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Jun 11, 2020. 22 comments

Embracing The Beautiful Nonsense Of The Final Fantasy VII Spinoffs

Embracing The Beautiful Nonsense Of The Final Fantasy VII Spinoffs

This year has not been great for my mental health. But I recently thought I could just push those vibes away, even just briefly, to dunk on Tetsuya Nomura, the creative visionary of Final Fantasy VII and a man who never met a story he couldn’t convolute.

I had plenty of material, because I’ve played all the Final Fantasy VII spin-off games, seen all three (yes, three) FFVII movies and read the...

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Jun 03, 2020. 20 comments

Game Companies Say They’re Supporting Black Lives Matter, But Few Are Offering Specifics

Game Companies Say They’re Supporting Black Lives Matter, But Few Are Offering Specifics

As protests over the killing of George Floyd by police spread throughout the country last weekend, some of the gaming industry’s biggest companies put out statements in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. But while a few have shared some specifics about what they’re doing to help fight systemic racism, almost none of them have spoken more directly about what they plan to do about it.

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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 30, 2020. 5 comments

Trials Of Mana Demo Disappears From Steam After Exploit Unlocked Full Game [CORRECTED]

Trials Of Mana Demo Disappears From Steam After Exploit Unlocked Full Game [CORRECTED]

Square Enix recently announced the temporary removal of its Trials of Mana demo from Steam due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The company provided no further details, but this news comes hot on the heels of players finding a way to access the full game through the demo without having to pay for it. Hmm.

Square Enix did not immediately return Kotaku’s request for comment.

Trials of Mana, like...

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Apr 23, 2020. 21 comments

Trials Of Mana's Healer Talks Like A Baby And Pwease, No

Trials Of Mana's Healer Talks Like A Baby And Pwease, No

There are six playable characters in the Trials of Mana HD remake that comes out this week. The only dedicated healer among them is Charlotte, the diminutive granddaughter of the Priest of Light. I’d rather my party die a thousand deaths than be subjected to her insipidly cutesy baby-talk. It’s a widdle too uwu.

When I started playing the Trials of Mana remake, out later this week for PC,...

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Apr 22, 2020. 5 comments

The Trials Of Mana Remake Proves Square Enix Can Faithfully Redo A Classic '90s RPG

The Trials Of Mana Remake Proves Square Enix Can Faithfully Redo A Classic '90s RPG

The second high-definition remake of a 90s-era Square Enix role-playing game coming out this month is much more faithful to the original than Final Fantasy VII. Beneath Trials of Mana’s cartoonish 3D makeover and questionable voice acting, it’s the same simple, satisfying action RPG it’s always been.

Trials of Mana began as Seiken Densetsu 3, the 1995 Super Famicom sequel to classic action...

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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. 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. 19 comments

It's Not Gonna Happen But I Still Want A Physical Copy Of Final Fantasy VII Remake

It's Not Gonna Happen But I Still Want A Physical Copy Of Final Fantasy VII Remake

I made the mistake of trying to get a physical copy of Final Fantasy VII Remake, the game I’ve been waiting over a decade to play, ever since the idea of it first started knocking around my early-20s brain. It never came, and now I’m staring at page after page of scalper prices on Ebay.

$80. $90. In some cases, over $100. The online marketplace is full of listings for physical copies of Final...

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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 17, 2020. 15 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gives Cloud's Honeybee Inn Makeover The Update It Needed

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gives Cloud's Honeybee Inn Makeover The Update It Needed

It’s 1997, and I’m sitting in my dorm room at the University of Wisconsin playing the newly-released Final Fantasy VII on my recently purchased PlayStation. Tifa is in the clutches of some slumlord jerk named Corneo and it’s my job, as Cloud, to save her. How do I do it? Putting on a dress.

Putting Cloud in a dress in Wall Market is probably one of the more memorable and weird segments of...

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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 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 12, 2020. 13 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Needs A Photo Mode

Final Fantasy VII Remake Needs A Photo Mode

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a gorgeous game with some wonderful looking character models and highly detailed worlds. Yet, it launched without a photo mode.

Over this current generation of consoles, photo modes have become more and more common. And now we’ve reached a point where they almost feel like features all games should include right out of the box. Yet, FFVII Remake doesn’t include any...

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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. 7 comments

Covid-19 Concerns Delay Final Fantasy XIV's Next Big Update

Covid-19 Concerns Delay Final Fantasy XIV's Next Big Update

Originally scheduled for release in mid-June, Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers’ update 5.3 is being pushed back several weeks due to issues stemming from the covid-19 crisis. In a letter to the community, game director Naoki Yoshida detailed the difficulties involved with managing MMO development during a global pandemic.

Update 5.25, which introduced

new relic hunts to the massively...

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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. 20 comments

Tips For Playing Final Fantasy VII Remake

Tips For Playing Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake is not a difficult game, but there are still things you should know before you play it—ways to be more efficient, to get more treasures, and to avoid those pesky game overs.

Here are some basic tips for Cloud’s adventures through Midgar 2.0:

Regular attacks don’t do much

The first thing you should know about combat in Final Fantasy VII Remake is that button-mashing is...

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