[embedded content] Final Fantasy XV update 1.09 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and players have revealed that it’s a 4.65GB download on PS4. With the update, Square Enix has added a new Steady Mode on PlayStation 4 Pro, which “enables the player to enjoy a smooth gameplay experience with a stable frame-rate.” According to the above video from VG Tech, you can expect 1080p visuals and a near locked 30 frames-per-second when in Steady Mode. Here’s everything Square Enix says was added with update 1.09 today: Implementation of additional display options for PlayStation 4 Pro Addition of content in collaboration with Terra Battle Introduction of rankings to Timed Quests First Timed Quest reward – the Afrosword, a Greatsword inspired by Grammy Award winning DJ and Producer Afrojack New car decals for players to customize their Regalia Three new songs added to the Music Player. Enlarged font sizes for the subtitles and various menu screens Various bug fixes According to the Japanese Final Fantasy XV website, the online multiplayer DLC should cost around $15 USD on its own when it eventually launches. [Source: Final Fantasy XV (1), (2), (3), Reddit (1), (2), (3), VG Tech via Nova Crystallis, NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT…
[embedded content] Square Enix has just released a new trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, which is a PlayStation 4 remaster of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, which was only released in Japan in 2007. The trailer shows off the game’s improved graphics and shows a bit of its story and characters. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age improves on the original with high-definition graphics, audio improvements such as support for both the game’s English and Japanese voice tracks, as well as performance and quality of live improvements including shorter load times and an auto-save feature. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is scheduled for release on the PS4 on July 11 in North America and Europe and July 13 in Japan. Check out the English version of the trailer above or the Japanese version below: [embedded content] [Source: Square Enix NA (YouTube), Square Enix Japan (YouTube) via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
In last year’s Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age trailer, it looked like we’d be stuck with Vaan’s spray-on abdominals. But now it seems like we won’t. Thank goodness for that! Advertisement Below is a comparison from last year showing how Vaan’s PS2 abs stack up to the ones in the remaster’s debut trailer. Still freaky! Earlier this spring, people noticed that Square Enix had apparently fixed Vaan’s abs. See? They look normal. In the most recent trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, we see that, yes, Vaan no longer has spray-on abs. These new abs might be Square Enix’s best remastering yet. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Square Enix is flipping the switch and letting everyone play Final Fantasy XIV for free on PlayStation 3 until the game’s servers are shut down on June 16, 2017. The final “Free Login Campaign” for PS3 will start this May 1, 2017 and will last until the service ends. Full details straight from Square Enix can be seen below. Campaign Schedule From Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. (PDT) to Thursday, June 15, 2017 until the start of Stormblood early access maintenance Eligibility Users that have registered the PlayStation®3 version of FINAL FANTASY XIV and play using the PlayStation®3 Users with multiple platforms registered to one service account will only be eligible to play for free when logging in from the PlayStation®3 Notes Regarding the Free Login Campaign on PlayStation®3 During the campaign period, players who have only registered the PlayStation®3 version without subscribing for any number of days will be unable to utilize additional services or website related features such as logging into the Lodestone. In the event players are eligible for multiple campaigns, the number of remaining days displayed will be for the current campaign only. Service accounts that have been canceled or suspended are not READ…
Final Fantasy V concept art by Yoshitaka Amano One day in the late 1990s, Myria walked into the Irvine High School computer room and spotted a boy playing Final Fantasy V. There were two unusual things about this. The first was that Final Fantasy V had not actually come out in the United States. To play the 1992 Japanese game in English, you’d have to download a ROM, then install the unofficial fan translation patch that had recently begun circulating the internet. Myria knew about this patch because of the other unusual thing: she helped make it. Advertisement The boy was astonished to discover that one of his classmates was responsible for this patch. “He had no idea I had worked on it,” said Myria, who asked that I not use her real name. “I was amazed to see someone out in the wild who had played it.” Twenty years later, Myria has gotten used to meeting people who have played through the unauthorized English version of Final Fantasy V. Although it wasn’t the first video game fan translation—that would be the Dutch translation of MSX game SD Snatcher in 1993—it was READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[embedded content] Square Enix has announced that the April 27 update for Final Fantasy XV on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will include the Afrosword, a great sword inspired by DJ and Producer Afrojack. Based on DJ decks, the Afrosword “gives extra damage” and, when you equip it, the background music will change to a new song by Afrojack. To unlock the Afrosword, you’ll need to complete the next Timed Quest, which will be available beginning on Thursday, April 27. This week’s Final Fantasy XV update will also include a Stable Mode for PS4 Pro owners, enlarged subtitles and text sizes in some menu screens, a new sticker for Regalia customization, and new songs for the music player. [Source: Final Fantasy XV (Twitter 1, 2, 3)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
On April 27, Square Enix will release a new Final Fantasy XV update that adds a Stable Mode for PlayStation 4 Pro owners, allowing you to comfortably play the game at a stable frame-rate. Additionally, Timed Quests will start up again, and a new ranking system will be included (you can earn luxury weapons as a first reward). Also, the patch will enlarge subtitles and some menu screen text sizes, a new sticker will be added for Regalia customization, and new songs will be added to the music player. The next DLC pack for Final Fantasy XV is Episode Prompto, and it’s scheduled for June 2017. [Source: Gamer, Gematsu, Nova Crystallis, Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
