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KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX coming to PlayStation®4 in March

During Paris Games Week, Square Enix Ltd.,and Disney revealed KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will launch on the PlayStation®4 on 31st March 2017.

The HD remastered compilation brings six beloved KINGDOM HEARTS adventures to the PlayStation®4, and combined with the upcoming release of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, gives fans the opportunity to experience all of their favourite moments from the series so far for the very first time on one platform.

For those new to the series, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX also provides the perfect opportunity to jump in and experience the magic of the KINGDOM HEARTS ahead of the release of the upcoming KINGDOM HEARTS III.

The full list of titles included in KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is;

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX

  • KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX

  • KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded

Watch the announcement trailer now, featuring music from singer and songwriter Utada Hikaru

The full opening movie for KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was also revealed during the show. Watch now

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will be available in Europe and PAL territories for the PlayStation®4 on 31st March 2017.

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Square Enix Launches I Am Setsuna in the West on July 19th

Square Enix has formed a small development team of 10 dedicated and 20 freelance staff  called Tokyo RPG Factory, to bring us I Am Setsuna, the spiritual successor to Square’s 1995 epic classic Chrono Trigger, and it is releasing in the West on Tuesday, July 19th for the Playstation 4, The Playstation Vita, and PC.

Per a Blog post on Playstation.com:
“I Am Setsuna’s gameplay is reminiscent of an old school JRPG. The subtle way the characters move, the music, and the battles evoke the games some of us grew up playing, but with a splash of novelty once you pick up the controller.  I am Setsuna tells the tale of a land that has maintained peace with a fiend – once every decade, a sacrifice is offered to a fiend on the island. However, one year, the fiend grows violent before the next sacrifice is due. Those living on the island are afraid and try to calm the fiend by offering a sacrifice — Setsuna — chosen because of her powers of enchantment. Setsuna must leave with her safeguards for the farthest land, where the ceremony of sacrifice will be held.”
(The entire post “15 things to know about I Am Setsuna” can be found here: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/06/03/15-things-to-know-about-i-am-setsuna-out-july-19-on-ps4/ )

Everything shown for this game gives off a strong Chrono Trigger vibe, from scenes favoring the infamous  Mountain of Woe, to dual attacks similar to Crono and Frog’s iconic X Slash, and even soaring over mountaintops in an air ship, very reminiscent of the Epoch; The ship which was flown in Chrono Trigger.  Upon hiring the team for Tokyo RPG Factory, applicants were not told the studio would be part of Squre Enix.  Yosuke Matsuda (CEO of Square Enix) wanted to hire people who were passionate about RPGs, rather than people who wanted to work for Square Enix.
We will have to wait and see if that passion for RPG’s is displayed when the game releases next week.

Be sure to view the E3 2016 trailer below, and for more on I Am Setsuna, keep it locked right here at ProvenGamer.com!

 

 

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Life Is Strange Full Game Review

There is a certain joy in playing point and click adventure games because they don’t require a lot of finesse. The one major element that keeps a gamer engrossed in a point and click adventure is a fun and entertaining storyline. Gamers need a plot to keep the game going. That’s where Square Enix new digital game, Life is Strange, comes into the mix.

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Life is Strange comes into its own fruition with an intense and interesting twist that provides mixed feelings when it comes to completing the 5 part episodic adventure. Life is Strange centers on Max Caulfield, a student at Blackwell Academy who possesses the ability to travel back in time. Max somehow stumbles across this ability when she tries to protect her friend, Chloe, from getting shot. Max’s interference in her friend’s death spirals into new and unforeseen events that can make a gamer want to proceed through the game’s plot. In an attempt to make things right, Max has one week to use her new ability to fix social events at Blackwell Academy, find Chloe’s missing friend, Rachel, and prevent Max’s vision of a tornado from devastating the town of Arcadia Bay.
The control scheme for Max is very simple. The game allows Max to walk around certain areas where Max can look at people and objects, interact with objects, take photos of the unique and intriguing environments, and make dialogue decisions that affect future interactions and events for Max.

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While the control scheme is easy to use, the game truly shines through Max’s interactions and dialogue with the citizens of Arcadia Bay. The character in the series is impressive and left me wanting to know more about every person Max comes across. Your choice in dialogue can affect how one character reacts or thinks throughout the entire game and may set you down a certain path in the game. The different interactions can change the plot and tone of the entire game. Of course, the gamer an reverse time to choose t different dialogue before progressing through the story. I often replayed chapters to see how the different dialogues and interactions affect the characters and plot.

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While the character interactions and story shine through the game, they also provide a very dark and intense storyline that will make you reluctant in your decision to proceed through the story. The game centers on the theme of the Butterfly Effect where Max’s attempt to change time creates alternate realities that will shock and scare you. Saving a character’s life in one part of the game creates a different timeline that can leave another character in a devastating predicament. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone reading this article, but there was one particular episode where a character asked me to make a decision so horrid and frightful, I had to walk away from my gaming console in tears.

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The dark plot and themes involved in Life is Strange may not be for everyone. In fact, there is a message at the game’s menu screen that links to a crisis and suicide hotline for anyone to call if they were deeply troubled or burdened by the plotline. I will post the link at the end of this article as a safety for any reader who is worried about what they will see.

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Life is Strange may be tough to play, but those that can work though it are rewarding with a rich and engrossing plot. If you are into plot driven video games and can work through the tough choices one teenage student can make in one week. You might want to prepare yourself and bring tissues.

LIFE IS STRANGE Talk website link: http://www.lifeisstrange.com/talk/