If you've already purchased and registered FFXIV, but maybe got bored and wandered off, or otherwise deactivated your account, Square Enix are offering lapsed and wayward sons and daughters the chance to check out what's new in the recently released Patch 2.5.
The Free Login Weekend will take place from Friday 30th January (08:00 GMT) to Monday 2nd February (08:00 GMT) and will be eligible to "players who have previously purchased and registered Final Fantasy XIV and whose service account is set as inactive during the campaign period."
Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for just £29.88 delivered from Shop4World. Click here to buy >>
One of the finest JRPGs we've seen in over a decade, Xenoblade Chronicles was a revelation on Wii and we're hoping the handheld version is up to scratch too. Out in early April, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will only be compatible with New 3DS and New 3DS XL units. So if you've only got a standard 3DS come April, you won't be able to run the game, sadly.
You can check out Jon's glowing review of the Wii version of Xenoblade Chronicles right here. Cheers FantasyDeals!
Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, having gotten all excited once again over the prospect of Xenoblade Chronicles X in the wake of the first Nintendo Direct of the year, here's a reminder of exactly why Monolith Soft's original title on the Wii was so highly regarded, and why we're very glad it's getting a revisit on the New 3DS.
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Platform: Wii (Reviewed)
Developer: Monolith Soft
The UK release of Xenoblade Chronicles poses many questions. The most controversial of which, naturally, is exactly why us Brits have received Monolith Soft's anticipated RPG instead of the United States... who have spent the last few months demonstrating the massive demand by banging their heads against Nintendo Of America's Facebook page.
There's a much more pressing question to be answered, however. Is Xenoblade Chronicles actually any good - and does it worth the insane amount of hype?
The answer is simple. Not only is Xenoblade Chronicles an astounding RPG and a late-game miracle for the Wii, but it's also one of the best games to have come out of Japan this console generation. It's bigger, smarter, more innovative, more nuanaced and more considerate than practically any other JRPG I can name... and just to put the icing on the cake, all the voice acting isBritish. The term game-changer has never been more apt or profoundly literal.
Xenoblade Chronicles is set a year after a legendary hero uses the power of a mysterious sword to rout an army of machines hell-bent on crushing the human race clinging to life on the back of an ancient dead machine God. Shulk, a young laboratory technician tasked with unlocking the secrets of the Monado (the blade in question), is soon granted a nightmarish vision of the future by the enigmatic weapon - and sets out with a group of comrades to discover whether the prophecy will come true. And more importantly, whether the future can be changed. It's an exciting and imaginative premise, and one that sets the tone for a truly superior RPG.Click here to read more...
GOG's weekly staff picks are live, and this week's sale is all about Japanese roleplaying:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have no doubt spotted that buying Generations of War and the Collector's Upgrade is actually a penny cheaper than buying the Collector's Edition outright. Definitely pick up Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky if you like your JRPGs -- it's an underrated gem. You can read my full review here.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has gone much lower than this on the PSN, but if you're someone who prefers physical media, appreciates having something to trade in, or maybe just doesn't want to fill up masses of hard drive space, nabbing the Essentials version for a tenner at Amazon or GAME might be worth a look.
You can read our Ni No Kuni review by clicking here. Cheers to ukanalyst for the tip.
Ah, transparent Nintendo handhelds making me feel old. It was a hideous look on the Game Boy, and it's pretty hideous on the 2DS too. That said, there's something incredibly nostalgic about having transparent hardware -- it's all so very Nineties. Even the N64 got in on the act.
Anyway, Zavvi are offering the Nintendo 2DS with Pokemon Omega Ruby bundle for £109.99, and Nintendo are running a promotion where you can register your shiny new copy of Pokemon and get a free game in the process.
The games you can get with the promotion are as follows:
Zavvi's deliveries have been know to take their time on occasion, but all signs point towards a swift dispatch in this case. Cheers Genki!
Want to get into the festive Pokemon spirit, but not looking to spend huge? Well, this Nintendo DSi bundle with Pokemon White might be just the thing, and it's less than £50 at Zavvi right now.
Considering the vast, cheap, excellent games library that the DSi has, this is a brilliant little stocking filler for anyone from the age of 3 to 100, frankly. The console itself is also a special Reshiram and Zekrom Edition unit, and Pokemon White is a cracking game, as our review testifies. Thanks FantasyDeals!
Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, with a new Pokemon game just around the corner, here's Felix's 15th Anniversary Pokemon piece from back in 2010.
How about you, dear reader? What's been your favourite Pokemon game?
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It’s been fifteen years since Pokemon was first released. It introduced a veritable ecosystem of elemental critters, and soon became a phenomenon. It began on the Gameboy as Pocket Monsters, and Pokemon has become not only a force in videogames, but a titan of trading-cards, anime and film. But it is the traditional videogame release fans crave most; Red and Blue. Gold and Silver. Ruby andSapphire. Diamond and Pearl. Recently, Nintendo announced Black and White, the sixth edition, which promises to deliver a radical overhaul to the series.
