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Final Fantasy XIV Bard Reimagines Performances As A Rhythm Game

Final Fantasy XIV Bard Reimagines Performances As A Rhythm Game
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Bards gained the ability to play actual music in Final Fantasy XIVnear the end of 2017 and have been annoying bar-goers with their covers of “All Star” and “One Winged Angel” ever since. One talented bard had reimagined Final Fantasy XIV as a rhythm game, and I can’t stop watching their performances.

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Aug 13, 2019. 16 comments

I Helped Some Gaggling Final Fantasy XIV Newbies Best One Of the Trickiest Bosses

I Helped Some Gaggling Final Fantasy XIV Newbies Best One Of the Trickiest Bosses
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

There are moments in online games when leadership and authority are thrust upon us. In group-based content, like the various boss fights in Final Fantasy XIV, knowledge is power. If you’re in a group full of helpless newbies and you know the fight’s mechanics, you’re suddenly in charge. Earlier this week, I...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 13, 2019. 6 comments

Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Addresses A Classic Meme

Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Addresses A Classic Meme

Later this year, Square Enix will put out a graphical remaster of Final Fantasy VIII for modern consoles. You may be pleased to learn that, thanks to its new high-def character models, this remaster will ruin a classic Final Fantasy meme.

It’s hard to tell who came up with this one, but it’s at least five years old. It’s a brief, beautiful moment from the ballroom dance scene early in Final...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jul 18, 2019. 19 comments

The Strange Guilt Of Changing Jobs In An MMO

The Strange Guilt Of Changing Jobs In An MMO
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

As I continue to lose myself in the world of Final Fantasy XIV’s latest expansion, writing guides on how new folks can get started and fighting terrifying raid bosses , I’ve also taken the time to experiment with new jobs. I followed my co-worker Mike Fahey’s lead and started the new Dancer job. And oh my...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jul 17, 2019. 15 comments

Final Fantasy XIV's New Raid Bosses Bring The Pain

Final Fantasy XIV's New Raid Bosses Bring The Pain

It’s been two weeks since Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion launched. That’s been enough time to explore and complete the exciting story, and players have been eager for more. The latest raid content, Eden’s Gate, released today, offering a handful of difficult boss fights and an intriguing mystery storyline to follow. These are some of the toughest and trickiest bosses so far, and...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 17, 2019. 17 comments

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log Four: Everything And Everyone Else

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log Four: Everything And Everyone Else
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There are many ways to play through Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion. I am playing as a goggle-wearing Viera Dancer, dancing and damaging my way toward the finish line. I can’t cover all of the job class changes, role-based questlines, and side content before my review drops. But other FFXIV players can...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

Final Fantasy IX Retrospective: The Final Fantasy's Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy IX Retrospective: The Final Fantasy's Final Fantasy

You know when you’re playing around with a new recipe and you fall in love with one particular spice? Call it cumin. You find every recipe that makes sense with cumin, and eventually, you grow so obsessed with it that you just keep adding it to all of your dinners for a month straight, until the rest of your family is like “cut it out with the cumin,” and you realize you’ve gone too far? Then...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 12, 2019. 5 comments

Previously Japan-Only Iwata Asks Series Is Being Translated Into English

Previously Japan-Only Iwata Asks Series Is Being Translated Into English

While Nintendo has an archive section where fans can revisit old installments of the popular Iwata Asks series, not every Q&A the former Nintendo president ever sat down for is there, because not all of them were translated into English by the company.

One such example of that is an interview about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, a Wii game that was released back in...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jul 12, 2019. 24 comments

How To Get Into Final Fantasy XIV In 2019

How To Get Into Final Fantasy XIV In 2019

As Final Fantasy XIV’s new expansion “Shadowbringers” hits, I’ve seen a lot of curiosity from co-workers and friends about how to get started with the game. With hours and hours of content, tons of jobs to choose from, and multiple places to hop in, it can seem daunting, but it’s still well worth the time. Here’s some advice for curious adventurers eager to start their adventures.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 11, 2019. 17 comments

I Can't Deal With People Getting Ahead Of Me In MMOs

I Can't Deal With People Getting Ahead Of Me In MMOs
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Earlier today, my Kotaku coworker Heather Alexandra posted what I am sure was an amazing and insightful look at the end of Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion . An ending that I’m still a level and a half and a whole bunch of...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jul 11, 2019. 20 comments

The End of Final Fantasy XIV's 'Shadowbringers' Expansion Is The Emotional Spectacle I've Been Waiting For

The End of Final Fantasy XIV's 'Shadowbringers' Expansion Is The Emotional Spectacle I've Been Waiting For

It’s hard for any story to end well, and even harder when it’s set in the constantly changing world of an MMORPG. Lengthy questlines that require years’ worth of player investment are hard to sell. Final Fantasy XIV’s latest expansion, ‘Shadowbringers,’ makes it work with an emotionally charged climax that helps create one of the franchise’s hardest-hitting finales.

