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  1. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is just a little less than a month away from release at this point, and Square Enix is looking to whet fans' appetites not only with a new demo out this week, but also a new trailer that looks at the evolution of the battle system in this final part of the trilogy. Unlike the previous two installments of Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning Returns' battle mode is a solo venture, making it somewhat more action-oriented in turn. You'll need to initiate special tactics, such as staggering the enemy through certain combinations, and know when to guard or evade if you hope to defeat enemies as you progress. Take a look at the trailer below to see what I mean. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is slated for release on PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 11.
  2. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster has been one of the most anticipated collections from Square Enix ever since it was announced way back in 2011, but now we finally have an official release date in sight: March 18, 2014. In addition to the two games, this remastered collection will include Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm and Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission, which were previously only available in the International versions of the games. And, as previously announced, the Limited Edition of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (which is available to those who pre-order the game) will include a concept artbook. Square Enix also announced that details on the PS Vita version of the collection will come at a later date. Are you excited for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster?
  3. One of the most anticipated 3DS games is a little title by the name of Bravely Default. Okay, so maybe it's not so little. Square Enix's RPG will arrive in the US on February 7th, as was announced on today's Nintendo Direct. That's not all they revealed, though. US gamers will also have the chance to get the Bravely Default: Collector's Edition at launch. This version comes with the game, AR cards, art book, and soundtrack. What isn't exactly clear yet is whether or not this will be the only version available at launch, or in addition to the standard release. When Bravely Default hits stores here it will also include extra content that was added to the Japanese release.
  4. Jason Clement

    Drakengard 3 Is Coming to North America

    Square Enix has announced that Drakengard 3 will be making its way across the pond to the Americas next year. The game will serve as a prequel to the events that transpired in the first Drakengard game. For those who are new to the series, the gameplay focuses on hack-and-slash ground combat mixed with some aerial combat (on the main characters' dragon companion, Mikhail). As for the story this time around, it revolves around a medieval world where six Goddess-like sisters, known as Intoners, bring peace and harmony to the world through their power to manipulate magic through song. But one day, the eldest sister, Zero, attempts to assassinate the younger sisters with the help of her dragon companion. The rest of the story focuses on the battle to uncover the mystery of Zero's intentions. Drakengard 3 will be available exclusively on PlayStation 3 (both retail and download) next year for for $49.99. A trailer for the game can be viewed . Are you excited for Drakengard 3?
  5. Square Enix has shown off a new trailer for the next game in the Theatrhythm series today at TGS. Titled Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, the game looks to expand upon the rhythm gameplay that was introduced in the first game. And of course, more classic Final Fantasy music can be expected as well. Edgar's theme (from FFVI), Zanarkland (from FFX), and more can be heard in the trailer, including even music from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Final Fantasy Type-0, and Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy cover band, The Black Mages. No word on a US release date yet, but Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will release in Japan in Spring 2014 for the 3DS. You can check out the TGS trailer below.
  6. It isn't often that a big Final Fantasy game doesn't make its way westward, but that's exactly what happened with Final Fantasy Type-0, a PSP game that came out two years ago in Japan. Originally titled Final Fantasy Agito XIII, the game underwent a name change sometime throughout its development and was also shifted from being a mobile title to a PSP title. Of course, the PSP scene was largely dead (or so Square believed) in the West at that point, so Square Enix saw little point in bringing it over, though much of it had been localized according to 1UP's Jeremy Parish. However, Square Enix's Hajime Tabata recently aired some news about Type-0 as well as the newly announced Final Fantasy Agito in an interview with 1UP, saying that the latter will definitely be localized. However, he cautions that a game being localized does not guarantee a release in the West, as Type-0's situation showed. The good news is that Tabata says that fan enthusiasm for Type-0 as well as the shifting portable market have caught the company's eye, and though it has yet to be greenlit for a full localization, it's in the final stages of planning and he hopes to bring it to the West through PSN. Hopefully it happens, as a number of Final Fantasy fans have long clamored for the game to release outside of Japan, and it was critically acclaimed by Japanese review outlets. Time will tell if Tabata's hopes pay off. Would you want to play Final Fantasy Type-0?
  7. In what may be the biggest non-surprise of the day, Square Enix CEO for Americas and Europe Phil Rogers confirmed in a blog post on the company's site that a sequel to this year's Tomb Raider is currently in production and "well into development." Darrell Gallagher, Head of Product Development and Studios, also made a statement on the matter, saying: "We“re very excited to confirm that the team has started working on telling the next chapter in Lara“s tale. It“s still early days, so I“m afraid I can“t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we“re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider“s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you“ve shown." Strangely enough, the company has not directly confirmed in a statement that Crystal Dynamics is working on the game, but Gallagher was the head of the studio before taking on his current role with Square Enix, plus Crystal Dynamics retweeted the news, seemingly indirectly confirming that they are indeed working on it once again. No expected release date (or year) or platforms were announced, though Rogers confirmed that it will be a next-generation title. Are you excited to hear about the sequel to Tomb Raider?
  8. Yes, the most hotly anticipated seasonal sales might be the ones from Valve but Steam isn't the only place deals can be found. Square Enix has just kicked off its Summer Sale with a great deal of Square Enix-published goods. As it is their own storefront, they offer games for PC but also 360, PSP, PS2, and others. Here's a small selection of the discounts on physical titles: Chrono Cross - $11.24 Infinite Undiscovery - $14.99 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep - $14.99 The Legend of Kage 2 - $14.99 Mindjack - $14.99 Romancing SaGa - $22.49 Tomb Raider Trilogy - $11.24 Retail games see up to 25% off discount while digital games have a higher discount ceiling of 50%. There are also various Hitman lithographs that are currently $10 cheaper, making them $35 instead. The Square Enix Summer Sale runs from today until August 4th.
  9. Marcus Estrada

