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New locations revealed for Final Fantasy XV

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, RPGs

New locations revealed for Final Fantasy XV

With Final Fantasy XV finally committing to a 2016 release, it's time for the hype train to step things up a gear. We've just had an info drop from Square Enix about some new locations that we'll explore with Noctis and the gang. Better yet, there are a few screenshots of these new locals to enjoy.

Click here to see some images and info on the new locations.

Final Fantasy XV will release in 2016 apparently

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Final Fantasy XV, Gamescom 2015, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy XV will release in 2016 apparently

Enjoy the new trailer while you wait

While a specific release date for Final Fantasy XV won't be confirmed for some time, the game's director, Hajime Tabata, seems committed to a 2016 release date as he told Eurogamer:

"We really wanted to say something else, so we've got something we'd like to say - you won't be waiting until 2017. We want to get that across. We want to reassure people that we are going to get it out."

It's only been in development for ten years, so it's probably almost done in all fairness. We quite enjoyed the recent Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo and have been impressed in the way Square Enix used feedback to make adjustments to the game and then release a beefy patch for the demo to try out the new changes. More of this sort of thing please developers! but maybe don't force players to buy a different game to get access to the demo, that's a bit naughty.

When also asked about the possibility of sequels in the XV universe (as there were in the XIII series), Tabata replied:

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Square Enix E3 2015 Predictions - we didn't ask for this, but we'll take it

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Admin
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Features
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, E3 2015, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Final Fantasy XV, Hitman, Kingdom Hearts III, Legacy of Kain

Square Enix E3 2015 Predictions - we didn't ask for this, but we'll take it

Square Enix are joining MicrosoftSonyNintendo, EA, Ubisoft and Bethesda at E3 2015 with a press conference of their own.

Welcome to the big leagues, Square. We're excited to see what they're bringing to the party and expect some fairly major announcements involving both Eastern and Western franchises.

Carl

Square Enix E3 2015 Predictions - we didn't ask for this, but we'll take it

For me, the main title of interest heading into the Square Enix presser is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, despite Final Fantasy XV having hogged the limelight in recent months. Having not played the demo or been particular enthused by what I have seen, it’s going to take something very special indeed to gain my interest. Hell, at this point I’m more interested in Final Fantasy XIV, which they will no doubt tout as it continues to defy the trend of being subscription-free. Then again, if you had an online game with Chocobo Racing and Triple Triad built into it you’d be showing it off to the world as well. Because money.

Another title that will most likely find a debut this year is the next Hitman game, although there will be a lot of scepticism this time around. After Absolution’s hype overplayed the whole stealth aspects of the game, and featured a ridiculous storyline, here’s hoping they’ve learned their lesson and give us a pure assassination sandbox.

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[CLOSED] COMPETITION | WIN a code Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (Xbox One, 2 winners)

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Brendan Griffiths
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Dealspwn
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Competitions, Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, Xbox One Games

[CLOSED] COMPETITION | WIN a code Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (Xbox One, 2 winners)

[UPDATE: The competition is now closed and the winners will be contacted shortly]

[UPDATE 2: And the winners are: Adventchild for this entry: Artist: Men Bahamuting Badly, Album: Need Summon To Love. Our random draw winner was glennuk1]

We've been mightily impressed with Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. We want you guys to try it out too. There are two ways to do this: one option being to buy a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and get a code for yourself with our cheapest deal.

Or enter our competition, as we have two Xbox One codes to give away!

It's time to get a little bit creative. To enter, we want you to come up with a boyband name for Noctis and the gang, and/or the title of their first album with the following image as the album cover.

[CLOSED] COMPETITION | WIN a code Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (Xbox One, 2 winners)

Submit your entry in the comment box below, and make sure to use a valid email address as that's how we'll contact you! The funnier the better, but try and keep it clean (ish). Feel free to riff on past Final Fantasy lore, gaming culture or pop stars. We're big fans of bad puns too.

One winner will be selected randomly (so just say hello if you can't come up with anything), while the other will be determined based on which makes us laugh the most! The competition will close at 23:59 Sunday, April 5th. Good luck!

While you're thinking about what to write, why not check out our Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae review.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Review | The Behemoth vs The Boyband

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Review | The Behemoth vs The Boyband

It's highly unlikely we'll see Final Fantasy XV released this year as it's apparently only around 60% complete. So it was a great surprise to hear that Square-Enix were releasing a lengthy demo for it. Well, if you bought an copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 that is.

