Square Enix teams up with publisher to release English FFXV books!

Great news for Final Fantasy XV fans! In a tweet sent yesterday, Square Enix announced that they will be partnering up with English Literature publishing company Penguin Random House to release Final Fantasy XV book projects. Some of these are the novels, manga and even artbooks. Currently announced is the upcoming novel Final Fantasy XV: Dawn of the Future.

According to PlaystationLifestyle.net, Dawn of the Future will probably be released this upcoming Fall in North America and other English reading bookstores.

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Kingdom Hearts III announces DLC

If you thought Critical Mode wasn’t enough, Square Enix is bringing more content for Kingdom Hearts fans. This past weekend, Japan hosted the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra: Word of Tres and they announced Kingdom Hearts III will be having DLC. The new DLC is called Re:MIND.

According to Gematsu, the paid DLC will include the following:

  • Limit Cut Episodes and bosses
  • A Secret Episode with a boss
  • English voice cast over for Japanese versions
  • and more unannounced content

There is also plans for free DLC but those will will have more forms and keyblades.

sources:

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What-if?: Top 5 what-if episodes for Final Fantasy XV

As you may have noticed, Square Enix just announced that they released the last DLC for the game Final Fantasy XV. The last DLC is called Episode Ardyn and it allows players to play as the game’s antagonist Ardyn Izunia and get revenge on the people that turned against him years ago. Originally, Episode Ardyn was going to be part of a DLC pack called Dawn of the Future where players will be able to download and play this episode and other Episodes called Episode Lunafreya, Aranea and Noctis. Unfortunately, the plans were cancelled, but the episodes will still come back as a novel. As of now, excluding Comrades, we have Episodes Gladiolus, Prompto, Ignis and Ardyn. In this post I made, I want to share some interesting ideas what-if the plans for DLC was not cancelled and we got to see more stories on other characters. I compiled a top 5 list for characters to have their share of the story.

What-if we had:

5. Episode Cindy

What if we could play the car mechanic Cindy? It may sound weird because Cindy never fights in the game, and according to fans, she’s the fanservice of the game. She’s well known for taking care of Noctis’ car, the Regalia. She did have a big role in the Assassin’s Creed Festival event where she wanted to help Noctis save her friend Holly from Loqi. She also was part of missions in Comrades. What if Square took the time to show more development for her and made her a strong woman type character. She could be helping the remaining glaives during the ten year darkness and this could be an opportunity to explore her past. It was revealed by Cid that CIndy lost her parents from the daemons and she was raised by him. It would be interesting to see how far will Cindy go to go against the Empire and Daemons. We might get information Cid as well.

4. Episode Iris

What if Iris got attention? Iris is the little sister of Gladiolus and she is also a childhood friend of Noctis. She has a crush on him as well. She teams up with you for a bit as you try to escort her away from the Empire. She knows how to fight hand to hand combat and she has her cute Moogle doll to fight with. She’s also a great healer. It would be an interesting story to see her perspective in the story and learn about her relationship with Noctis. Her adventure could take place during the ten years of darkness or during the story where she is helping people escape from Old Lestallum.

3. Episode Nyx Ulric

What if you were a glaive like Nyx? Nyx first appeared in the CGI movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. He is a character who helps Lunafreya escape from Crown City when the Empire took over and destroyed the kingdom. What if you could play as this guy in his youth years or still in training as a glaive? His gameplay would probably feel like a mix between Noctis because he is the given the ability to warp and and he would like Ignis because he is an expert with his daggers. It would be cool to play in his eyes and explore Crown City and interact characters from the movie like Crowe and Libertus.

2. Episode Cor

What if Cor had more action time? Cor made his appearance early on the game and he helped Noctis fight against the Niflheim enemy Loqi. It only took some downloads for him to get some attention again. In Episode Gladiolus, he helped Gladio to take the trials to fight against Gilgamesh. In the Royal Edition update, he shows up 10 years later and helps Noctis take back Crown City. I would love to play as Cor and see what has been doing while Noctis and his friends were on a road trip. It was mentioned in the game, he was helping hunters. Cor is a tough man and when  fought him in Episode Gladiolus, this guy brought me down in a flash. Cor would be a fun character to use in combat.

