Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Impression

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We are one month away until the official release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, but Square Enix was kind enough to let us play a quick demo of the game. This demo won’t carry any items to the official game unlike the Platinum Demo from Final Fantasy XV where players are given the chance to name the summon Carbuncle. However, in a tweet, players who downloads the demo before May 11th will be given a free PS4 theme.

Can you guys believe that we are finally going to be getting a Final Fantasy VII game in HD and a whole new makeover? When it was first teased in an old E3 convention, Sony showed the power of the PS3 of what would happen if they did a PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII. This made fans wanting this game and it took years for the idea to become a reality. Square Enix later confirmed that Final Fantasy VII will be remade and it will episodic for the PS4 instead; however, it is unknown for what plans does Square Enix have since this exclusive title will last until 2021. Regardless, We finally get the chance to taste test Final Fantasy VII Remake and we get to see if this is a hit or miss.

Impression: Avalanche iconic mission

The demo begins just like the classic game where you, as Cloud, must help the Avalanche team infiltrate Shinra’s Mako Reactor 1 bombing mission. The demo only goes on all the way to the Scorpion Sentinel Boss and running away from the time bomb. This demo is actually not very long and you could be done about approximately 30-45 minutes. On my first try, it took me about 45 minutes to understand the gameplay and during my second and third playthrough, I easily beat it quickly. I haven’t tried the classic mode so I don’t know the turn-based combat but I did play the normal mode. As someone who has played countless hours of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts, I was expecting some major changes in combat and gameplay. First of all, there is no jump button. Second, unlike FFXV, the square button is used for fighting and the R1 is to block; pressing that button with the circle allows you to dodge roll. In FFXV, you can either block or dodge with the square button and R1 is to target. Overall, the controls is very different but really easy to learn. One of the things that the game makes use of the new feature is the revamped ATB (Active Time Battle). While gaming, the ATB will allow players perform special attacks, items and magic attacks. It can charge fast whomever you choose to be, but it slows the AI’s ATB. The game also allows you to change characters in a snap. Speaking of characters, you can only play as Cloud and Barret but each has their own fight style. Cloud can fight with his buster sword and even change styles that can prevent him from using magic but grants him devastating counters. Barret can shoot enemies at a distance and his special attack allows him to shoot a powerful attack, but it takes a while to charge it back up to full. Once the full game comes out, you’ll be able to play more than these two. A fun thing they did in this game is that you can destroy Shinra boxes and collect items like potions and eithers. It reminds me of The Legend of Zelda where you can break pots for Rupee. The combat may sound easy but it actually requires strategy. For example, the human enemies which are Shinra SOLDIERS are weak against fire magic and robots are weak against electricity. The boss in this demo is weak against thunder but its attacks is no push over. Like most Final Fantasy games, you will need to study your enemies and make use of the weakness. I really like the details on the characters in the 3D models as opposed to the polygons from the classic 1997. The voices for the characters was good as well even though I do miss some of the previous voices. I really like the voice of Barret which was John Eric Bentley and Jessie which was voiced by Erica Lindbeck. I don’t have a problem with Cloud’s voice which is currently Cody Christian and no longer Steve Burton, but I do miss Steve. However, I don’t hate the new cast and I applaud them for nailing their roles and I can’t wait to spend time with them once I get my copy of the game.

Overall

While this game is not the final product, we have come a long way for getting a remake of a classic game. Square Enix did an awesome job on details and they added brand new things to a classic game. Personally, as someone who likes action games, I think I am going to enjoy Final Fantasy VII Remake as much as I did with Final Fantasy XV. The gameplay feels engaging and I also love the updated soundtrack. They turn a classic soundtrack and made it up to date. If you want to try it out this demo, it is free at the PSN store. The full game is coming out on April 10th, 2020. I am hoping we don’t wait too long for part 2 of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 exclusive date pushed back to April 2021

