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Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy XII HD remake all but confirmed by strategy guides

Thanks, Prima?
Sep 22
// Josh Tolentino
If you told me last year, when I bought my PS4, that a goodly number of the titles I'd be hearing about in the coming years would be ones from the previous generations, I wouldn't have believed you. Alas, I would've been...
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Final Fantasy XV

Go on a Sunday drive with Final Fantasy XV

But what's on the radio?
Sep 01
// Josh Tolentino
Based on what we've seen so far, the most interesting parts of Final Fantasy XV  are looking less like "epic adventure" and more like "awesome road trip". And I'm totally down with that notion. Riding in a car with...
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Final Fantasy VII

Check out Final Fantasy VII as a 2D brawler

Final Fantasy Meets Final Fight
Aug 15
// Anthony Redgrave
You cannot dispute that Final Fantasy VII is the most beloved game in the Final Fantasy series. It had a huge impact in the western market, an extended lifespan with the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, and its remaster was...
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Shenmue III

Quick Fund Event: Yu Suzuki's Shenmue III kickstarter already funded

I'm looking for some backers
Jun 16
// Josh Tolentino
E3 usually isn't the biggest thing to look forward to for fans of Japanese games, but there are always exceptions. This year is one of those exceptions, and Nintendo hasn't even begun its broadcast yet! Everyone brought some ...

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Final Fantasy XV

Wait, what? Final Fantasy XV demo and Type-0 getting patched

Brave new world
Jun 09
// Josh Tolentino
Hearing the news that a console game is getting a patch shouldn't be the kind of thing that makes a man feel old, but for some reason the announcement that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and its accompanying Final Fantasy XV d...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy is looking pretty hot

The gang's all here
Apr 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Time to get brawling in Midgar! Team Ninja's newest outing for Square Enix is a fresh entry to the Dissidia fighting series. The upcoming Sony PS4 game is an adaptation of the arcade game, with some sexy new upgrades. I neve...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV's really looking nuts

Towns, toys, and trippy clothing
Dec 20
// Josh Tolentino
OK, Square Enix, you've got me. Despite my best attempts to remain thin-lipped and cynical about the prospects of Final Fantasy XV, the latest trailer you lot put out at Jump Festa yesterday has officially gotten me hype. Fo...
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Final Fantasy XV

This is what Final Fantasy XV sounds like in English

And they sound pretty!
Dec 15
// Josh Tolentino
And here it is, the dub of the long-overdue Final Fantasy XV, aka Riding In Cars With Boys 2. It's a good sign that Square Enix seems to be putting out information about this perennially delayed game on the regular now, afte...
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This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like

If only it were actually happening
Nov 16
// Josh Tolentino
I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot...
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Hatsune Miku

See Hatsune Miku through Tetsuya Nomura's eyes

Costliest hair in Glorious Nippon
Nov 05
// Josh Tolentino
Are you ready to journey into the Uncanny Valley? You might not have a choice, because Tetsuya Nomura's already there, and he's populating it with his CG creations, the latest being this rendition of Vocaloid diva Hatsune Mi...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV full of pretty tech, pretty boys, pretty cars

I want all three
Nov 04
// Josh Tolentino
Much as I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, even I could see that the franchise has been in sore need of a fresh approach, and despite having been in development for the better part of the last decade, Final Fantasy XV might ...
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Final Fantasy XIII

TGS 2014: Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam

All hail the PC Master Race
Sep 18
// Josh Tolentino
I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority when I say I actually liked the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. They were flawed and the whole Fabula Nova Crystalis affair smacked of troubling hubris on the part ...
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Final Fantasy XV

TGS 2014: So this is Final Fantasy XV

Is your body ready?
Sep 17
// Josh Tolentino
Well, it took 'em long enough - the better part of a decade - but it looks like ordinary players might actually see Final Fantasy XV in playable form before the heat death of the universe. And it might even be fun, judg...
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PSN Sale

PSA: Dragon's Crown free, more discounts on PSN Sale

Get them while they're hot
Aug 08
// Josh Tolentino
It's not every day that you can get a bunch of good deals on a cool games, and that day has come if you're the type to buy things on PlayStation platforms. Both versions of Atlus' excellent Dragon's Crown are free to members ...

Let's run down Final Fantasy XIV: Defenders of Eorzea!