But why is the Pokemon formula so endearing? In fifteen years, it's barely evolved beyond the established framework. So why does it continue to be a financial and critical success?Click here to read more...
Anime fans are in for a treat with this week's PSN sale. After last week's PS4 deals, this week is mainly about discounts on PS3 and Vita, and they feature anime games and tie-ins, and JRPGs rather heavily. Here are a few of our favourites:
Those are just a few highlights, so be sure to check out the full list of this week's PSN deals.Click here for all of this week's PSN deals >>
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is frankly something of a must for JRPG fans. The Vita has not been getting much love from Sony themselves, but it's rapidly become a cracking niche proposition for JRPG fans and import aficionados. The Remaster of FFX and X-2 is fantastic, with the latter looking practically current-gen, such is the job they've done at buffing it up. Definitely check out the reviews above for some in-depth analysis of the changes if you're on the fence, but really this one is a no-brainer.
Worth noting that Amazon have price matched, but they're estimating delivery in 2-4 weeks which could indicate stock issues.
Nice spot, Bure11!
It's one of the best JRPGs of all time, now with a graphical makeover, hours of extra bits and bobs, and it looks absolutely stunning on the Vita. Persona 4 Golden is one of the finest games you can buy for Sony's little handheld, and will available for under £15 on the Playstation Store once the update goes live this afternoon (any time now).
Seriously, what the hell are you waiting for?
That Final Fantasy X-2 ever existed is frankly fantastic. Back when it emerged on the PS2 as the first true sequel to ever bear the name Final Fantasy, it confused the hell out of people. Picking up two years after the end of its direct predecessor, X-2 can basically be summed up as "What Yuna Did Next", yet it abandoned much of what made FFX a classic and what we ended up with was a strikingly pretty, utterly revamped, female-led, undeniably Japanese, all-singing all-dancing hot mess.
And it was thoroughly entertaining.
The Vita version of Final Fantasy X-2 HD sparkles. It looks absolutely fantastic, and on occasion I had to remind myself that this was made over a decade ago. The main characters look brilliant, the character models approaching current-gen quality at times, though this is offset by NPCs that range from the passable to the downright ugly. The fact that the opening video has been redone in HD, along with all of the other cutscenes, is frankly excellent. There's nothing else to say, really -- FFX-2 HD looks better than quite a few native Vita titles. It's one of the finest HD remasters I've ever witnessed in that respect.
Just as important as the changes to the visuals, though, are the lack of changes when it comes to the soundtrack. So much of what makes X-2 such a crazy romp is it's J-Pop soundtrack, and I'm pleased to report that the only thing that seems to have changed is the sound quality. FFX's soundtrack has been noticeably tampered with, and not entirely for the better, but here it seems like guns have most certainly been stuck to, and that'll surely delight long-time fans. Let's face it -- X-2 was always something of a Marmite game, but that was down to the fact that it's one of the most identifiable Final Fantasy title out there, positively oozing with character and personality. It's nice to see that none of that has been lost in the remastering process.Click here to read more...
It's yet another flash deal from The Game Collection, for yet another opportunity to get Level 5's JRPG for under £15. It makes it £2 cheaper than the next best deal over at ShopTo.
Matt declared the Level 5 / Studio Ghibli collaboration to be "one of the best JRPGs of the last decade" when he reviewed it earlier this year, and it's hard to argue with that statement, really. If you've held off from getting it this long, it may end up being one of the better £15 purchases you've made this year. Thanks to thelaine @ HUKD!
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.Click here to read more...
Lightning may be flying solo on the battlefield in the upcoming finale to the FFXIII series, but she's packing over forty outfits. She's not just indecisive, the clothes will give her unique skills and benefits, essentially turning her into a one-girl party. We're just glad she's ditched Hope, the little whiner.
Fans of -or people who played FFX-2 at least- may remember the team using the Dress Sphere system, we expect this to work in a similar manner. Regular players of the series will no doubt be able to spot a few getups that she's borrowed from characters of older games in the long-running franchise. Cloud's outfit has already been announced as a pre-order incentive. We'll endeavor to bring you a hands-on report of the game towards the end of the month.For now, enjoy the fashionista trailer after the break.Click here to read more...
It's another tidbit from the Ubisoft camp today, as the publisher has unveiled Child Of Light - a sidescrolling title that is "inspired by fairy tales and epic poems," according to a post made on Ubisoft's website.
Players will assume the role of Aurora, who is charged with bringing light back to her kingdom and defeating the Dark Queen. Joining her on her adventuresis a floating ball of light named Igniculus, which can help light the way through the darkenss (and can be controlled by a second player.) Stylised after J-RPGs, as well as including turn-based battles, the game will reportedly include a skill tree "closely resembling what we saw in Far Cry 3." The game will also be built using the UbiArt engine which brought Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends to life.
Child of Light will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC & Wii U next year.
MMO launches are rarely smooth, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is no exception. Following major server and character creation issues even during the early access stage, Square Enix have given existing players an extra week of free subscriptions to make up for the aggravating delays.Click here to read more...