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In a old article I wrote, I mentioned that Square Enix had updated the cover of Final Fantasy VII Remake and featured a sticker saying that the game will be exclusive for PS4 until March 3rd, 2021. However, since the game is getting pushed back by April 10th, the new date for this exclusive game got pushed back as well. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a PS4 exclusive until April 10th, 2021. So far, there is no news on what other platforms will this game will be in. If there’s any more news, I will share it with you.

source:
Crunchyroll

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Bayonetta and Vanquish combo pack for PS4 and Xbox One

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Two games are better than one. It’s been announced today by Sega that they will be releasing two Platinum Games in combo pack. The Platinum Games Bayonetta and Vanquish will be releashed in bundle for PS4 and Xbox One owners. The bundle is called Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle. Whether you played these games or missed out, in February 18th, 2020, you will get the chance to play these classic Platinum video games. You can pre-order these games today and if you do, you will be given a Bayonetta & Vanquish original theme and 10th anniversary theme for PS4 owners. You can get this game in physical and digital copy for $39.99. The physical copy includes a steelbook case with a brand new cover art.

Bayonetta:

Twenty years ago, from a coffin submerged beneath a gloomy lake, a mysterious woman awoke.

Unable to recall her past, or even her own name, only a single memory of her unknown origin was left impressed upon her: the horrifying “witches’ power” to summon forth ferocious demons and annihilate the servants of heaven.

Returning to life in the modern world after centuries of absence, Bayonetta followed the clues of her hazy memories, eventually reaching the remote European city of Vigrid. Unimpeded by the countless legions of angels assailing her… Fateful meetings drawing out lost memories…

What lies in wait for Bayonetta…?

Vanquish:

Since the late 20th century, the precipitous pace of population rise on Earth pushed the total number of humans on the planet past 10 billion. The lack of consumable food and energy for this expanding population led to numerous wars over depleting natural resources. It was in this period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that America placed her hopes in the skies with the SC-01 Providence space colony.

The colony was not immune to social evils that had become prevalent on earth. The Order of the Russian Star, a faction of the Russian military who had taken power in their homeland via coup d’état, immediately launched a surprise invasion of the colony. They began work converting the microwave energy array into a powerful weapon in the skies, then unleashed this fearsome power upon the residents of San Francisco. The Order’s declaration of war via weapon of mass destruction complete, they demanded the unconditional surrender of the United States within 10 hours, under penalty of the destruction of New York City.

In steadfast refusal to cooperate with aggressors, the President had no choice but to order a military strike to annihilate the invaders and recapture the colony. The strike was to be led by Lt. Col. Robert Burns.

DARPA operative Sam Gideon has also been assigned to the mission with an advanced weapons prototype.

Source:

Playstation

Final Fantasy VII Remake news: Part 2 of the Remake is already in development

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We are getting close to 2020 and it feels like like the game Final Fantasy VII Remake is getting close to the release date. Recently, Square Enix released some updated images featuring Aerith and Barret with his adopted daughter Marlene.

Being brought back from the classic game, we have the Chocobo summon with a Moogle riding it. Players can use the Chocobo to stomp on its foes with a stampede.

Besides these updates, Square Enix announced at their blog that the game director Tetsuya Nomura is already working on the next act of the game. Besides him, his team are working on updating the story, animation and graphics.

According to Crunchyroll:

…producer Yoshinori Kitase, story and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, co-director Naoki Hamaguchi, scenario design co-director Motomu Toriyama, graphics and VFX director Shintaro Takai, battle director Teruki Endo, environment director Takako Miyake, lighting director Iichiro Yamaguchi, character modeling director Masaaki Kazeno, and animation director Yoshiyuki Soma.

If you didn’t know, Final Fantasy VII Remake is not just one game, but it’s a multi-part game with many stories. The first part of this game will focus on the town of Midgar. Even though this game is a remake of the original game, it will also have some new and different story elements incorporating within the original. Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming out on March 3rd, 2020.

sources:

Crunchyroll

Square Enix

Cnet

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 release date announcement

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Great news anime and game fans! I bring you exciting news for next year video game related news. Besides One-Punch Man video game coming out in 2020, Bandai Namco gave us another game release date and it’s for One Piece Pirate Warriors 4. One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 will be released on March 27th, 2020 for PS4, XB1, Switch and PC. In a trailer, fans can relieve the epic moments from the series at Big Cake Island and even participate in a original story focusing on the current arc of the Wano Country. Fans who pre-ordered the game will have early access to the rest of Germa 66, Sanji Vinsmoke’s other brothers.