Jun 25 // Kristina Pino
  Face Ramuh (AAAAHH!) New Dungeon: Hullbreaker Isle (and a huge sea monster?) Hard Mode introduced for the Tam-Tara Deepcroft and The Stone Vigil (creepy flying face thing is creepy, yo) Chocobo Raising! (it's about dang time, I say) New synthesis recipes as well as the introduction of de-synthesis (variety is the spice of life. Also, recipes will yield accessories over item level 70.) Defenders of Eorzea main scenario quests (I'm actually super excited for this, because I just finished fighting Garuda in the first set of quests literally yesterday) New detective work side quests with Hildibrand (looks silly as hell) Delivery Moogle Quests (basically you deliver letters to NPCs) Hunts (omg yay) Private Chambers (finally, your very own space, not limited to a shared company house) Frontline (new PvP stuff for folks who are into that) Face new enemies in Syrcus Tower (Scylla, Amon, and Xande. Can we talk about how there's a friggen ~5-headed wolfman in there? Also, item level 100 rewards.) In patch 2.35 (I know, a little ahead here), Ixtali Beast Tribe quests will be added That seems to be the extent of it, for now. There's still some stuff we'll have to wait on, such as more info on Hunts, but overall things are looking great. I'm actually pretty excited about Ramuh - when I learned he wasn't going to be part of the main scenario quests because he wasn't considered an immediate threat despite his primal status, I hoped that maybe later on something would eventually make it so we'd have to interact with him. It may be that any battle against him won't be because he's after destruction, but perhaps testing/teaching. Or not. More on that later? Frontline is going to be accessible to all, including folks who are new to PvP, so don't fret if you want to skip the current options and just try out the new stuff. The possibilities are very exciting, as it's currently being stress tested for a battle of 24 vs 24 vs 24 (total of 72 players in one fight). Battle length is slated to be 30 minutes, and the only requirement is that you're level 50. There'll be an item level restriction as well, but a number hasn't been decided on at this time. Chocobo Raising is going to be possible for anyone with access to a Free Company estate (by adding the proper furnishing), but later on it'll be accessible to all via Chocobo Porters in the three main cities. When patch 2.35 is released, you'll be able to change your chocobo's feather color as well. This is probably the more immediately relevant point that was revealed about the Private Housing: You'll have to be part of a free company, the free company must have a house, and your Grand Company rank has to be second lieutenant or above. Once you've fulfilled these requirements you can create a private chamber by paying 300,000 gil, but this price is still undergoing final adjustments. I believe most players already have 300,000 gil, but if you don't it shouldn't be a hard amount to come by if you start saving right now. Another exciting point for those of us who love the Final Fantasy series as a whole and like seeing games reference each other: In the Hildibrand quest for patch 2.3 someone everyone is familiar with will make an appearance but it will be different than the Gilgamesh twist. We'd like to create stories with guest appearances that fit the FFXIV: ARR lore, and once they're ready I'll be sure to share more details. By the way, did you know that Hildibrand is on Twitter? I think that's about all of the highlights I've got for now. Defenders of Eorzea is slated for release on Tuesday, July 8th, which is basically right around the corner. Additional information beyond the list above was gleaned from this week's Letter From the Producer LIVE Q&A. You can also access the Defenders of Eorzea main website here.
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Everything you need to know is here, I think
A long and impressive trailer was just released for the upcoming 2.3 patch for Final Fantasy XIV titled Defenders of Eorzea, which will bring a whole new set of main scenario quests, dungeons, skills, activities, and more to...

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Final Fantasy Agito

E3 2014: Final Fantasy Agito gets a trailer, Type-0 going HD

Your dreams answered
Jun 10
// Josh Tolentino
Wow, the last few hours just became pretty good ones for Final Fantasy fans. Square Enix may not have brought Final Fantasy XV to E3 this year, but they just blew some minds all the same by announcing that in addition t...
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The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Keep your eyes on this one
Apr 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's time again for another edition of your favorite weekly flashback, Old School Thursdays. This week, I'm going to bring back a classic I posted a few years ago, but I'm sure no one is going to complain to my boss... I hop...
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The Dose: Old School Thursday

Prepare for chills
Apr 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
For today's weekly flashback we go back to 1997, and pay our respects to one of the most beloved video games of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Rated by many as their favorite RPG, Final Fantasy VII was the game that kicked the...
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Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV now in open beta on PS4

Get your fill ahead of launch
Apr 04
// Tim Sheehy
If you've been waiting to experience Final Fantasy XIV on PS4, now's your chance. From now until April 7th, the game will be made available as an open beta using live servers, allowing you to venture into to the world of Hyda...

