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Xbox Store Today: Final Fantasy XV, The Crew Ultimate Edition

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Very few of the games developed by Square Enix in Japan make it to the Xbox One. But the publisher is making an exception for their epic new RPG, Final Fantasy XV. Over a decade in the making, Xbox One owners are able to download it through the Xbox Games Store now. After that, they can delve into its world of technology and magic and attempt to retake the Kingdom of Lucis alongside Noctis and his friends.

Xbox One owners will also be able to download The Crew: Ultimate Edition this week. This special edition of Ubisoft’s coast-to-coast racing game includes the original release of The Crew, the Wild Run expansion, the Calling All Cars expansion, and all of the Season Pass content.

More information on both of these games can be found right here:

Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy XV ($59.99)
Noctis, crown prince of the magical Kingdom of Lucis, embarks on a quest to reclaim his homeland in this action RPG. Take up the steering wheel and hit the road with your colorful companions to explore a vast and breathtaking world. Invoke the power of your ancestors and effortlessly warp through the air in thrilling combat. Longtime fans and fresh faces alike, get ready to experience cutting-edge interactive entertainment in this fantasy based on reality.

The Crew: Ultimate Edition ($49.99)
Explore the first realistic recreation of the entire USA ever built for a driving game in The Crew Ultimate Edition, your all inclusive edition of the revolutionary action driving game The Crew. This bundle includes The Crew, The Crew Wild Run expansion, The Crew Calling All Units expansion and the Season Pass. Roam the ultimate driving playground on and off road in a 5000km² open world. Master every terrain with powerful cars, agile motorcycles, unstoppable monster trucks or roaring dragsters. Be spontaneous, turn on-road encounters into intense rivalries or bond with friends, creating instant challenges with fellow drivers. Chose the badge or the street, fly solo or join a police squad and use your special abilities to track down and chase Street Racers all over the US. Over 120 Licensed Vehicles, 220+ Tuning Kits and a 30+ hours story campaign.

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Final Fantasy XV, Steep, SteinsGate 0, more added to PS Store

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PlayStation 4 owners will get a chance to play a game that has been in the works for more than a decade next week… but believe it or not, they’ll get the chance to do that this week as well. First announced in 2006, Square Enix released their epic action RPG, Final Fantasy XV, on the PS4 this week. Players will take control of Noctis and his friends as they embark on a quest to reclaim their homeland from an invading army.

Also available this week is Ubisoft’s snow-covered extreme sports sim, Steep. Players will be able to ski, snowboard, paraglide, or wingsuit down the Alps in a PS4 game that’ll be available this Friday.

Finally this week, PQube will continue the SteinsGate saga with SteinsGate 0 for the PS4 and Vita. The first game in the series is one of the most popular “visual novels” of all time, and the time-bending prequel takes players back to how it all began.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. And a full rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts will soon be available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Final Fantasy XV launched today after a decade in development… so be sure to check out this pair of Launch Trailers

Ten Years. It’s a long time. If you were a young tween when Square Enix first announced Final Fantasy XV back in 2006 (when it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII), you’re likely getting ready to graduate from college.

But the epic RPG is finally available on store shelves today for the PS4 and Xbox One, and to go with it, Square Enix has uploaded a pretty impressive live-action Launch Trailer for the game. Featuring Florence + the Machine’s cover of “Stand By Me,” the trailer is meant to evoke the power of friendship and how it can help you fight any battle.

“Final Fantasy has a special place in the hearts of many and the team who worked long and hard on this project couldn’t be prouder to present Final Fantasy XV to fans around the world,” said Hajime Tabata, the game’s Director. “Today, we invite not only longtime fans but a new generation of gamers to a series beloved thanks to the engaging story telling, unique characters and captivating worlds that have become the hallmark of Final Fantasy over the years.”

A second Launch Trailer, this one featuring nothing but gameplay, can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Final Fantasy XV, Super Mario Maker For 3DS, Steep, More

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After ten years of hard work (and a name change and a platform shift), Square Enix is finally ready to unleash Final Fantasy XV on the world. Set to launch this week for the PS4 and Xbox One, the game follows Noctis and his friends in a world of magic and technology that’s on the brink of war. It’s a pretty standard setting for the Final Fantasy franchise, but its epic development period certainly adds an extra layer of intrigue to things.

A number of other games will be available on store shelves this week, but none of them have the same level of hype.

Of course, that’s probably exactly how Nintendo would like fans to look at Super Mario Maker For Nintendo 3DS. The level editor is slightly shrunk down from its Wii U debut (levels can no longer be uploaded online, for example), but players will still be able share levels locally, and the brand new Medal Challenge looks interesting.

Ubisoft has a trio of new games available in stores this including the extreme sports simulation Steep (which includes skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and wingsuiting) for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Open world hackathon Watch Dogs 2 will make its PC debut this week, and The Crew: Ultimate Edition will collect the original game and all of its downloadable content into a single package on the PS4 and Xbox One.

Finally this week, PQube will release the time-bending visual novel SteinsGate 0 for the PS4 and Vita.

The full list of this week’s new retail releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Get the 101 on Final Fantasy XV in this new trailer ahead of its launch next week

After more than a decade in development, Square Enix is finally getting ready to release Final Fantasy XV. The sprawling RPG will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One on November 29, but first, the publisher has unveiled a new 101 Trailer to better acquaint prospective players with the world of Eos.

