing him in trouble moments later. Turns out, he accidentally spilled some corn syrup on a jerk kid from their neighborhood and in a heat of the situation, Sean pushes him down and a nearby police came forward. A tragic accident follows shortly, that completely changes their life when they got into trouble with a police officer and forced to leave their house.

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Being a game of episodic manner, Dontnod released the original game s a series of short chapters in 2015 and is doing the same with the sequel as well. The first episode of the five from Life is Strange 2 will come out on September 27, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The developers left Chloe and Max from the previous game and started a new journey with brothers Sean and Daniel, while keeping the element of mysterious supernatural power still intact within.

Life is Strange 2 Official Reveal

Check out the first look of Dontnod's fan-favorite episodic adventure, returns with Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2 next month.

Following the critical acclaim received by episodic graphic adventure game Life is Strange, developer Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Square Enix decided to do more with the series and release a sequel, Life is Strange 2 for eager fans. Already few teasers have given us some idea of where the story is going forward and now we are finally having the first official reveal. Within a month, Episode 1 of the game is going to launch on September 27 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Life is Strange 2 Official Reveal

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Here goes the brand-new official reveal trailer for Life is Strange 2 from Dontnod and Square Enix, offering first glance at the story.




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The full-length trailer above focuses on brothers Sean Diaz and Daniel Diaz for the first episode of the sequel. Sean is 16 and when he gotten into trouble with a cop back in southern Seattle, he leaves home with his 9 year old brother Daniel. Not only has the elder brother has to take care of his younger in the wilderness but even from his memories of having trouble with police that keeps haunting him. For players, revealing Sean’s secrets and taking care of Daniel would require mysterious powers.

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Just like any other episodic game as well as previous game Life is Strange, choices that you make have critical importance as the game’s storyline tends to change according to player decisions. Aside from drawing connection from the past game, you can find some story links with a free prelude called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which came out in June. While maintaining the core identity of the series, Dontnod have attempted to create a shared universe full of surprises for the characters.

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Story of Sean and Daniel Diaz

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Despite initially having the thought of following the track of the previous installment the developers eventually moved to make it a bit different to give players a unique feel. Without going after the footsteps of the first game, developers brought two new protagonists to make the experience all refreshing. Life is Strange 2 will be five episodes long and you can transfer your entire save game data from prelude game when playing Episode 1 on September 27.

Just Cause 4 Tornado Gameplay Reveal

Aside from taking down evil organizations, Rico Rodriguez chases down destructive tornado in Just Cause 4.

Three years after the release of Just Cause 3, action-adventure title Just Cause 4 got leaked through a Steam listing shortly before developer Avalanche Studios and publisher Square Enix could officially announce the game during E3 2018 press conference. People who were looking forward to see protagonist Rico Rodriguez back in action got what they wanted and a gameplay trailer was revealed too. Recently at Gamescom 2018, another gameplay trailer is dropped for the game.

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Just Cause 4 Tornado Gameplay Reveal

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Below is a brand-new video displaying use of gadgets at Rico's disposal and how he tame a tornado after chasing it down.




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The trailer heavily focuses on extreme weather within the open-world of this titular action game and how our hero handles it. As he goes to Solís to stop the tyrannical paramilitary group called The Black Hand, he faces some climatic obstacles. There is an armored vehicle called the Storm Chaser, which Rico uses to chase a towering tornado by taking down a few wind cannons placed there to keep it under control and divert the wind from current course while it takes down everything on its way.

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To take down one of those wind cannons, he uses a railgun and this weapon has a secondary fire option like any other guns from the game. He can also take assistance from a drone and use it for grapple point. The developers used a redefined version of their Apex game engine to create a dynamic weather system that obeys the laws of physics during blizzards, rain, storms and devastating tornados. Avalanche just teased us what sort of destruction real-world climate change can cause in future.

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Pursues Cyclone in Storm Chaser

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Before Just Cause 4 finally launches on December 4, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we will probably know more about the game from the developer and publisher. So far, the game looks more like its predecessor Just Cause 3 and despite having many gameplay mechanics tweaked, people are still skeptical because that game had a mixed response from fans in general.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Enemy Showcase

Newest Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer shows off every type of enemies that Lara Croft will come across.