#Cancel Final Fantasy

Apr 04 // Karen Mead
FINAL FANTASY IS SUPER-GROSS BECAUSE IT: 1. Promotes Chocobo Abuse The working conditions for Chocobos in every Final Fantasy game are simply abysmal, and I for one am not going to take it anymore. The Golden Saucer Chocobo Races are nothing more than a glorified sweat shop, where the bright neon lights and catchy BGM can't quite drown out the sound of mutli-colored birds crying into their feathers each night. Chocobos are repeatedly forced to travel grueling distances, carrying heavy spiky-haired protagonists, with nary meal nor rest.  Sometimes we even see them running in giant hamster wheels to generate power, even though we know mages can generate all the power the world needs by casting Thunder on electrical appliances. If humans can produce electricity, why even subject chocobos to this indignity? To humiliate them, obviously. To keep them from getting any ideas above their station. And don't even get me started on chocobo breeding, which is a sick series of eugenics experiments if ever there was one. Now, you could make the argument that the Final Fantasy economy can't run without chocobos, but you know what else they said that about? Slavery. If you enjoy chocobo minigames, you are literally supporting slavery. We all need to stand up (on Twitter) and say something about the structural violence that's being inflicted not only on chocobos, but the player who is being shaped by these chocobo-abuse-fueled narratives. #SaveTheKweh2014 2.  Is Racist Against Fire Have you ever noticed that Ifrit is usually one of the first summons you receive? You generally get Ifrit first because the implication is that it's not as powerful as the other summons; in the Final Fantasy narrative, fire is weaksauce, while space dragons, sentient trains and Arthurian knights are king. But Ifrit isn't the only victim here; look at Bombs, the enemies which appear in every FF title. The primary fire-elemental creature is portrayed as so pathetic, it can't even hurt you without committing suicide with Self-Destruct...which, come to think of it, doesn't even do that much damage in the first place. The fact that these creatures literally kill themselves because they can no longer take the pain of their marginalized existence may be the most extreme example, but the fact is that the constant microaggressions against the element fire start early in each game and pretty much never stop. The shocking lack of agency given to fire-elemental creatures is just plain racism, and we shouldn't let a mainstream game series get away with this stone-aged thinking anymore. Even when the narrative isn't outright racist, fire-elementals still suffer from the subtle bigotry of low expectations; you just don't expect Firaga to do as much damage as Flare, or even Holy. It's time for Final Fantasy to stop treating fire like a second-class element and come to terms with the structural violence it's inflicting on open flames. #NotYourIfritSidekick 3. Promotes Protagonist Privilege It's one thing that only the protagonist chooses where to go in these games, but what's disgusting -disgusting -- is that the other characters are literally invisible. I don't mean they're so marginalized that they may as well be invisible, I mean they are literally invisible on the screen, because that's how overpowering the protagonist's privilege is. True, in some cases, like FFVIII, the other characters can sometimes be seen tagging along behind the main -- but in a way, that's almost worse. Instead of having agency, being able to choose where to go, they're forced to follow the protag...even if he's running in circles like a moron trying to get his next SeeD payment to come in. Now it's bad enough that Final Fantasy promotes this degree of privilege, but what's worse is that it goes completely unacknowledged. Nothing makes privilege more egregious than being completely blind to it. Apologists may choose to bring up that part of FFVII where you can pick Tifa and Cid to be your replacement protagonists-- perhaps checking Cloud's privilege, albeit temporarily. This, my friends, is nothing but the most blatant appeasement. If we want to stop the structural violence that Final Fantasy is inflicting on everyone who isn't a protagonist, we need to reject these facile attempts at appeasement politics. #IDontHaveToFollowYou 4. Is Disgustingly Ableist Party members are largely identified by their skills; casting attack spells, buffing, summoning, gaining items, etc. What if a character can't do any of these things? Well, they won't be getting adequate representation in your party, that's for damn sure. Only characters who have the ability to do things get respect in Final Fantasy; the level of discrimination against anyone who isn't fortunate enough to be able to cast Demi or summon Bahamut is unconscionable. This is systemic, structural violence against people who can't do cool shit. Now, I must admit, FFX gets a partial pass here; that game includes Kimahri, a character who gets to be in the active party while possessing zero useful abilities whatsoever. Still, given the franchise's abysmal track record on this issue, I think we're going to have to view Kimahri's existence as an anomaly; to remain relevant, the series desperately needs to diversify by including people who cannot actually do things. #SkillTreesAreOppression 5. Spreads A Capitalist Narrative The story is as trite as it is predictable: get more gil and you can buy bigger weapons, better items, and greater participation in whatever dumb minigame is devouring your time like some kind of ravenous temporal vampire. It's the same in every game: gil means power, and it's hard to argue that the characters who don't have gil are oppressed compared to your party. Do you think all those NPCs hanging around in the background have cool weapons with great stats that inflict multiple status effects? No, they have crap like the Revolver and Official Ball. This gil=power=good meta-narrative is just the same old case of capitalism being used as a vector to spread oppression. Thanks to intersectionality, when you buy a cool weapon for one of your characters, all you're doing is enforcing the idea that money and power and violence are all the same thing, drowning out all other voices that promote peace and equality. This is structural violence against the idea of anything ever not being violent --and also, capitalism sucks because Ayn Rand wrote books. #GrindingisSlavery All that, and I haven't even started on how the persistent emphasis on thieves and stealing in these games contributes to Theft Culture...or any of that genderist, heteronormative garbage with Jumbo Cactaur (think about the fact that he has a mustache!) But I guess I should leave it at this; the world can only handle so much revolutionary thought at one time. Plus, I don't want all my Twitter campaigns to cannibalize each other. Please use these hashtags to spread the word about how awful Final Fantasy is, and how those of us with any kind of social conscience are not just going to sit back and take it anymore. By the way, if you're a Final Fantasy-apologist, please don't even bother responding to this article; the world is full of your kind, oppressors, and it's time for you to shut up and listen for once. This may be about having a dialogue, but if you don't agree with me, frankly that's a sign that you just don't understand the first thing about history, or modern society, and need to educate yourself. I mean, try looking at things from someone else's perspective for a change; is that so hard?
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Say goodbye to systematic oppression, sheeple
It's hard to be a voice of dissent, and for years, I lacked the courage. I've always thought that the many, many regressive ideas disseminated by the Final Fantasy series of video games were beyond gross, but I was afraid to ...

