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  • Blog Post: Kingdom Hearts III Co-Director Teases What's To Come

    Square Enix is extra secretive with its coveted Kingdom Hearts franchise, but we were able to interview co-director Tai Yasue, who's currently working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. The collection includes the Final Mix for Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep, on top of updated cutscenes from Re... More
  • Blog Post: Our Favorite E3 Moments

    For almost two decades, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has been a highlight for gamers to see what companies have in store. The show is full of press conferences, game announcements, and demos – some for the better, others for the worse. Either way, E3 provides more than its share of memorable... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Murdered: Soul Suspect

    In Airtight Games' latest game, you have to solve a murder – your own. It's an interesting premise for a game, but does it live up to its potential? Join Reiner and me as we play through the game's opening and show some ghost-detective action. Don't think that being dead is an insurmountable... More
  • Blog Post: Where is Final Fantasy XV?

    Many gamers are looking ahead to the next generation for exciting games, but for one of Square Enix’s most anticipated upcoming titles, we have to look backward. Final Fantasy Versus XIII was unveiled in 2006, but remained seldom-seen and mysterious until it reappeared as Final Fantasy XV. Even... More
  • Blog Post: Versus Mode – Debating Final Fantasy XII

    Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior editor Matthew Kato and PC editor Daniel Tack debating the merits of Final Fantasy XII. Kato : I liked Final Fantasy XII, and I’m... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: The Industry's Dead And Dying Publishers

    The future of the gaming industry is exciting, with a new generation of consoles in our homes and the promise of new experiences on the horizon. However, as fun as it is to look forward, I can’t help but feel a little sad when I look back. The video game landscape is always changing; in its current... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords: Thief Devs Shed Light On Long Loads, Dishonored Similarities

    Thief is a fairly traditional stealth game that pays homage to its original series class roots. While some people felt that it might not have been innovative enough, we had a lot of fun sneaking through its shadows. We spoke to senior producer Stéphane Roy about the game’s much debated development... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Square Enix Has A Lot To Prove To RPG Fans

    I’m often asked about Square Enix’s place in the modern RPG market. I feel conflicted on the subject. The fan in me is still excited for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, while the logical part of me feels like the company has moved away from what made people fall in love... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

    Next Tuesday marks the release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and Vita. We thought we'd give you a glimpse into the experience in our latest test chamber. Today, our review went live, but we wanted you to see the visual upgrades for yourself. As such, Andrew Reiner and Joe Juba... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Going Down With The Ship

    Earlier this year I wrote that I was done looking the other way when RPGs take too long to get rolling . Too many overlong tutorial phases and drip-fed storylines have burned me out. At the end of that article I mentioned I was looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, hoping that it didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Final Fantasy X

    Can you believe it's been nearly thirteen years since we first had the opportunity to listen to Tidus's story? In 2001, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X on the PlayStation 2, and it was a great way to show off the console's power with its cinematic cutscenes. It also brought us to the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber - Thief

    Thief just released today, and while the reviews have been all over the board, we think it offers fans of stealth games a good chance to live out their thieving dreams. Reiner, Dan, and I played through a bit of the game to show off the game's slow-paced, but intense action. I really enjoyed Thief... More
  • Blog Post: Bravely Going Where Many Games Have Gone Before

    Earlier this week I purchased a Nintendo handheld, a 3DS XL. It’s my first handheld since the days of Game Boy and Game Gear, and while I was interested in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the system seller for me was Bravely Default. A little background to this tale – I’m... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Lightning Returns

    Lightning Returns is a big game with lots of things going on. A new combat system, a ridiculous story, and changing clothes are just a few of the talking points. In this episode of Test Chamber, Game Informer's Andrew Reiner and Joe Juba show the third Final Fantasy XIII game in action while covering... More
  • Blog Post: The Beginner’s Guide To Lightning Returns

    With the release of Lightning Returns, gamers can finally close the book on the saga that began with Final Fantasy XIII. If you’re jumping into Nova Crysalia to say farewell to Lightning and friends, these are the five things you should know to make your journey to the end of the world run as smoothly... More
  • Blog Post: Six Games Publishers Can’t Stop Re-Releasing

    Re-releases are common in the world of video games, but there are a few publishers who seem to lean on the same games a little harder than others. Here are some games that feel like they get a new re-release every twenty minutes. Resident Evil 4 Resident Evil 4 originally released for the GameCube in... More
  • Blog Post: Here’s Where Publishers Stand On YouTube Monetization And Copyright Right Now

    Following this week’s YouTube copyright catastrophe , we reached out to a number of publishers to find out where they stand on the matter. We were able to reach a number of publishers, and have also compiled public statements from others. YouTube videos have been growing in popularity, especially... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – Tomb Raider 2

    With the recent announcement of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for next-gen consoles, it got us thinking about what we want in a full-blown sequel to Crystal Dynamics' action hit. More Envelope-Pushing Visuals: Tomb Raider already looked great (especially considering how large the world is) and... More
  • Blog Post: Same World, Different Game

    The original incarnation of Final Fantasy XIV was a mess. It wasn’t fun, got poor reviews, and drummed up a lot of bad buzz from disappointed fans. That’s all relevant information, but you probably don’t need to be told why you didn’t play Final Fantasy XIV three years ago. However... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    This is the world I was hoping to enter in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Why did I pick an MMO? I know that Joe Juba was pleasantly surprised by his time with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, so I bit the hook after he offered it up as a Top 50 challenge. I love the Final Fantasy series. When... More
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