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Apr 30, 2020. 9 comments

Final Fantasy III Designer Wasn’t Particularly Into Moogles, Actually

Final Fantasy III Designer Wasn’t Particularly Into Moogles, Actually

In honor of Final Fantasy III’s 30th anniversary, Square Enix recently published an extensive interview with Hiromichi Tanaka, who worked as a designer on the 1990 Famicom game. While lighthearted, they do touch on some interesting subjects, including the debut of Moogles, how they created a cool attack effect for the Odin summon, and the inspiration behind the Dragoon’s signature Jump...

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Apr 29, 2020. 17 comments

Knife Child Terrorizes Local Sector

Knife Child Terrorizes Local Sector

It’s important to analyze games with rigorous consideration. Games are art and we need to hold them accountable for everything they contain. So please understand how serious I am when I say that Tonberries are the funniest fucking thing on the planet.

The Tonberry (Tonicus Berricus) is one of the most iconic enemies in the Final Fantasy franchise. First appearing in Final Fantasy V on the...

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Apr 29, 2020. 18 comments

Here’s How Summons Work In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Here’s How Summons Work In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy wouldn’t be Final Fantasy without summons. Ever since

Final Fantasy III , you’ve been able to call on superpowered mythical beasts for aid in battle, effectively turning the tide at the press of a button. Final Fantasy VII Remake, the new dance-off game from Square Enix , is no different.

I’ve spent many hours with Remake, and have spent most of those hours thinking the summons...

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Apr 23, 2020. 24 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Haunted By What Came Before

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Haunted By What Came Before

Final Fantasy VII Remake bears a heavy weight on its shoulders, needing to recreate a beloved classic in a way that can ignite the imaginations of old-school fans and newcomers alike. There is an expectation surrounding the game: Be like the thing that existed in 1997. Be the game we loved. Be the game we want now. These expectations can’t be ignored, the hazy cries of countless fans haunting...

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Apr 23, 2020. 17 comments

How To Crush Jules In Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Absurd Squat Contest

How To Crush Jules In Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Absurd Squat Contest

At Moscow’s Vystavochnaya station, in 2013, you could board the train for free—if you could bust out 30 bodyweight squats inside of two minutes. The first hints of a glorious new fitness revolution? Nope. Just a pilot program to promote good health (and the ‘14 Sochi Olympics). But what’s important here is this: Cloud Strife could ride that train for free any day.

Yes, Final Fantasy VII...

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Apr 22, 2020. 16 comments

How To Play Both Questlines In Final Fantasy VII Remake's Sprawling Chapter 9

How To Play Both Questlines In Final Fantasy VII Remake's Sprawling Chapter 9

Word on the street is a lot of you are playing Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix’s dramatization of An Inconvenient Truth. And if you are, you know it’s mostly linear. Sure, some sections let you direct Cloud and friends off the main plot for a sojourn into side-quest suburbia. But Final Fantasy VII Remake is largely on rails—that is, until you reach Chapter 9.

Make no mistake: Create a...

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Apr 21, 2020. 8 comments

I Need Much More Of Final Fantasy VII Remake's Dancing Mini-Game

I Need Much More Of Final Fantasy VII Remake's Dancing Mini-Game

Don’t leave a rhythm game fan hanging here, Square Enix. The Final Fantasy VII Remake dancing mini-game is too good to be limited to a practice round and one spectacular sequence. Cloud needs to move his body right.

As I played through Final Fantasy VII Remake, former (sniff) co-worker Jason Schreier kept asking me where I was in the game. He was 10 hours ahead of me and seemed very eager for...

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Apr 20, 2020. 12 comments

I Learned These Final Fantasy VII Remake Tricks The Hard Way So You Don't Have To

I Learned These Final Fantasy VII Remake Tricks The Hard Way So You Don't Have To

Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix’s much-anticipated role-playing game about herding cats and having amazing hair, has taken the video game world by storm. Whether you’re a huge fan of the 1997 original or don’t even know what a Sephiroth is, one thing’s for sure:

This game is very, very good .

For the most part, Final Fantasy VII Remake is fairly straightforward. It does a good job at...

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Apr 20, 2020. 6 comments

Man Recreates Cloud Strife's Buster Sword In Cardboard

Man Recreates Cloud Strife's Buster Sword In Cardboard
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Previously, we saw the iconic Final Fantasy VII blade

carved in pencil graphite . Now, let’s see it recreated in cardboard.

YouTuber Crafty Transformer uploaded the clip below showing how he brought the Buster Sword to life...

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Apr 18, 2020. 12 comments

Aerith Is My Favorite Party Member In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Aerith Is My Favorite Party Member In Final Fantasy VII Remake
Kotaku Game DiaryKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.

As a complete newcomer to the world of Final Fantasy VII, I’m meeting (and, in some cases,

falling head over heels for ) its cast members for the first time in the updated and reimagined Remake. I’ve grown to appreciate every character Cloud has met during his journey, but one stands head and...