    Square's Chaos Rings Now on PSN

    What is Chaos Rings? If you're not familiar with the Square Enix property it's likely because it is a smartphone game. The RPG has higher than average quality graphics as well as a story to go along with the adventure. In order to uncover everything about the game, you've also got to play it a few times through. The game has now been made available in English via PlayStation Mobile. Of course, since the Vita has a PSM section accessible on the PS Store that means anyone with a Vita can give the game a go. Just be to remind yourself that it is a smartphone game at heart. If you're interested in trying out Chaos Rings then you'll be glad to know it is available today at the cost of $7.99.
  10. Square Enix released the latest trailer for the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII today, and it highlights several interesting things. For one, Lightning narrates the opening by saying how she's tasked with rescuing lost souls in the current world and guiding them into the next. Hope also figures into the game prominently as a character as well, and seems to be the one overseeing Lightning's quest. Snow and Sarah also show up briefly, as does one other old friend in a surprise appearance: Fang. There is a brief moment where Noel explains his reasons for fighting against Lightning as well. In all, Lightning Returns seems to be wrapping up a lot of loose threads and bringing characters together for an explosive finale, and it'll be interesting to see how it all concludes. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is slated to release on February 14, 2014 on Xbox 360 and PS3.
  11. Marcus Estrada

    Final Fantasy VII Finally Brought to Steam

    Final Fantasy VII is without a doubt one of the most talked-about Final Fantasy games of all time. Whether you love it or find it overrated, you've no doubt heard of it. When the game came out to PS1 it also came out to PC. However, as with most older computer games, you'll find yourself having more trouble trying to run it now. More recently the game was made available through Square Enix as a digital download. Of course, in this age what everyone seems to want most is Steam keys. This has finally come to pass as now Final Fantasy VII is available for purchase on Steam. Taking an adventure to Midgar and beyond costs $12. There is currently no launch discount on the game but it is possible Final Fantasy VII will be a part of the Steam Summer Sale.
  12. Marcus Estrada

