Tagged "Final Fantasy"

Jul 03
By Jake In Blog 1 Comment

Sony’s Big in Japan sale on the PlayStation Store has some cracking bargains – if you have an lot of time on your hands.

£3.99 each for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Demon’s Souls? Absurd. Their critical acclaim – 85 and 89 respectively on Metacritic – are reason enough for the prices to be remarkable. But more than that, it got me thinking about the hours of gaming it buys you.

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According to the remarkably comprehensive How Long To Beat, they’ll take about 44.5 and 33 hours respectively, to complete the main game. So get through them, and you’d have paid 9.0p/h (pence per hour, obviously…) for Ni No Kuni, and 12.1p/h for Demon’s Souls.

That’s one way to put it. The other is that it would take well over three full days of non-stop play to exhaust just the main story of two games for which you have paid £7.98. Pocket money prices, yes, but a massive time commitment. And it’s kind of putting me off: I’ve had a massive unplayed pile before – remedied only with brutal use of eBay – and I don’t want to get into that again.

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Jul 09
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Even with the The Amazing Spider-Man movie out now, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has managed to hold onto the top spot of the UK chart for a third week running.

Spider-Man has to make do with #3, as London 2012 has risen up to #2. Spec Ops: The Line drops to #4 and at #5 it’s a new entry (of sorts) – Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy hasn’t done too badly arriving at #19. We hope that developers have realised now that releasing 3DS demos on the eShop does wonders for sales figures.

The last new entry is PC MMO The Secret World at #38. That’s just the sales for the boxed retail version, we should probably point out. Apparently it’s the most refreshing MMO in years.

Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise misses out on a top 40 placing but enters the Wii chart just shy of the top 10 at #11.

Feb 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Last week’s trio of big name releases has given the UK top 40 the shake up it so desperately needed. It’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 that ends FIFA 12’s dominance at the top of the chart, which is followed by Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection at #2. Soul Calibur V enters in at a rather apt #5.

Last week’s only new entry – Resident Evil: Revelations – drops from #6 to #19.

Konami’s NeverDead failed to make the top 40 chart at all. In the single format charts it’s at a not too shabby #20 in the PlayStation 3 chart and a lowly #35 in the Xbox 360 chart.

It’s the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 that sold the most copies but it the opposite was the case for Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection where the Xbox 360 version shifted the most during launch.

Dec 01
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

The PSP has pretty much been ignored by publishers this winter, with just a few annual sport games and LEGO Harry Potter to see it through the bleak winter months. Square-Enix though are coming to the rescue – not only have they almost single-handedly kept the system in the public eye over the past year or so but they’re also giving it one final hurrah.

Many of the RPGs that Square-Enix have released on the format are being re-released this week, available for a stupidly cheap £7.99 a pop on the likes of GAME and Play.

There are six different Final Fantasy games in total along with Tactics Orge, The 3rd Birthday and Lord of Arcana. Namco are also re-releasing Gods Eater: Burst for £7.99. If we could find our PSP we would be having a bit of that.

3DS owners get a second helping of Mario this week too. Mario Kart 7 has though received some mixed reviews, including a 5/10 from Destructoid and 10/10 from Games Radar. We should bare in mind here that EDGE gave Mario Kart: Double Dash on GameCube 5/10 and that went on to find plenty of fans.

Nintendo are also releasing Super Pokémon Rumble on 3DS. It’s not a ‘proper’ Pokemon game as the name suggests; our cynical side thinks Nintendo wanted a Pokemon game on the 3DS as soon as possible and thus this mediocre sequel to the WiiWare original has been dished up. GameSpot called it simplistic and repetitive.

Don’t be so quick to judge Puss in Boots as a cynical movie tie-in. Reviews have been very positive so far. It’s out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS. Power Rangers Samurai also hits Wii and DS. We were (whisper it) curious about the Kinect Power Rangers game but that seems to have vanished off the release schedules.

Finally, there’s Now! That’s What I Call Music: Dance and Sing on Wii which boasts of 16 UK #1 hits. It’s being published by Tubby Games, and no, we have no idea who they are either.

Next week: Pocoyo Racing (Wii), Just Dance 3 (PS3) and Order Up! (PS3, 3DS).