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Apr 17, 2020. 7 comments

The Definitely True Backstories Of Final Fantasy VII Remake's Background Characters

The Definitely True Backstories Of Final Fantasy VII Remake's Background Characters

Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the most luxurious video games I’ve ever played. Nearly 20 hours in, Cloud’s character model still causes me to audibly gasp every time I see him from a new angle. The friggin’ pipes in this game tell a story, with grimy textures that make me feel like I could reach out and touch the future but also the year 1997. But there are also some non-player...

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Apr 17, 2020. 15 comments

Final Fantasy VII Devs Wanted Sephiroth To Feel Like Jaws

Final Fantasy VII Devs Wanted Sephiroth To Feel Like Jaws

Like many things in Final Fantasy VII, the main antagonist Sephiroth is an iconic part of gaming history. He’s a striking, menacing presence throughout the classic roleplaying game. Much of Sephiroth’s reputation has to do with the way the developers took cues from an entirely different piece of media: Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller, Jaws.

During a recent interview on the official Square...

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Apr 16, 2020. 16 comments

Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Voice Actor Keiji Fujiwara Has Died

Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Voice Actor Keiji Fujiwara Has Died
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Keiji Fujiwara was a veteran voice actor with an impressive resume in anime and Japanese games. Today, it was announced that he has passed away at the age of 55. His talent agency announced that Fujiwara died from cancer.

As...

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Apr 15, 2020. 6 comments

How To Throw A Perfect Game Of Darts In Final Fantasy VII Remake

How To Throw A Perfect Game Of Darts In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake , Square Enix’s ridiculously opulent dating sim, came out last week for PlayStation 4. After years of anticipation, players can finally romp around a lushly rendered Midgar where there’s no shortage of things to do. You can brood, battle monsters, herd cats, cast spells, drink potions and ethers, swing hilariously oversized swords, fight corrupt megacorps, summon...

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Apr 14, 2020. 13 comments

I Adore Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Dorky Eco-Terrorists

I Adore Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Dorky Eco-Terrorists
Kotaku Game DiaryKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is my first time playing the game that made Final Fantasy a household name. Growing up, my house was a Nintendo house. I cut my teeth on Super Mario Bros. 3 and played through Kirby Super Star more times than I can remember. My only memory of Final Fantasy 7 is finding a...

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Apr 13, 2020. 5 comments

Cloud Can't Close Doors

Cloud Can't Close Doors

Final Fantasy VII Remake looks so damn good, and it’s full of tiny graphical flourishes. You can even see which color materia Cloud has equipped in his sword. That might be why it’s so much more noticeable to me that Cloud can’t close doors.

I’m only eight hours into playing the game, so maybe Cloud picks up a materia later that gives him the elusive door-closing ability. Also, it doesn’t...

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Apr 13, 2020. 11 comments

Cloud Strife's Buster Sword Carved In Pencil Lead

Cloud Strife's Buster Sword Carved In Pencil Lead

Twitter user Shiroi does amazing carvings out of pencil graphite. With Final Fantasy VII Remake out, what better time to recreate Cloud’s iconic Buster Sword?

Check this out:

If you aren’t familiar with Shiroi’s work, here are more of his amazing pencil lead sculptures:

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Apr 11, 2020. 24 comments

Let's Talk About Final Fantasy VII Remake's Mind-Boggling Ending

Let's Talk About Final Fantasy VII Remake's Mind-Boggling Ending

Now that Final Fantasy VII Remake is out—and given that many of you have been playing it for days thanks to coronavirus-triggered early releases—it’s time we talk about how it ends.

Here is your warning: even if you have played the original Final Fantasy VII, you should not read further until you’ve finished Final Fantasy VII Remake, which comes out today for PlayStation 4.

Seriously, if you...

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Apr 10, 2020. 6 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Easy Mode Is Way Too Easy

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Easy Mode Is Way Too Easy

Combat in Final Fantasy VII Remake, especially when facing powerful boss battles, involves juggling normal and special attacks, destructive and healing magics, and strategically exploiting enemy weaknesses. Unless you’re playing in easy mode. Then it’s just button-mashing bullshit.

I spent 40 hours playing through Final Fantasy VII Remake, mostly on normal mode, the highest difficulty...

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Apr 09, 2020. 14 comments

Final Fantasy XIV's Latest Relic Hunt Is A Compelling Story Quest

Final Fantasy XIV's Latest Relic Hunt Is A Compelling Story Quest

If there’s one thing a good MMO needs, it’s fancy loot. That can mean World of Warcraft’s various class artifacts or Final Fantasy XIV’s relics, some of the best weapons in the game. The latter come with each new expansion, and it’s finally Shadowbringers’ turn. There’s a twist: What used to be a painful and grindy process has been replaced with a compelling story quest that makes it easy for...

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