Before developer Crystal Dynamics and Eidos with publisher Square Enix releases upcoming action-adventure title Shadow of the Tomb Raider on 14 September, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to complete the rebooted origin trilogy, players are given new details like gameplay trailers and other clips to give the idea of what Lara Croft is going to face. A brand-new trailer released recently to give a glance of all the enemies she is going up against in her latest adventure.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Enemy Showcase

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Titled "Know Your Enemy", the video briefly goes through every peril that is thrown at the female protagonist of the game.




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The trailer showcases a variety of enemies from the regular Trinity soldiers on her tail from the beginning and every other party who thinks she is not welcomed in their territory. Speaking of which, we see a group of tribal Mayan warriors looking for her. While going through underwater passages, Lara is strangled by a giant Eel and then shown getting attacked by a swarm of Piranhas. Lastly, she is confronted by a terror from the wildlife of South America, a ferocious Jaguar.

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Although a 40 seconds-long trailer is not enough to showcase what Lara Croft has to survive to fulfill her quest but the close-ups gives us an idea of how much she has to endure. Of course, she will have her surrounding environment and different weapons to use at her advantage to deal with any enemies that come after her and she became quite a seasoned survivor to overcome them. Whether or not that is true, we will find out when Shadow of the Tomb Raider is launched next month.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Combat Gameplay

Inside the jungle of Peru, Lara Croft faces an apocalypse and her heavy conscience to become the Tomb Raider.

After going through a franchise reboot in 2013, developer Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal with publisher Square Enix has released action-adventure game Tomb Raider and a sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider. To complete the trilogy, they are bringing their upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider very soon on September 14 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nearing the launch, the game developers decided to fill us in with more of their reinvented gameplay mechanics in a new video.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Combat Gameplay

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Check out this all-new gameplay footage from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, where we saw Lara becoming "One with the Jungle" and you will know soon what that means.




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Released today, the clip opens up with a beginning moment of the game where Lara struggles to survive an impending plane crash. We are then cut to in-game sequence where the titular female protagonist faces one of her toughest challenge yet in an unfriendly environment but she manages to use it at her advantage and takes military organization Trinity down to their knees. Her choices and decisions will lead to consequences to her friend Jonah and her new enemies as well.

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Consequences of Her Actions

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Shadow’s setting, jungles of Peru are highlighted and shown how it lets Lara adapts her tactics against a militant force. Sneaking past her enemies to land a sudden attack or using her surroundings for camouflage is what makes her as dangerous as the landscape she is in. Also by developing her skill tree, new skills can be unlocked or finding out ancient totems like Eagle’s Talon can do that. It allows her to perform a rope takedown on an unsuspecting enemy and leave him hanging on a tree.

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Another Tomb Raiding Experience

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Let's not forget about the deadly jaguars that dwell on the jungle of South America and can come face-to-face with her. Survival skills will come in handy in situations like this and avoiding attacks before delivering the killing blow is very crucial. To keep track of its position, there are Perception herbs similar to previously introduced Medicinal herbs. Past titles have had players deal with wolf packs but this is completely a different game altogether and using nearby setting to save your skin is the right idea.

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We all know how much significance a tombs have in a Tomb Raider title and Shadow is not going to disappoint you. Of course, it also means that there will be critical puzzles to solve there, because that's what tradition demands. Developers have set the riddles in a way that will surely force the players to implement logic to crack them. These tombs are more expansive than ever and some of them will take Lara underwater just like the old days but with deadly piranhas lurking around.

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Ingenious Puzzle Sequences

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Another impressive piece of feature you will come across is a customizable difficulty setting, which can be adjusted according to your preference. You can actually set or modify varying degrees of complexity of combat and puzzles as you see fit. Some excels in fighting but gets stuck in riddles and vice-versa, so those settings are to adjust things to your level to catch up. The mixture of these elements can make your entire game-playing experience more thrilling and truly unique.