    Massive Layoffs Hit IO Interactive

    IO Interactive is a developer best known for the Hitman series, although they have produced a handful of other games in their career as well. Fans of the Kane & Lynch series, for example, should also be familiar with IO's work. In a statement made from the company to Develop, we're now learning that parent company Square Enix laid off almost half of the staff at IO. Previously, they had been working on multiple franchises alongside the next Hitman game, but now they are to focus all their attention on Hitman. Some of those laid off from cancelled projects will be relocated within the company to other positions. Here is the official statement that Square Enix shared: "The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new triple-A Hitman project. However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today“s market. For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have contributed, and where it“s possible and appropriate to relocate staff to open positions at other studios within the group, we will try to do so. We are also reaching out to other companies for outplacement opportunities. We sincerely wish them well in their future careers." Hopefully those laid off from IO Interactive shall see their positions reinstated in other areas of the company or find jobs with other developers soon.
  13. Wondering why the oft-delayed but recently re-announced Final Fantasy XV made the name change switcheroo from Final Fantasy Versus XIII? The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, recently shed some light on the situation in intervew with Edge. He mentioned how the three games that were originally set in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series were announced with Final Fantasy XIII monikers, but that the size and scope of Versus XIII was becoming big enough to where it made more sense to make the move to a mainline numbered game. "So we were warming up the idea of considering the move to XV – which is the mainstream Final Fantasy series – and between that time and now we had several chances to announce updates of the series and we debated if we should go with Versus XIII or announce the change to XV," he said. "About two years ago we confirmed, internally, that we would change the title to XV and then at the same time, around that time, the company started working on next-gen consoles, because hard disc was getting ready for the next-gen development. So that became a really good trigger to move on to the change of XV." Not coincidentally, Final Fantasy Agito XIII, the PSP game in development at the time, also had its name changed to something a bit more unique - Final Fantasy Type-0 (and unfortunately, the game still has yet to release outside of Japan). In the meantime, expect to hear more about Final Fantasy XV in the coming months and year ahead as Nomura has confirmed that there will no longer be a media blackout on new information from the title.
  14. Kingdom Hearts III was arguably one of the biggest announcements during Sony's E3 press conference on Monday, but the brief trailer leaves much to the imagination in terms of actual details regarding the game. Of course, we can't expect tons of info since the game is still in development; we still don't even know exactly how far into development it is, but the lack of any real story scenes seem to indicate it's fairly early-on in the cycle. Here are a few things we do know regarding it, however. So What's It About? If you haven't been following the storyline at all, this will tread slightly into spoiler territory, so skip to the next question if you want to avoid spoiling any of the story thus far. In Kingdom Hearts III, the game once again focuses on an older Sora as he and Donald and Goofy journey to different Disney-themed worlds in order to stop antagonist Master Xehanort from starting a war against the tyranny of light, which the latter believes will restore equilibrium to light and darkness. The specific plot of the game has Sora, Donald, and Goofy searching for the Seven Guardians of Light and the Key To Return Hearts while Riku and King Mickey search for previous Keyblade wielders. What Disney-Themed Worlds Will Be In It? Square Enix won't say just yet, but according to a representative from Disney, the game is confirmed to feature worlds that have yet to be seen in the series. Siliconera reportedly asked if Pixar worlds would be in the game to which they said they couldn't comment at that at this time. Will There Be Multiplayer This Time? Funny you should ask. In the Q&A segment at E3, Nomura was asked the same question and he mentioned that it was under consideration. He also mentioned online possibilities as well, so if they decide to go ahead with it, online multiplayer could be in Kingdom Hearts' future. So Is This The Last Kingdom Hearts Then? Not definitively, but this will be the last game in the Xehanort saga, according to series creator Tetsuya Nomura. Where the series goes after that is unknown, but Kingdom Hearts is a huge success for Square-Enix and Disney so you can expect them to carry on with more games and expand the mythos in the future. What Team Is Developing it? Square Enix revealed yesterday at a Q&A session (via Siliconera) that it isn't the original Kingdom Hearts team, who are now hard at work (along with Kingdom Hearts series creator Tetsuya Nomura) on Final Fantasy XV. Instead, the Osaka studio, which worked on Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and most recently, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, are hard at work on the much anticipated third installment. What Platforms Is It Coming To? Kingdom Hearts III is only confirmed to be coming to PS4 and Xbox One at the moment. Initially, it was thought to be PS4-only when it was revealed at Sony's pre-E3 conference, but Square-Enix later clarified the game was indeed making its way to Microsoft's next-gen console as well. No Wii U Release? The game is said to make use of DirectX 11, which raises the question of whether a Wii U release would even be possible since it's currently unclear whether the Nintendo console is capable of the graphics equivalent. Still, a Wii U release would seem like a probable situation in the future if sales and the install base pick up for the fledgling console. It would certainly make sense given the fact that the Kingdom Hearts fanbase is almost equally split between Sony and Nintendo due to four of the games being on Nintendo handhelds (GBA, DS, and 3DS, respectively), so don't rule it out entirely just yet. And that's what we know so far. Hopefully it won't be too long before we get more details. If there's a time and place for that, we'll most likely hear more at the Tokyo Game Show later this year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for additional information there. Are you looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III?
  15. Kingdom Hearts was initially announced to a great deal of confusion. Final Fantasy had a great deal of fans, as did Disney, but why would you combine the two? The series launched on PS2 and ended up drawing a great deal of attention. Now, the series has seen many games and a diehard fanbase. Since Kingdom Hearts II launched in 2005 (2006 in US) fans have been clamoring for the third game in the series. Of course, Square Enix took a different route with a great deal of portable titles. Yes, they've finally come back to a normal numbered title. Kingdom Hearts III was announced as in development during Sony's press conference. Although very little was shown, that's all that fans need to be excited. The game is coming exclusively to PS4. http://youtu.be/npjBHFb0fZM
  16. A new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII reveals that the third entry in the Final Fantasy XIII series will miss a 2013 release and instead launch early next year. This is hardly surprising seeing how Final Fantasy XIII-2 released in January of last year, so it makes sense that Lightning Returns would need at least 2 years to finish and polish up before its release. Another not-so-surprising reveal in the trailer is the appearance of Snow, whose appearance is slightly different this time around and who is still looking for Serah, Lightning's sister. Looks like the two have a little clash at some point in the game as well. And last but not least, the city shown in the trailer is revealed to be called Yusnaan; you can expect to hear more about it over the course of the next 8 months or so. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release on Xbox 360 and PS3 on February 11, 2014 in the US, and February 14 in Europe. You can view the latest trailer below.
  17. Marcus Estrada

