Gorgeous new Final Fantasy XV trailer says to wait just a little longer

The leaked news of a Final Fantasy XV demo turned out to be true after being officially announced at Tokyo Game Show this morning. Alongside the demo announcement was the news that Tetsuya Nomura has finished his work as director of the game and is now moving his focus to Kingdom Hearts 3. More exciting though was the reveal of a brand new trailer that highlights just how ambitious in scope XV is proving to be.

After the more high octane taster shown at E3 last year, this trailer showed a vastly different angle to the game with a surprising roadtrip aspect that seems to focus on Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto. Some striking imagery was shown including the main boys dodging a colossal monster in their car, visually stunning country vistas as well as sprawling cities, and finally the return of the world map which has been missing since Final Fantasy XIII.

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The battles look fluid and varied enough to keep the hack and slash approach from getting repetitive

In terms of gameplay it still looks as action packed as ever; Noctis can form combos by using different weapons or even through the use of his own teammates. The trailer also showed that players will be able to traverse the world map through the use of a car, something not seen in the series since Final Fantasy VIII. A wealth of areas were shown such as barren wastelands, countryside fields, goblin infested caves and a sparkling coastline lit by the night sky. It also seems that much of the story will be told during the actual gameplay as opposed to the lengthy cinematic cutscenes that Final Fantasy is known for. This trailer has actually managed to rid me of the only worry I had for the game, which was that it might get repetitive in terms of combat. With so many varied aspects such as driving, fighting, exploring and conversing, it seems like the game will be able to sustain the usual lengthy Final Fantasy experience with some thrilling new ideas.

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It seems as though XV will have a great mixture of character building amongst the battles

The story seemed to take a step back from the political nature of the last trailer to focus on the more brotherly bond between the main four men. The fifth member, Cor Leonis, who was shown in the last trailer was, strangely, not shown here but it’s possible that Square Enix wanted to focus just on these characters for now. Stella, Noctis’ love interest, was shown with a new look but there’s still now word on whether she’ll be playable yet. Finally, a new name was mentioned in the form of a female character called Luna who could be the mysterious black haired character teased in the character lineup previously. Apart from that, this trailer belonged to Noctis and his three friends who it seems are fighting their way across the country whilst taking in the magnificent sights and sounds.

This was an amazing trailer that really managed to showcase just how ambitious and different this particular title is going to be compared to the rest of the series. It’s a brand new universe that radically blows the expectations of the series away, but considering how troubled the series has been over the past few years this could be the shot in the arm it needs. The future of the franchise hinges on this game but it definitely seems as if it’s got the chops of proving just how exciting, adventurous and varied Final Fantasy can once again be.

Final Fantasy XV demo coming early next year

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From left to right: Type-0 protagonist, Ace; Final Fantasy XV lead, Noctis

The eagerly awaited Final Fantasy XV, formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, will be receiving a demo next year according to Game Informer. The demo will, apparently, be contained on a voucher that will be included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PS4 and Xbox One which is set to be released on March 17th for North America, March 19th for Japan, and March 20th for European markets. The article has since been pulled from Game Informer which indicates this could be much more than a rumour considering Tokyo Game Show starts tomorrow. The demo which is known as “Episode Duscae” will depict some of the early sections of the game but with some altered progression that will be more suited to the demo than the final game.

Final Fantasy XV was first unveiled in 2006 under the title, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which was to be released exclusively for the Playstation 3 alongside it’s sister titles Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII which were to make up a series called the Fabula Nova Crystallis. However, Versus XIII faced a laboured cycle that saw the release of Final Fantasy XIII, as well as two sequels centred around Lightning. Agito XIII was also renamed to Type-0 and saw an exclusive Japanese release for the Playstation Portable; Western audiences will be getting their first taste of the war epic in the remastered HD edition for next generation consoles.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII was finally re-revealed at E3 2013 under the new flagship title Final Fantasy XV for Playstation and Xbox One. The action packed trailer depicts a combat system that seems to abandon the slow paced turn based system of the series in favour of a more a stylish approach. The game centres around a prince called Noctis and his country, Lucis, which has access the final mystical crystal left in the modern world setting. Lucis is attacked by an invading country called Niflheim though which sets Noctis and his friends on a journey to retrieve the crystal and seek revenge.

As the main character, Noctis, is able to wield numerous different weapons and spells whilst also having the ability to teleport around the battlefield. The other playable characters include Gladiolus, a muscular man who is able to wield large swords as well as use his fists to fight; Ignis, a calculating man who wields light weapons as well as unique magic attacks; Prompto, a gun wielding playboy who has the unique ability to actually target enemies with pinpoint precision; and Cor, an older member of Noctis’ group who has served Notctis’ family for years. The main heroine of the game is a women called Stella who Noctis is forced to fight against despite his feelings towards her, implying the game will have strong elements of Romeo and Juliet.

