Article Archive for August 2009
The official Final Fantasy XIV English website has been updated with reams of new information regarding SquareEnix’s upcoming MMO.
Most importantly, we finally get an introduction to the game’s story. The new fantasy world, soon to be open to players to venture in, concerns benevolent Gods and Goddesses overlooking emerging tribes as they eke out an existence in the untamed lands of Eorzea. Sounds like a standard Final Fantasy set up to us.
Thrown into turmoil with the arrival of a more industrial and aggressive faction, the opposing clans band together to ultimately repel an attack that never comes.
What follows is an Age of Calm but also a surge of banditry due to a militarised nation now no longer needed to defend its cities and peoples. The perfect set up for adventuring.
After the phenomenal success of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, many Western gamers — now enthralled by this new found wonder of the Japanese RPG — found themselves wondering just what else Square (soon to be SquareEnix) had up their sleeves.
In response, Square released Xenogears on the PS1 in February of 1998.
Considered high-brow, deep and, to some degree, irreverent, a section of the gaming public were shocked that, instead of another tale of huge swords, friendship and personal sacrifice, they got a convoluted and abstract story that questions the existence of God, waxes on about philosophical doctrine and wonders aloud about man’s evolution.
To this day, Xenogears is held very dear in the hearts of its many fans, seen as a work of immense complexity and acute intelligence. When Famitsu rates a game #16 in a list of the greatest games of all time, you know you have something special on your hands.
Amazon.com has revealed the boxart for the up-and-coming Game of the Year edition for the highly successful LittleBigPlanet that originally released late last year.
With all the brilliant downloadable content and the new holiday season just beyond the hills, Sony want to make the most of the game by giving gamers a further incentive to pick up this classic title.
There’s nothing quite like a rousing speech to get the blood pumping.
Usually delivered by a fat combat-shy leader just as you’re about go over the top, it’s also quite often the last thing you’ll hear …
They weren’t kidding when they said an update was imminent.
Reported over at the official US blog, Fat Princess maestro Chris Millar from Titan Studios has confirmed that a patch promising to remedy “the majority of …
Every week, new tracks are added to the already stellar list of songs in Rock Band 2. If that isnâ€™t enough for you (or you prefer physical media rather than digital) then there are Rock Band track packs to fill your needs.
Thus far, Harmonix have released five different track packs featuring classic rock, AC/DC, and the most recent Country Track Pack. So, put on your cowboy boots and ten gallon hat and saddle up for a wild ride across songs from the good olâ€™ south.
If you’re outside of North America then Criss Angel will probably mean nothing to you. But if you live in North America then you may have heard of him from his hit show Criss Angel: Mindfreak…
This weeks video content update for the PSN Store brings a variety of different films and shows. Some of the more notable titles include Hot Fuzz, Remember the Titans, and the new ABC suspense thriller, Defying Gravity. What’s more surprising then anything are the top downloaded films…
Good news for BrÃ¼tal Legend fans, the game will meet the October release date set by EA after Activision and Double Fine reached an out of court settlement.
If you are not familiar with the war between the publisher and developer, in short Activison were claiming that they in fact owned the rights to the franchise and were trying to stop the game’s release which is in fact being published by Electronic Arts.
Remember the Square Enix countdown website with the letters VII? Although we didn’t get our hopes up too high, the first thing that sprung to mind was Final Fantasy VII and whether it was counting down to an announcement for another spin-off, or even a remake – if that ever happens.
Well none of that is true, as it is in fact an announcement for Lord of Vermilion II.
Does an update with a new Qore episode, two new games, four demos, and heaps of add-on content sound good to you?
This update packs in a lot of goodness for your PlayStation 3.
There is definitely a variety of content this week from Call of Duty map pack to Cole in LittleBigPlanet to Batman: Arkham Asylum demo to Savage Moon pack.
Sure, there isn’t a lot of content this week but remember it’s quality, not quantity that matters!
There is no doubt that the most requested feature by Metal Gear Solid 4 fans for over a year now is the inclusion of trophies.
Konami have still yet to change anything, but there is still hope.
In a new Konami podcast, Sean Eyestone reassured fans that their voices were being heard loud and clear, although they still have nothing to announce right now.
MX vs ATV Reflex is coming to a PS3 near you courtesy of THQ.
The game boasts unique controls, deformable terrain and something called ‘Rider Reflex’.
We are curious to see exactly how this works, and there are some indications in the video we’ve managed to sneak off with that this might be more than just a gimmick.
Dragon Age: Origins is coming along nicely.
If the latest screens are anything to go on, that is…
BioWare’s RPG pedigree is near-legendary, with the likes of Baldur’s Gate and Star Wars: KOTOR granting them a (deservedly) massive fan base.
If Dragon Age: Origins can reach anything near the likes of BG or KOTOR, everyone stands to win when the game is released later this year.
OK, something is definitely going on.
Apparently if the PSP Go was the “worst kept secret at E3”, the latest in the long line of Sony’s “there’s no smoke without a nuclear blast” big reveals is …
A recently discovered patent filing by Sony (#77794416 if you want to look it up) for a new service called “P.S. Thanks” has got tongues wagging as to just what the PS3 manufacturer has in store for its loyal consumer-base.
Trademarking an “incentive rewards program geared toward quantifying, identifying and motivating top consumer base with the goal of promotion and sale of video game hardware and software”, there’s a few different theories doing the rounds including the possibility that Sony may gift certain consumers who drop a lot of coin on Sony’s products with some free wares. It’s your typical “buy more, get more” set up.
Tecmo Koei president Kenji Matsubara has been speaking to Play Magazine on his interest for Sony’s E3-announced motion controller.
He is so interested in fact that he explained he could consider using it for the Ninja Gaiden series if it is as responsive as Sony claim it is, which is citied as one of the main differences between it and Nintendo’s Wiimote.
It’s been an interesting ride for the Way of the Samurai series.
Publisher woes, exclusivity hopping – the list goes on. With a re-release of the third game scheduled to hit Japan this fall with new content and trophy support, it looks like the cat is also out of the bag with respect to an upcoming fourth chapter.