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Game Stuff Pass or Play 2 – FF7 Remake

It’s time for another Pass or Play this week we talk FF7 Remake with a special guest. Check out this episode if you should pass or play on Square-Enix most iconic game.

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Trophy Whores 342 – We Dream of Crossovers

For at least six months, we shouldn’t have to deal with rumors about the PlayStation 5.  The PlayStation 4 has plenty more to show us, and many great games on the horizon, so let’s chill out with talk of the future and appreciate what we have.  Stop and smell the roses of spring before you inflate your pool raft for that summertime barbecue.  It’s asparagus season — dammit!

This week, we deal with rumors surrounding available PS5 dev kits, as well as September release dates for a returning heroic purple dragon and a beloved web-slinging superhero — who has one of the catchiest theme songs in the history of catchy theme songs.  Let’s just say; September is going to be a hot month for PS4 owners.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Bloodborne, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Extinction.

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In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

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Game Stuff 10 – Kids Games?

On this episode of Game Stuff Kalai, Kory, and Joe discuss kid appropriate games. If you wanted to start your children on video games where would you start? Is Minecraft appropriate for children? Listen in and let us know what you think is kid appropriate.

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DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT coming to PlayStation 4 in EU on 30th January 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT has been given a European release date.  For those who are not in the “the know” – The Dissidia franchise is a fighting game with Action RPG elements set in the Final Fantasy universe. This was originally released in Japan on arcades and later the Playstation 4. There is currently no news on a North American release at this time, although it was originally announced to be coming to both the EU and NA concurrently. Highlights from the press release below include details on a Collectors and a Digital Delux edition:

 

LONDON (18th August 2017) – Square Enix Ltd., today announced that DISSIDIA®FINAL FANTASY® NT will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in Europe on 30th January 2018.

Developed in partnership with veteran fighting game studio, Team NINJA from KOEI TECMO GAMES, this team-based brawler pits legendary heroes and villains from the FINAL FANTASY franchise together in epic and strategic team battles. DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT brings together heroes and villains from throughout the FINAL FANTASY series in stunning HD.

In addition, SQUARE ENIX have also confirmed details of the ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’, which is now available to pre-order exclusively from the Square Enix Online Store. This exclusive version of the game includes the following:

‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition” for PlayStation®4 system

  • DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT game in Steelbook case
  • Collector’s Box featuring legendary FINAL FANTASY characters
  • Masterfully-crafted 21cm tall Warrior of Light bust figure, featuring stunning detail of this timeless hero
  • Official soundtrack with 15 incredible tracks selected from the DISSIDIA series and newly recorded music
  • Stunning 80-page hardback artbook highlighting the incredible talent and artistry that brings the world of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT to life
  • DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Season Pass that gives access to six new playable characters and content post launch

As well as the ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’, a Limited Edition Steelbook version of the game will be available from select retailers, featuring exclusive artwork of the game’s classic heroes and villains. Additional details regarding the Steelbook edition of the game and retailer-exclusive pre-order bonus items will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ and Steelbook editions, fans can pre-order the game digitally from the PlayStation® Store to get an exclusive original theme, plus the Nail Bat DLC weapon for Cloud. Fans can also pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game, which will also provide access to the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Season Pass.

SQUARE ENIX have also released a tutorial video for the game, giving an in-depth look at the tactical options available in the epic 3 vs 3 battles of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT.

 

Pre-Orders Now Available for Ultimate Collector’s and Digital Deluxe Editions

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Nintendo Duel Screens 12 – Sonic Maniacs & Old School Dreams

Sonic Mania has driven Andy to madness, Steve duels Andy in the Hype Zone, and some Final Fantasy XVI talk? All this and more!

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Trophy Whores 304 – A Far Cry From Kingdom Hearts 3

This week Alex hosts, which means that you can expect brilliant segues and at least one BioShock reference.  With Mark and Stephen helping to navigate the latest video game news, we’ve got you covered on all the facts and stories that you need to know.  For instance, did you know that Sony Computer Entertainment needs to green-light a Heavenly Sword sequel?  Fact.