As my co-worker Mike...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 09, 2019. 23 comments

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log Three: All Pros, No Cons

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log Three: All Pros, No Cons
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It’s ridiculous. Every time I log in to work my way through Final Fantasy XIV’s latest expansion, I find more things to gush over. Rather than spam my Twitter followers with GIFs and references to Shadowbringers, I’m using the third leg of my journey towards a full review to get all the goodness thus far out of my...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 09, 2019. 20 comments

Final Fantasy XIV Lets You Run Dungeons With NPC Heroes Now, And It's So Much Better Than Real People

Final Fantasy XIV Lets You Run Dungeons With NPC Heroes Now, And It's So Much Better Than Real People

Running through a brand-new dungeon in an online game with random strangers is nerve-wracking. I worry I will screw up and get us all killed. I fret about doing enough damage. I get grouped with jerks who know the run by heart and expect everyone else to as well. Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion Iets me run through new dungeons with non-player characters from the game’s story...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Jul 03, 2019. 19 comments

I Love When Video Game Music Is So Good I Forget To Actually Play The Game

I Love When Video Game Music Is So Good I Forget To Actually Play The Game
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

One of my favorite games of the last several years is Facepalm Games’ The Swapper. I like it for a lot of reasons: it’s got this beautiful stop-motion clay art style, an immediately compelling hook in the titular Swapper, a gun that lets you clone yourself and zap your consciousness between those clones, and a...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 02, 2019.

Let's Play Final Fantasy VII On PS4

Let's Play <i>Final Fantasy VII</i> On PS4

The PC port of Final Fantasy VII came to PlayStation 4 earlier this month. Maybe we should play it?

I’ll be streaming the seventh Final Fantasy for the next few hours, because why not? Watch here, or come over to Twitch if you wanna hang out in the chat.

UPDATE (12/21/15): Let’s play some more! A couple weeks ago we watched the government blow up Sector 7 and blame it on Al Qaeda; now it’s time...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 02, 2019. 22 comments

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log Two: Great Dancing, Bad Rabbits

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log Two: Great Dancing, Bad Rabbits
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When the early access period for Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion went live on Friday, I did two things. I unlocked the new Dancer job and switched my character to Viera, the game’s new rabbit-eared race. I regret one of those choices.

After three days of play, I’m finally venturing into Shadowbringers’...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 29, 2019. 15 comments

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log One: There's A Dancer In My Bunny

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Log One: There's A Dancer In My Bunny
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Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers launched in early access this morning, and as it is with every FFXIV expansion, players are of two minds. Half are flooding into the expansion’s new area, The First, eager to begin their journey as the Warrior of Darkness. I’m with the other half, a rolling horde of Gunblades and...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Jun 27, 2019. 21 comments

Sony Announces Live-Action Final Fantasy XIV TV Series

Sony Announces Live-Action Final Fantasy XIV TV Series

Today, Sony Pictures Television and production company Hivemind Entertainment (the company behind Netflix’s forthcoming adaptation of The Witcher and Amazon’s The Expanse) announced a partnership with Square Enix to develop a live-action Final Fantasy TV series based on the online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV.

The live-action television series will tell an original story set in Eorzea,...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jun 25, 2019. 20 comments

Tifa Lockhart Is Coming To Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Tifa Lockhart Is Coming To Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Another character is joining the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT fray: Tifa Lockhart. The news was just announced during a special Square Enix livestream.

Tifa will join a packed roster that already includes two other Final Fantasy VII characters, Cloud Strife and Sephiroth. In the game, she’ll be a speed-type fighter.

Below is footage of her in action.

Here are her color, costume and...

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Peter Tieryas Peter Tieryas Jun 23, 2019. 23 comments

What I’m Most Looking Forward To Re-Experiencing In The Final Fantasy VII Remake

What I’m Most Looking Forward To Re-Experiencing In The Final Fantasy VII Remake

I bought the original PlayStation just so I could play Final Fantasy VII. Until then, all I’d had was a SNES and a Genesis, so I was in awe when the opening cutscene for FFVII began. The rest of the game was equally stunning, the visuals beyond anything I’d thought possible in a game. I couldn’t wait to find out more about this “SOLDIER” named Cloud who was fighting to save the planet while...

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