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Lara Croft's Personal Journey

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Lara Craft's origin tale will see a conclusion in Shadow of the Tomb Raider that will shape her into the legendary Tomb Raider, which she was always destined to become by evolving from a survivor to a seasoned predator. Until the parties responsible for making the series a possibility is looking for sending her into a new adventure, this one is the final installment of the franchise. A live-action Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander and Dominic West also attempted to reestablish the series on cinema earlier this year.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Monster Hunter: World X Final Fantasy XIV Collaboration Event

With Behemoth coming to Monster Hunter: World, a crossover event with Final Fantasy XIV goes live today!

A few weeks back, both Capcom and Square Enix came forward for a limited time collaboration event between two of their popular titles; Monster Hunter: World and Final Fantasy XIV through an official trailer. Players will be going up against legendary monster Behemoth from FFXIV in action role-playing game MHW through a free update that is released on PlayStation 4 and XBox One on August 1, 5 PM PT. This one is the fourth free update on Sony and version 5.0.0.0 for Microsoft consoles.

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Monster Hunter: World X Final Fantasy XIV Collaboration Event

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A brand-new trailer is released, showcasing Behemoth in his magnificent glory as he enters New World to announce his dominance.




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Slaying monsters are nothing new the fearless hunters of the New World but Behemoth is unlike any they have seen before. Going up against him will need you to come up with finest tactics and reliable teamwork. Of course, strategies are the key here but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't worry about your weapons and item loadouts. Your well planned best defenses may fall apart by his relentless mighty attacks after he locks target on you with enmity, its wrathful gaze.

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Behemoth Makes Grand Entry

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Players would be wise to aim for his head and try to block or evade his big hits to save up health. A few support-focused teammates wielding weapon types like Sword & Shield, Light Bowgun or Hunting Horn can really come in handy in this particular case. Someone with Health Boost and Wide-Range, similar to skills from Lunastra armor set can also be very useful in your squad. Keep an eye around and watch out from Behemoth making his ultimate move, Ecliptic Meteor to cause an instant faint!

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Plan Your Finest Tactics

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Another renowned giant Rathalos from Monster Hunter: World will invade the Final Fantasy XIV world during this cross-promotional event at a later date, which will be revealed soon. Although yet not released on PC, developer/publisher Capcom has already managed to make a ton of cash with their sixth main installment from Monster Hunter series, which not only became the fastest-selling game on their history but also turn out to be a best-seller as well by only releasing it on PS4 and XBox One.

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Rathalos Coming to Final Fantasy XIV

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Previously, MHW entered in similar timed events with Capcom games and other third-party titles like Devil May Cry, Horizon Zero Dawn, Mega Man and Street Fighter. However, crossing over with something as big as Final Fantasy is surely an extravaganza for fans of the franchise. Besides, this collaboration event is long due because producer Ryozo Tsujimoto of MHW and director Naoki Yoshida of FFXIV have envisioned something like this back in 2011 while focusing on their own projects.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monster Hunter: World Comes to Final Fantasy XIV

Monster Hunter: World's legendary Rathalos is crossing over with Final Fantasy XIV in upcoming event.

Back in February 2018, Capcom's action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World had a crossover with action role-playing Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerrilla Games and fans had a great time playing it. Another company-wide collaboration event is on the way with publisher Square Enix as the game will enter the massively multiplayer online role-playing world of Final Fantasy XIV. Both worlds from these two games will soon collide on August 7 and the latter will take on in.

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Monster Hunter: World Comes to Final Fantasy XIV

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A brand-new trailer showcases highlighted features of this exciting collaboration event between two fan-favorite titles and you can check it out right below.




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Each game will have a guest monster appearing from the other for epic confrontation that offers some sweet rewards. Players of Final Fantasy XIV will be taking on legendary beast Rathalos from MHW in a quest called The Great Hunt. Taking down Rathalos will earn you a unique armor set and a mount themed on the monster. There is a standard challenge in The Great Hunt, which allows up to eight players and the extreme one lets only four to take part in facing him.

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Prepare for The Great Hunt

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Players are to complete Stormblood expansion's main scenario and reach level 70 before they can access this brand-new content of update 4.36. Aside from gear and cosmetics, the patch includes Palico and Poogie minions. Behemoth from FFXIV will invade the world of Monster Hunter on August 1st, for them to try and take him down. This is a great idea for crossover because both of these Japanese RPGs have giant beast boss battles and they even share a similar visual style.

