Normally I wouldn’t review a game twice; but after writing my review-in-progress previously, there was so much left to discuss, which was only added to by the remainder of the expansion. So, having finished the entire Main Scenario of the expansion, as well as the optional dungeons and Raid content, I wanted to review the “full” Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers experience.
As I mentioned before, the story of Shadowbringers is easily the best yet, with some of the most intricately crafted character moments in gaming. It’s more than this though as the narrative on this expansion builds so successfully on the previous story beats, whilst bringing in new threads to progress the plot. Needless to say, and I’ll say this right now in bold capitals so you all know …
Sometimes, as a writer, you just have opinions that don’t align with others. This has been the way with me and the Tokyo RPG Factory games, with both I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear appealing to me, but not resonating with that many others. So, when Oninaki was revealed earlier this year, I was already sold on it and honestly couldn’t care that no one seemed to agree.
In an almost impossible marriage a few years back, the world of Dragon Quest was put through a Minecraft lens and the end result was the phenomenal Dragon Quest Builders. Placing the player in the shoes of the hero of the first Dragon Quest rebuilding the world was inspired, so needless to say I was more than a little interested to see how the sequel would turn out.
Final Fantasy XIV cannot really be considered as anything less than a success. With over 14 million active players at last count, and active communities thriving around the game – whether it be through art, cosplay, or at the popular Fan Fest events – the game is nothing if not huge. Something that Square Enix are leaning into with the most recent expansion – Shadowbringers.
I’d like to stress before I start that this is a review-in-progress of the expansion. Owing to the sheer amount of content in the expansion, with Square Enix once again living up to their promise of it being the length of a “full length adventure game”, I’ve only reached level 75. This is despite a considerable amount of time plugged into it, but I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts.
This review will avoid the majority of spoilers though, so there’s that.
The “look at what shit we have” portion of E3 2019 has been passed, and we’re left both empty and satisfied by the proceedings – much like the after affects of going to a Chinese all-you-can-eat restaurant. But, how were the showings themselves? It’s time for my rating (read: berating) of the E3 2019 Conferences!
E3, otherwise known as Gamer Christmas™, is upon us again along with all the hype, leaks, and cringeworthy conferences. So, I’ve been thinking about what I would want to come out of the showings this year, discounting EA because who really gives a flying fuck about them? Although seriously, I’m feeling Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, don’t you dare fuck this EA.
As such, I just wanted to quickly go over what I wanted from the showings of Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Devolver Digital, and Nintendo. I won’t keep you too long, just a couple of things for each, along with their show times in UK time for your convenience.
I love traditional JRPGs, and I mean I love them a lot, so it was unlikely that I was going to go into Octopath Traveler with an overly open mind. But after playing through the incredible action-JRPG, Ys VIII, I needed something a little more comforting, but was the game the big thick, number-heavy cosy blanket I needed in my life?
You might have heard of The World Ends With You even if you have never played the game yourself; the characters of the game appeared in Kingdom Hearts, the original DS game was controversially ported to mobile, and the game was announced to be coming to Nintendo’s zeitgeist handheld back in January. So, being a fan of the game and having played it way back in 2007, I relished the chance to play this game again and find out whether it has held up.
I’m relatively new to Final Fantasy XIV, beginning the game at the tail end of last year, after the first trailer for Shadowbringers finally brought me into the fold after abstaining for as long as I could. You see, I knew that I would likely become pretty addicted once I started, so I tried to put off the game despite knowing that I would likely really enjoy it.
Kingdom Hearts III is here, after what feels like three million years. As I put my head to the task of choosing the worst worlds in the series just last week, it stands to reason that I also had favourites instead of just hating everything about it. So here it is, my Top Five Best Kingdom Hearts Worlds.