Early 2018 won’t lack heavy hitters.  Before the end of spring, Ubisoft will release Far Cry 5, and 2K Games will ship Red Dead Redemption 2.  While both games have evoked palpable excitement, Red Dead Redemption 2, a long-awaited sequel from Rockstar Games, has no doubt created a larger stir.  Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed; however, as always, 2K Games releases games when they are fit to sell.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Marvel Heroes Omega, Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

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12 Wii U and 3DS Games that should come to the Nintendo Switch

 

The Nintendo Switch has had an impressive showing early on into its life. Sitting at just about 5 million sold thus far. It has been a success by and large on the backs of two games made for the previous generation’s Wii U hardware. There is no arguing that Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe are incredible games and it is remarkable that these games can sustain this early Switch success. With this being said, there are many other Wii U games that could come to the Switch early on that can help stave off any drought and help continue its early dominance. If you throw in resoundingly successful 3DS, and you can truly have a dominant Nintendo system for the first time in nearly two decades. Here are 12 of those such games we would love to see come over from Wii U & 3DS to Switch.


Full disclosure: this list was originally 5 games, then 10, and now finally 12. A true testament to the strong library from 3DS specifically. 


#12) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

 

The Nintendo fans are super excited for Super Mario Odyssey, but lets not forget the incredible multiplayer experience that 3D world gave us on WiiU. This game would work brilliantly on the upgraded hardware. With 2 players ready to play right out of the box, a 4 player session would be simple to achieve as well.  This could ensure that the 3D world games would continue to live on in a post Wii U world as well.

#11) Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

This game didn’t receive too much critical acclaim, but for me this game was a fun time sink. A Monster Hunter lite, this was perfect for a quick train ride to work, or a little session while at the doctor’s office. Raising the resolution and allowing for local co-op on the switch would be all you really needed to do for this title to be a fantastic addition to its library.

#10) Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker (Wii U)  

Captain Toad was a favorite of my 10 year old Nephews. This is a cute game with bite sized co-op experiences that would feel right at home on the Switch. A a pattern is clearly forming here, as good multiplayer experiences on Wii U would feel great on Switch. This game would also scratch a puzzle game itch for gamers tiring of Puyo Puyo Tetris.

#9) Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

This franchise doesn’t get nearly the amount of love it deserves. This is a hardcore real time strategy game with the quality and cuteness of Nintendo. Pikman 3 was received well, but didn’t quite hit enough living rooms. Throwing it as an early Switch title, perhaps in the same calendar year as Hey! Pikman on 3DS, would be a boon for the franchise and the Switch.

#8) Pokemon Sun/Moon (3DS)

What better way to test the waters for a 3rd version of the game than porting over theses 3DS games outright. The internet has been speculating about a “Pokemon Stars” version of the game, but it is not like The Pokemon Company to stray from the handheld with the biggest install base, but this might be a good move for them and their relationship with Nintendo. Imagine porting over Sun and Moon and selling 2 million units. This would all but guarantee a move to the Switch in the franchise’s future.

#7) Bravely Default/Second (3DS) – I know its cheating. 

Bravely Default and Second were very well received JRPG’s. While there isn’t a shortage of JRPG’s on this list, it would be really cool if we got both games packaged together in a special Switch version. Lets face it, the Switch is perfect for JRPGs. Embrace it.

#6) Fire Emblem (Any of them…all of them?) (3DS)

The 3DS is home to a plethora of Fire Emblem games. It is hard for me to narrow it down to just one, so let’s just say they should throw one of them on the Switch to satiate the fan base’s appetite. This, like Pokemon, would allow Nintendo to open a door to a future audience on their new console.

#5) Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (3DS)

These two franchises have a ravenous fan base that gobbles up everything there is to gobble up. This title on the 3DS was met with excellent critical reception and would instantly add credibility to the Switch’s line up. The games are also not too graphically intensive, so it would be a relatively quick port. (Totally speculating as I have ZERO development experience so DON’T HURT ME).

#4) Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

The Dynasty Warriors series is HUGE and tying Zelda to it was a fun experiment. The issue was that anybody that purchased it on 3DS was met with horrendous frame rate issues and an overall lesser experience than the big brother Wii U version of the game. With the Switch’s beefed up hardware we could finally get the on-the-go experience we deserved.

#3) Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Imagine the Wii U version of this mixed with the 3DS version and you get a truly impressive experience. Imagine this: The tablet features of the Wii U, except with the far superior Switch touch screen. Then you just pop the Switch into the dock and play your creations with your family. This version could also maybe come with a dongle that allows us to beam to the TV instantly and continue to use the tablet. This would obviously take a lot of work, but it could open the doors for a Mario Maker 2. Think about that. Maybe you can have two tablets going at once and your buddy and you can create something awesome together.