Capcom announces new Street Fighter V game and character!

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Welcome fighters from across the globe! I bring you exciting news for anyone who loves Street Fighter. It was recently announced by Capcom that they have two exciting news. First, the antagonist and fighter from Street Fighter III is coming to Street Fighter V. If you thought he was tough to fight in the past games, get ready to experience his god-like fire and ice powers with new V-Skills.

The biggest news from Street Fighter V is that Capcom announced another new edition for the recent installment. If you haven’t got Street Fighter V yet and you want the latest updates, you can preorder Street Fighter V: Championship Edition. Street Fighter V: Championship Edition is the updated version of SFV with 40 characters, 34 stages and +200 costumes. Championship Edition is coming out on February 20th, 2020. If you already have Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, you can purchase the upgrade kit in which you can download the up to date version of the game for only $24.99. The new DLC character Gill will be in this edition. Street Fighter V is available for PS4 and PC.

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PS4 game Death Stranding comes to PC

Great news for PC owners out there! I bring you some exciting news in the video game world. As you may know, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is creating a new game called Death Stranding and it will be out on Nov 8th of 2019 for PS4. It looks like it’s been recently announced that this game will be coming to not only PS4, but also on PC. Unfortunately, PC owners will have to wait for 2020 in order for the company work out the systems for all PCs.

The PS4 game will be out on Nov 8th while PC will be out on summer 2020.

Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham City spoiler review

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PSN synopsis:

Batman: Arkham City sends players soaring into Arkham City – a heavily fortified sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City. Batman Arkham City introduces a brand-new story that draws together an all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as new and enhanced gameplay features.

*Will contain spoilers

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Disney announces The Lion King and Aladdin classic game collection!

Think back when you were you were little and you used to play classic licensed games like Disney games on your SNES or Sega Genesis. Here you are an adult and what if I told you that you can play these games again in your modern consoles. It’s been announced yesterday that Disney is planning to release a game collection in which it will have three different game versions of Aladdin and The Lion King including a never before played demo of an Aladdin game; the total games in this collection is seven. This game collection is called Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King. According to IGN, here is what we’re getting:

  • Disney’s Aladdin (Sega Genesis)
  • Disney’s Aladdin (Game Boy)
  • Disney’s Aladdin (Final Cut)
  • Disney’s Aladdin (Trade Show)
  • Disney’s The Lion King (Sega Genesis)
  • Disney’s The Lion King (SNES)
  • Disney’s The Lion King (Game Boy/Super Game Boy)

Based on the trailer, players will be able to play the game with enhance graphics and the ability to jump into any moment in the game. You will also be able to rewind time in order to correct yourself if you make a mistake while playing. Unfortunately this game, as far as I know, will not have the SNES version of Aladdin. My guess is that this game was once licensed by Capcom and now Capcom doesn’t have the rights for the game anymore. It’s pretty common for Capcom because they usually lose the rights to a game. This happened before with the Ducktales Remastered and Marvel vs Capcom Origins. The SNES Aladdin game was designed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

This game will be released for a price of $29.99 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. It set to be released in the Fall 2019.

sources:
IGN

Polygon

Gamerant

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered reveals release date and gameplay

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If you think Final Fantasy VII is overrated, I am happy to take your mind away from 7 and give you something from 8. It’s previously announced that Square Enix was going to released Final Fantasy VII for multiple platforms for PS4, X1, Switch and PC. The game is going to be titled Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. This game is going to get a huge makeover with a new way of experiencing the magic and fantasy of FFVIII. The graphics are enhanced and just like the updated FFVII, this game will allow you play the game in 3x speed, maxed out stats and even turn off encounters.

Now, revealed in Gamescon 2019, you can get your copy of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on September 3rd, 2019.

source:

Gematsu