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New BBQ Spit

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Released in January 26 of this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Monster Hunter: World has been one of the greatest success for publisher so far. Just as they promised to arrange some crossover events with other popular titles, Capcom has already done that by tying-in with first -party games Devil May Cry, Mega Man and Street Fighter as well as Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a third-party release. Also, the game will be making its PC debut on August 9, two days after the update drops.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Octopath Traveler Sold Out in Japan

Developer/publisher Square Enix apologizes for stock shortage of their JRPG title Octopath Traveler in Japan.

During the national Marine Day holiday in Japan, turn-based role-playing game Octopath Traveler was released for Nintendo Switch by Square Enix and Nintendo. This fantasy JRPG title was heavily anticipated since announcement and is accepted pretty well upon release. Fans and critics alike are all very positive about it. However, neither the developer nor co-publisher had thought that it will be so demanding that it would completely sell out in Japan and U.S. in less than a week.

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Octopath Traveler Sold Out in Japan

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Early reviews of the game were frequently favorable considering beautiful graphics resembling to 16-bit console era and an engaging gameplay. Released this Friday as an exclusive title to Switch, the game already sold out in many retailers of Japan and Amazon also ran out of physical copies for United States as well, making it extremely difficult for fans to collect one for them. It usually takes 1 to 2 months of wait for a boxed copy to deliver and players cannot do but wait.

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So, developer/publisher Square Enix decided to issue an apology for not being able to supply enough physical copies according to fan-demand via a Tweet.



Translated from Japanese, the Tweet reads out:

We are sorry that some of the shops are out of stock in the three holidays!You can also consider the DL version and the download card for sale at Lawson!

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They also suggests that if you are too eager to play it and so not wait for long to get your hands on a hard copy, the you should go ahead with a digital version right away. Octopath Traveler sold 110,111 units until hit by a stock shortage and secured number one place at the sales chart among all formats. In UK, the title is currently on third place on their national sales charts. Clearly, Square Enix didn't saw such high demand for the throwback title coming on its opening weekend.

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This instant success JRPG has eight playable characters to control before embarking on a journey into a world of storybook. Players are hooked to the art styles and textures in 2.5D pixel, which creates a nostalgic feeling. Overall atmosphere suggests that developers were hugely inspired by Final Fantasy series before crafting it in modern day visuals. Despite disappointing many fans, this stock crisis signals for the success of the game and more sales for Nintendo Switch console.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition for Xbox One

NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition is available on Microsoft Store to bring glory to your Xbox One console.

Although it was never a PlayStation 4-exclusive as it was released alongside PC, players who owned an Xbox One were left behind for a year from enjoying PlatinumGames' action role-playing game NieR: Automata. However, it has finally come to Microsoft Store to deliver salvation to those eagerly awaiting fans. Now, they too can join the fight to deliver freedom for humanity from a thousand year of exile on moon while the ruthless race of machines took over earth.

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NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition for Xbox One

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The game arrives at Microsoft consoles titled as "NieR:Automata Become as Gods Edition" and the launch trailer below showcases some of the game-playing experiences from it.




Before the announcement was even made at E3 2018 press conference, the news was leaked from website of publisher Square Enix. On Xbox One X, the game will run on 4K graphics and seeing how amazing it looks, players are going to love it. The combined sales unit of the game has already passed 3 million on PC and PS4 in one year. Considering how long Xbox users had to wait for it, another selling landmark is just ahead of them.

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Your Side Quest Awaits

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Your first mission as an android from YoRHa units will be on earth and since the game does not have an auto-save option, you will be wise to save your game progress whenever you can. There are considerable amount of side quests but you shouldn't worry too much about them as you can still pick them up to finish at a later time. For suport in combat, find Pods in Desert Zone as well as Flooded City and upgrade them. These features will come in handy when you are playing the game on Xbox One for the first time.

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Bring Glory to Mankind

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Lots of plug-in chips are there to help you heal using health items routinely, collecting item on the go, EXP boost and even increasing the amount of item drop by enemies. You can purchase NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition from Microsoft Store now for only $49.99. It will get you the base-game, a few cosmetic skins for your assisting Pods and 3C3C1D119440927 DLC. For beginners, there is an "Auto Mode" to automatically attack or evade incoming hits from your enemy.