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Final Fantasy 16 takes an odd bit of inspiration from Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Who’s making this game, anyway? While it’s obvious that Devil May Cry has had a big influence on Final Fantasy 16, it seems that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was a source of inspiration too. In just a few days, we’ll be in the launch month for Final Fantasy 16, as we were reminded by in the recent launch trailer shown off at the PlayStation Showcase. Gameplay wise it’s looking like it’s obviously staying within the realm of real time action combat, much like its predecessor 15, and with Ryota Suzuki, designer of Devil May Cry 5, it’s clear to see…

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It looks like Final Fantasy 16 will be missing something at launch – but you won’t be sad about it

Final Fantasy 16 looks like it’ll be bucking a trend that most modern games have been following, showing confidence from the developer. Final Fantasy 16 looks pretty good, ey? Our own Alex Donaldson had some massive glowing praise for the game in his preview that went live yesterday, and (in an earlier preview) I also didn’t have a bad word to say about it. By all accounts, this is going to be a stunner. A proper PlayStation 5 tour de force. And the developers seem equally as confident in the game, too. Clive prepares to meet his maker(s). As well…

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Paranormasight’s director says making a visual novel is always “messy work”

Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries Of Honjo isn’t your average visual novel. There are some buck wild concepts in Square Enix’s game, including fourth wall breaks to manipulate characters’ actions and literally muting someone by turning voices off in the options menu, to name just two of the wackier features (and a big plot twist is discussed in this article, so beware if you’re planning on playing Paranormasight soon). At the outset, though, Paranormasight loks like it is your average visual novel, with the player working away to prevent curses from claiming the lives of Tokyo citizens. Writer and director Takaya…

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Frey is out to save Athia once more in this Forspoken DLC gameplay trailer

Join Frey’s quest to save the world again. Square Enix and Luminous Productions have released a video showing off the first DLC for Forspoken, In Tanta We Trust. Set to release on May 26, the DLC takes place 25 years before the events of Forspoken. In her search for a way to eradicate the Break from Athia, Frey finds herself following a mysterious voice that leads her to a place where she is transported to the Purge of the Rheddig. Here’s your first look at the upcoming Forspoken DLC, In Tanta We Trust. Surrounded by chaos, destruction, injured, and draped…

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PowerWash Simulator’s next free content update is out now

PowerWash Simulator has received two free pieces of DLC so far this year, both of which made use of the scrub em ‘up’s publisher, Square Enix, and offered up Lara Croft’s manor house and Final Fantasy’s Midgar for you to clean. Now a third free update has arrived, and it instead expands on PowerWash Simulator’s own world. Read more

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Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series is coming to PS4 and Switch later this month

Previously only available on PC and mobile. The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series, previously only available on Steam and mobile platforms, is coming to PS4 and Switch on April 19. This series comprises Final Fantasy 1 through Final Fantasy 6 and all content from the original games combined with quality-of-life upgrades. The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series releases for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on April 19. Content in the console versions includes the option to switch between the rearranged and original-based soundtrack for the game and a choice of in-game fonts. You can now play using the game’s default…

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Final Fantasy 16 will make you feel the wind during cutscenes, sort of

Putting the DualSense to good use. Final Fantasy 16 is going to make use of the PS5’s DualSense haptic features and adaptive triggers to help you feel things “like the movements of air.” So far not too many games have made use of the DualSense’s unique features, outside of some slightly fancier rumbles compared to the DualShock. But a new interview with Final Fantasy 16 director Hiroshi Takai on the PlayStation Blog has confirmed that the upcoming RPG will be using everything the controller has got. When asked about how the game makes use of the DualSense’s adaptive triggers and…

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Shocking nobody, this Life Is Strange superfan really liked the first Life Is Strange novel

With the solemnity of Samwise Gamgee informing Mr Frodo that one more step will take him the furthest he’s ever been from home, I recently realised that it’ll soon be the longest we’ve gone without a new Life Is Strange game since the franchise debuted in 2015. I looked into it and sure enough, the current record-holder is the gap between the season one finale of Life Is Strange and the first episode of its prequel Before The Storm: 1 year, 10 months, and 12 days. That means that come mid-August of this year — specifically, the 14th, which marks…

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RPG classic Live A Live hops to PC on April 27th

Fans of Octopath Traveler have likely had their eye on Live A Live for some time now. Last year, it came to the Nintendo Switch as an exclusive remake of the 1994 RPG. Bu that exclusivity period has been brought to a surprising end as Square Enix have announced Live A Live is hitting PC and PlayStation consoles on April 27th. A demo is available now for PS owners and later today for those on Steam, if you want a preview of the first three stories from the time and genre-hopping adventure. Read more

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Square Enix shows off Final Fantasy 16’s big and beautiful world

The latest trailer goes all in on the land of Valisthea. Square Enix has released a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer focused on showing off its incredibly gorgeous looking landscapes and locales. Final Fantasy 16 is obviously leaning more into its fantasy elements compared to the last few numbered entries, but that hasn’t hurt how it’s looking. Square Enix gave us a new look at the game yesterday (March 25) during its PAX East panel, offering a brief tour of some of the different locations we’ll be visiting throughout our time spent with it. Personally, the reveal trailer didn’t inspire…

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After 20 years, Final Fantasy 11 is heading into maintenance mode

Long before Final Fantasy 14 swept over the MMO landscape, there was 2002’s Final Fantasy 11 Online. I wasn’t really away that Final Fantasy 11 was still running, but the MMO has been chugging along quietly for a few years – its last expansion having arrived in 2013. After 20 years of support, however, Square Enix is putting Final Fantasy 11 in maintenance mode, meaning servers will stay up and it’ll remain playable, but with limited support. Read more

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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin heads to Steam next month

Take the fight to Chaos on Steam. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is heading to Steam. The Team Ninja developed dark fantsy game will arrive on the service on April 6. It is already available through the Epic Games Store. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin | The Journey Ends – trailer The 2022 action RPG is set in the Final Fantasy universe and is a prequel to Square Enix’s original Final Fantasy on the NES. Set in an alternate timeframe, it follows characters foretold as the Warriors of Light, who set out to destroy Chaos. In the game,…

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Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries Of Honjo review: a hair-raising and subversive horror visual novel

Heed my words, dear reader: Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo is best played if you go in knowing nothing about it. Zilch, zero, nada. Its twists and turns from the get-go have my brain doing mental gymnastics, not just in the game but in trying to figure out how to write around them for this review. I’m not going to spoil everything, but keeping your expectations completley wide open lets Paranormasight snake right on in and surprise you when you least expect it to. Here’s a quick elevator pitch: Paranormasight is a Squeenix-developed horror mystery visual novel about deadly…

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Chrono Cross was remastered so it wouldn’t become “unplayable”

The remaster launched last year, making Radical Dreamers officially playable in English for the first time. Square Enix remastered Chrono Cross specifically because developers at the company were worried it would become “unplayable.” Last year, Square Enix revealed that Chrono Cross would be receiving a highly requested remaster in the form of The Radical Dreamers Edition, which included the Radical Dreamers text adventure that connected Cross to the first game, Chrono Trigger. Remasters are pretty par for the course these days, considering most consoles aren’t backwards compatible with older physical discs. That has left some games literally unplayable, and it’s…

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PowerWash Simulator’s Final Fantasy VII crossover pack is out now

I have no problem believing that PowerWash Simulator is as smart and engrossing as people say. That’s why I don’t play it, lest my actual home fall into a state of muck-slick neglect. If you’re braver than me, you now have new venues to clean: the free Final Fantasy VII crossover is out now, and it lets you clean up Midgar like Cloud never could. Read more