More information should be released over the coming days at the Tokyo Game Show, hopefully alongside a new trailer as well. Regardless, it’s nice to finally have some new information about the constantly elusive game. Will you be buying Final Fantasy Type-0 just for the demo of XV or have you been looking forward to the game anyway since it’s PSP release?

Claire Redfield will be fighting evil in Resi Revelations 2

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It has been revealed in a series of info and images that Claire Redfield, sister to series protagonist Chris, will be making her playable return in the sequel to Resident Evil Revelations. Gamesmaster magazine’s November issue has disclosed that Revelations 2 will see two playable characters in the form of Claire Redfield, who will be bringing back her combat skills from previous Resident Evil titles, and a new character called Moira, daughter of the iconic Barry Burton. Hopefully Moira will be making her father proud with some bad voice acting and cringy one liners.

Other information has also revealed that  the two heroines are abducted and left to fend for themselves on an abandoned island detention facility that houses some new kind of zombies to the series. The new enemies to the game are called afflicted which, despite having a zombie like appearance, are much faster and considerably more brutal. Combat will also be carrying on the more atmospheric nature of the original Revelations, whilst adding some new unknown features that have been said to set this title apart from the rest of the series.

After seeing so much of Chris and Leon in the series, it’s nice to finally see some of Resident Evil’s other characters having their chance in the spotlight. Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to see whatever happened to Rebecca and Billy since we last saw them fighting for their lives back in the Gamecube days. Actual gameplay footage for the sequel should be shown at the Tokyo Game Show in a few weeks, but these details should keep the series’ fans happy until then.

So are you happy about the new information or would you have preferred some other characters and more traditional gameplay instead?

 

 

 

Tons of new characters leaked for Super Smash Bros

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A series of leaked screens have been revealed for the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros, the most notable picture being, what could be, the entire roster of the highly anticipated fighting game.

Included in the leaked pictures are a collection of returning characters: Wario, Mr Game and Watch, Ganondorf, Falco, Jigglypuff, R.O.B, Ness and Dr Mario. Excitingly, the list also includes a whole host of new characters to the series such as Bowser Jr, a rival of Mario; the dog from NES classic, Duck Hunt; Dark Pit, who was teased in an earlier trailer alongside Pit and Palutena; and finally Shulk who rose to fame in Xenoblade Chronicles, the recent critically acclaimed RPG game for the Wii. A series of videos depicting Shulk, Bowser Jr and Ganondorf in combat have been released alongside the images, giving a heavy amount of credence to the overwhelming set of leaks.

If this is the entire roster of the game, it’s an incredibly satisfying and varied set of characters that manages to respect the history of Nintendo’s past and Present. There are some sad omissions such as Bayonetta, who’s second game will be released exclusively for the Wii U, as well as Isaac from the Classic Gameboy Advance series, Golden Sun. Who knows though, there could still be some more surprises in store for the popular party fighting game, so there’s still some hope for more characters to be revealed.

So are you happy with the leaked list of characters or are some of your favourite Nintendo icons missing from the lineup?

Nintendo fans petition for Robin Williams tribute in next Zelda game

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A petition for the late Robin Williams to be given his own NPC in the next Legend of Zelda title has reached over 100,000 signatures. An extract from the petition reads: “Robin was an avid player of video games, with a love for all things Nintendo, and a particular love of all things Legend of Zelda”. It’s very well documented that Williams was a long time fan of The Legend of Zelda series, even naming his daughter, Zelda Williams, after the eponymous princess. He and his daughter later appeared in Nintendo advertisements in order to promote the 3DS release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

After seeing the incredible support for the petition, Nintendo has since responded with the statement: “We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honour him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future game during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close”.

Although it’s not an official confirmation, it’s at least good to know that Nintendo have acknowledged the campaign; hopefully they continue to consider this touching tribute for the beloved actor.

 

New Silent Hill announced for Playstation 4

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During their Gamescom briefing Sony quietly announced an interactive teaser for a mysterious title called P.T, which was being made by an unknown studio. It was also announced that P.T was being immediately released on the Playstation 4 store for gamers to play. The premise of the game is that an unknown character wakes up in an abandoned house with no clues as to what’s going on. The player is tasked with exploring the house and examining clues which reveal increasingly disturbing imagery for the player to scream at. To reveal what happens in the actual gameplay would ruin the fun of P.T but it’s the ending that is truly shocking.

In an extremely clever move, the end of the demo announces the next gen debut of Silent Hill, which P.T is revealed to be a Playable Teaser for. Not only is it revealed that Hideo Kojima will be directing the game, but Guillermo Del Toro will also be involved with the game as well, and if that isn’t enough, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus will also be playing the main character. Long time Silent Hill fans will also be happy to hear that the music of Akira Yamaoka is also used at the end of the teaser, indicating that he too will be involved with the game.

Kojima is known for sensationally revealing games but this could quite possibly be his best reveal yet, and is indeed his most shocking announcement in a good long while. It’s still unknown whether the game will be exclusive to the Playstation 4, but after Microsoft revealing that the next Tomb Raider will be exclusive to the Xbox One, anything is possible.