So let's dive into this vertical slice of the game that lets us play around with some basic combat options and also provides a large area to explore. Seriously, this thing is huge, no wonder they called it an Episode rather than a demo.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Review | The Behemoth vs The Boyband

This lengthy taster begins with a brief introduction to the four main characters of your party. There's some serious box ticking of RPG-tropes here. There's the muscle head, the smart guy, a Junkie-chic version of Cloud wearing a weird vest jacket that looks like a tartan skirt at first glance and then there's you, Prince Noctis, a skinny ultra emo haircut. There's not enough story or dialogue scenes offered to provided a fully rounded opinion I'll admit. But as first impressions go, they're fairly dislikeable. I've noticed that FF party members have been a wonderfully diverse group over the years, so it's odd to see this Japanese equivalent of the Backstreet Boys.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD falls to £27.85 as two new Final Fantasy XV demo trailers emerge

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD falls to £27.85 as two new Final Fantasy XV demo trailers emerge

Final Fantasy Type-0 is a highly anticipated game in its own right, but let's face it, many of you are more interested in the Final Fantasy XV demo. Thankfully both camps will be thrilled to learn that you can pre-order the game for just £27.85 on PS4 and Xbox One, the cheapest price yet.

Use Rakuten voucher code MARGIFT5.

It's a timely deal, because we've got two new Final Fantasy XV demo trailers for you!

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Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD + FFXV demo on PS4/XO from £32.75

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Western Final Fantasy fans have had to wait years to get their hands on the former PSP-exclusive, but now Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. The cheapest pre-order available currently stands at £32.75. If we're honest, the price of this one should fall not long after release, it would appear Square are cashing in on fans eager to play the FFXV demo included.

Type-0 is a more action-orientated title in a similar vein to the excellent Crisis Core on PSP. To sweeten the deal, Square Enix have included a demo for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, which will be live from Type-0 HD's launch on March 20th.

Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD + FFXV demo on PS4/XO - £32.85

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Western Final Fantasy fans have had to wait years to get their hands on the former PSP-exclusive, but now Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. The cheapest pre-order available currently stands at £32.85.

Type-0 is a more action-orientated title in a similar vein to the excellent Crisis Core on PSP. To sweeten the deal, Square Enix have included a demo for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, which will be live from Type-0 HD's launch on March 20th.

The Biggest Potential Disappointments Of 2015 | Top Ten Tuesdays

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Fable Legends, Final Fantasy XV, Godus, No Man's Sky, Quantum Break, The Division, The Order: 1886

The Biggest Potential Disappointments Of 2015 | Top Ten Tuesdays

We call it how we see it here at Dealspwn. Often that means we get incredibly excited about upcoming games -- sometimes too excited, I'll admit -- but by the same token we also can't help but grow concerned after testing, previewing and analysing titles that seem to be headed down a worrying path. Or worse, are being hyped far too much.

So, as per our yearly tradition, here are the ten games with the most potential to disappoint us or otherwise fail to live up to their hype in 2015. Obviously we're not saying that every game on this list will be bad, and we desperately want to be wrong. We want to be made to look like small-minded idiots by games that defy our expectations... or give us realistic expectations in the first place.

Here's hoping, but for now, be prudent with your pre-orders...

10: No Man's Sky

Whoa there. Calm down. Let me explain.

The problem here isn't with the game, rather it's with some of the crazy expectations I see day in, day out, from people who don't know what No Man's Sky actually is. I.e. an exploration game where you chart a lonely course through a vast and mainly empty universe, offering the thrill of discovery above anything else. It's not some sort of multiplayer space sim sandbox (to be clear, you'll likely never see anyone you know due to the size of the universe, the distances involved and your random placement therein). If you've played MirrorMoon EP, you'll know roughly what to expect since the basic premise is exactly the same.

I suspect that No Man's Sky will be incredible, but like many niche games it won't be for everyone. Especially for those who are expecting a totally different game. Do your homework to avoid disappointment, and remember that too much hype can kill even the most wonderful things.

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Nomura: Final Fantasy XV Will Have More Player-Controlled, Dynamic Scenes Rather Than Pre-Rendered CG

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, RPGs, Square Enix, Tetsuya Nomura

Nomura: Final Fantasy XV Will Have More Player-Controlled, Dynamic Scenes Rather Than Pre-Rendered CG

Final Fantasy XV's game director -- Tetsuya Nomura -- has said that the pre-rendered cutscenes that have been a series staple (for better or worse) will be lessened in favour of player-controlled, "dynamic" sequences.