1. Episode Regis (young version)

What if Square gave us a story based on Noctis father King Regis? Regis is an interesting man who has the same powers of Noctis and he even knows of the tragic fate for his son. It would be interesting to see what would be like if we could play as a young version of Regis in his early years of being king. We did kind of had the chance to play as Regis in his youth in his free game A King’s Tale where Regis told young Noctis a story about himself saving the Crystal. It would be awesome to play as Regis and have his friends work together to face against monsters and the Empire. It would be a bonus to see young characters like Cid, Clarus, Weskham and probably Cor.

These are my top five characters I would love to see happen. Do you have any ideas for yourself? Comment down below!

Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn – Prologue anime Spoiler review

YouTube describes this anime:

FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN depicts the story of Ardyn Izunia, the main nemesis in FINAL FANTASY XV. The story of suffering, death, and resurrection leading up to the main story in FFXV. This animation reveals the story two millennia ago…

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Kingdom Hearts III spoiler-free review

Walmart describes it:

A mature Sora sets out on a new adventure. The title will make full use of next-generation console technologies to deliver more exhilarating, action-packed gameplay and various fun features. As a culmination of the series so far, Kingdom Hearts III is shaping up to be an entertainment experience with a grand story of unparalleled scale. Having learned that all the conflicts surrounding “Kingdom Hearts” were a part of Master Xehanort’s master plan to cause a Keyblade War, Sora and his friends search for the seven guardians of light to combat the darkness. While King Mickey and Riku set off in search of previous Keyblade wielders, Sora, Donald and Goofy visit various Disney worlds in search of the “Key to Return Hearts.”

*I am not going to spoil the game’s story, but I might mention minor parts such as past Kingdom Hearts games.

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Noctis from FFXV joins FFXIV

Like him or hate him, Noctis is joining Final Fantasy XIV. It’s been revealed at a livestream at Paris event that Final Fantasy XV protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum will be joining the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV for a collab event. This event will take place in mid April and the collab event will be called “Nocturne for Heroes” and the mission is called “The Ultimate Weapon.”

Square Enix describes:

In this new chapter, we find our heroes meeting up with Y’jhimei, a newcomer from a realm called Eorzea. She informs the gang of a new threat that’ll terrorize the people of Eos! Battle the Lady of the Vortex, Garuda, and prove to her that not even Primals stand a chance against the King of Light! For those of you who wish to participate in this event, but who might not be the recommended level, fear not! We’ll provide you with the Magitek Exosuit, which will grant you invincibility for 30 minutes a day!

If you have Final Fantasy XIV, go and prepare yourself for this event!

Snow joins Dissidia NT

Hello gamers out there! I bring you some news for you and your copy of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT game. If you still have this Dissidia and you bought the season pass to unlock the characters, here is the last DLC character to join this crossover brawler game. Coming from Final Fantasy XIII, we have the warrior Snow Villiers. Snow will be appearing as his Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII appearance, but he will also have an alternate costume which he appears in his Final Fantasy XIII. You can get this character in the season pass or separately through the PSN store.

Here is the DLC roster characters in the season pass:

  • Vayne Carudas Solidor (FFXII)
  • Locke Cole (FFVI)
  • Rinoa Heartilly (FFVIII)
  • Kam’lanaut (FFXI)
  • Yuna (FFX)
  • Snow Villiers (FFXIII)

Kingdom Hearts III Final Battle trailer

We’re in the endgames now. It’s been revealed today from Square Enix today that they released another Kingdom Hearts III trailer which showcases the final battle of the game’s story. Everything has been leading up to this point. Kingdom Hearts III will be the last story for Sora’s adventure against the darkness led by Xehanort. You can expect this game’s release on January 29th, 2019 for PS4 and X1.

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FFXV Episode Ardyn anime prologue announced and release date!

Hello everyone, this is your FFXV fanatic friend Matthew in another exciting post in regards to Final Fantasy XV. As we reach 2019, get ready for some new stuff coming up. I mentioned this but I will remind you guys, that the next DLC for Final Fantasy XV will be called Episode Ardyn and it will focus on the villain’s backstory before Noctis was the focus and we see a young King Regis. However, even though the DLC won’t be out until March, Square Enix has an appitizer for you potential Ardyn fans. It’s been announced by Final Fantasy that there will be anime prologue focusing on Ardyn. So before you play Episode Ardyn in March, tomorrow you can watch an anime special which shows about Ardyn’s life and his brother Somnus before the game story.

Depending where you live, you can catch this anime tomorrow at your timezone. This anime is called Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue -.

This is not the first time Square Enix did an anime on Final Fantasy XV. There is also an anime called Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV in which focuses on Noctis’s friends and how they cross paths and form bonds before starting the adventure.

