Feb 182014

Hey, Kaushik here to offer an opinion on one of the coolest new video games to hit the 3DS. This time it’s Bravely Default, a Japanese RPG that has been long-anticipated in the West by some of the more hardcore RPG fans. Developed by both Square Enix and Silicon Studios, Bravely Default is a more traditional RPG than some of the titles Square Enix has been putting out lately. The title is highly reminiscent of Final Fantasy 5 in terms game systems, particularly the Job system and only 4 playable characters. It hit Western shores just recently, and I have been playing it as much as my time would allow. Let’s find out some more~

Bravely Default Box Art

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Feb 052014


Square Enix announced this morning that Drakengard 3 will be released at retail in North America on May 20, 2014 and digitally in Europe and other PAL territories a day later on May 21. Additionally, North America will also be receiving a collector’s edition (my condolences to European fans). The game will also have a variety of pre-order bonuses, divided into three tiers. The tiers are:

  • Tier One: players who place their pre-order from today through March 3 will receive a special Japanese voice-over DLC and automatically unlock the two yet-to-be-announced bonuses.
  • Tier Two: from March 4th to April 8th, pre-ordering the game will unlock the two remaining unannounced bonuses.
  • Tier Three: from April 9th until launch, players will receive the final unannounced locked bonus only. Continue reading »
Jan 282014

Heya, Kaushik here again this week, with a video game! This time it’s the demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, generally known as FF13-3. The demo was released on PSN earlier this week, so that’s the version I’ll be covering. I know a lot of people dislike the series (that may be putting it lightly) and I can understand their frustrations with the direction Final Fantasy has taken in recent years. I liked FF13 more than most I think, but even I’m getting a little sick of this universe and these characters. Still, I’ll approach this demo as impartially as possible! So without further ado, let’s go~

Lightning Returns cover

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May 182013


Square Enix announced they will release a PC version of Final Fantasy VIII featuring high resolution graphics, Famitsu reports. The website also says additional features other than the graphical upgrade have yet to be determined.

Last year, Square Enix released a high resolution PC port of Final Fantasy VII. The port features a 5-speed mode for quicker playthroughs, achievements, and exclusive Shinra avatars.

[via: Siliconera]

Apr 302013

While I certainly managed to give you a fairly solid taste of what I consider to be the very best music the Final Fantasy series has to offer in my first episode of Tuesday Tunes, I didn’t even scrape the overall surface. And so, after exploring a wide variety of genres, eras, and composers, I thought I’d take this week to bring us back to the fine work of Nobuo Uematsu.

Final Fantasy - TRAVIS - 1

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Tuesday Tunes Episode 7: The Best of Final Fantasy Part 2

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Feb 052013

Hello, anyone and everyone. I am your humble host, Travis, and this is the very first episode of an audio series on the history, examination, and celebration of video game music both celebrated and underrated.

Every other week, I will upload a new segment on a different game, series, genre, or specific compilation, and you’re encouraged to seek out and support the artists and composers covered (purchase links provided at bottom).

For today’s episode, I considered a number of well-deserving options but ultimately decided on Final Fantasy as the introductory focus. For self-evident reasons, the music of the Final Fantasy series has been active in my life long before the games themselves, and ultimately any games I did end up playing I chose to hear specific tracks in their original contexts. Of course in the interest of keeping the episode succinct, I’ve neglected some beautiful, thrilling music, and so expect that someday I may return to Final Fantasy for a second go.
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