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"Thief Purists Will Have Options": Focus Use A Choice

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Eidos Montreal, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief, Thief 4

"Thief Purists Will Have Options": Focus Use A Choice

As we start getting more and more excited for Thief's return, and as more details begin to emerge, it would appear that Garrett's Focus ability - similar to the overlays that Lara and Agent 47 have been touting of late - has become something of a sticking point for longtime hardcore series fans.

Not to worry: it'll be totally optional apparently.

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Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution & Sleeping Dogs All Under-Performed For Square Enix

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Financials, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Square Enix, Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution & Sleeping Dogs All Under-Performed For Square Enix

European Sales Higher Than US

This morning we learned that Square Enix president Yoichi Wada resigned following a truly depressing financial forecast for the company. Slow western console game sales were blamed for massive projected losses, and now that more details have come to light, it appears that even Square's biggest success stories haven't been hitting sales targets Stateside.

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Square Enix President Resigns Following "Expected Extraordinary Loss"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Financials, Square Enix, Yoichi Wada

Square Enix President Resigns Following "Expected Extraordinary Loss"

Slow Western Sales To Blame

Squeenix top dog Yoichi Wada has resigned his post in response to the latest financial forecast, which heralds an "extraordinary loss" for the company.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Announcement Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Final Fantasy X HD, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, JRPG, PS3 games, Square Enix, Vita games

Square Enix are releasing HD versions of Final Fantasy X and X-2 later this year - individually on Vita or as one Auronlicious package on a PS3 Blu-Ray. Behold: an announcement trailer, which depicts the remastered visuals and some familiar scenes from the much-loved RPGs.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Wii U Screenshots Show Off GamePad Features

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Square Enix, Straight Right, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Wii U Screenshots Show Off GamePad Features

We recently learned that the Wii U will receive a Director's Cut version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which promises a raft of new features, overhauled bosses, "striking visual improvements," developer commentary and more. However, Square Enix have released some new screenshots showing some of the new GamePad functionality, including an interactive map, hacking interface and social information during dialogue.

Developer Straight Right describes Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut as the "ultimate version." You can read more details here.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will Improve Boss Battles

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Square Enix, Straight Right, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will Improve Boss Battles

Wii U Version Gets New Game+, Commentaries & More

After Amazon spilled the beans yesterday, Square Enix have finally confirmed that the Wii U will receive a Director's Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Apparently the port is being handled by Straight Right, who plan to deliver the "ultimate version" of the game on any platform.

And, better yet,  overhaul those awful bosses.

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Massive Square Enix PC Sale Is A 75% Bargain Bonanza

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Square Enix

Massive Square Enix PC Sale Is A 75% Bargain Bonanza

Get Hitman: Absolution For A Fiver

Not to be outdone by Origin, Square have decided to discount pretty much everything on their online store by 75%. Which is great news for everyone, apart from the chump who has to round it all up. Oh.

Never mind, because there are some big savings to be had here. Hitman: Absolution is probably the belle of the bargain ball at less than a fiver, while Sleeping Dogs, Final Fantasy VII, Deus Ex GOTY, Just Cause 2, Quantum Conundrum and dozens of older titles are also on offer. Check out the whole shebang after the break, complete with links and prices.

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RUMOUR | Final Fantasy Versus XIII Renamed & Repurposed For PS4

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Outed For Wii U

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Eidos Montreal, Square Enix, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Outed For Wii U

Amazon.com have revealed Deus Ex: Human Revolution for Wii U, along with box art, key features and a release date of May 17th. The listing suggests that this new version will contain a "multitude of improvements," "additional content" and Gamepad features built around Jensen's Neural Hub. More details below.

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New Lightning Returns Screens Show Off Dead Dunes

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
Tags:
JRPGs, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, RPGs, Screenshots, Square Enix

New Lightning Returns Screens Show Off Dead Dunes

The latest batch of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 screens show off a new area in the game called Dead Dunes. ccoring to Square Enix, "this region is covered with endless desert sands as far as the eye can see. Within it can be found the shanties which form a base for treasure hunters seeking their fortune in the arid wilderness, as well as ancient ruins said to conceal a divine treasure".

The screens also show of Lightning's Lightspeed power, which gies her the ability to slow down time and sneak in a few extra hits on her foes.

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Hitman: Absolution | £13.48 (With Code) | The Hut | Xbox 360

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Io Interactive, Square Enix, Xbox 360 games

Hitman: Absolution | £13.48 (With Code) | The Hut | Xbox 360

The price for Absolution hasn’t really strayed too far from the £15 mark for some time now, but thanks to voucher code supplied above you can knock the price down a little for the Xbox 360 version. In the end it provides a saving of just over £1.50 in comparison to the next best deal.

The legacy of the series may not have been matched in terms of the freedom the player is given, and the utterly farcical storyline doesn’t help matters, but it’s not a bad game by any standard. The Contracts mode adds a little old school flavour to proceedings, but overall Agent 47’s return could have been better. Thankfully, this deal makes this a far more agreeable purchase. Thanks to woody90 @ HUKD!

Sleeping Dogs | £8.99 | Xbox Live Marketplace

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Square Enix, United Front Games, Xbox 360 games
Sleeping Dogs | £8.99 | Xbox Live Marketplace

Square Enix have launched their "largest ever" Xbox Live sale today, but it's arguably a case of lots of DLC chaff, not much wheat. However, Sleeping Dogs is handily the crown jewel of the collection, which you can download for £8.99 until next week. We've seen it cheaper on PC, but this is an excellent price for the Xbox 360 version. Thanks and credit to K1LLEGAL at HotUKDeals, who posted this before we received the announcement.

