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  • Blog Post: Craft Time: Make A Thanksgiving Day Chocobo Hat

    It’s 4pm on Thanksgiving Day. You’re probably stuffed with turkey right now, or in the process of stuffing yourself with turkey, or still waiting to stuff yourself with turkey. (If you ate ham, get the hell out of here.) You know what that means? It’s time to make hats! Making turkey... More
  • Blog Post: Lara Croft’s Survival Instinct Nearly Breaks Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    A couple of days ago I overheard fellow editors Jeff Cork and Kimberley Wallace jokingly say they used Lara Croft’s “survival instinct” ability so much during Rise of the Tomb Raider that they thought they might break their Xbox One controllers. Survival instinct is Rise of the Tomb... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Spoiler-Free Rise Of The Tomb Raider Tips For Beginners

    Rise of the Tomb Raider hits store shelves today, finally giving Xbox One and Xbox 360 players the chance to dive into Lara's latest adventure in Siberia. You can read our review here . The good news is you can play the game however you want. You can power straight through the story or take your... More
  • Blog Post: The Essential Skills (And The Ones To Avoid) In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    The Tomb Raider reboot provided a glimpse into the events that forged Lara Croft into the adventurer we know and admire today. In Rise of the Tomb Raider , players continue that journey as Lara becomes an even more hardened survivalist. Along the way, she acquires new skills and abilities at a steady... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Rise of the Tomb Raider is out next week, and we got a chance look at Lara Croft's latest adventure before the release. Join us as we take her hunting, dive into a tomb, and take on groups of bad dudes. In today's episode of Test Chamber, Tim Turi and I spend our time exploring the Siberian wilderness... More
  • Blog Post: Coming To Terms With Life Is Strange’s Finale

    Endings are tricky , and one of the hardest parts of any media to get right. Consumers often have expectations and want to feel like their time is well spent. Good endings leave you feeling like you got something out of the journey, but a bad one can overshadow the entire adventure. After all, the finale... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of The Tomb Raider’s Lara Takes Cues From Terminator’s Sarah Connor

    When Rise of the Tomb Raider was first announced at E3 2014, it was done via a surprising trailer. What stands out isn’t Lara as an adventurer or hero. It’s that she was in a psychiatrist’s office as a doctor lectures her on getting past her trauma. Positioning Lara as a victim in the... More
  • Blog Post: Tabata Teases That Final Fantasy XV Will Reflect Gaming's Move Online

    At PAX Prime 2015, I spoke with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata and art director Tomohiro Hasegawa about a variety of elements and inspirations that are forming the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. Tabata displays infectious enthusiasm as he chats about his upcoming project, and has no qualms firing... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Chrono Trigger

    Welcome to another installment of The Essentials, our weekly feature that showcases the finest games to grace our interactive medium. These games have set a high bar, and can be considered "required reading" for any video game fan. We've already looked at a slew of memorable titles such... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars

    1996 was a great year for Mario fans. We saw the release of Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64 among a strong lineup of other Nintendo games. But earlier in that year, Square (now Square-Enix) gave Super Nintendo owners one of the most beloved RPGs of that generation. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven... More
  • Blog Post: Kingdom Hearts III's Confirmed Weapons And Locations

    The list is short right now, but it will be updated as new worlds and weapons are revealed for Kingdom Hearts III. Locations Big Hero 6 Revealed today during Disney's D23 expo , we learned that Big Hero 6's San Fransokyo will feature as a world in the game. Sora and pals will interact with the... More
  • Blog Post: Here’s Why Dragon Quest XI Might (Not) Make It To North America

    The next entry in the famed and long-running Dragon Quest series has finally been announced. At a recent press conference, Square Enix unveiled footage of Dragon Quest XI , confirming its existence. Right now, the game has only been confirmed for Japan, raising the question of whether it will see a release... More
  • Blog Post: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - Soaring Highs Tempered By Tedious Tasks

    Square Enix’s first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV is a mixed bag. While it supplies a ton of new content, including some great endgame challenges, new jobs, and a smattering of other fun ways to spend time after you hit the updated level 60 cap, the journey there leaves much to be desired. Almost... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

    The Final Fantasy XIV expansion has been out for a few weeks now, and players are chugging through new content, new zones, flying, jobs, trials, and dungeons, along with the new Alexander encounter that was added this week. There's a whole lot to see and do in the new zones, and plenty of endgame... More
  • Blog Post: Is Square Enix Teasing A Spiritual Successor To Chrono Trigger?

    At E3 2015, there was a small blip during the Square Enix press conference that went largely unnoticed because there weren’t that many details to divulge. The newly formed internal studio, Tokyo RPG Factory, is working on something called Project Setsuna, a throwback to the “good old days”... More
  • Blog Post: Meet The MLB Player Who Helped Envision Deus Ex’s Future

    Anyone can dream about the future. Interstellar space ships, laser swords, and alien races are a staple of science fiction, but it takes a lot of diligent research to craft a future that could actually come to pass. When Eidos-Montreal rebooted the Deus Ex series in 2011, it wanted to build a world that... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – RPG Fans Are The Real Winners Of E3 2015

    I always like to take a few weeks away from any show to really start analyzing and putting it in perspective. I'm not one to usually name a "winner" of E3, since the fans always end up winning with a glut of new games. Even so, this year role-playing game fans really had a lot to cheer... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Final Fantasy VII Remake Needs To Make Changes

    The unveiling of Square Enix’s upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake at E3 seemed almost too good to be true. With the reveal, Final Fantasy fans united in joy and surprise at the prospect of the RPG classic’s return. But that was only the first step. Now that the game is confirmed, Square Enix... More
  • Blog Post: What We Want (And Don’t Want) From The Final Fantasy VII Remake

    In a surprising E3 announcement, Square Enix and Sony revealed that the Final Fantasy VII remake is happening . This is a practically miraculous development for fans who have been hoping for such a project ever since the PS3 “tech demo” shown at E3 2005. Now that it’s officially happening... More
  • Blog Post: Nier Director Talks About Needless Violence And The Show 24

    Game developers draw inspiration from everywhere: other games, movies, comic books. However, usually you expect a game to draw inspiration from a source that is similar to the product they’re making. Nier is a future dystopian Japanese action-RPG, so it seems a little strange that its developer... More
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