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Out in September

    Kingdom Hearts fans have been enjoying the ever-expanding property since the original game arrived on PS2 back in September of 2002. Kingdom Hearts II took a few more years to release, but after that it seemed that Square Enix were done with the home console versions. Now, we've seen the license on portable devices as fans wait for the (hopefully) inevitable Kingdom Hearts 3. In the meantime, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix hopes to draw in old as well as new players to the world. The pack includes Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. This is why the collection is titled 1.5 instead of something more typical of HD versions. Today a date as well as pre-order bonus saw an announcement on the PS Blog. First, the game is coming on September 10th. Those who pre-order it are also set to get an artbook, which is said to be available in very limited quantities. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will retail for $40 as a PS3 exclusive.
  18. In February, Square Enix shocked the world at the Playstation 4 presentation by announcing that they would soon be making an announcement about something Final Fantasy related at this year's E3. If your computer's sarcasm filter isn't working properly, I'd like to announce that the previous sentences were filled to the brim with sarcasm. I absolutely hate when companies come out during a big show to announce that they are going to announce something. But that isn't the point of this article. The point is, just what is Square Enix going to be announcing? Everyone, including myself seems to believe it is going to be a Final Fantasy Versus XIII announcement. But what if it wasn't? Just think about it. We know that they'll be making some sort of Final Fantasy announcement at E3 this year, that's absolutely certain. But just how many different Final Fantasy games is Square Enix even working on right now? We've got Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0 could always make an appearance, Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD, the Dissidia series is still floating out in the ether, and who could forget Final Fantasy XIV? How long do you think he's been sitting there waiting for a release date? That last one and Lightning Returns are the real dangerous ones in this scenario. The character Lightning is for some as of yet unknown reason Square Enix's baby recently. Over the last few years, Square Enix has been trying to make her the poster child for the Final Fantasy franchise, but it has been met with quite a bit of resistance. Resistance that Square Enix doesn't seem to notice. I could easily see their big announcement being that Lightning Returns will be ported to the Playstation 4, thus cementing the Lightning character in Playstation history as a mascot for Sony's newest console. Now onto the more likely scenario of Square Enix trying to hype people up for the reveal of Final Fantasy XIV being playable on both the PS3 and PS4. The original plan was to actually have Final Fantasy XIV on the PS3 years ago, but as I'm sure most of you are aware, things went south pretty quickly on those plans. The original version of XIV was torn to shreds, and Square Enix went to work on completely remaking the game. "Haha! I was a colossal waste of money!" A few months ago, they finished it. The new plan was to begin work on a PS3 version of the newer better version of the Final Fantasy MMORPG after work was finished on the PS3 version, but then Sony had to go and complicate things by announcing the PS4. Considering how much money went into making Final Fantasy XIV and then remaking it, Square Enix is going to want to get as many sales as it can. So odds are the PS3 version will stick around, but it could be followed by the "surprise" announcement of it also being on the Playstation 4. And then we have the problem of the Final Fantasy tech demo that has been making waves for the last few months. Square Enix is obviously going to want to get into using that as soon as possible and odds are they already are using it for their next big Final Fantasy title. This, of course, doesn't change the fact that they're still working on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but I have to wonder, just which one are they going to want to hype up at E3 this year? Mums the word on Versus for the last seven years, so who's to say they won't shelf it for another year so they can start hyping up their next big thing? Its an incredibly stupid move on their part if they try it, but like I said before. They're almost certainly revealing Versus XIII this year, in my opinion. But I said that last year too. As always, thank you for reading.
  19. Marcus Estrada