Apr 26
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

It would seem that people did plenty of gaming while munching on their Easter eggs over the long weekend – there are three new entries in the top 40 UK chart this week. Portal 2 has become Valve’s first #1 (and also EA’s 5th #1) of the year, Mortal Kombat enters at #2 while Operation Flashpoint: Red River marches in at #7.

Sony’s shooter – SOCOM: Special Forces – doesn’t do anywhere near as well, arriving at #28. It still did better than The Conduit 2 though which, rather predictably, doesn’t make the top 40 at all. It has to make do with a lowly #26 placing in the Wii chart.

Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection takes #1 in the PSP chart which is a funny old sight at the moment, comprising of four Square-Enix RPGs, two football games, two kid’s games and two wrestling games.

Apr 21
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

You’re spoiled for choice this week – there’s even a new 3DS game out. Fair enough it’s only Puzzle Bobble Universe but that’s still better than another one of Ubisoft’s half-arsed conversions.

Portal 2 is by far the ‘big one’ – critics haven’t been able to find enough words to praise it enough it would seem. The current score on Metacritic stands at an impressive 95% and that’s even with the fact that it stars Stephen ‘irritating’ Merchant. Ricky was busy, was he?

The extra development time for Mortal Kombat appears to have paid off too. This has also been getting glowing reviews – 1UP said it sets the standards for all future fighting games, believe it or not. Eurogamer was slightly less enthusiastic though, giving it a 7.

Then there’s Conduit 2, which gained 7.5 from IGN. They said the characters and story aren’t very original but the multi-player stuff is great. The PlayStation 3 also gets its own exclusive shoot’em up this week – SOCOM: Special Forces. I think this is a series only really appeals to fans of the previous installments. You never see Sony trying to advertise it them to a larger audience. Or indeed advertise them at all.

This leaves us with Codemaster’s Operation Flashpoint: Red River and Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection on PSP. The former has been notching up plenty of 7/10 reviews while the latter is a full price release despite being a mere remake. It does though come with a “Screen-cleaning cloth decorated with Cecil from Final Fantasy IV character design” according to Play.

Next week: Darkspore, Thor, Virtua Tennis 4, DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 4, Musiic Party and Natalie Brooks – Treasure of the Lost Kingdom.

I nearly had a nice little rhyme going there…

Mar 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 5 Comments

I’ve already given my two cents on the 3DS launch line-up, but if you missed it and can’t be bothered to click here, then here’s a quick run down. Super Street Fighter IV, Nintendogs + Cats, Ridge Racer 3D and Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars should be on the top of your list. PES 2011 3D: Pro Evolution Soccer scored 78% in the Official Nintendo magazine, but the roosters are out of date and there’s no online play so it might be an idea to wait for the next one. If it wasn’t for the fact that Pilotwings Resort and Super Monkey Ball 3D only take 3 hours each to finish, they would be on the list too.

The embargo for Ubisoft’s titles doesn’t lift until tomorrow (Friday) so we won’t know until then if Rayman 3D and Splinter Cell 3D are up to scratch. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars might be worth considering, while The Sims 3, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs, Asphalt 3D and Rabbids 3D didn’t get much love when being previewed. This leaves us with Samurai Warriors: Chronicle – which scored 5/10 on Eurogamer – and Madden NFL Football which isn’t of great interest to 97% of us Brits. It’s probably OK though.

There are a few other big name titles out this week too. Crysis 2 is apparently gorgeous but the main character is a bore and the plot is dull. Do people really play FPS games for the plot though? There was mild concern that the PlayStation 3 version was lacking behind the Xbox 360 version (EA pulled the demo after people started complaining about screen-tearing and other faults) but word has it that the final version is fine and dandy. Scores so far include an 8 from Eurogamer and a 7 from 360 Gamer Magazine. One of 360 Gamer’s writer also said on Twitter that LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is surprisingly brilliant. That’s out on every format, including PSP and PC.

Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy and Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive also arrive on PSP this week. There’s a special “Legacy Edition” of the former which Amazon is selling for no extra cost to the standard.

There hasn’t been much hype behind PlayStation Move Heroes, which stars Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter and Sly Racoon. Metacritic’s average is currently 57% which perhaps tells us why. Tomb Raider Trilogy – which is another PlayStation 3-exclusive – looks like being a better purchase.

Next week: WWE All Stars, Shift 2 Unleashed, Ar Tonelico Qoga, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, The 3rd Birthday, Dynasty Warriors 7 and movie tie-in Rio.

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