#2) Super Smash Brothers (3DS)

This is pretty obvious. Give this the “Deluxe” treatment and you should be able to top Mario Kart 8: Deluxe numbers pretty easily. Include all DLC and add a few new modes to the game and fans will be more than happy while Nintendo takes its time with the next installment. Combine that with the awesome ad-hoc play of the 3DS version and you have an incredible Smash Brothers experience.

#1) Monster Hunter XX (3DS) [HOLY COW THEY ANNOUNCED IT!]

So this franchise doesn’t need much introduction. It sells millions of copies with each iteration and this recent 3DS game has already surpassed Mario Kart 8: Deluxe on the charts. This is thought to be the last Monster Hunter game to appear on the 3DS, so it is a great time to test the waters on the Switch. Not only will this be a boon for Nintendo fans, but Nintendo is sure to sell many more consoles if a beefed up version appears on the Switch.


So there are 12 games from 3DS and Wii U that would be an amazing addition to an ever-growing roster on the Switch. Let us know what you think of the list over on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/provengamer

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Final Fantasy Video Highlights Impact on Fans

To celebrate the upcoming release of FINAL FANTASY XV, SQUARE ENIX today released FINAL FANTASY XV: NEW LEGACIES, a showcase of the legendary series’ impact on the lives of some of its biggest fans.

The five-minute clip features heartwarming stories, including that of a young couple who fell in love due over their mutual appreciation for FINAL FANTASY VIII, professional wrestler Xavier Woods and his admiration of the series, as well as video game developers recounting the lasting effect of several key titles.

Final Fantasy XV releases on November 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out the “New Legacies” video below:

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Kings Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon Coming to Android and iOS

Prepare yourself for King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon; A new action RPG mobile game from the FINAL FANTASY XV Universe for iOS and Android devices. Within FINAL FANTASY XV, Noctis and his friends can often be found playing this title during their downtime.  Take the role of a Knight, Mage, Gigant, thief, and a multitude of diverse characters in this top down, scrolling, formation RPG as you grind through each level solo or online with your friends and battle the forces of evil.

The title is a nod to one of SQUARE ENIX’s earliest games, King’s Knight, which predates the FINAL FANTASY series. Originally launched 30 years ago, King’s Knight was a scrolling shooting game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu.

View the announcement trailer by clicking the video below!

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Square Enix Reveals New Trailer For Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age

Square Enix revealed a brand new trailer for their upcoming HD re master of Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age at this years Tokyo Game Show.  The trailer recaps all the features of the game that fans loved about the original, such as the unique battle system, the gorgeous cinematics the series is known for, and lush scenery, all in up scaled, high definition graphics.  Although there is no official release date just yet, the game is slated for release in 2017.

Set in the fictional land of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozarria are waging an endless war, join Ashe, princess of Dalmasca, and Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship, as they band together with a group of various allies to rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.

Graphics comparison for orginal SD and upscaled HD
Graphics comparison for orginal SD and upscaled HD

Final Fantasy XII was met with critical acclaim, earning numerous “Game of the Year” awards in various categories from multiple video game publication outlets.  Selling more than two million copies in Japan, it became the fourth best- selling PlayStation 2 game of 2006 worldwide, and now PS4 owners will have the chance to experience this timeless classic when the game releases next year.

Click on the video below to view the TGS2016 Gameplay trailer!

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New “World of Final Fantasy” Trailer Revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2016

At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, SQUARE ENIX® released a new WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY trailer that follows the journey of siblings Reynn and Lann as they enter the world of Grymoire. Bound by prophecy to lead the world to salvation or ruin, they encounter a multitude of familiar FINAL FANTASY® beasts and characters, including Faris and her pirate moogles™ (FINAL FANTASY V), Rydia and her companion mist dragon (FINAL FANTASY IV) and the young summoner Eiko (FINAL FANTASY IX). The trailer also features the opening theme song “Innocence2” performed by Mizuki.

The Day One edition of the game is available now for preorder through the Square Enix Online Store and at participating retailers for $59.99. The Day One edition includes extra digital content including an exclusive Sephiroth summon and the Japanese voice-over option add-on. The Collector’s Edition, presented as a physical pop-up book containing an 80-page hardbound artbook, three mini-figurines, Sounds of the World soundtrack CD, extra digital content and more, is also available in limited quantities exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY will arrive on October 25 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system.

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NEW YORK SNARK EXCHANGE: FINAL FANTASY VIII PC EDITION

Wallpaper_Squall_01_1920x1080For the NEW YORK SNARK EXCHANGE’S 8TH stream for PROVEN GAMER, Chris thought it would be cute if we chose a game that fit the theme of 8.