Final Fantasy x Terra Wars Collab Quest “Close Encounter of the Terra Kind” Review

Better late than never. In this review, I am going to be talking about a previous event about a Final Fantasy XV crossover. This crossover is about Noctis encountering a girl named Sarah from the upcoming RPG moble game Terra Wars created by Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker Corporation. This crossover also included Shadow of the Tomb Raider gear for the player’s female custom character in Comrades. For this review, I am going to be talking about this Terra Wars review and my thoughts. It will have spoilers, so watch out.

How to get this collab quest?

It’s pretty simple to get access to it. In order to team up with Sarah and take on this quest, you need to reach chapter 5 of the main game. It will show up in your map and you have the option to do it. Once you do it and get to the location, quest will begin and you will be placed in a separate story.

Story: Meeting Sarah and the Hiso Aliens

The quest begins with Noctis waking up to a mysterious world and meeting Sarah. At first, Noctis thinks that Sarah is the one that brought him into this world, but what’s more surprising is that Sarah was going to ask the same thing to him. It turns out that these two characters were summoned by a Hiso Alien Elder who is seeking help to save their world from a powerful evil force called the Eroder. The Eroder is trying to destroy worlds and make its own “perfect” world. It’s up to Noctis to team up with this new ally and save the Hiso Alien world.

Characters: Sarah, Hiso Alien, the Eroder, Grumpy Noctis

The new character introduced to this quest is Sarah and she becomes Noctis partner. Sarah, unlike Noctis, is an adventurous girl who can be a bit clumsy and more expressive towards others. In contrast with her, Noctis feels more of a kill joy who takes things seriously. He complains to her when she makes a mistake like almost getting herself killed, didn’t like it when the Hiso children played with him and was very skeptic about the idea of meeting an alien. Overall, Noctis acts serious and negative, but then later changes when as he works together with Sarah. In the later half of the adventure, Noctis admires her fighting style and he thinks of her as a good partner. The Hiso aliens are cute little aliens that only say “Hiso Hiso” and the only one that understands them is Sarah. These characters play a key role to the quest. There’s not much details about them except the fact that you need to help them. The antagonist villain starts off looking like a evil Hiso Alien, but then reveals itself as a dark energy force that can copy someone’s appearance and powers and incorporate their powers to the new host. The Eroder imitates Sarah’s appearance and becomes an evil copy of her and by using her body and its powers, it challenges Noctis and Sarah.

Review

This overall collab quest was fun and funny, but really short and linear. It doesn’t matter if you beat main game and visited this quest as level 99, you are going to be playing this game in a set level and already equipped weapons. Instead of using your Engine Blade, you will be given the Rune Blade and other already set weapons like the lance and daggers. You can also get the royal weapon Blade of the Mystic by giving the Hiso Aliens the right healing items. With these weapons, it’s pretty obvious that you can’t use magic. The gameplay is very simple and the combat style with Noctis and Sarah is quite enjoyable. I did like the interaction with Noctis and Sarah how they became from acting like strangers to comrades. I really like the Hiso Aliens. My weakness is cuteness so I did enjoy hearing them and I also like playing as Sarah for a bit and catching them. The Eroder was pretty interesting, but I can’t help but think of the Dragon Ball Super villain Zamasu Both villains want to seek a perfect world and they end up stealing a body for power. I guess you can say that the Eroder is pretty cliche at the most. Like I said, the world feels pretty linear so it’s impossible to get lost and it leaves very little exploration unlike most events such as the Assassin’s Creed crossover and the Chocobo-Moogle Carnival. In combat wise, I really like the combination attacks and I wish this quest had many fight moments. The ending of the quest was pretty funny and cute and I like seeing Noctis express more emotions when he is feeling flustered or embarrassed.

Overall

So, what’s my overall opinion? This quest was fun and I wish it would have been expanded more. It has a nice story and I really like the character interactions with the main characters. I feel like this game was more about focus on the story and characters than on gameplay. I really loved Sarah and I thought her character was more interesting than Lunafreya. It’s a shame she only appears on this quest because I would love for her to meet Noctis and his friends in his world or have Noctis visit her world. The villain’s role in this game feels a bit underwhelming and the only reason its important because it’s part of the quest. The rewarding part about completing this quest is that you get to unlock the exclusive weapon, Sarah’s Sword. This quest is free to try out and you can get this during chapter 5. What’s your thoughts on this collaboration?