JRPG victory music is one of the best types of video game music. Every time you emerge from battle victorious, a familiar, stirring theme plays. I want that music to play in my everyday life. Advertisement This post originally ran on 4/26/2012. Five years later, I’ve bumped it up and made a few edits, because Persona 5 really needed to be on here. Why can’t my every accomplishment be accompanied by victorious fanfare? I don’t know. I think I’m going to start carrying around a little set of speakers with me so that gaming’s best victory anthems will underscore my everyday accomplishments. Advertisement Here is a list of the themes I’d want to play, and when. Final Fantasy VII I want this music to play every time I reach inbox zero. Trails in the Sky I want this music to play every time I switch from sweatpants to real pants. Persona 3 I want this music to play every time I walk into the building where I used to have a job I didn’t like. Final Fantasy Tactics I want this music to play every time I close the printer door after installing a new ink cartridge. Suikoden III I…
Over the weekend, a Final Fantasy VII player who goes by the handle CirclMastr got Cloud and Barret to level 99, which isn’t particularly impressive. What’s impressive is that he did it before the game’s first boss battle. Advertisement It took roughly 500 hours, by CirclMastr’s count, to pull off this ridiculous accomplishment. He’s been plugging away at his quest for over two years, grinding experience by fighting thousands of low-level random encounters on the catwalks of Midgar’s Sector 1 reactor. “Tedious” might not be a strong enough word, especially considering that he played the game on a PS1, without the benefit of frame-skipping or save states. He streamed some of the run on his Twitch channel, but most of it was solo. CirclMastr started this journey in January of 2015 out of frustration, he says. He watched another user on a private forum (named Dick Tree—hence the characters’ names) promise to hit level 99 in Final Fantasy VII’s first reactor only to stop posting updates. So CirclMastr decided to pick up the slack. “I got fed up with waiting and, based on my track record of meaningless accomplishments, decided I READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The Final Fantasy Series Relay Race III is going on right now, with three teams of seventeen people competing to see which can beat every game in the series first. Advertisement Begun back in 2015, the annual event is streamed across several days with speedrunners on each team dedicating themselves to completing a specific Final Fantasy game before handing it off to the next teammate in line. Understandably, the MMOS, Final Fantasy XI and XIV were left off the list, which instead includes spin-offs X-2 and the complete XIII trilogy, as well as Type-0. While some games like Final Fantasy VIII and IX are stingy with shortcuts (both games were finished in a combined seventeen hours), others like Final Fantasy I can be completed in under two hours. The NES version of Final Fantasy III, for instance, a game that was never released in the West until it was remade for the DS decades later, can be finished in under an hour (the current world record for completing any percent without utilizing a credits warp glitch is 49:48). But doing so requires some precise manipulation of a handful of the game’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Let’s go back. To a time before Jack Thompson, before age ratings. Back to 1980s Canada, when the most pressing concern with video game content—and how it was destroying the youth—was the black magic found in Final Fantasy. “And once again, it’s about how you can get in touch with your wizard”. Advertisement If you’re short on time (dude goes on for a while), here’s the best part: Total Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Released today for PlayStation 4, the Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV soundtracks are available for just $0.99 USD/£0.79 each. As the PlayStation Store descriptions point out though, they’re only available for purchase until April 18, and the “purchased content will expire and become unavailable after [June 18].” You can see the track listings and images from each soundtrack in the gallery below, with descriptions right here: Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack Special Edition (3.7GB) Final Fantasy XV is the latest installment of the franchise anticipated by players worldwide. Enjoy a new generation of the Final Fantasy world with its music, visuals and in-game scenes on PlayStation 4! This soundtrack will be available for a limited period of time only. Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack Special Edition (391MB) The Kingsglaive FFXV Original Soundtrack will be available for a limited period of time! Please enjoy this luxurious soundtrack application with a set of movie screenshots, character illustrations and overwhelming music! Will you be buying either soundtrack? [Source: PlayStation Store (North America, Europe) via Final Fantasy XV, Wario64] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
In a video interview with Italian website Game Legends last week, Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata teased that Square Enix might explore Ardyn Izunia’s backstory. “We do have plans for something like that,” he said. “Please look forward to it.” Tabata was also quizzed about the game’s multiplayer elements and while he couldn’t reveal anything, he did say that the studio plans to conduct a beta test before offering the service. Elsewhere in the interview, Tabata was asked if the team faced any difficulties transitioning from Final Fantasy Versus XIII to Final Fantasy XV, to which he said: Since the hardware generation changed, we had to look at everything again including the layout, usable technology, and form of production, and alongside that renew the game content to be suitable for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One generation. Last but not least, we’re told that Square Enix will introduce new types of gameplay via DLC, which will be based on the content’s theme. [Source: Game Legends via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
It’s Wrestlemania time, and hosts The New Day are doing their thing, entering the arena with a Final Fantasy homage. There are also Moogles present. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!