The Sunday Seven | Tomb Raider Survival Guide

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, Crystal Dynamics, Lara Croft, Square Enix, The Sunday Seven, Tomb Raider

The Sunday Seven | Tomb Raider Survival Guide

Tomb Raider is hardly the most taxing game we've ever played, indeed there are moments when we rather hungered for some of the fiendish puzzling of earlier games. However, there are still a handful of tips and tricks to keep in mind when scrambling about Yamatai.

Remember, you can check out our Tomb Raider review here.

1. Skills For Salvage

The Sunday Seven | Tomb Raider Survival Guide

Though it might be tempting to plump for as many combat skills as possible when boosting Lara's capabilities at campfires, if you drop a skill point for Survivalist to begin with, you'll up the amount of XP you earn from looting animal corpses and food caches. Follow that up with Advanced Salvaging and Bone Collector, and you'll be earning XP and Salvage at a much faster rate, allowing for quicker accumulation of precious skill and salvage points.

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Hitman: Absolution | £13.85 | ShopTo | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Xbox 360 games

Hitman: Absolution | £13.85 | ShopTo | 360

This is the first week in a while I've seen the price not go down for Hitman: Absolution, so we'll presume it's finally going to stick for a bit. This price still saves you a bit over the competition though. Early fears about the game being a bit run-and-gun were allayed when we finally played it. You still have numerous methods to employ in order to take out your target allowing for some very creative kills. Contracts mode allows you to tailor your own contracts for other players to attempt and will add some replay value to hardcore fans.

Thanks to hazkiller at HotUkDeals.

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider Attracts 1 Million Players In 48 Hours

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider Attracts 1 Million Players In 48 Hours

If Crystal Dynamics are on the money with their metrics, I think we know what next week's Number One will be.

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Square Registers Deus Ex: The Fall Domains

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Deus Ex, Deus Ex: The Fall, Square Enix

Square Registers Deus Ex: The Fall Domains

Just a quickie: Square Enix has registered three more Deus Ex-related domain, this time for Deus Ex: The Fall. Superannuation reports that DeusExTheFall.comDeusExTheFall.net and DeusExTheFall.co.uk. are now all in Square's hands, which could mean that a new game is on the way.

Or not. The last time Square Enix filed a Deus Ex trademark, it was for the movie, and every publisher wants a piece of the transmedia pie. This could well be the precursor for a novel, ARG, iOS title, comic or practically anything else (perhaps even a rumoured Wii U port of Human Revolution), so don't hold your breath just yet. More as we hear it.

Tomb Raider Review | Take A Bow

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action Games, Crystal Dynamics, Lara Croft, Square Enix, Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider Review | Take A Bow

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developers: Crystal Dynamics | Eidos Montreal (Multiplayer)

Publishers: Square Enix

"Are you watching porn?" my flatmate asks me, no doubt hearing the yelps, squeals, and screams coming from the television. I can't really blame him. The last half an hour has been a cavalcade of torment for young Lara Croft, who's bruised, bloodied, battered from numerous scrapes, scraps, and sorties. This is a more human Lara, perhaps even a more relatable heroine; one who gasps in exclamation with each brutal blow she is dealt, and who's latest adventure has caused this writer to wince and grimace in sympathy at the vicious gauntlet she  is thrown down time and time again.

We're so used to seeing impenetrable heroic stereotypes that it's jarring at first to be in the company of a protagonist who seems so in her touch with her basic, human fragility. But then, this is the story of a Lara who's only just started raiding tombs.

Not that I want to make out that Tomb Raider presents us with anything particularly new, though that in itself is not necessarily a problem. It's stunning to behold - an absolutely beautiful game both when staring out across the horizon, and at close-quarters, in-motion, fending off adversaries - but there's precious little of the solitude that marked early Tomb Raider titles, not until you've finished the game anyway. This is Fully-Flavoured, Triple-A, Big Budget Gameplay to bring the series up to date, and therefore is liberally peppered with exceptionally tight and responsive action; slick, scripted moments of drama littered with quick time events; regenerating heath and upgradable weapons; and a large amount of collectibles to find, many of which tie into the game's story and flesh out the narrative.

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Thief Gameplay & Story Details Sneak Onto The Net

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Eidos Montreal, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief

Thief Gameplay & Story Details Sneak Onto The Net

Eidos Montreal's next-gen Thief reboot broke cover yesterday as part of Game Informer's April cover story, but as usual, the eagle-eyed staff of Gaming Everything [via NeoGAF] have already filleted the juicy article for gameplay and story info. We can expect expansive freeform levels, a new focus mechanic and upgradeable gear, along with a more believable setting that eschews supernatural elements for a more human experience.

We've got the prime cuts below.

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Opening Scenes | Tomb Raider Gameplay - First 20 Mins

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Crystal Dynamics, Gameplay footage, Lara Croft, Opening Scenes, Square Enix, Tomb Raider, Videos

Opening Scenes | Tomb Raider Gameplay - First 20 Mins

Lara's back, and she's gone all kinds of Hunger-Games-meets-The-Temple-of-Doom. Once again, we've nabbed the first 20 minutes of so of the game to give you an extended look at Lara's return. Expect the written review later today, around lunchtime.

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Sleeping Dogs Limited Edition | £9.00 | Gamersgate | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, PC games, Square Enix, United Front Games

Sleeping Dogs Limited Edition | £9.00 | Gamersgate | PC

With Green Man Gaming’s recent Ultimate Edition deal now over, Gamersgate’s daily deal becomes the best listing around if you’re a PC owner yet to experience Sleeping Dogs. Overall it beats the next best offer from GAME by almost £6.

Focusing on providing a satisfying action game rather than innovating, United Front Games managed to craft one of the best games of the summer in Sleeping Dogs. It may be a little short over all, but for just over a tenner the time may finally be right to go kick some ass in Hong Kong.