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Final Fantasy VII director explains the game’s multi-part format

Final Fantasy VII director explains the game’s multi-part format

Final Fantasy VII will always have a special place in my gaming heart. I had played many games before it came out, but this was the first one that told me a complex story. It was the first game that made me really feel connected to the characters, and feel emotional about what happened to them. So ever since we were teased with a remade opening cinematic during the PS3 announcement, I've been excited at the possibility of a remake. We're finally getting one, but what's up with the whole multi-part format?

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Final Fantasy VII for PS4 lets you cheat

Final Fantasy VII for PS4 lets you cheat

Over the weekend, Square Enix finally delivered Final Fantasy VII to the latest generation of consoles. Of course, this isn't the remake that we've all been clamoring for. We did get some news about that version, and a peek at just what it will look like. However, if you're interested in the original, we've got some tips for you.

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Multi-part FF7 Remake teased, original launches on PS4

Multi-part FF7 Remake teased, original launches on PS4

Last June, Square Enix and Sony made almost every gamer's fantasy come true when the two announced that one of the most beloved Japanese RPG titles in one of the most beloved Japanese RPG franchises will finally be getting a do-over, including a long awaited visual makeover. Now half a year later, the two are once again teasing the crowd with actual in-game footage and gameplay of the Final Fantasy VII remake for the PS4, complete with obligatory eyecandy. That said, some hardcore fans might end up not liking some of the game design directions that the remake is taking the beloved classic.

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PC gamers be warned: Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam

PC gamers be warned: Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam

That may sound a bit ominous and that would be partly correct, considering how many hours might be sacrificed and lost to this title. For the first time in known gaming history, a Dragon Quest game will be made available on the Steam distribution platform. OK, it might not be exactly like a true fledged Dragon Quest game, but the ridiculously named "Dragon Quest Heroes The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below" will be as recent a DQ title as you can get, and now it's heading over to the PC as well.

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Lara Croft GO: imagine Tomb Raider as a board game

Lara Croft GO: imagine Tomb Raider as a board game

Square Enix seems to have found a new distraction: turning existing popular game franchises into turn-based strategy games played over what feels like a diorama board set. It has happened before with Hitman and has now happened again with Tomb Raider. Or rather, "Lara Croft", as she is marketed now. Lara Croft GO, which launches on mobile as well as Windows 10, is meant to bring players back to the classic roots of the Tomb Raider games. Somewhat interestingly, it makes more sense than with Hitman GO.

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Final Fantasy VII for iOS Review

Final Fantasy VII for iOS Review

What do you remember about 1997? I remember a time before the iPhone or iPad, a period when the Internet boom was in full swing, and computer shows were a key part of my life. I also remember a video game that changed my opinion of role-playing games forever: Final Fantasy VII. Back then, the game was a monster hit and today, it lives on in my heart (and the hearts of millions around the globe) as one of the best RPGs to ever grace the PlayStation. Final Fantasy VII is without exaggeration, a masterpiece.

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Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

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Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

Some services, products, or companies celebrate their anniversaries with a party. But not Square Enix's Dive In. The game streaming service will marking its first and only anniversary by shutting down. This was practically the message that the popular game publisher sent when it announced that Dive In will cease operations on the 13th of September. Given it has barely been a year in the market, however, there will probably be few tears shed and Square Enix itself might be more interested in moving on to a different cloud venture.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD lands on PCs August 18

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD lands on PCs August 18

As mentioned last month, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, a title in the almost never ending franchise that started its life on the PSP, is coming to the PC. Back then, the announcement was missing a few crucial details. Little did we know that it was because we wouldn't really have to wait that long. Square Enix has just announced that the game arrives 18th of August. But even before that date, you can already pre-order your copy on Steam and get a few goodies, most of which, amusingly, isn't related to the game at all.

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Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

The makers of Dragon Quest, not only the most popular RPG, but the biggest games series of all time in Japan, earlier today announced the eleventh title in the main series. Developers Square Enix held a 90-minute long live-stream broadcast to announce Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, with a tentative release sometime next year. But even more shocking was the fact that the game was announced for the "NX," Nintendo's mysterious next game system.

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FF XIV for Macs pulled from sales, lengthy apology issued

FF XIV for Macs pulled from sales, lengthy apology issued

Square Enix may have just launched its biggest update to Final Fantasy XIV, but what could have been an almost perfect release has been marred by performance issues on a single platform: Macs. Now while this may sound almost like the situation with Warner Bros. and Batman: Arkham Knight for PCs, Square Enix is doing something differently and, to its credit, perhaps more satisfying. Producer Naoki Yoshida has provided a rather detailed account of the blunder that happened and, unusual in this business, has taken sole responsibility for the fiasco.

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Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Management, even the top brass, change a lot, but sometimes, the news that surround it are equally or even more interesting than the change itself. Take for example Yoichi Wada, former CEO of Square Enix, who is now also its former Chairman of the board. That news itself might have little bearing, unless you are deep into the company's story. But the news that Wada is stepping down to pool all his energy and time into the newly-formed Shinra cloud gaming startup makes it definitely worth noting.

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