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  • 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: Watch Us Play The Entire Final Fantasy XV Demo

    Final Fantasy XV has been a long time coming and we finally got our hands on Episode Duscae. We played the entire two-hour demo in its entirety and got to unlock an impressive Elder God summon at the end as a reward. Check it out below. If you want a primer on FF XV's long – and we mean long... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae

    This week saw the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD , but the more exciting element to that package was the inclusion of the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo. You can watch us play through the entire demo in the archive of our live stream or watch the video below to have a look at a gigantic summon... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber - Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    While a lot of people were attracted to the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for the coupled demo of Final Fantasy XV, this port of the PSP game contains a lot of content and is one of the most experimental Final Fantasy games in years. Game Informer's Matt Miller reviewed the game and is joined... 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: The Essentials – Final Fantasy VII

    Welcome to another installment of the Essentials, Game Informer’s weekly look at the best titles in gaming history. We curate this list to include the medium’s must-play experiences, spanning multiple genres and generations. The games might be especially innovative, groundbreaking, or significant... More
  • Blog Post: Balancing Survival Vs. Action In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Leading up to the release of the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, Crystal Dynamics pushed the theme that Lara Croft was a survivor. While the survival aspects certainly were a large part of the story, the game didn't cross the line of becoming a systems-driven "survival game." While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: The Business Decisions Behind Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    After four years in the making, the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was released and impressed both critics and fans of the classic franchise. While visiting Crystal Dynamics, we spoke with head of western studios Darrell Gallagher about the struggle to create a fresh take on Lara Croft and the immediate... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring The New Setting Of Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Stepping up from his role as art director for the last entry, Brian Horton is now the game director on Rise of the Tomb Raider and is paying a lot of attention to the look of Lara Croft's new environment . Rise of the Tomb Raider takes players to Russia as Lara seeks a long-lost city and answers... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Life Is Strange: Episode 1

    Dontnod, the creators of Remember Me, are back with an episodic adventure series, Life is Strange. The game is grounded in reality, but comes with a twist: the ability to reverse time. In this edition of Test Chamber, we take a look at the opening of the first episode, Chrysalis. Join Ben Reeves, intern... More
  • Blog Post: Where's My Sequel? The World Ends With You

    Where’s My Sequel looks at standalone games and franchises that haven’t gotten enough of a follow-up since their debut. This installment looks at the cult classic DS game The World Ends With You. What it is: The World Ends With You is one of the most original RPGs on the DS. It stars Neku... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Secret Of Mana

    This episode of Replay is dedicated to one Square's classics, Secret of Mana. Watch us attack rabites and deal with banishment. It's no secret that Secret of Mana is one of my favorite games , and I couldn't be more stoked for this episode to air. This action/RPG from SNES era has fantastic... More
  • Blog Post: Five 16-Bit Games That Should Get 16-Bit Sequels

    I always hoped Mega Man 9 would start a trend of sequels to classic games recreated in all their original pixelated glory. Plenty of independent developers have crafted original pixelated experiences inspired by the style of 16-bit Super Nintendo games, but my hope that more developers would craft games... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge 2014 - Thief

    Andy Reiner challenged me to test my stealth skills in Eidos Montreal's reboot of the Thief franchise? Did this game steal my heart? You'll have to read on to find out (Get it? I said "steal" my heart because the game about a guy who steals things...pretty clever). I like to go into... More
  • Blog Post: The Highs, Lows, And Future Of Just Cause's Avalanche Studios

    When we visited New York City for the December cover story on Just Cause 3 , we were able to sit down with the co-founder of Avalanche Studios Christofer Sundberg. Flying over from the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Sundberg tries to visit the New York branch of the studio every month to keep up... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 2014 - Thief

    Looking over the list of releases from 2014, I don't see a clear frontrunner for the hallowed Game of the Year honor, and a good majority of the year's highly hyped games received polarizing reviews from critics and gamers alike. I foresee many heated arguments erupting during our voting process... More
  • Blog Post: Inside Square Enix's Long-Term Play For The Future Of Gaming

    We've all heard the refrain that "cloud-based gaming is the future". Services like OnLive and PlayStation Now and cloud technology like Microsoft built into the Xbox One are each taking a stab at harnessing "the power of the cloud". Years ago Square Enix investigated the cloud... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is out on December 2. The game features the final mix editions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep along with cutscenes from Re:coded. Join our Kingdom Hearts diehards, Bryan Vore and Kimberley Wallace, as they play through a stage in Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Dragon Quest’s Future Looks Bleak In North America

    Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Dragon Quest. The traditional RPG franchise crafted the foundation for console RPGs, and even to this day, it evokes charm and nostalgia with its art style and famed slimes. I'm still captivated by it, even though the series hasn't gone through much... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Offering A Final Fantasy XV Demo Is A Step In The Right Direction For Square Enix

    The road to Final Fantasy XV has been long and winding. The game that started off as Final Fantasy Versus XIII was announced at E3 2006 and very little information surfaced about the title up until it transformed into Final Fantasy XV last year . In a way, it was gutsy move to make it a mainline title... More
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