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  • 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
  • Blog Post: TGS Sidequest: Dining At The Dragon Quest Restaurant

    On my trip to Japan, one of my most anticipated stops was to Luida's Bar, a restaurant devoted to all things Dragon Quest, located in Roppongi. Luida's Bar is a small, quaint place where the spirit and essence of Dragon Quest is alive and kicking. It's like being in a tavern from the games... More
  • Blog Post: TGS Sidequest: Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe

    As a fan of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I was delighted to learn about a restaurant themed after the game in Tokyo. When we were in town covering TGS, I made sure that the Eorzea Cafe was one of our stops, but you don't need to be intimately familiar with the game to enjoy the atmosphere.... More
  • Blog Post: Our TGS Localization Wish List

    The hardest part about visiting Tokyo Game Show is seeing tons of games that are only slated for release in Japan. Of course that doesn't mean these games won't eventually come to the West. In fact, most the time with big titles, it's pretty obvious that a North American announcement is in... More
  • Blog Post: TGS Sidequest: Visiting Square Enix's Artnia Store

    A great part about visiting Japan is indulging in all the video game related sights. While we're here to cover the show for Tokyo Game Show, we're also taking the time to show off some of the cool things outside of the show as well. Today, we're focusing on Square Enix's Artnia Store... More
  • Blog Post: The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day One

    Tokyo Game Show opened its doors to the press today and we were right there to capture the action. Plenty of interesting artifacts, cosplayers, and games were on display. Being a huge fan of the Japanese video game scene, I had to take some pictures to share the amazing experience. The show began with... 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
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