    Expect Upcoming Final Fantasy Versus XIII News

    Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a highly anticipated PS3 game. Well, at least it was around when it was unveiled in 2008, as well as for a few years that followed. Since then, news of the game has only trickled out. Sometimes it has even concerned the game's development which Square Enix has assured is still ongoing. During a Square Enix radio show, Tetsuya Nomura answered a handful of questions about the game. He offered this statement in response to the question of when fans should expect to hear anything new about Versus XIII: "Any information about Versus is very… sensitive, even within the company. We“ve been quiet about it for the past year, but the day of being able to remove its information ban has already been decided, and we“re currently preparing for that day. When that time comes, we“ll also reveal our reason for the delay of any form of announcement." If they're "preparing for that day" it may not be long away at all. Perhaps it is next week or maybe in a few months for E3. Really, we'll have to wait and see but hopefully the game is still coming to PS3. If it has been shifted to PS4, that would be a truly interesting move. All of this is speculation, of course, but that's all which can be offered for the time being. What do you think will be revealed when Final Fantasy Versus XIII is finally back in the news?
  20. Harrison Lee

    Review: Tomb Raider

    Developer: Crystal Dynamics Publisher: Square Enix Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3 Release Date: March 5, 2013 ESRB: M for Mature This review is based on the PC version of the game Ten to fifteen years ago, the name Lara Croft meant something different. Starring in the much-loved Tomb Raider franchise, Lara was a buxom heroine, adored by male fanbases all around the world. She was a potent killer with what many considered a perfect figure. Fast-forward to 2013 and Lara Croft is an entirely different person. She's every bit as strong, if not stronger, than the Croft of old but she's a new heroine for a new age. Gone are many of the objectifying elements that are archaic. Lara has been reborn in what is one of 2013's first surprise hits, Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider opens with a slickly produced CGI montage that details how she comes to be stranded on a mysterious island. Her ship is sunk in a freak storm, killing a number of the ship's crew in the process. Alone, with only a few scattered survivors hidden about the island, Lara is vulnerable and beaten. In fact, the early chapters of Tomb Raider seem to revel in pummeling Lara to a pulp. It can be hard to watch, but it's through Lara's pain that we see her develop into the true Croft descendant she is. In this lush paradise, Lara finds herself beset by both natural and human enemies. The abandoned Japanese civilization is teeming with numerous cult-like survivors, wolves, environmental hazards, and other dangers. The old Tomb Raiders seemed to offer violence as the only recourse for working one's way out of a pinch. The new reboot, however, is a bit more hesitant to turn Lara into a soldier. Her first kill is shocking, gruesome, and necessary to prevent an attempted sexual assault. While jarring, it's realistic and rather mature for a series that focused on Lara's physical assets rather than her character. Once Lara kills her first survivor, she becomes a hunter. Lara has access to a bow which she can use to kill animals and enemies for weapon upgrade resources. She can also use conventional firearms that are found throughout the environment. Each weapon has a powerful kick and tears apart foes with relative ease. Weapons can also be upgraded to have higher damage outputs and bigger magazines. At first, Lara also won't be able to access certain areas until she unlocks equipment like the ice pick. Once she gets access, she can then backtrack using various campfire fast travel save points and explore the hidden ruins for treasures. It might seem silly to force backtracking but it encourages creative exploration and rewards the diligent with unique finds. That said, Lara is still very susceptible to gunfire and can only take a few hits before she dies. Enemies will also flank and use molotov cocktails to flush her from out of cover. The AI isn't brilliant, but bullets are lethal enough that the combat isn't a pushover. Every target is a potential killer if you don't manage your ammo and cover carefully. Lara can also stealth-kill and melee enemies using brutal execution moves. I don't buy that she becomes a