Articles by Alex Donaldson

As Golden Sun turns 21, Nintendo is in a new JRPG golden age. It’s time for a reboot
As Golden Sun turns 21, Nintendo is in a new JRPG golden age. It’s time for a reboot

As Golden Sun ticks a little older still, we consider how Nintendo's recent RPG renaissance could revive the series.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 01 August, 2022

Nier Automata truth finally revealed as 'secret door' and 'The Church' revealed to be a demo of game-changing new fan mod tools
Nier Automata has a mysterious secret room that only one player has been able to enter - but is it real, or an elaborate hoax?
Nier Automata has a mysterious secret room that only one player has been able to enter - but is it real, or an elaborate hoax?

There's a new Nier secret in town. The question is, who's trolling now? Yoko Taro, or modders?

news by Alex Donaldson on 25 July, 2022

First Yakuza 8 footage appears online - thanks to an MMA fighter
First Yakuza 8 footage appears online - thanks to an MMA fighter

Ichiban is back, but the afro isn't in these first few images.

news by Alex Donaldson on 19 July, 2022

It’s time to accept and embrace that the Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy isn’t a tweaked retelling - it’s going full Kingdom Hearts
It’s time to accept and embrace that the Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy isn’t a tweaked retelling - it’s going full Kingdom Hearts

FF7 Remake continues, and the trailer for the sequel makes clear what we're getting - and it's no straightforward remake.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 17 June, 2022

The Final Fantasy VII remake series will be made up of three games - and the third title has already started development
The Final Fantasy VII remake series will be made up of three games - and the third title has already started development

Expect three parts to this retelling of the FF7 saga, the game's producer confirms.

news by Alex Donaldson on 16 June, 2022

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a new HD Remaster for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a new HD Remaster for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC

Zack Fair's adventure on PSP finally arrives on modern platforms.

news by Josh Torres and Alex Donaldson on 16 June, 2022

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the second part of the remake - and it's out next Winter
Todd Howard confirms Fallout 5 is coming - but not until after The Elder Scrolls 6
Todd Howard confirms Fallout 5 is coming - but not until after The Elder Scrolls 6

If you want to go back to the wasteland, it's probably going to be quite the wait

news by Alex Donaldson on 14 June, 2022

Tetsuya Nomura explains why there aren't as many Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III
Tetsuya Nomura explains why there aren't as many Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III

A Final Fantasy and Disney cross-over is "not exactly what Kingdom Hearts is," says the series' creator.

news by Alex Donaldson on 14 June, 2022

Final Fantasy XVI Battle System Analysis: Combat Mechanics revealed in the latest gameplay trailer
Final Fantasy XVI Battle System Analysis: Combat Mechanics revealed in the latest gameplay trailer

How will FF16's battles play out? Here's an extremely in-depth deep dive at everything shown in the latest 'Dominance' trailer.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 03 June, 2022

Meet the key development staff of Final Fantasy XVI
Meet the key development staff of Final Fantasy XVI

Who is crafting the latest Final Fantasy? Get to know the team of directors - and their work histories.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 02 June, 2022

If the trailer wasn't enough, here's a bunch of new Final Fantasy XVI screenshots
If the trailer wasn't enough, here's a bunch of new Final Fantasy XVI screenshots

Take a look at the world of Valisthea, your new home come 2023.

news by Alex Donaldson on 02 June, 2022

Long-time Final Fantasy producer and Kingdom Hearts originator Shinji Hashimoto retires
Long-time Final Fantasy producer and Kingdom Hearts originator Shinji Hashimoto retires

A familiar face from Square Enix is calling it quits after decades at the company.

news by Alex Donaldson and Kite Stenbuck on 31 May, 2022

Does it really matter if Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t have a traditional party system?
Does it really matter if Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t have a traditional party system?

As we await more FF16 information, we ask: does it matter if Clive is a loner, and FF16 is a single-character game, without party-based combat?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 29 May, 2022

Square Enix files curious new trademarks for FF7, Final Bar Line, and more
Square Enix files curious new trademarks for FF7, Final Bar Line, and more

New trademarks offer an insight as to what Square Enix might be cooking up.

news by Alex Donaldson on 19 May, 2022

Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary news coming "next month", says Tetsuya Nomura
Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary news coming "next month", says Tetsuya Nomura

Next month will see "various things" related to FF7 Remake published, apparently.

news by Alex Donaldson and Kite Stenbuck on 18 May, 2022

Final Fantasy XV hits 10 million copies sold
Final Fantasy XV hits 10 million copies sold

The adventures of Noctis and company hit another sales milestone.

news by Alex Donaldson on 17 May, 2022

Babylon's Fall hits a new low on Steam - one concurrent player
Babylon's Fall hits a new low on Steam - one concurrent player

Square Enix's beleaguered game-as-service co-op action RPG continues to struggle to find an audience.

news by Alex Donaldson on 07 May, 2022

Final Fantasy XVI's latest trailer is ready and coming soon
Final Fantasy XVI's latest trailer is ready and coming soon

It appears our next glimpse at FF16 is already in the can - we just need to wait for it to be released.

news by Alex Donaldson on 07 May, 2022

Naoki Yoshida gives a Final Fantasy XVI update: “we’re at the finale of development”
Naoki Yoshida gives a Final Fantasy XVI update: “we’re at the finale of development”

Yoshida gives a small update on the progress of FF16 and what drives its development in a most unlikely place.

news by Alex Donaldson and Kite Stenbuck on 29 April, 2022

Nier deserves all the attention in the world, but I’m bored of all these crossovers
Nier deserves all the attention in the world, but I’m bored of all these crossovers

2B is everywhere. And, as much as I love her, I sorta hate it.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 26 April, 2022

As an $11,500 piece of Final Fantasy VI merch is revealed, FF creator Sakaguchi asks "Square Enix, are you okay?"
As an $11,500 piece of Final Fantasy VI merch is revealed, FF creator Sakaguchi asks "Square Enix, are you okay?"

If you've got deep pockets, you'll soon be able to order the ultimate piece of Final Fantasy merch.

news by Alex Donaldson on 25 April, 2022

Elden Ring Patch 1.04 out now; here's the update notes
Elden Ring Patch 1.04 out now; here's the update notes

Another new patch for Elden Ring, adding a little content and introducing a slew of balance and bug fixes.

news by Alex Donaldson on 19 April, 2022

With its new setting, the story of Kingdom Hearts IV should go full meta
With its new setting, the story of Kingdom Hearts IV should go full meta

With a shift to a 'realistic' world, KH4 has some incredible potential - but it won't be easy to meet.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 01 May, 2022

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