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Video Games

Here's 22 minutes of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

All the Final Fantasy music
Mar 31
// Elliot Gay
Many an hour of my life has been lost to the original Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS. A rhythm game utilizing music from first Final Fantasy to the thirteenth, it was a great little celebration of the franchise and th...
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Final Fantasy 14

Final Fantasy 14: Through the Maelstrom screenshots released

Take a look at this gallery of eye candy.
Mar 28
// Amber Hunt
The new Final Fantasy 14 update, Through the Maelstrom launched on PC and PS3 yesterday. You can view the official launch trailer above. Don't you agree that it looks amazing? Square Enix released a bunch of screenshots reve...
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The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Time to get emotional
Mar 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
Well guys, I'm back from a fabulous vacation and ready to delve back into the depths of Japan's old school favorites. This week we're heading back to 2003, to one of my favorite J-Pop tunes of all time. I'm sure you've all b...
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Final Fantasy XIV

New trailer shows off Final Fantasy XIV 2.2 update

To be patched in preparation for the upcoming PlayStation 4 port
Mar 14
// Tim Sheehy
With the PlayStation 4 release just weeks away, Square Enix shared a video detailing some of the changes being made in the upcoming version 2.2 content patch for their flagship MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Titl...
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Video games

Official launch trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD

All dem feels
Mar 11
// Tim Sheehy
I admit that I never finished Final Fantasy X -- I made it about half-way through before I ultimately gave up on the series, and its been a regret. While both entries are relatively beloved by fans, neither Final F...
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Final Fantasy Type-0

Final Fantasy Type-0 fan-translation to be released this August

Or so they say
Mar 08
// Tim Sheehy
For many of us, the effort to translate Final Fantasy Type-0 seemed like a project that would never near completion. The game released in Japan back in 2011, and while so many had been waiting on pins and needles for Square ...
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Final Fantasy

Squall dumps Rinoa, marries White Mage instead

Level Up in matrimony with a Final Fantasy wedding
Feb 28
// Karen Mead
I have to admit: as much as my husband and I both adore a certain long-running JRPG series, it didn't occur to either of us to make our 2012 wedding ceremony Final Fantasy-themed. We did think of making it Persona-themed, bu...
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Theatrhythm: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm: Curtain Call trailer shows off new features

New tunes, too!
Feb 26
// Chris Walden
February 26th, 2011 was the release date of the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, so while I remember, happy birthday! However, the reason I've mentioned it is because for the longest time, myself and many others were critical of the s...
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Video Games

Japan's 30 most wanted games

Check out games that Japan want now
Feb 22
// Amber Hunt
Famistu has made a list of the top most wanted games in Japan, and there's a bunch of good ones on it. First on the list, is without a doubt Persona 5. Japan, you aren't the only ones who want this game now! Persona 5 is set ...
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Nylon Pink covers Real Emotion from FFX-2

What can I do for you?
Feb 22
// Karen Mead
Just in time to get us pumped for the upcoming release of FFX/FFX-2 HD Remaster, Los Angeles-based band Nylon Pink has recorded a pretty spiffy cover of Real Emotion. Remember that part at the beginning of X-2 where Yuna com...

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