stone-cold killer, but given her circumstances, I see few other ways she could go. Eventually, Lara will face enemies that go beyond the average foot-soldiers and require dexterity to dodge their attacks. I won't say what they are, but trust me when I say the first encounter against them is very frustrating. These battles aren't the worst, but they aren't my favorite either. Narrative wise, Tomb Raider is more akin to an M-rated Uncharted game. Lara journeys to find a lost Japanese civilization that was potentially ruled by a shaman-queen. You can see where this is going, I'm sure. Plot aside, the most impactful element is watching how Lara develops. She starts as a vulnerable adventurer and quickly becomes a powerful hunter.....a powerful tomb raider. She's the highlight of the story and stands among some of my favorite heroines, something the old Laras could never achieve. This Lara has real depth and maturity, unlike her previous incarnations. To say Tomb Raider is beautiful is an understatement. Though textures and some objects don't look great up close, the stunning vistas and massive amounts of detail provided are fantastic. The audio and voice work are equally strong. Lara's actress is especially strong, adding emotional weight to her struggle. The atmospheric sound design is top-notch, pushing Tomb Raider into psychological horror at times. It's a different, unique approach to the franchise that breathes fresh life into the series. If there was one part where Tomb Raider falls apart, it's the multiplayer. While serviceable and fun with friends, the competitive matches rarely inspire more than frustration due to laggy matches and some poorly implemented mechanics. The included maps are based on campaign levels but don't feel as open or fun as the main game. There are a few token modes to choose from, but don't expect to spend a whole lot of time in the multiplayer. Tomb Raider is a solo experience, and that's the way it needs to be experienced. From the start, I knew 2013 was going to be a good year for gaming. Tomb Raider was an unknown factor, though. It looked great, but the numerous changes and mature material put me at unease. Luckily, it is easily one of the best action games to come out this year. Filled with great set-pieces, satisfying combat, and compelling character development, Tomb Raider is a real treat for those looking for that next kick of adrenaline. Pros: + Strong character development + Incentive for exploration + Fun combat that never feels unfair + Slick production values Cons: - Later enemies can be annoying - Multiplayer is lackluster Overall Score: 9 (out of 10) Fantastic Tomb Raider is a great entry to the action-adventure genre. If you have a pulse and like great games, I can't recommend it enough.
  21. Siliconera was privy to some highly interesting information at this past Game Developers Conference, if their sources turn out to be accurate. According to the site, they've heard that Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is going to receive a localization, although whether its for US or European audiences isn't known. No actual quotes were shared but Siliconera asserts that this was confirmed via multiple people. Bravely Default is a 3DS exclusive that launched in late 2012 for Japan. Since its announcement many have been excited for it outside of Japan but so far no official word has been made about. All things considered, the game would probably be happily purchased by many 3DS owners as the system quickly expands its RPG library. If this turns out to be true then we'll have to wonder if Square Enix changes the name or not. After all, "Bravely Default: Flying Fairy" makes about as much sense as some Kingdom Hearts titles.
  22. It was just last month that Square Enix revealed the surprising news that their successful Deus Ex: Human Revolution would be coming to Wii U. It isn't just a port either, as the game includes new features designed specifically for the platform's GamePad. Of course, there are other tweaks too such as altering boss fight mechanics to make it an overall better experience. Square Enix have since said that their Director's Cut won't make its way around back to other consoles. So far, the game is set to end its run in the best form possible for Nintendo's system. Have you been curious to see how these Wii U-exclusive features work? A trailer has been released which shows them off, which can be viewed below. Just don't get too excited yet, as Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Director's Cut is not launching this year. Instead Square Enix confirmed it for 2014 release.