J/K it’s only a coincidence, Chris just wanted to play through the one Final Fantasy that only he likes.

Join us this Wednesday at 9:30 EST as we revisit the world full of low stake cards games, broken battle systems and #TEENS. Watch it here on the site, or on Proven Gamer’s twitch channel. And make sure to favorite and follow The New York Snark Exchange onTwitter and Facebook

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

There are many RPGs that try to make a name for themselves in the world of gaming. Not many of them succeed. With Bioware, Blizzard, and Bethesda dominating an RPG realm that was owned by Japanese games, 20 years ago, it makes one wonder if the Final Fantasy series has a say in the American market anymore.

Even though Square-Enix has produced a degree of “questionable” quality games (Final Fantasy XIV, Dungeon Siege III, Front Mission Evolved, etc.), the company is still pushing through in adding to the Fabula Nova Crystallis series with Final Fantasy XIII-2.

For those of you who are not familiar with Square-Enix latest Final Fantasy project, the Fabula Nova Crystallis is a series of games (Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Final Fantasy Type-0) that centers on the theme of crystals and their affect on the universe. For those that haven’t played Final Fantasy XIII, this love/hate type game focuses on fugitive on the run in an attempt to stop the world from being destroyed by crystal like machine gods. Hard to understand that notion, but becomes understandable when you play the game.

Square-Enix tried making the gamer enjoy the beauty of XIII’s combat, cut scenes, and World when they limited the combat mechanics and ability to travel between town. This helped to add the danger that the fugitive protagonists were on the run, but many people felt a bit detached from the game unlike previous series.

Square-Enix looked at these issues and tried to address them, in Final Fantasy XIII-2, without destroying the lore established by its predecessor.

 

The game kicks off three years after FF XIII. Lightning, FFXIII’s main hero, has gone missing from the timeline and ended up in Valhalla, a world where time has no meaning. It is up to Lightning’s sister, Serah, and a mysterious time traveler, Noel, to travel through time and figure out what happened to Lightning and the time frame.

The main focus of the game involves traveling through different time periods and fixing time paradoxes.

An example is you travel back in time to the Civil War era, 1861-1865. Once there you discover the South is using Apache helicopters during the war while the North is using night vision goggles. That notion is a time paradox because the helicopters and NVGs weren’t used during that time period. Because that time paradox exists, the rest of time is in a state of disarray. Only way to repair time is to remove that paradox from the improper time period. That is the essential mission for Final Fantasy XIII-2.

This concept provides a very useful tool to the world because it allows the gamer to see a lot more of the Final Fantasy world and culture. It also allows the gamer to travel back and forth to look at the time periods and interact with the people. A concept that was removed from Final Fantasy XIII.

The game play concept seems like a great way to play this game, but the dialogue and interaction tends to insult the gamers’ intelligence. Purposely misspelling artifacts with “Artefacts” doesn’t make a game cool. At one point the characters were discussing a time paradox mirror. When the dialogue states, “This mirror must be from the future….. Or the past…… It doesn’t belong in this time period…” one gets the sense that Square-Enix assumes gamers have a low level of intelligence.

The combat mechanics are pretty much the same from Final Fantasy XIII, but it has been improved for a greater feel of involvement. The combat is composed of the same “trial and error” class team up battles. This set up allowed for gamers to try and experiment different tactics without being punished. The combat now possesses a Pokemon type concept where the player can capture monsters, train them, and have them fight on one’s side. It’s not a bad twist to the series, but the concept still needs improvement.

 

The cinematic action events, a mini game in mid combat, has a feel that one is doing a little more than just standing around waiting to attack or be attacked. The mog clock, an ability to attack the enemy before the actual battle, has been added to help set an advantage/disadvantage before combat.

When not in combat, the gamer can take part in dialogue action events where they get to choose what to say in regards to the plot. This allows the player to unlock one of five different endings for the game. The game is also shorter than the average Final Fantasy game so you can replay it again and obtain those different endings.

The characters are a little more fleshed out and the story gives the gamer a better feel on the Crystal theme. For those Final Fantasy XIII fans, you get to see how the past characters have come along in the series.

The sequel has come a long way from its predecessor, but still has a lot to work on. The time traveling concept was a great jumping off point for the series, but doesn’t deliver much. A component that is absolutely critical when Final Fantasy series is struggling to keep up with other RPGs.

I give Final Fantasy XIII-2 thumbs down for our ProvenGamer fans.