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Final Fantasy XV Character Bios Emerge, Crystals and Heavenly Lights Abound

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV Character Bios Emerge, Crystals and Heavenly Lights Abound

Square Enix have been name-dropping in a bid to stir up some hype for Final Fantasy XV, and have also unleashed a handful of character biographies that, distilled down into a couple of sentences, are all delightfully cliched.

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ROUNDTABLE | Things We Took Away From E3

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2013, Everquest Next, Final Fantasy XV, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Microsoft, Mirror's Edge 2, Nintendo, PopCap, PS4, Sony, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Wii U, X, Xbox One

Jonathan

ROUNDTABLE | Things We Took Away From E3

X Looks Utterly Amazing!

One of the least publicised games of E3 looks to be one of the absolute highlights. We saw a brief gameplay snippet of MonolithSoft's Wii U-exclusive JRPG during the Nintendo Direct presentation, and it utterly blew our minds. We saw an enormous open world. Massive monsters roaming the plains, free to engage or ignore at leisure. Bustling towns and wide open vistas. Xenoblade Chronicles taken to the next level, but with the addition of massive great mechs that let you experience the world from the skies.

And multiplayer? If you keep an eye on the GUI, you'll see allusions to 'Players 1-4' (though this could well just be character name placeholders to avoid spoiling the story).

X could well be a system seller if Nintendo market it enough. It's clear that 2014 is going to be a killer year for Nintendo's console - not limited to the outrageous Bayonetta 2 - but they need to get boots on the ground and shift some consoles first.

Microsoft's Game Lineup Is Deceptively Strong

Microsoft promised that E3 2013 would be all about the games, and they weren't wrong. Despite Sony utterly crushing them on the issues, Xbox One is coming out to bat with many more exclusive titles than its rival, which mainly revealed a tiny handful of core franchises, multiplatform titles and indie games (most of which are also already slated for PC).

Conversely, Microsoft locked down Ryse, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break, Forza 5, Below, Crimson Dragon, PvZ: Garden Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Project Spark and Killer Instinct just for starters. On multiplat side of things, we've got Destiny, Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy XV, MGS V, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV and... well, most of the games we saw at Sony's (admittedly better) press conference.

We're still railing against system-wide DRM and online check-ins, but us gamers have a long and illustrious history of accepting pretty much anything to play great games. Will we roll over again?

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Final Fantasy XV Battle Gameplay Video Is Stunning... And Highly Confusing

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Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2013, Final Fantasy XV, Gameplay footage, Square Enix, Trailers

Final Fantasy XV Battle Gameplay Video Is Stunning... And Highly Confusing

How is this even going to work? It looks like Final Fantasy May Cry XV is going for some all-out action, and there's a fresh video that's emerged from E3 showing off the game's battle system. Real-time teleporting, monster-juggling combos, ridiculous finishers, guns! What the hell is going on?

Here's a little background blurb courtesy of Square themselves...

The armed forces of Niflheim launch a devastating assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis, casting Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades out of their homes and into the fray. The engaging tale to follow draws audiences into an awe-inspiring world steeped in the rich storytelling traditions of SQUARE ENIX's renowned First Production Development Team.

The Game Formerly Known As Final Fantasy Versus XIII is looking absolutely stunning, if a little unconventional. According to Square Enix, the main concept, world and story will "continue to be developed as originally envisioned", with the "action, gameplay elements and graphic quality" improved "to match the technology of the next-generation hardware".

Well it certainly looks fantastic, and I'm intrigued to see where Square Enix take the series, particularly now that the game is no longer simply a sort-of spin-off, but a fully numbered entry in the series.

Final Fantasy XIII Lives, Becomes Final Fantasy XV

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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E3 2013, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XV, JRPG, PS4 games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIII Lives, Becomes Final Fantasy XV
As we expected, Square Enix took to Sony's stage to reveal that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is not dead. The long-awaited title has instead evolved into Final Fantasy XV (tying in perfectly with some rumours from earlier this year), and has been announced for PS4. We're not entirely sure whether it's exclusive, timed or simply slow to announce other platforms, but for now, why not enjoy the announce trailer below?

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RUMOUR | Final Fantasy Versus XIII Renamed & Repurposed For PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XV, PS4 games, Rumour, Sony, Square Enix
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Final Fantasy Versus XIII | PlayStation 4

RUMOUR | Final Fantasy Versus XIII Renamed & Repurposed For PS4

According to some new whispers from dark corners of the internet, we may now have a reason for Final Fantasy Versus XIII's massive delay: it's now being developed as a PS4 title with a brand new name.

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