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Playing Final Fantasy XV: War for Eos is an exercise in franchise-undermining misery - but it isn’t all bad
Playing Final Fantasy XV: War for Eos is an exercise in franchise-undermining misery - but it isn’t all bad

We may live in a post-FF16 world, but the story of FF15 continues - sort of - in a fascinatingly weird and cynical ongoing mobile spin-off.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 24 November, 2023

Persona 3 Portable Hot Springs Answers guide
Persona 3 Portable Hot Springs Answers guide

The hot springs escape event in Persona 3 Portable doesn't have any major impact, but if you want to escape stealthily, here's how.

guide by Alex Donaldson on 22 November, 2023

Star Ocean The Second Story R: Claude or Rena - which protagonist should you choose?
Star Ocean The Second Story R: Claude or Rena - which protagonist should you choose?

At the onset of Star Ocean 2, you'll be faced with a choice between Claude and Rena - two potential lead protagonists. But which should you choose?

guide by Alex Donaldson on 04 November, 2023

“There's been a real rediscovery of its beauty” - Star Ocean: The Second Story R’s developers talk the great Pixel Art Revival
“There's been a real rediscovery of its beauty” - Star Ocean: The Second Story R’s developers talk the great Pixel Art Revival

Star Ocean 2's remake features a beautiful new art style blending a real-time 3D world with gorgeous 2D sprite art - and to its developers, it's part of a great revival.

interview by Alex Donaldson on 02 November, 2023

Seven new Mechanics that change up the game in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Seven new Mechanics that change up the game in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Here's seven interesting mechanical changes and additions we noticed in our first hands-on with FF7 Rebirth.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 September, 2023

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Review
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Review

Phantom Liberty itself is an all-time great expansion, taking all of the best elements of Cyberpunk 2077 and cranking them all up to eleven.

review by Alex Donaldson on 20 September, 2023

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's story will conclude at the Forgotten Capital, Tetsuya Nomura reveals
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's story will conclude at the Forgotten Capital, Tetsuya Nomura reveals

FF7 Rebirth will end right around one of the most anticipated scenes of the whole Remake trilogy.

news by Alex Donaldson on 14 September, 2023

Starfield Review
Starfield Review

Starfield is wider, wilder, and more ambitious than I expected - but also shows surprising restraint in many areas. More than the sum of its parts, it's the best game of this type Bethesda has delivered.

review by Alex Donaldson on 31 August, 2023

Now Platinum's Hideki Kamiya weighs in on the JRPG debate: "It's something that should be celebrated moving forward"
Now Platinum's Hideki Kamiya weighs in on the JRPG debate: "It's something that should be celebrated moving forward"

Another legendary Japanese creator has thoughts on the appropriateness of the term 'JRPG' - but it's a very different take.

news by Alex Donaldson on 04 August, 2023

The music of Final Fantasy V, VIII, IX, and XIII gets the red carpet treatment in an incredible new orchestral arrangement album
The music of Final Fantasy V, VIII, IX, and XIII gets the red carpet treatment in an incredible new orchestral arrangement album

Final Symphony 2 is coming next week, and aims to offer gorgeous new arrangements from four classic games.

news by Alex Donaldson on 27 July, 2023

Final Fantasy XVI Non-Spoiler fan FAQ - Your Questions Answered
Final Fantasy XVI Non-Spoiler fan FAQ - Your Questions Answered

We answer your burning questions about this rarest of things - a new numbed, main-line FF game!

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 June, 2023

“We have a dream team on 16” - Final Fantasy XVI Developer Interview
“We have a dream team on 16” - Final Fantasy XVI Developer Interview

We sit down with FF16's Naoki Yoshida, Hiroshi Minagawa, and Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and talk finding new audiences, hopes, fears, and the identity of the hardest-working American on the planet.

interview by Alex Donaldson on 25 May, 2023

“It feels like the sort of bold change FF has needed for a while,” - Final Fantasy XVI Preview in Discussion
“It feels like the sort of bold change FF has needed for a while,” - Final Fantasy XVI Preview in Discussion

James and Alex sit down to discuss their thoughts, having played a hefty preview of Final Fantasy XVI

feature by Alex Donaldson and James Galizio on 23 May, 2023

Could there be a Final Fantasy XVI sequel? “We’ve left the door open a little,” says its Naoki Yoshida
Could there be a Final Fantasy XVI sequel? “We’ve left the door open a little,” says its Naoki Yoshida

If you're not done exploring Valisthea once FF16's credits roll, there's still a chance the land may be revisited.

news by Alex Donaldson on 23 May, 2023

The key to Final Fantasy XVI’s success is its story - but it’s also Naoki Yoshida’s biggest worry
The key to Final Fantasy XVI’s success is its story - but it’s also Naoki Yoshida’s biggest worry

Much rests on the shoulders of FF16 protagonist Clive - as a sole lead, he'll carry its narrative - which the game's creators feel is its greatest asset.

news by Alex Donaldson on 22 May, 2023

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Review
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Review

While built around the framework of its predecessor, Tears of the Kingdom cleverly recontextualizes the world and systems of this iteration of Hyrule. Through that it is fresh, thrilling, and one of the best games in recent memory. It's also every bit as ground-breaking as its predecessor.

review by Alex Donaldson on 11 May, 2023

Street Fighter 6 is a role-playing game, actually
Street Fighter 6 is a role-playing game, actually

While it remains true to its fighter roots, there might be a little something in the latest Street Fighter for RPG fans.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 03 May, 2023

The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are almost definitive - but this is the missing content from other versions
The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are almost definitive - but this is the missing content from other versions

If these versions are based on the originals, what later additions might we miss out on?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 06 April, 2023

Final Fantasy XVI is a different take - and it's valid to love or loathe that. But saying it's 'not FF' is wrong
Final Fantasy XVI is a different take - and it's valid to love or loathe that. But saying it's 'not FF' is wrong

FF16 is certainly different to everything that came before it. But to say it isn't Final Fantasy is just ludicrous.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 01 March, 2023

It’s Final Fantasy XVI preview time - here’s everything we’ve learned
It’s Final Fantasy XVI preview time - here’s everything we’ve learned

As FF16 previews hit the internet, there's a lot of new information to digest.

news by Alex Donaldson on 28 February, 2023

The Best Final Fantasy games revealed - as ranked by thousands of fans
The Best Final Fantasy games revealed - as ranked by thousands of fans

Thousands of you had your say - and now he's the best Final Fantasy games, ranked. And since you chose 'em, you can't complain.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 22 February, 2023

Dragon Age Inquisition's Horse has been lying to you all this time
Dragon Age Inquisition's Horse has been lying to you all this time

We're not horsing around here - we've all been hoodwinked.

news by Alex Donaldson on 04 February, 2023

Former Sega Localization Coordinator blasts lack of translator credits in Persona 3 & 4 remasters
Former Sega Localization Coordinator blasts lack of translator credits in Persona 3 & 4 remasters

Translators have been left out of the credits of the new remaster - and some ex-employees aren't happy.

news by Alex Donaldson on 21 January, 2023

In Fire Emblem Engage, Horse Manure is the ultimate gift
In Fire Emblem Engage, Horse Manure is the ultimate gift

If you want to make your Fire Emblem Engage units know how much you appreciate them... have you considered some Horse poop?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 January, 2023

Marvel's Avengers to end later this year, with a final update in weeks
Marvel's Avengers to end later this year, with a final update in weeks

It's The Death of the Dream for Captain America, again, as his video game version faces the end.

news by Alex Donaldson on 21 January, 2023

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