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Stranger of Paradise is cool, but I yearn for a simpler Final Fantasy anniversary game

The Team Ninja Soulslike is a nice addition to the Final Fantasy extended family, but I want so see something else from Square Enix. Final Fantasy turns 35 this year, and Square Enix has lined up a bunch of stuff to celebrate the series’ birthday. The biggest and most obvious piece of the celebration so far is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, a new spin-off that’s both forward and backward-looking at once. A lot of what’ll make the biggest splash this anniversary is likely stuff we don’t officially know about yet, of course. We’re yet to have a formal…

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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin review – One of the best 3/5 games I’ve played in years

I am unapologetically a fan of the Nicholas Cage and John Travolta movie, Face/Off. Something about the unbelievable dance between lawman and outlaw Freaky Friday-ing their way into each other’s lives is endlessly watchable, despite its shaky premise and questionable performances. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin might well be the Face/Off of games, then. It’s stupid, the performances are laughably bad, the levels are irritating, the gear system is convoluted, and the bosses can flit from unmemorable to infuriating. So why the hell can’t I put it down? I guess it helps that Team Ninja knows how to make…

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Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is baffling in the best way

“Just tell us about the crystals”, demands Jack, Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin‘s prickly protagonist. He has no time for the posh dark elf who applauds him for something. Whatever it is, Jack doesn’t care. In fact, I don’t think he knows where he is. If he does, he wants nothing to with it. This interaction is contained in a new trailer that I deem to be perfect. It sells me on this Final Fantasy action RPG, because it seems like I’ll get to control someone as impatient as I am. Jack lives for crashing and bashing. The story…

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Have You Played… Nioh 2?

If you’re after a soulslike with incredibly deep combat, then Nioh 2 is the one. Yes, it’s brutally punishing and you need to be in a good mood to play it, but trust me, when you’ve found the weapon for you, it’s a nice feeling alright. Read more

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Stranger of Paradise uses Final Fantasy 1 as a motif rather than being “directly connected to the game”

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’s concept is based on Final Fantasy 1, but is a story all its own.Speaking in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’s creative producer Tetsuya Nomura, producer Jin Hujiwara, and director Daisuke Inoue spoke about the game, and how it’s using the original Final Fantasy as a motif.Watch on YouTubeAccording to Nomura, the game is based on Final Fantasy 1, where at the end of which, you learn who the Warriors of Light really are and where they came from.In Stranger of Paradise, Jack and his friends are under the impression they…

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Nioh 2 PC patch fixes disappearing text bug, crashes caused by last update

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 29 March 2021 13:07 GMT The anticipated Nioh 2 patch has arrived this morning on PC.Team Ninja has today released a new update for Nioh 2 on PC. Though update 1.27.1 doesn’t bring any big new features, it’s one PC players have been eagerly anticipating, simply because patch 1.27 broke the game for many.In particular, 1.27 introduced a weird bug that would sometimes cause text to disappear from the game’s menus, making it awkward to navigate. The update also brought on a number of random crashes, which caused Team Ninja to issue a statement saying that…

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Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection runs at 4k and 60fps+, says Microsoft Store listing

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 14 March 2021 13:55 GMT Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection will run at a 4K resolution and at least 60fps, a new listing on the Microsoft Store confirms.During the Nintendo Direct presentation back in February, the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection was announced for Switch – and shortly after, it was confirmed that the game compilation of titles is also coming PC, PS4, and Xbox One (with PS5 and Xbox One Series X/S players able to play the title via backwards compatibility).As per a listing on the Microsoft Store, though, it’s mentioned that Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Ninja…

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Nioh 2 is getting negative Steam reviews thanks to performance issues

Frame rate issues and some problems with on-screen inputs are prompting some Nioh 2 PC players to leave negative feedback on the Steam game.Nioh 2 more than tripled the original’s Steam numbers at launch, proving incredibly popular with PC players and beating even Dark Souls’ concurrent player count record when it hit the platform earlier this week.But now, as players become more au fait with the title, Koei Tecmo’s hardcore action-RPG is receiving more negative reviews and currently sits on a “mixed” review rating as players lambast frame rate issues and on-screen input problems.As noted by Eurogamer, whilst the majority…

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Nioh 2 more than triples the original’s Steam numbers at launch

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 5 February 2021 14:42 GMT Nioh 2 has done much better than its predecessor on Steam from the off.The Complete Edition of Nioh 2 launched earlier today on Steam, and PS5. The Steam version was fairly highly-anticipated, even if publisher Koei Tecmo’s games tend not to get a lot of love on PC.This looks to be changing, though, as Nioh 2’s Steam debut is already bigger than the original game’s. Nioh 2 peaked at 31,343 players, which puts it just outside Steam’s top 30. Numbers continue to rise, too. Over the course of writing this tory,…

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Nioh 2 trailer shows off PC features for February launch

Souls-ish action RPG Nioh 2 is just around the corner for us PC folks after its original launch on PlayStation boxes last year. The original Nioh was quite a lot of fun, but the features and options on PC were pretty undercooked. Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja seem committed to coming out on PC strong with the sequel and have put out a shiny new trailer showing what Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition will bring to PC. (more…)

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Nioh dev Team Ninja teases several announcements for 2021

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 4 January 2021 13:12 GMT Team Ninja looks to be teasing a big year for the Japanese studio.Team Ninja, the developer of Nioh, Dead or Alive and many musou games, has revealed that it’s working on a number of unannounced games, set to be revealed this year.In 4Gamer‘s big year-end interview with leading Japanese development figures, Team Ninja’s longtime producer and game director Fumihiko Yasuda confirmed that the studio is working on “several new titles”, which will be announced over the course of 2021.It’s not clear if any of them are entirely new IPs, but Team…