Over the course of nine minutes, Final Fantasy XV’s 101 Trailer will introduce players to the game’s storyline, characters, environments, Summons, mini-games, magic spells, and a whole lot more.

Square Enix also announced that a special “Crown Update” for Final Fantasy XV will be available to download on November 29. This patch will provide “a variety of updates, minor bug fixes and new features to greatly enhance the overall story and gameplay experience”:

Final Fantasy XV’s “Crown Update”

  • Improvements to the camera with new options to better assist and track the action in tight space and to improve visibility during battles
  • New event scenes and scenes from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the “Omen” trailer have also been added to the game to make the story and timeline of events easier to follow for newcomers
  • The addition of an ability tree for the “Wait Mode” function which improves the strategic element of this feature
  • Players can obtain the “Beast Whistle” which can be used to call monsters to battle
  • A wider variety of recipes and fish with an addition of a gallery for completionist players who enjoy collecting items
  • Implementation of social media support, allowing the photos Prompto takes along your journey to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter

Originally known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and first announced at E3 2006, Final Fantasy XV has been a labor of love for Square Enix and Director Hajime Tabata. A part of me almost can’t believe its launch date is just a week away.

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SAG-AFTRA Strike: Is Telltale working on a Guardians of the Galaxy game? And Call of Duty 2017 might be titled Lethal Combat

man-screaming-at-computerSAG-AFTRA, the largest union for voice actors and stunt performers in Hollywood, authorized a strike against some game developers and production studios nearly two weeks ago. Because of the strike, all work ceased on a number of in-development projects, including a few unannounced games, such as Madden NFL 18 and Brothers in Arms 4.

Today, the union updated their list of projects that aren’t being struck, and it too includes a large number of unannounced projects.

Perhaps the biggest inclusion in the non-struck list is Guardians of the Galaxy: The Video Game (AKA “Blue Harvest”). It’s easy to assume that Marvel is developing a tie-in mobile game for the film sequel, but it interestingly shares a production house with Telltale’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. So it’s not too far of a leap to assume that Telltale’s mysterious Marvel project might star the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which launches this Friday, is also on the list, presumably because of the voice work needed for its Season Pass content. But the 2017 Edition of the long-running franchise, which is in the works at Sledgehammer Games, is included as well. The game is currently known as Call of Duty: Stronghold, though an additional codename, Call of Duty: Lethal Combat, is also included. Unfortunately, neither of these names gives us any idea where Sledgehammer is taking the Call of Duty franchise next.

Electronic Arts has four titles on the list, including Mass Effect: Andromeda. The other three are all listed under codenames, so all we can do is speculate as to what “Project X(AKA “Delta”), “Walrus,” and “Yuma” refer to.

WB Games also has four titles on the list, all under codenames: “Lego Zeus,” “Metallica,” “Sabbath,” and “Kraken.” I know it’s just following the naming convention established by the others, but I would love a Lego retelling of the Greek myths.

Another mystery game is in the works at Take-Two, and it has three codenames. Dust (AKA “Dark Future & Aces High”) could be literally anything. However, the references to gambling and deserts might lead some to make the leap to Red Dead Redemption 2.

Insomniac has a single game in the non-struck list and it goes by the codename “Sleepless.” It’s possible that “Sleepless” is a stand-in for their Spider-Man game, which does take place in “The City That Never Sleeps.” I’d also wager that Final Fantasy Black is actually a codename for Final Fantasy XV, which has previously been referred to by Square Enix executives as the “dark side” to Final Fantasy XIII‘s “light side.”

Finally, a listing for Project Atlas (AKA “Saints Row”) is no doubt referring to Volition’s recently announced Agents of Mayhem, which is said to take place in the same universe as Saints Row.

The SAG-AFTRA union plans to hold a second picket this Thursday, November 3, in front of the offices of WB Games in Burbank.

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New Final Fantasy XV gameplay trailer introduces Death Spell and the Bandersnatch

Square Enix was in attendance at this weekend’s TwtichCon, and they unveiled a brand new Final Fantasy XV gameplay trailer during the event. The four-minute clip introduces players to the Death Spell, powerful magic that drains HP from an enemy. And speaking of enemies, Square Enix also unveiled “the fearsome Bandersnatch,” a massive beast that challenges Noctis and his friends at the end of the trailer:

As revealed exclusively during the Final Fantasy XV presentation at TwitchCon 2016, witness Death magic – one of the powerful spells granted by the Ring of the Lucii. Death drains the HP of enemies. The longer you use the spell, the more your enemy will physically deteriorate. In this video Death is used to tackle a variety of enemies, including another exclusive reveal – the fearsome Bandersnatch!

Final Fantasy XV will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on November 29.

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Final Fantasy XV’s TGS 2016 trailer reveals a bit more about the game’s story

Square Enix is pushing Final Fantasy XV hard as a story of brotherhood and legacy, and both of these themes are present in a brand new Tokyo Game Show trailer, which was released late last night. Focusing heavily on the game’s story, the new trailer also spends quite a bit of time on the game’s characters, including Cid the Mechanic, Luna the Oracle, and the villainous Ardyn Izunia.

After more than a decade in development, Final Fantasy XV will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on November 29.

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